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Hydro dipping is a water transfer painting process that is used for anything from car parts to cellphone cases. It’s an easy way to get that carbon fiber or wood grain finish on that piece of interior trim or a set of wheels or any other three-dimensional surface. The process has been around for more than 30 years.
My Dip Kit was nice enough to send two of their hydro-dipping kits, which are perfect for the beginner or hobbyist. These kits start at $69 and are available through the My Dip Kit website. The kits they sent contain two of their popular carbon-fiber films: black and clear carbon fiber with silver base coat and true weave carbon fiber.
Both kits came with the high-gloss clear coat.
Each kit includes one meter of hydrographic film, primer, a base coat, clear coat, activator spray, a scuff pad, respirator mask, a pair of gloves, protective sleeves, and of course instructions. I recommend reading the instructions thoroughly before starting as they detail some important information. It’s everything you need to begin hydro dipping, minus the container (make sure this is deep enough to hold water when your part is fully submerged), the warm water, and masking tape.
For this review, I decided to try dipping an E-ZPass holder and a wheel center cap for a vintage Mini.
Note: You really want to do this in a well-ventilated area because of the aerosol sprays, especially the activator spray. Also, be sure to wear the included respirator mask when spraying anything.