Glock 17 Hydrographics

Discussion in 'Glock Accessories & Gear' started by bugsdaddy30, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. bugsdaddy30

    bugsdaddy30 New Member

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    I'm new to this forum so bare with me. I have a glock 17 that I've been thinking about getting hydrographics put on it. If you aren't familiar with hydrographics it's a process where you literally dip your gun in water with a graphics film on top and the film adheres to the exterior of the gun. My question is will this effect the performance of my Glock? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Sarabian

    Sarabian Slightly Opinionated

    I can't see how it would affect the performance of the gun. I can't see a good reason to put a decal on one, either, but it would work.
     

  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Welcome to the Glock Forum...!!

    Nope...it will not alter the performance...only the look !!

    Post some pics and details after you get her back !!
     
  4. skymedik

    skymedik New Member

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    Yes, very interested in seeing pictures if you do it....
     
  5. bugsdaddy30

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    After looking at some videos on YouTube I think I will do it myself. Looks super easy and cheaper than getting a professional to do it. Thanks for the input and I will definitely post pics.
     
  6. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    If I may inquire...where do you plan on buying the film transfer kit !?
     
  7. Birddogyz

    Birddogyz Regular Guy

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    I have had a shotgun dipped and it looked great. The process actually made the gun more weather proof, not that Glock needs it. I plan on having the frame of my 34 dipped after the next GSSF match.
     
  8. bugsdaddy30

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    There are several sites that sell dip kits. I'm not sure exactly which one I will go through to get one yet. One site that I have been looking at is www.ezdipkits.com
     
  9. leadsled

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    Here's a Glock frame being dipped in ACU........it's a Japanese video.

    This is pretty cool. Makes me want to try...

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LUsouY0Vhk[/ame]
     
  10. KeenansGarage

    KeenansGarage Hiding in plain sight....

    I would like to see it! I know it will not affect the performance, but I have heard they it does not hold up with extensive use. Post pics when you get it done! What pattern are you looking at?
     
  11. leadsled

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    Seems like the key is proper priming and painting.

    I have an ATI Mosin-Nagant stock that was dipped. It is coming off. It is several years old. I can't be certain if it had a primer and paint coat like is done now. I'm sure the processes and materials have gotten better over time.
    I also noticed it is no longer on their website.

    I still would like to do it.
     
  12. jonm61

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    I would think that how well it holds up will depend heavily on how well it's clear coated afterward. The better the clear and the more layers of clear, the better the protection.
     
  13. bugsdaddy30

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    I am looking at doing a ghost camo pattern. If it work good with my Glock I am considering dipping part of my AR-15. I am really looking forward to doing it.
     
  14. dwcfastrice

    dwcfastrice moderator Lifetime Supporting Member

    That self dip kit looks cool. I might have to check that out.

    I have seen and handled several items dipped by northwest hydro printing. Google them. Great shop and good people.

    The sunglasses have held up very well.

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  15. We have hammered this topic before. If it is a carry weapon the dip will NOT hold up. That said i'm about to start offering the service because people still seem to want it.
     
  16. You then run into problems with tolerances, repairs, performance, etc. There is a limit to how much clear coat and how you apply it.
     
  17. dwcfastrice

    dwcfastrice moderator Lifetime Supporting Member

    SOOOORRRRYYYYY. Don't care if the topic has been "hammered" before.

    Am I not free to make a comment? Sheesh. :rolleyes:

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  18. Not referring to anyone in particular. More of a general statement that not only provides the OP with the knowledge that he can search and find other discussions, but also explains why my response may be short as opposed to long and detailed.
     
  19. You know what, I'm just going to offer this as a service. Literally someone just emailed me about it. I have 18 emails about it in two weeks, so people obviously want it. Time to get all the equipment out of storage.
     
  20. dwcfastrice

    dwcfastrice moderator Lifetime Supporting Member

    Gotcha.|

    Didn't mean to come across as overly snarky. My apologies. Hard to get emotion across Ina discussion forum, even with smileys.

    I agree that the printing doesn't hold up to heavy use. I have several buddies who had their weapons printed before deployment and by the time they came back they were pretty beat.

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