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    Tranfer printing on a stock

    I been reading up on the Hydro dipping aka transfer printing for rifle stocks. Pretty neat idea but I have a few questions for those of you in the know or actually have a stock that's been done. I see that they spray a coating over the stock/print after dipping. Does this hold up against gun solvent spills? Do they do the prep work on the stock to get it ready for the print transfer? Does it need to be primered and sanded before it goes to them?
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    Wallydog

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    I'm sure there are different systems but I think the best ones treat pretty much every step like automotive body work. Prep, including body filler and sanding, prime, base color, transfer the print, then clear with automotive clear.

    So yes, done properly, it is very durable. As with body work, it starts with proper prep.

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    I have a hydro dipped stock, and yes, once dry the shoot it with automotive clear coat. No matter what stock I have or finish thatís on it, I always use a piece of leather, or towel on the stock to prevent damage. Yes they will do al the prep work, even if you fill, sand an primer it they still will do some work on it to make sure itís right before they dip it. I masked off all the bedding before I shipped mine.
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    Shipped my M1A stock off to get dipped. I sanded it but my guess is, they make sure everything is good to go. They sent me a message stating that their dip wouldn't stick so they had to do it again, at no extra charge to me. First Class finish job and no issues with any solvents I've used.
    And just so you know, not much can bother an Automotive Clear Coat top finish. Tough as nails.
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    I've had several done. Durability is good when coated with an automotive clear.

    RFD 'Snake Gun' aka the Red Hammer gun. Maybe Randy Robinett will chime in about the long term durability. He was the first owner and has it back again after a brief stay with me:





    This was a wood stocked CZ 204R of mine....Winter camo pattern and topped with a matte clear. I hated the gun but loved the hydro dip:

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    Thanks!

    Neat looking stock Al. Can I ask what is the name of the Hydro service you have used? I found one semi locally here but I need to call and ask them about the clear coat final step as its not mentioned specifically on their website. Randy Robinette logo of the sweating BR shooter would be a good dip to patent. Or better yet "It'll Never Work" dip?? They have a huge assortment of different patterns. Its amazing really.
    Wally

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    Wally, for the Snake Gun (and another that I did for Randy's 20BR in a prairie camo), I used Hydro-Dip. They are really, really good at it.

    http://www.hydrodip.com/

    I've used a local guy for several others (the CZ pictured is one). He primarily does bows and automotive stuff.

    I can highly recommend Hydro-Dip. They are shooters that understand solvents, etc. that we use.

    Hope this helps. -Al

    P.S. "It'll never work" is what Randy told me when he saw our .085 neck length 30 Wolf Pup case.

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    Transfer Printing

    I found a local guy who uses TWN Hydro films with 750 choices to the customer. I chose Brazilian Rosewood and PPG auto clear coat. Im figuring the faux Rosewood woodgrain will be nice to look at even if the gun don't shoot. Lol.
    Wally

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