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Heard of this. Now got to see it. It's dirt cheap compared to getting custom paint work airbrushed. Go here and watch the video:
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That's pretty cool! You'd think the images might distort a bit, but they don't seem to distort at all.

How much would "dirt cheap" be? Just wondering... auto paint service prices are completely different between the U.S. and Mexico...
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I saw this used by OCC on TV a months back. They did a "money sheet" pattern similar to what you would have right off the government printer. There was no distortion of the pattern at all. I am initially wondering if you could bring your own pattern into a shop and have it applied to your tins so you get a complete inidividualized final product. There seems to be some real potential and I will be looking into the possibilities and a local shop that could perform the service. I may even look into possible shop set ups or franchise possibilities. Thanks for the clip.
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Man that is awsome!... when you say dirt cheap... what are we talking about price wise?.. say for a full set of tins?
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Man that is awsome!... when you say dirt cheap... what are we talking about price wise?.. say for a full set of tins?
You'd have to call to get a quote.

If you search the web on this, it seems you can buy a "DYI" kit. From what I read, looks like there are only a few companies that produce the "film" for the process. If you had a design, you would have to get them to transfer it to the applicable film.

There are a some videos online too showing folks using the kit, as well as ones with more examples. Camo patterns seem to be the big seller, and carbon fiber.

I'd like to do my entire bike in the "sea of skulls" pattern....

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Pretty neat. Looks like you need a steady hand for the initial dip. Would be neat to buy cheap helmets and put graphics on to sell.
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my nephew bought a kit and used this process to customize one of his guitars ,it took a couple of tries but after a short learning curve it came out looking really good.




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my nephew bought a kit and used this process to customize one of his guitars ,it took a couple of tries but after a short learning curve it came out looking really good.
Any idea how much his kit cost?

I was thinking along the same lines for my guitar lol
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mydipkit.com sales them for $99.. not to bad.
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Any idea how much his kit cost?

I was thinking along the same lines for my guitar lol
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If you do a search for hydrographic printing kits, there is a company in El Paso that sells supplies.

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