View Full Version : Water transfer printing

April 6, 2013, 05:59 PM
Has anyone done this and how durable is it ? Thinking about doing this to my new dims or308 . What is normal cost to have this done ?

April 6, 2013, 11:41 PM
Cost is about $350-$500 depending on the design and the firearm. It is basically a decal, but more durable.

April 7, 2013, 08:31 AM
If you mean hydrographic transfer, aka: "dipping", most films are durable, but depend heavily upon the skill of the applicator - it's more than a simple, one-step process.

The better applicators place any seam/junction so that it falls in a hidden area, like barrel channel, etc.

I had Bell & Carlson do a Remington Seven in Realtree* for $85 several years ago, got a fast-return job - and it showed zero wear or other issues in the three years I shot/hunted with it, before I sold the rifle for other interests.

Last year, I googled the process for another company, since B&C no longer does the dipping, and found a fella in MI that advertized a "special" of $75 to do a 2-piece stock.
While that job turned out "okay", it took 8 weeks & several back/forths before I received my finished stock(s) - because (I presume) the applicator was running 2-3 different business' concurrently, and was therefore always running behind.
Live/learn - I wouldn't use that particular vendor again.


April 7, 2013, 09:42 AM
I have a BPS in marsh grass. It came from browning like that. I am 90% sure that they use hydro transfer to get that finish on. It has been very durable.
A word of advice. Make sure the company is experienced with guns. Buddy of mine took an old auto 5 to a local guy. Looks great but he had lots of trouble getting the gun back together. and now has peeling issues due to finish being applied onto areas that shouldnt be coated.