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I just picked up a D.I.Y. camouflage kit from MyDipKits. The kit is a do it yourself version of the process known as Water Transfer Printing and contains the printed film, chemicals, and other basic supplies needed for turning out some custom looking camo work. Essentially there are pre-printed high-definition patterns on a water-soluble film that can be transfered to plastic, wood, and even metals if you add a metal self-etching primer.

These kits are pretty cool and allow you to produce high quality camouflage parts on a small scale for a reasonable price. I was turned on to these kits with the following YouTube videos.






Here are the links associated with the video for the product and the sponsoring camouflage.
www.mydipkit.com -&- www.timbersedgecamo.com/MyDipKit.html

Of course, you can always get Water Transfer Printing professionally done. www.watertransferprinting.com
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How durable of a finish would this be on metal? Could you do a knife blade?
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I just realized your right. I must have duplicated the post somehow when I added the search tags. Administrator or Mods if there is any way to combine the two identical posts that would be great or just delete one of your choice.
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How durable of a finish would this be on metal? Could you do a knife blade?
Personally, I would probably avoid using a product like this on a knife blade. Many products out there would be more geared toward knife blades but to my knowledge all blade coatings will scuff up and look like hell after the first hard use. Not to mention, all blade coatings I know of impede cutting and chopping.

That said you might try to use the company’s contact form for questions and inquiries at www.mydipkit.com/contactus.php or you can email them directly at [email protected].

However, if anyone on the board knows of a good product, I would also appreciate information on any durable do-it-yourself metal coatings. I am always looking for new materials and methods for the home shop.
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Wonder how it stands up to wear and tear and how it would stand up to the heat of a well used rifle barrel? Putting the acrylic coating on it afterwards, seems like it would be a must.
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Wonder how it stands up to wear and tear and how it would stand up to the heat of a well used rifle barrel? Putting the acrylic coating on it afterwards, seems like it would be a must.
You are absolutely right. The kit even comes with a can of clear coat to finish the application. However, I have been thinking about contacting the company to see if there are any issues with “upgrading” the included clear coat to some automotive grade I have laying around.
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That's pretty neat stuff!
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There was an episode of American Chopper where OCC used this technique to transfer sheets of 100 dollar bills to the tank and other tins on a bike for a well to do customer. It was about a year ago I believe.
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There was an episode of American Chopper where OCC used this technique to transfer sheets of 100 dollar bills to the tank and other tins on a bike for a well to do customer. It was about a year ago I believe.
Yeah, that's one of the more popular ones ... but not very practical.

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Ok i just watched the vid on water transfer printing and i cant wait to camo some stuff around here!!! Has anybody used this yet and how durable is it?
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cool, and yea, how does it hold up?
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wow didnt know you could get these kits i was going to send my gun stock out for dipping think ill save on some shipping and try it myself.
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Ok i just watched the vid on water transfer printing and i cant wait to camo some stuff around here!!! Has anybody used this yet and how durable is it?
I am a "Factory trained" instaler with a large water transfer printing company (Three days in Miami at their facility doing hundreds of parts).

It is very durable if the base coat is mixed with the hardner correctly, the PVA is well rinced after dipping and before the clear coat goes on. I ran a barrel I did on a machine gun and it took a couple of mag dumps to burn it. Without full auto you would find it hard to hurt it.

Water temp is critical, the cooler it is the longer you have to float the stencil. 90 degrees is perfec and gives you a 60 second float to get ready to dip.

We bought a big system but dont use it because the rest of our business (Tacticalmachining.com) got to big to allow any time for this. I hope to use it next year when it slows down some.
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I am a "Factory trained" instaler with a large water transfer printing company (Three days in Miami at their facility doing hundreds of parts).

It is very durable if the base coat is mixed with the hardner correctly, the PVA is well rinced after dipping and before the clear coat goes on. I ran a barrel I did on a machine gun and it took a couple of mag dumps to burn it. Without full auto you would find it hard to hurt it.

Water temp is critical, the cooler it is the longer you have to float the stencil. 90 degrees is perfec and gives you a 60 second float to get ready to dip.

We bought a big system but dont use it because the rest of our business (Tacticalmachining.com) got to big to allow any time for this. I hope to use it next year when it slows down some.
Thank you for those pointers - much appreciated.
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I will camo everything!!
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