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Old 02-27-2018, 01:51 PM
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So the weather has been terrible here and I've been bored so i got to thinking i might try my hand at Hydro-dipping. My trusty Spektrum DX18 was the first thing that came to hand, so here's the end result:


it's the first time I've tried hydro-dipping and i'm pretty pleased with the way it came out. It's a fun process, almost magical when you lift the part out of the water to find the design transferred (hopefully) perfectly.. so get dipping!
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:25 PM
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Hi JPF ..... what did you do ? Empty the Tx case and just dip the bare front / back case without all the sticks / gimbals etc. ?

I see it online - but never really read up on it ..

Certainly provides a bit of competition to the new FrSky Tx's with their vivid colours ...

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I'm sure it has no relation ... but the thought reminds me of FloteKote ...

On some ships - they used what was termed FloteKote ... a solution that was poured into ballast tanks on top of ballast water. Water was pumped out and the FK was left coating the tank surfaces ... in some cases where lots of horizontal frames - the water would be stopped before FK hit bottom .... then pumped back in to coat the undersides of frames.

Water was then pumped out and FK left to 'cure'.

Its also a method to distribute lubricant ... honest ...

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Old 02-27-2018, 03:24 PM
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Nigel, yes i had to completely 'gut' the transmitter. The process involves dunking the parts in a tank of water so you wouldn't want to leave anything electronic installed. The actual dipping process is pretty straightforward, the preparation is the harder part. There are lots of videos online giving a good guide on how to go about it and kits can be bought with all the stuff you need.
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:45 PM
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My old 9X that I did a swirl paint dip on several years back. I did not dip my Taranis plus.
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sure would make it easy to spot your transmitter out of others!

Looks pretty cool.
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Funny .... back in 1980's Futaba put on market the Silver Blue M series 35Mhz which many people I knew remarked ... UGH !! What happened to the good old brown coated M series radio ?

I had both - the old brown and the later silver blue ... in fact still got that silver blue one ..

Its like cars ... everyone had black / white / BRG or maroon cars till VW Beetles came along and gave us all the colours of the rainbow !!

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Funny .... back in 1980's Futaba put on market the Silver Blue M series 35Mhz which many people I knew remarked ... UGH !! What happened to the good old brown coated M series radio ?

I had both - the old brown and the later silver blue ... in fact still got that silver blue one ..

Its like cars ... everyone had black / white / BRG or maroon cars till VW Beetles came along and gave us all the colours of the rainbow !!

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And sometimes even all at once!
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:08 PM
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JPF I am interested in the wearability of the transfer coating. Do you have to spray it with a clearcoat or polyurethane?
Where did you get your dipping supplies?

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I'm in the UK so i got my supplies from a local specialist www.dipthis.co.uk But there are lots of supplier, there is tons of product for dipping on ebay for instance.

I was really surprised how tough the hydro-dipped pattern is. The first time i tried it, it came out wrinkly (not enough activator applied) so i had to strip it. Even without any clearcoat i had to use denatured alcohol (meths) and a metal pan scrubber and scrub away for ages to shift it. You do finally apply a few coats of clearcoat to give it the glossy finish.

Like most painting/finishing jobs the trick is in the preparation. The dip finish is tough but it's only as good as the bond of the base coat of paint you apply it over.
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:23 PM
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Thanks mate. I watched a video on Hydro-dipping my daughter sent me. She knew I would be interested. I thought about doing my Taranis that has some wear spots around the gimbals but I decided to buy a new one instead. :-)
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There is a cheap way of hydro-dipping but your patterns are not quite so fancy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2X2ESQnrgE
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Old 02-28-2018, 01:52 AM
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Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer View Post
Nigel, yes i had to completely 'gut' the transmitter. The process involves dunking the parts in a tank of water so you wouldn't want to leave anything electronic installed. The actual dipping process is pretty straightforward, the preparation is the harder part. There are lots of videos online giving a good guide on how to go about it and kits can be bought with all the stuff you need.
I have done this for my wifey on Arts and Farts projects for her. I assume you had to remove everything like the rubber guards, decals, lettering, and everything you did not want covered right?

My wife ruined her watch first time she did it, and now makes me do it. She had gloves on when she dipped, but did not take here watch off and you can guess what happened. Even had part of the decal on her wrist. Took forever to get that decal off her watch. Ended up ruining it trying to get it all off. She did threaten to dip the (.)(.) to keep me from playing with them

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That looks amazing Steve.
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