Water transfer printing – or hydrographics – isn't exactly a new art. But HG Arts, a Barcelona-based hydrographics trainer and equipment supplier, has released a pretty cool video showing how this process can be used to spruce up an otherwise boring wheel.

Unfortunately, this video does little to show how the material is applied to the surface of the water or explain things like how long the graphics last or how much the process costs, but it was still pretty neat watching the various patterns come to life on these wheels. Check out the video posted below, which shows the process repeated over and over using patterns that include carbon fiber, camouflage, $100 bills and even SpongeBob.


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      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who will be the first to put SpongeBob wheels on a Ferrari?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
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        r53CooperS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        .. next print option will be cease and desist from Nickelodeon.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not going to lie. That's pretty damn cool.
      kikassboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is actually pretty cool...if i was using the car as an advertisement for sponsors or my own company, this would be a neat trick. wonder how well it lasts in rain or other real-world conditions...
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've seen this before, but the wood and SpongeBob wheels were my favorite.
      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe I just watched that for 12 minutes. I also can't believe that I enjoyed watching it for 12 minutes.
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gun parts look great when they do this as well. Usually great for camo patterns. (Leaves etc). I can't believe autoblog is just getting to this article. I guess it's a slow "news" day. This is interesting but honestly they have been doing this professionally, and even the last 7 years been selling this film on ebay for smaller parts. (We were doing dash trim parts in aluminum and CF look back in 2005 and I'm a rookie at this stuff).
      chest rockwell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool stuff. I could watch this and 3-d printing all day.
      Deez Nutz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This may not be new, but I never saw it before and I thought it was pretty cool. Everyone else in my office thought it was interesting too Just because it's not breaking news does it mean it's irrelevant.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      ???hyrdographics More like Hydrographics. Its an incredibly cool method of creating unique wheels.
      v6sonoma
      • 1 Year Ago
      The tech is not new but I don't think I've seen it used much on automotive wheels. It's basically a thin sheet of a graphic design that is placed on water and then an activator is sprayed on it so that when you pass something through it the design is transferred. I would think the design would be relatively fragile but once it is dry a quick coating of a clear coat should help to give it some added durability.
      Trev
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's a clip from Wheeler Dealers where they do the same to interior trim pieces. http://velocity.discovery.com/tv-shows/wheeler-dealers/videos/carbon-fiber-look-done-cheap.htm
      Kchrpm
      • 1 Year Ago
      As I remember from when I worked with this very briefly, the material is just a really thin film that you put on the surface of the liquid (I don't remember if it was just water). I dipped the eyeglasses case I had at the time, and though obviously that's a nearly no impact application I remember the pattern lasting as I used the case for several years.
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