How To Hydro Dip AT Home Step by Step Guide 2022

How To Hydro Dip

Hydro Dipping a guitar or guitar pedal is an incredible method to make some intriguing and novel fine art.

Each Hydro-Dipped guitar or pedal is interesting and you can modify your work of art with the same number of shadings or whirls as you like.

In this guide, I’ll cover all you require to know to Hydro Dip your guitar or guitar pedals.

Before the finish of this guide, you will know:

What hardware you need to Hydro Dip your guitar or pedals

  • Bit by bit directions
  • Tips and best practices
  • Basic missteps to maintain a strategic distance from
  • Exercises I’ve learned

While Hydro Dipping may appear to be hard from the outset, you’ll be prepared to begin before the finish of this guide.

Hydro Dipping versus Swirl Paint versus Marbling

You’ll hear a variety of terms utilized when discussing this theme. Here are some firmly related terms you may hear:

  • Hydro Dipping
  • Inundation Printing
  • Water Transfer Imaging
  • Water Marbling
  • Twirl Painting
  • Hydrographics

The entirety of the above terms alludes to dunking a thing into something to move paint or designs to it.

To keep things straightforward, you can part the entirety of the above terms into two classes: paint or printed designs.

Terms, for example, Hydrographics, Immersion printing, or Water Transfer Imaging apply printed examples or craftsmanship onto a thing utilizing water.

The above photograph shows an illustration of applying some printed designs to a thing. A film of illustrations is set on top of a compartment of water and the designs are moved to the thing when dunked in.

You can utilize Hydrographics to apply printed work of art to a guitar and there are a ton of choices for custom illustrations you could utilize.

I won’t cover Hydrographics in this guide as I haven’t attempted it yet and there are some extra significant advances you need to know.

The other technique includes trickling or splashing paint on top of a holder of water. At the point when someone discusses Swirl Painting, Marbling, or Hydro Dipping, this is the thing that they generally allude to.

The above Ibanez is an exemplary illustration of this kind of Hydro Dipping and it’s what I’ll cover in this instructional exercise.

Step-By-Step Guide How to Hydro Dip

Huge, profound plastic compartment (the holder will have paint within after the hydro plunging is finished)

  • The DIY complete hydrographic printing unit
  • Object to be plunged
  • Sandpaper to smooth the surface
  • Clothes
  • Can of gentle cleaning arrangement and water
  • Vinyl, elastic, or latex gloves
  • Preliminary Coat
  • Basecoat
  • Top Coat – Clear Coat

When you accumulate all the things, you will first prepare the outside of the article. This includes eliminating any wrap-up, cleaning the surface, and applying a preliminary and a base coat. With regards to preliminary and base coats, you might be thinking about what kind of paint is ideal, for example, water-solvent or oil-based choices. You need to utilize the correct sort of preliminary and base coat to guarantee that the hydrographic cycle works appropriately, so it is best that you utilize groundwork and paints that are explicitly intended for the hydrographic printing measure.

There are a couple of fundamental things of gear you need to Hydro Dip your guitar or pedal.


There are various kinds of paint you could utilize, yet I propose one of two prospects: splash jars or Humbrol veneer.

Splash jars: a great many people suggest Rustoleum, yet different brands will attempt to fluctuating degrees. I utilized White Knight brand splash jars since they had some fluoro colors I needed to attempt and they turned out great.

Splash jars give you less authority over mind-boggling twirling designs, however, they can in any case create some amazing outcomes.


Discover a holder sufficiently large to totally plunge your thing. The compartment should be wide enough for the thing just as profound enough to totally lower it without it winding up in a sorry situation.

For a guitar pedal, a standard can is great.

For a guitar, a huge compartment will be required so you can totally lower it.


Sandpaper is utilized to set up the outside of your guitar or pedal.

Purchase a scope of sandpaper from 120 coarseness up to 360 coarseness to set up the outside of your guitar or pedal.

For making a mirror-smooth completion on your guitar, purchase a scope of wet-and-dry sandpaper from 1200 coarseness to as high as you need. You can even get some cleaning compound for the best outcomes.


In case you will utilize shower paint for your plunge, you need a cover.

Regardless of whether you will do this outside or in a very much ventilated zone, the exhaust from the paint is awful and can rapidly develop around you.

Get a veil with legitimate channels to manage the paint. You would prefer not to wind up in a hacking fit as you’re attempting to plunge your guitar.

Also, you truly don’t need any of this getting into your lungs.

Hydro Dipping Step-by-Step Tutorial

We should experience the fundamental strides to hydro plunge your guitar or guitar pedal. I’ll exhibit the means of utilizing a guitar pedal walled in area, yet you can follow similar strides with a guitar.

Stage 1: Sand Your Item

The planning work you put in will assist you with improving outcomes.

On the off chance that you need to Hydro Dip a guitar, you first need to sand the first paint or finish down. You don’t need to sand your guitar down to exposed wood, just sand it enough to eliminate the shine finish.

On the off chance that you need to Hydro Dip a guitar pedal, you just need to sand the nook enough to get an overall quite smooth completion.

The fundamental technique with sanding is, to begin with, to lower coarseness sandpaper and work your approach to higher coarseness sandpaper.

Lower coarseness sandpaper is harsher and will take more material off in less time. Be that as it may, it will likewise leave further scratches on your thing. So abstain from the beginning with anything short of 120 coarseness or you’ll invest the majority of your energy attempting to eliminate the scratches it makes.

Stage 2: Tape Your Item

In case you’re splashing a guitar, you will likely need the whole surface shrouded in the paint. Yet, there might be a few territories you would prefer not to be shrouded in paint, for example, the neck pocket (on a jolt on guitar), or the interior wiring pit.

Consider where you don’t need the paint to proceed to tape those territories up with painter’s tape.

With a guitar pedal, you get the best outcomes on the off chance that you tape up within so the paint can’t experience any openings.

Notwithstanding taping the openings in a pedal fenced-in area, you can utilize a bit of tape as a convenient method to hold the pedal as you plunge it.

Take a length of tape and overlap it as appeared beneath to make a handle:

You can get this handle of tape to get a decent grasp on your pedal as you lower it into the water.

Whenever you have secured any zones you would prefer not to be shrouded in paint, you’re prepared to apply a base coat.

Stage 3: Add a Base Coat

There are two reasons why you should add a base coat to the outside of your thing before you Hydro Dip it.

The main explanation is the base coat enables the paint from the Hydro To plunge adhere to the surface.

The exact opposite thing you need is to invest the entirety of this energy in and the paint runs straight off of your guitar when you plunge it.

The subsequent explanation is to dodge holes in your Hydro Dip. In some cases, there might be slight holes in the paint when Hydro Dipping. Without a base coat, these holes will uncover the guitar or pedal surface.

Adding a base coat gives you a decent fall back in that you can pick what shading you need to show if there are any holes in your base coat.

More often than not a white base coat will look best. Be that as it may, you can utilize an alternate tone in the event that you decide.

So set aside the effort to do a legitimate base coat.

This can be as straightforward as purchasing a shower jar of preliminary and giving your guitar a decent coat.

In the event that you need to Hydro Dip a guitar, eliminate the neck (jolt on necks) or tape the neck up (set neck or neck-through). Hang the guitar up so you can apply paint to the front, back, and sides in one go.

In the event that you need to Hydro Dip a guitar pedal, you can essentially sit the walled-in area and backboard down as you don’t have to paint within.

Start with a light coat applied equitably over the whole surface. This will assist the heavier coats with adhering to your guitar or pedal. Let it rest for a moment before you apply the following coat.

Shower a couple of light covers to progressively develop the measure of paint on your guitar or pedal.

Showering light covers maintain a strategic distance from runs or pools of paint. On the off chance that you splash excessively near your guitar or hold the can too long more than one zone, you will probably get a run.

Keep adding light covers until you have an overall quite even coat covering the surface.

Stage 4: Prepare the Water

Fill your holder with water in a reasonable area.

I talk about inside versus outside later just as the water temperature in the tips area, so read that to conclude which is best for you.

In the event that you do this outside, pick a zone protected from the breeze and pick a day with a pleasant climate that won’t turn on you.

Stage 5: Get Everything Ready

When you begin showering the paint, you’ll be neutralizing the clock. The more you take to splash and plunge your thing, the more possibility the paint will begin to evaporate and it won’t stick appropriately.

When you have your holder loaded up with water, prepare everything.

You need to have the option to work quickly, so have all you require close by.

Have the shower jars all set with the covers eliminated and shake every one for a moment.

Stage 6: Spray the Paint

While showering the paint, you need to move rapidly, yet don’t surge.

Hold the can at a respectable distance away so it doesn’t upset the water, cause waves, or you see the paint separate on a superficial level.

In the event that you consider a to be and even coat as appeared over, that is a decent showering distance. Notice that the water is scarcely upset and the paint is uniformly spreading out over the water.

On the off chance that you see swells and the paint separating as found in the underneath photograph, that is excessively close.

I suggest doing your first plunge with a training thing so you can become accustomed to accurately splashing the paint.

Rapidly switch among jars and apply each layer in turn. You can either splash each new layer in the center to develop rings of shading, or you can differ the situation of each new shading.

Stage 7: Dip Your Item

The sooner you plunge your thing after the paint has been applied to the outside of the water the better.

Try not to stand by too long or the paint may dry and experience difficulty adhering to your thing.

Choose which zone of the paint you like the example the most. Mean to plunge your thing in a region with pleasant twirling or shading designs.

Stage 8: Remove Your Item

Take some paper towels or utilize your gloves and away from the surface of the water.

Be mindful so as not to shake the water excessively or some paint may fall underneath the surface and adhere to your thing.

Whenever you have cleared the surface totally, cautiously raise your guitar or pedal out of the water.

Stage 9: Dry and Clear Coat

Let your paint totally dry before you apply a reasonable coat.

Contingent upon the thickness of the paint, this may take at least one day.

Show restraint. You would prefer not to destroy the entirety of your work by not giving the paint sufficient opportunity to dry.

When the paint has totally dried, give it a couple of layers of clear.

Contingent upon how smooth you need your thing to be, you may choose to delicately sand and buff the surface.

I didn’t do this with my guitar pedal since I enjoyed the rough surface the plunge made. Be that as it may, for a guitar, you may incline toward having a mirror-smooth completion.

To do this appropriately, you need to stand in the middle of layers of clear after each coat has totally dried.

Use Gloves I took in this exercise the most difficult way possible. When I began bringing down my guitar pedal into the water the first occasion when I understood I had failed to remember my gloves.

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