Hydrographics durability

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by rebootit, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. rebootit

    rebootit New Member

    719
    Mar 25, 2011
    St. Petersburg FL
    Does anyone have a Keltec that has been coated with hydrographics? If you don't know what that is it it's a full color printing process for just about any solid object that can be dipped in water. It's the same process used on camo rifles you see in magazines all the time. Reason I ask is we have done it on sports equipment and car parts as a sideline in our sign business. I am seriously thinking about doing my grips and maybe the slide on the p3at. I'm thinking it should be as durable as duracoat since it's what I will use as a clear coat but just wondering if anyone has it and seen any issues with it on a firearm.
     
  2. tomdickandharry

    tomdickandharry Member

    380
    Mar 7, 2011
    Orlando Fl
    That sounds cool. I have a p3 we can do if you want to try it and see. If I keep it, I was planning on duracoating it and doing something crazy.
     

  3. TucsonMTB

    TucsonMTB New Member

    585
    Sep 24, 2006
    Tucson Arizona
    I can't imagine it would be any less durable on a P-3AT than an AR, which I have seen.

    Sounds like fun. Wish you were local to Tucson. :cool:
     
  4. rebootit

    rebootit New Member

    719
    Mar 25, 2011
    St. Petersburg FL
    Tell ya what guys, I have some carbon fiber print coming that I am going to try. If it looks as good as I think it will and I don't run into any issues with the texture of the grips and making it feel funny, sticky, gummy or whatever I will let you know. I will work something out with the first few who want to try it, cost of materials just to get some photos for example. I personally haven't tried doing any firearms with this process but other stuff we have done has looked good and held up great. I mainly do giant format stadium graphics but starting to get to old to hang off buildings. Need to start thinking smaller stuff and hydoprinting is a sideline to our regular work. I'm in St. Petersburg, Fl
     
  5. TucsonMTB

    TucsonMTB New Member

    585
    Sep 24, 2006
    Tucson Arizona
    Without an FFL, you will be limited to non-serial numbered components, like the slide, and to people who can stop by in person, if they want the entire pistol refinished.

    On second thought, with the P-3AT, it would be possible to pull the serial numbered frame out of the plastic grip and legally send just the grip and slide to you.

    I think I would be tempted to buy a new grip from Kel-Tec for the purpose.  Or even, prepay and ask you to order the grip from Kel-Tec to work on at your leisure.  This could work.   :cool:
     
  6. tomdickandharry

    tomdickandharry Member

    380
    Mar 7, 2011
    Orlando Fl
    Well I'm in orlando so I won't have a problem making the drive down there. Think we can do the barrel too? Or is that going to wear off too quick?
     
  7. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    please be sure to abide by the KTOG rules with this discussion.
    That would be "No commerce"
    another though is this thread is not p3at specific, so the accesory section might be more approaite.
    I'll let it stay here for now, but don't be surprised if it gets moved (or deleted)
     
  8. TucsonMTB

    TucsonMTB New Member

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    Sep 24, 2006
    Tucson Arizona
    Oops!  Sorry!  Color me gone.   :-[
     
  9. rebootit

    rebootit New Member

    719
    Mar 25, 2011
    St. Petersburg FL

    I'm just asking if anyone had done it to a p380 and questioning durability. I own 200+ domain names and my own servers. If and when we decide to do it commercially people will know without me spamming the forum communities. All that does is tick everyone off. Getting the word out on the "net" is something I have done since before WWW became a reality running commercial and private BBS systems for all kinds of interest groups. I'm not trying to hijack the KTOG forum looking for business. If this is removed no big deal. Sorry if it offended the mods or broke the rules.
     
  10. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    Texas
    Discussion/speculation is OK so long as everyone abstains from any sales-related posting. If and when a product or service if being offered or sought (commerce) it must go to the Trading Post. Carry on.
     
  11. R.Ph. 380

    R.Ph. 380 New Member

    141
    Nov 14, 2011
    +1 on what he said. Hi Rebootit. Finally got reregistered over here.

    CF on everything would be cool, even the slide. Make some stop and think.

    Bill