There are a few key components in Hydrographics to make you successful in this growth industry.
As we have already mentioned your Activator is one of (if not THE) most important component.
Next on the list is your hydrographics film, Film can be purchased all over the internet as one quick Google search will show you and there are a lot of already well established providers of good quality film.
So what do you need to know about hydrographics film ?
Firstly if your buying from china like a lot of people out there is what type of base film stock does your provider use.
There are two main contenders for this :-
1. Japanese base stock (usually identified by it's higher price)
2. Chinese base stock (usually identified by the opposite)
Some overseas suppliers are already aware that the more savvy purchaser is looking for the more superior Japanese film and will inflate their prices to try and give the impression that their stock is Japanese (when it is in fact the cheaper Chinese variant).
So how do you know if your Hydrographics film is Chinese or Japanese base stock ?
Well this one is quite tricky and asking for samples is usually the only way you will find out for sure, as a lot of sellers will just tell you what you want to hear.
Don't be misled by other information on the net about this subject as the truth is MOST of the film available is printed in china and most suppliers will be buying from the same place (especially in the Shenzhen region) the only real difference is whether they have asked for Japanese base stock or Chinese when they placed their order which inevitably dictates their profit margin on that order.
I would love to tell everyone to buy British but the simple fact is, that there aren't really any successful mainstream British manufacturers of Hydrographics Film at the moment.
So what can you do to avoid the pitfalls of overseas buying?
Well this one is quite simple, buy your stock from a reputable supplier in the UK who have done all the painstaking hard work for you , so you don't have to.
It's also worth noting that when you buy your stock from a UK seller there won't be any import duty surprises waiting to make their way to your letterbox (which sometimes makes it more expensive than buying in the UK).
You will also have after sales backup from your supplier (well, you will from FinishWorx at least) and in some cases you will also have technical support to get you going (Again at FinishWorx this is one of our key goals).
What if there is a design that I want that's not on your website?
That's easy , ask us. We might not have it in stock but we will be able to tell you one way or the other if we can get it for you and we will also be honest about how much it will cost and how long it will take for us to get it to you.
Remember you can contact us in more ways than most sellers just check out our contacts page to see what we mean.
The FinishWorx Team.