About this time last year, the absence of something caught my eye. The harsh glare of indoor florescence highlighted each blemish and robbed my Transition Bank of it's once glossy gleam.
I traced my fingers along the top tube and each score read like brail. Telling countless stories of adventures, she wore her scratches proud. She had lived a great life, and I wasn't ready to let go.
A friend introduced me to a technique called water transfer printing, or Hyrographics. Essentially your chosen print floats in a pool of water and, as the object passes through, the paint transfers. Immediately intrigued by the process, I stripped the bank down the the frame and sent her to Brad at Waterz Edge. I'd never met him, but from our conversations on the phone, I knew she'd be in good hands.
Once Brad received the frame, we talked about colour options. His online gallery of patterns is extensive and once I narrowed down to a few choices, he guided me through choosing an appropriate primer as well. The primer coat can add extra depth and dimension to the pattern, but I opted for a simple white.
Our chosen pattern had to be brought in, so he used the delivery time to prime the frame. He was careful to cover the headset, and the bottom bracket area was cleaned to ensure a proper fit. Once the pattern arrived, he sent a test block of what the finished product would look like.
From there, the process took about a week. To ensure the grains aligned, Brad carefully dipped the bike several times. Once the pattern was set, he applied the gloss finish to protect the pattern and add shine. This was done in several coats and each coat was given time to cure before applying the next. Labels can also be applied during this stage, but I opted to apply my own.
Brad sent photos throughout the process. Even as texts the progress was impressive.
The Bank came back from her spa getaway completely refreshed and ready for more adventures. The entire process cost around $300 and took about two weeks. Other patterns include camo, stone, floral, and carbon weaves. For more information, feel free to contact Brad.
Check out this video to see the process!