Cobra Imaging

Phone (250) 832-4285 285 - 5th Street SW
Salmon Arm, BC
Canada V1E-1S9

"Cobra Imaging offers an innovative and cost effective solution to apply photographic quality images to three dimensional objects."



The following base information in blue is taken from Cobra's web site.

What is Water Transfer Imaging

The most important part is preparation of the article that is going to be printed.  (Cleaning, sanding, minor repairs)  When the article is ready a primer is then applied for the base coat can adhere to.
The base coat is then applied as per choice of the customer, (for instance brown would be used for parts which would be printed on a wood grain film)  It should be noted that the film is manipulated simply by changing the base colors to get the desired effect.

The available patterns are printed on a water soluble polyvinyl film from the manufacturer.  This film is then  This film is then carefully placed on top of the water surface of the dipping tank that is specifically designed for hydrographic printing.  The film hydrates and an activating solovent is applied by spray to disolve the polyvinly.  As the polyvinyl disolves, it leaves the ink pattern on top of the water without affecting its structure or appearance. 
The article is now ready to be printed.  The article is immersed in the water through the floating ink using the water displacement to wrap around and adhere the print to the article no matter how complex the shape creating a continuous finish. 
The atricle is then rinsed  to remove the residue and then air dried.
Automotive urethane is then applied in a flat to highgloss finish.  The the atricle is then ready for wet sanding, buffing and polishing.  Then we carefully package your article and mail back to you.


Cobra Imaging is a  Film Dip company in British Columbia , Canada that I recently became aware of.  After a few discussions we decided a review of the Film Dip process was a good idea. I chose to send in a metal riser recurve for the review. This bow was an old Hoyt TD3 form the 1972 era that I had converted to accept todays modern I L F  or Olympic style  limbs.

The conversion project is on the following link for those that want to convert or "Warf "an old compound riser to accept todays best recurve limbs. 

The Film dip is a simple water transfer process, where we can choose from many different paterns. After the piece is dipped and the patern is transfered the piece is coated with a durable clear finish to protect it. The clear coat can range from High gloss  to a  Matt finish. I chose a semi-gloss for this bow.

The most comon Dip paterns we see are the camo's. I was considering a fall or winter patern for this bow but decided to give the metal riser a new look that I had not seen before and create the Ilusion of a wood bow.  It worked. This also allowed me to be able to use these limbs on the other ILF risers I have without having them look out of place. Many of you will prefer to dedicate the complete bow to a patern like " Predator " white for winter  or green for Fall hunting.

When the riser was being prepared for the project I stripped it to bare metal, and washed it with Muriatic acid before priming it. This is necessary to get adhesion on bare metal like the magnesium alloy it is made from. The riser had many bare places from the conversion it had just received. An already painted riser will not need the acid bath to etch the metal.

I think the quality of the Burl Wood dip is very good. It is nearly impossible to find the seams where the pieces were overlaped. The clear coat is well done without any runs or sags, and all of the edges are covered. The finish is smooth to the toutch and  it has appeal to the eye.

The only fault I found is where the limbs have a clear plastic sound deadening pad on the bottom side, over the limb weight label. The pads were dipped covering the label that identifies the limb type and weight . It took about 5 minutes to sand off this area and make things right . I should have told the folks at cobra to mask off this area, or better still I could have done it myself.

I think that the bow now has a much better apearance than it did before the Film dip was applied. The overall quality of the job is very good. Considering the many curves and angles involved in Dipping a 3 piece Recurve and the fact that the seam lines are almost invisible I am more than pleased.

I decided not to dip the grip, in order to give the bow some contrast.


   Before and after Film Dip

There are many diferent applications for a Film Dip , Bows are just one of the toys we have that can be enhanced by this proccess. I am very satisfied with the results of this review.


Pete Ward

"Welcome to my outdoor world