FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Laser Engraving Services
Can I ship my firearm directly to you, or must I use a local FFL to ship my firearm?
YES! You can ship us your slides, your mags and pretty much anything directly: The ATF has a provision for "Customization" and "Repair" work for individuals to send their firearms directly to an FFL as long as it is done through UPS or FEDEX ONLY! (NO US Postal Service!). Inbound out of town orders for engraving work are to be shipped with a list of enclosed contents (include pertinent serial numbers if applicable) as well as your Name, Phone Number and Email Address so that we may contact you should we have a question or to forward you invoices and receipts. Also include a brief recap of work to be performed as a reminder (we will call if there is a need for clarification). All of this ALONG WITH A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER LICENCES (Front and Back) to: DPW Gunsmith LLC. 2525 E Cedar Drive Eagle Mountain, Ut 84005
How much does laser engraving my firearm cost?
Every project is unique and therefore so are most of our prices. Laser stippling starts @ $100 but varies based on complexity and time needed under the laser. We try our best to work with most budgets and recommend contacting us with your idea, to get a solid estimate.
What type of graphics files do you need?
Formats: We take care of reworking your graphics for you, however, JPG, JPEG, PNG, and PLT are preferred, please no Zip Or Rar compressed files. The higher the definition, the easiest to work with but we can work with most graphics. Graphic Color: Think in Black and white. Eventually, all graphics will be converted to black and white (no Gray) so avoid blurry images or images with a lot of shading or poor contrasting colors / features.
What size requirements are there?
Be realistic, a wedding portrait engraved on an area the size of a stamp will not render well. Rule of thumb is, find that graphic on google, shrink it down on your screen to the size it will be, if it is hard to recognize there, it will be hard to recognize on the finished product.
What are your average turn around times?
We try to turn around most projects in under a week, however this will depend on complexity, amount of graphic design and laser time needed. Once you provide us your idea, we will give a rough estimate for turn around.
Is the finish durable?
Yes, we use only the highest grade materials. After all items are printed they receive a clear coat finish in either a gloss, flat, or matte finish. The clear coats used are the same that are used in the automotive industry and marine industries.
Can items be reprinted?
Yes, items that are printed can be re-printed without much difficulty.
What types of items can be printed?
A wide variety of flat or 3-D shapes and manufacturing materials such as plastics, metals, woods, glass, etc. can be printed. Everything from sunglasses, to home furniture to your custom motorcycle parts can be printed with ease.
What is the turn around time on my product?
Hydro-Dip™ makes every effort to have your products decorated and being sent back to you within 3-4 weeks after its arrival in our shop.
How much does it cost?
Due to the unique nature of custom work, estimates are given on a per item per job basis. The prep time, size and the complexity of the item or items being printed are the main focus for determining cost. Volume orders are also bid individually.
Can we change the color of a pattern?
Yes and No. Some patterns allow for the base tone to be changed so that you can achieve a wide variety of colorful looks. While other patterns, such as branded camouflage patterns, require us to use a standardized base tone due to licensing regulations. Call for more information.
Do we need to bring in or send our parts disassembled?
Yes, or No all parts to be printed need to be completely disassembled. All parts should be sent in a “Ready to Paint” condition. Please be sure to only bring in or send in cleaned items. Only send the pieces and parts that are going to be printed. Hydro-Dip™ For firearms we can disassembly or re-assembly of your product. But there is a $90 fee for Long guns and $65.00 fee foe hand guns.
This is one area that can be incredibly simple or complex, depending on how much digging you want to do into the various testing methods. You can, for instance, look up what an ASTM D3359 rating of 5B means, which Cerakote earns proudly, or you can see that a 180 degree bend over a quarter-inch mandrel didn’t involve the coating coming loose or flaking off. Ball bearing impact tests are also done to apply 160 inch-pounds of impact force without cracking, or any sign that the coating is coming loose at all.
Wear cycles are applied with a buffing wheel coated with abrasive material. Due to the lower coefficient of friction and the ceramic-polymer makeup of the coating, it’s been determined that Cerakote finishes can hold up well to over 5,000 wear cycles for every mil of thickness. Some series are even stronger. Think about how many bullets it takes on a stock slide before you start to see metal under the stock finish. Nuff said? Moving on.
Cerekote finishes are tested with a salt solution. This is very much alike one of those glock torture tests you see on you-tube and facebook, but with a very specific and scientific metric applied. There are generally two ways to perform this test. Either the part is hung and put under a constant spray a saltwater, which most coatings will tolerate on the order of thousands of hours, or they are dropped into a vat of the salt solution and left to soak. Let’s face it, you don’t want to drop your custom glock in a salt bath, so these folks have done the testing for you. In this kind of full immersion test, the coating will hold up against rust for hundreds of hours. Try that with a blued slide, the difference in the results is obvious.
One scientific test, the ASTM D3363, rates Cerakote coatings with a pencil hardness of 9H. It also rates them at a scratch resistance of 6H. While you wouldn’t want to run a nail across it under extreme force, these are actually some of the best test results you will see, on any coating.