Polymers: Finishes

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Polymers don’t need a finish as they are self-finishing. Additional finishes can be added to polymers to enhance the product.

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Spray painting

  • Spray painting can add colour and pattern to polymers.
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Vinyl decals

  • Vinyl decals can be added to polymers to add images or lettering.
    • For example, signs.
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  • Flocking can add fake hair to a polymer product.
    • For example, a toy horse.
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Engraving and frosting

  • Engraving and frosting are used for signs.
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Heat transfer

  • Heat transfer can add images and patterns to polymers.
    • For example, sub-printing.
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Hydrographic printing

  • Hydrographic printing adds colours and patterns to polymers.
    • The image or pattern float in a tank.
    • The object is dipped into the tank.
    • The image wraps around the object.

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1Core Technical Principles

2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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