[VIDEO] How to pimp your Spomb!

[VIDEO] How to pimp your Spomb!

Spombs are one of the best fishing inventions ever, and quite rightly they’re a very common sight on carp waters everywhere.

Yes they come in two colours, but if you really want to stand out from the crowd and show off your individuality then you’ve got to get creative.

We challenged talented hydrodripper Chris Hardman to pimp our Spombs using sheets of water-soluble patterns – and these are his incredible creations.

The Spombs are hydrodipped

The Spombs are hydrodipped

Hydrodipping originated in Japan in the 1980s and has been used in the car industry for applications such as creating faux-wood interior panels.

Its popularity has surged in recent years, with the visual appeal of the process making for some eye-catching internet videos.

Chris Hardman of Hydrov8 in Peterborough

Chris Hardman of Hydrov8 in Peterborough

Hydrodipping works by laying a sheet of patterned PVA film on the surface of a gently heated water tank.

The patterned sheets are cut to size

The patterned sheets are cut to size

The sheet, which is impregnated with ink, is sprayed with an activating solution before your metal or plastic item is plunged through it.

The pattern is placed on the surface of gently heated water then sprayed with activating liquid

The pattern is placed on the surface of gently heated water then sprayed with activating liquid

The ink separates from the PVA and, with skill and timing, sticks to the surface of the item.

After a hose down with water to remove the PVA residue, the process is over within seconds – though it’s not as simple as it would appear.

The Spombs are hosed down after dipping to remove the PVA

The Spombs are hosed down after dipping to remove the PVA

As Chris explained, dipping is no different to any other type of painting and requires good preparation and finishing to create something special.

With that in mind, our Spombs were rubbed down, given a base coat to suit the final pattern and then polished and lacquered once dipped.

The result is a durable finish that will withstand the rigours of regular baiting.

To see more of Chris’s work visit www.hydrov8.uk