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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 23:20

Auto Body Customization Business Offers Unique Designs in SD

Written by Patrick Anderson, Argus Leader
Premium Dips & Design owner Derrek Hamilton hydrodipped a hood scoop for a customer March 2 at his shop in Sioux Falls, SD. When Hamilton pulls the hood scoop out of the water, the liquefied film is on the hood scoop. The design is called "turbos and pistons." Premium Dips & Design owner Derrek Hamilton hydrodipped a hood scoop for a customer March 2 at his shop in Sioux Falls, SD. When Hamilton pulls the hood scoop out of the water, the liquefied film is on the hood scoop. The design is called "turbos and pistons." Brianna Sanchez/Argus Leader

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Hamilton offers drivers a wide variety of car customization options at the shop he rents at 807 N. Helen Ave. After graduating from Mitchell High School, Hamilton went to the auto body program at Southeast Tech.

 

He started Premium Dips in 2016 after taking out a line of credit from the bank and searching around for a space he could rent out with a paint booth and enough room to do his work.

 

He’s spent the last two years building up his customer base and showcasing his work in local competitions. His motorcycle customizations have won awards at local shows, including numerous Bike Nights, an event hosted weekly at local bar and restaurant 18th Amendment.

 

Hamilton’s specialty is hydrographics. The technology allows him to customize car body parts with artistic designs by dipping them into water. The same technique works on just about anything---not just car parts, Hamilton said.


Dipping is a slang term used to describe the process. One of the most popular household items people want dipped is reusable drink tumblers, Hamilton said. He can also apply the adhesive designs to cell phone cases and golf clubs.

 

“Anything that can go inside of the water, you can do,” Hamilton said.

 

The Sioux Falls’ car scene has been a good place to build up his business, Hamilton said.

 

“There are a lot of people in custom cars,” Hamilton said. “That’s what I kind of grew up around.”

 

For more about Premium Dips and Design Hydrographics, check out its Facebook page or call 605-770-2437.

 

We thank Argus Leader for reprint permission. 


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