Customs: Can you dye plastic with kool-aid?

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  1. Wiggyof09

    Wiggyof09 Well-Known Member

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    I can't find RIT dye at any of my local stores. One store had fabric dye for cold water, but none of the colors I needed. All pinks and beige. So, I know kool-aid stains. Anyone try dyeing plastic with it? Think it would produce the same effects? Will it dye clear plastic to give that cool tint effect? Would it work without the acetone?
     
  2. Erector

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    I'd doubt it. Ketchup stains, but I don't think you could dye plastic with it...
     
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    I'm thinking no it wouldn't work, but, I could be wrong, lol. I had a similar thought a couple of days ago about dying things with odd tings, like blueberry juice (blueberry's stain things easily). If this somehow works, that would be awesome.
     
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    Have you tried walmart, grocery stores and other places for your rit dye?
     
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    Wal-Mart carries it. It's in the laundry detergent aisle. Usually on the top rack, and in small packets. Can be easy to overlook.
     
  6. Soundblaster1

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    I'd say don't risk it...

    You might make the plastic stink or something.
     
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    I say the best way to find out ( since noone else has tried it ) is to try it yourself. Somebody has to be the first. If it works, you might be famous for a while. Like I was with the dyeing of plastic. Too bad it was about 4 years ago and hardly anyone remembers I did it first.
     
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    I might be able to try it tonight if the OP doesn't. I just need to find something to dye first.
     
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    Well, I found my RIT dye. No Wal-mart in a distance I can get to and I tried grocergy store, drug stores, and craft stores but I was informed that Walgreens had it, which I didn't think to try. The reason i thought kool-aid might work was because it has been used to dye fabric, and since RIT is fabric dye, I thought it might work. Now I don;t have to risk it though. Thanks for the feed back. If you try the kool-aid thing, Soundblaster1, use the sugar free packs. You probably knew that, but you never know.

    Another question. Would a cold water dye of another brand be worth trying, or is RIT the only fabric dye that works?

    Edit: Ok, how much acetone do I add?

    I've read the dyeing guide and all I see is that adding it will help, but it doesn't say how much.
     
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    I believe it's a 4 to 1 ratio of water to dye.

    edit: don't forget that if the water is too hot, the acetone will pretty much explode once it hits the hot water!
     
  12. Soundblaster1

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    OWATs thread said to add it cold.

    EDIT: I'll be trying to gather up some scrap plastic now. I'll try to get some of varying types and colors to get a definitive result. Expect final results sometime between 8 and 9 tonight (unless I get really carried away)
     
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    on using the koolaid, I have no idea if it would work, but I would make sure you use just the plain koolaid mix.... not the premixed stuff with sugar. Otherwise you'll have a sticky mess.

    This made me think, there's those egg dying kits too that you can get around Easter. Those might work as well.
     
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    :lol  That's funny!

    . . . oh wait a minute, I posted that . . .

    *ahem*This is a cool thread, just for the very nature of it (testing things to see if they work). This is one reason I don't throw away many "junk" toys; you can always use em to experiment with :) 
     
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    Test color: Green (Lemon lime kool-aid)
    Test items: Plastic spoon (hard plastic), Plastic fork (softer plastic), random TF limb
    Procedure: Same as regular dying
    Results: 5 seconds didn't work. I let the stuff soak in the kool-aid for about 30 seconds (resulted in warping). Still did not work.

    Final verdict: It might seem practical, but Kool-Aid is NOT a plastic dye.

    Anyone want to replicate the test with other stuff?
     
  16. Wiggyof09

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    Too bad the kool-aid didn't work out. Did you add acetone?
     
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    Yes
     
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    Just had an idea. How much kool-aid stuff did you use? It might work if you added more to the same amount of water. Not sure if that would help or not though.
     
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    I used 2 packets of Kool-aid to about half a cup of water. Probably a tablespoon or so of acetone on top of that.
     
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