Customs: Dye question

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  1. OldsCut78

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    Do I have to boil water? Is there any other way? Thanks Olds
     
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    not really, no. you bring it to a boil, but then let it slightly cool below that temp before you dip the parts in. The heated water softens the plastic up, allowing it to accept the dye.
     
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    Don't boil. I used very hot tap water, to heat the figure, then just left it in the dye for 3 days.

    Try to use as small a container as possible, maybe even a drinking glass, that way you can keep the dye as concentrated. Also used about a cup of acetone in the dye.
     
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    the hotter the water, the more likely you're piece is susceptible to warping (trash)
    I learned trial and error, best way I've found is like DP said, boil the solution so the dye, acetone and water melt together, then put in a bucket, leave the parts in there for 1 day (or more) and you'll be safe.
     
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    Awesome that this popped up! I'm getting ready to try my hand at dying a couple things. Thanks for the tips guys!
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    everyone is repeating what I already said :lol  bring it to a boil, then let it cool down a little before dippin parts.
     
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    actually, it's a bit different. In our tutorial(and other places as well) it states to keep the water at a hot temp and dye the parts. The method I've been having good results with is solution that was boiled, then cooled to room temp, then parts added, and a loooong dye period: 24+ hours.

    Another way is tedious, but quicker results. This would be keeping the dye solution very hot, and dunking each piece a few seconds, pull it out, allowing it to cool, then repeat until desired color is achieved.
     

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