Customs: Dyeing in the UK!

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  1. wipeyourfeet

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    Hey, I'm in the UK. I understand the technique of dyeing a figure as I have read the tutorial featured here. I want to start dyeing my figures as I think it is an easy way of applying base layers, but this is my problem.

    All the guides mention using RIT Dye. Now, in the UK this product isn't widely distributed, and the only places I can find the product are on specialist web stores. I was wondering if the RIT Dye was used because it was the only dye we customisers knew of that could acheive the results is does. Are there any other dyes that can be used? Does any one in the UK know of specific brands.

    A more technical question, I know you can paint clear plastic, such as windows, on figures different colours using future finish floor polish, but if I were to put part of a figure with clear and painted parts that couldn't be separated into dye, would the clear parts be dyed the colour of the rest of the part and would they loose their clear properties?

    Thanks in advance guys
     
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    Really any fabric dye will work, RIT jsut tends to be the most common dye on this side of the pond. As for dyeing a part thats clear and painted.

    What will likely happen is that the clear part will be tinted and become some what opaque, and the paint will also be tinted. The nature of the clear plastic hasbro tends to use makes it harder to dye so your better of using translucent paints if you don't want to loose that aspect.
     
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    I think the main reason most US bashers use RIT is because that's the most commonly available. When I do it, I use the Dylon all-purpose, which you can get pretty much anywhere (Woolworths and John Lewis are the normal places I go locally, but they're by no means the only places that stock 'em).

    And I've found that while dipping clear plastic may have some tinting effect, the hardness of it means you'll have to dunk it for ages to make a significant difference. And no, it won't lose its transparency.
    If you're dunking the clear parts simply becasue you can't separate them from parts you actually want to dye, it shouldn't seriously affect the plastic as it'll tint the other stuff much quicker.
    If you actually do want to tint the plastic, then I'd say just use clear paint (Tamiya do a half-decent range, or you could check local craft stores for glass paints).
     
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    See I've found it goes slightly opaque, but then I tend to use a small amount of acetone in my dye baths to help it soak in which might be what caused th problem.
     
  5. Ramrider

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    Yeah? The only times I've tried dying clear parts it's barely dented the colour, and I was using acetone too. Admittedly the fact that the parts were already tinted (blue) may have been a factor, but they still didn't seem any less transparent, just a tiny bit darker (I was dying the parts attached to them with black).
     
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    Guess it all depends on the plastic, by the way, did you ever finish your TF tarot deck?
     
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    Heck, no - unfortunately. That was always going to be a long-term project, but it's been made longer because I've had to restart a couple of times due to data loss. :( 

    One day, though... :p 
     

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