Customs: Dyeing white and/or light beige parts in grey

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  1. OmarJT82

    OmarJT82 Well-Known Member

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    I am in need some advice:

    How can I and what do I need to dye parts the are originally white (example: from Classics Voyager Jetfire) and/or light beige parts (example: from HFTD "Starscream's Assault" Voyager Starscream) to light grey?

    Do I need to mix certain RIT color dyes to get the color I want?
     
  2. OmarJT82

    OmarJT82 Well-Known Member

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    Bump.
     
  3. Bigbot3030

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    I'm confused, are you trying to dye a part that was originally white, or dye a part white? If it's the latter, you're out of luck, since you can only dye a plastic darker than what it was originally. If you want to go lighter, ya gotta use paint.
    At least thats what I understand.

    Randy!
     
  4. Optimist_Prime

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    I believe you want black dye, and start with dips of only 3-5 seconds at a time.
     
  5. Fishdirt

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    or just put it in a normal batch of black for a couple seconds, rinse, spray with easy off..wait an hour..clean off and repeat until you get the desired gray.
     
  6. OmarJT82

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    To be clear, I am trying to dye a part that was originally white to grey!
     
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    yeah, my bad, I didn't read the title that well.:eek:  i have't done any dye jobs yet(very soon though!) but the dyeing parts tutorial seemd to be fairly good.
    And i think I have heard of people doing it like others just mentioned. One thing that seems to be consistent is dont' do it on a part that your not afraid of destroying. it seems to be a trial and error process.

    Randy!
     
  8. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Using black won't work. It has a tendency to turn white plastic brown. Unless you can find gray dye ( good luck ), you'll have to go with paint. I'd recommend any brand of "vinyl and carpet paint" that you can buy at automotive stores. More durable than regular paint, more color options than dye.
     
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    Know why? Black dyes and pigments come in a variety of temps ranging from cool to warm. If you either add dark blue or purple to the dye mix or dye the part blue lightly then the black will become a cool black instead of warm.

    Oddly the rit I've used is cool based. Either way testing is the safe way.
     
  10. jezones

    jezones REEVERS!!!

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    Hobby lobby has gray dye. It's made by RIT. I think it's called pearl gray. It's in the cloth section, just ask the old ladies they no everything
     
  11. OmarJT82

    OmarJT82 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I found that out for myself when I visited a Hobby Lobby store here in San Antonio yesterday!

    Bought the only 2 boxes that store had for $2.29!

    So, is RIT power dye just as effective as RIT liquid dye!
     
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    As I recall the liquid dye is more concentrated.
     

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