Customs: Dying PLastic Problems, help :(

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  1. optimus kimchee

    optimus kimchee Well-Known Member

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    I have been trying to dye a classics Prime to black... I have tried everything listed!

    1. boil in black dye for 5-10 mins
    2. boil in acetone & black dye for 5-10 mins
    3. heat dye to a boil and then let it cool for a bit then place piece in black dye for 30 mins.
    4. leave for 3 days in room temp black dye

    It doesnt even take on ANY black color at all!

    I have even scuffed up the plastic with steel wool, sandedit and soaked in in 90% alcohol over night then trying to dye it.... with NO luck!

    Help please!

    What am I doing wrong?!
     
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    Ellamin Moonbeam Dreamer

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    Take out his Matrix and shoot him with a tiny purple gun! :p 
     
  3. Death333

    Death333 Otherwise known as Dx3

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    Which classics Prime- that deluxe POS or the Voyager? Cause if it's the deluxe I think I found your problem... aside from the obvious "suckage" I believe that it's not made from "sterner stuff"

    Jesus I'm a nerd.
     
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    I am surprised it's had no effect at all. What kind of dye are you using?
     
  5. optimus kimchee

    optimus kimchee Well-Known Member

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    You have to do it, clean the figure, redo it and repeat until it's thoroughly done. Cleaning the figure helps as well. You also want to change the die after a couple dunks since the boiling changes it's ability to soak in after a couple times.
     
  7. optimus kimchee

    optimus kimchee Well-Known Member

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    wash it how? do I use soap warm and water? do I use cold water and a sponge?
     
  8. Fishdirt

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    I use dawn soap and distilled water. I'm sure there's better ways to clean it but that's what worked for me.

    Honestly, a can of fusion black works great.
     
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    Is the figure you are trying to dye a KO or an authentic release?
     
  10. optimus kimchee

    optimus kimchee Well-Known Member

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    I want to dye is because any rub points the red will stick like a sore thumb :( 

    It's a authentic straight out of a hasbro box :( 
     
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    Sand him lightly, just to get the protective top coating off, then drop his happy ass in a Dye/ Acetone bath, and wait. I had the same problem, check every 30+minutes, if it doesnt seem to be taking the dye add more acetone; taking the dye but not dark, add more dye. He probably won't come out super duper black, but may get close to what you are after.
     
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