Customs: When dying a figure...what is the acetone for?

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  1. deliciouspeter

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    Hi there, I am about to attempt a dye job, and after reading the tutorial, I'm not clear on the role acetone plays. How much? I'm going to try dying classics Silverbolt...any help is appreciated.
     
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    thanks! the tutorial is great, just that it often doesn't give exact measurements. A pot of water...a cap of acetone....oh boy. Well, I'll post pictures of my disaster.
     
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    that's because dye is pretty much something you have to get a feel for. There is no exact recipe. It varies by how dense the plastic of the part you're dying is, to what color you want and are working from, etc, etc.
     
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    Thanks for all the assistance. The dye didn't seem to take...also Silverbolt has a soft jet nose, so I removed it. I dipped that in when the dye was cooler.

    I'm going to leave him in the cold dye for a few days and see what happens.
     
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    The cold dye/room temp will work after a few days. I did a Powerglide part 2 in room temp bucket...sunk them, and 3 days later came out better than using hot dye.
     
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    If it's not taking the dye at all, add more acetone. You'd need a ton to do any immediate damage to any current TF's (take those soft plastic pieces off though), so you can go a little nuts. I'd add at least a fluid quarter cup for something that big, personally.
     
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    Thanks F_R...That's the plan. Leave it in there until the weekend.

    Erech, even if I leave it in the dye for a few days?
     
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    Even if. I'm betting adding more acetone will mean you won't need to leave it that much longer.
     
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    I think I need to re-start this project. I checked it out today, after adding 16 oz of acetone, and it only took the slightest of dye. I think I'm just going to paint him. Thanks for the help everyone.
     
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    Just out of curiousity, did you use the RIT heat-activatd dye?
     
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    Sometimes you have to re-dip it several times to get something to dye enough, when the plastic is really dense.
     
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    A couple of hints from someone who only started using dye a few months ago, and almost gave up!
    -Too much acetone WILL weaken the plastic, and when you try screwing pieces back together, the posts have a tendency to break. Also, clear plastic will warp and bubble; my Powerglide looks horribly ill...
    -Use liquid dye; the powdered stuff doesn't seem to work anywhere as well!
    -you can change the tint of factory painted silver by dyeing it as well; my Galvatron's flashy silver is now a really nice rusty dark gold! Very regal and evil looking!
     

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