Customs: Why didn't this work?

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  1. Wreckgar

    Wreckgar Anthony Stark Veteran

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    So I did a dye attempt yesterday using RIT dye. The white parts I did didn't turn black. They actually turned a smokey gray amd not a solid color either. I dyed them for about 1/2 hour each. Why did this happen? It's white going to black. How hard can that be?

    However for those interested, RIT dye will not completely dye windows. It will just cloud them a bit, which looks surprisingly cool.
     
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    Don't parts need to be soaked in dye for way longer...like overnight?
     
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    The few times I have tried dying, I've done it on the stove with acetone in the mix. The colour is picked up fairly quickly. Not sure what happened with your situation though.
     
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    This is the procedure I use, and it works just about every time (and these numbers are fudged)

    A. Boil the water to when it starts to bubble, then take the pot away from the burner (basically, I take mine right outside since it's next to the kitchen.)

    B. Make this mixture:
    80-90% water, boiled to JUST BEFORE it bubbles
    10-15% acetone, just enough to make the water react a bit
    0-5% (it's gotta be REAL marginal) RIT dye; just pour the whole package in.

    C. Submerge the parts COMPLETELY, stirring regularly to keep the parts from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

    D. Within - honestly- like 10-20 minutes, your parts should be completely dyed. Or less.

    I'm going to be honest; I've never put the acetone in while the pot is still on the stove. I'm too gunshy to do it. However, once I started using acetone in the mixture, I found that the dying process is a LOT more effective and goes much faster.

    Best of luck, dude. PM me or post here if you're still confruzed.
     
  5. cobra zartan

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    hmm i fill a pot with water + dye pour in some nail polish remover and it works great
     
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    I put in a pot of water 2 capfuls of acetone, and only half a packet of dye, and for smaller parts (like LOCs) I usually have what I want after just 5 minutes. In the case of Galvatron to black, it took me ten minutes, but I apparently had the water slightly too hot and it warped one leg :(  My first negative experience though.
     
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    you may want to dye it a few more times, i had the same problem make sure you use tongs or a strainer instead of stirring the parts in pot to avoid them from getting warped
     
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    I always use a strainer or tongs.. but this one time I warped a part anyway :banghead: 
     
  9. Tech Spec

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    dang sorry to hear that man

    Also lowering the temp to min also prevents the part from warping, it may take a little longer though.

    Has anyone ever used RIT color remover, i'm curious to know if that would work on TF parts.
     
  10. Wreckgar

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    I didn't add acetone so maybe that is the key. Now I just need to find where the wife hides the nail polish remover.
     
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    i usually tie the fig with string and dip him in oon a huigh temp...never warped a part yet
     
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    what temp? and how long do you dye the parts for?
     

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