Customs: I need help please.

Discussion in 'Creative General Discussion' started by GAUGE, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. GAUGE

    GAUGE In Art, There Is No Impossible

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2006
    Posts:
    14,719
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +7,956
    I have no earthly idea how to tint or dye clear plastic let alone do any sort of customizing on anything.

    I need help from people that actually know for a fact what they are doing.

    I want to dye or tint my War For Cybertron Siege REFRAKTOR trio's Clear Lense pieces to a nice shade of Green.

    I saw a few vids on youtube about it, they were using something called iDye.

    The problem is they don't post how to do it, what temperature to boil the water, for how long, etc.

    Please. can somebody experienced please help me make my Reflector's Lense the way it should be. I plan on doing the same to the chest panels as well. I hate the clear plastic on those too.

    68377948_2161960653913047_2638831991176298496_o.jpg
     
  2. Matchbox

    Matchbox Mild Collector

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2019
    Posts:
    52
    Trophy Points:
    57
    Location:
    Canada,Eh?
    Likes:
    +247
    Try putting Green Translucent plastic behind each Lense. You can get theese at Doller stores forunder a Loonie
     
  3. GAUGE

    GAUGE In Art, There Is No Impossible

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2006
    Posts:
    14,719
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +7,956
    might do that if I have no luck with dying the pieces.

    Hmmm I'll probably do that for the chest windows themselves.

    But, yeah the lense pieces I'll definitely dye if I can get somebody to assist me with a step-by-step dipping tutorial of some sort. The ones on youtube I've seen are very vague in the process.
     
  4. GAUGE

    GAUGE In Art, There Is No Impossible

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2006
    Posts:
    14,719
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +7,956
    So....

    Any help out there? anyone? I don't mind video tutorials it's just the ones on youtube are not too helpful since they don't really go in depth.
     
  5. kneero

    kneero Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Posts:
    86
    Trophy Points:
    57
    Likes:
    +12
    dyeing parts can be tricky and lead to spoiling parts. I wouldn't attempt it with first practicing on some random fodder.

    Introductory: - How To Dye A Figure

    This is in the radicals section.

    Testors makes translucent colored paints. If the plastic is actually clear and not smokey, you can go this route.
     
  6. Yaujta

    Yaujta Split second of divinity... Moderator TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2008
    Posts:
    27,348
    News Credits:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    392
    Location:
    South Central PA
    Likes:
    +42,532
    I had considered this as well, but dying clear plastic is a pain and isn't guaranteed.
    I went with a coat of bright silver behind a thin coat of Testors metallic green:
    20190722_143216.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 2
  7. Reaper6

    Reaper6 Sniper

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2016
    Posts:
    174
    Trophy Points:
    97
    Likes:
    +128
    I'd say go with clear paint. Much less risky.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Snaku

    Snaku Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Posts:
    7,102
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +13,971
    Ebay:
    My preferred method is to mix some acrylic paint with lots of future polish. Gives a nice clear color. I'd suggest practicing on some scraps: clear plastic from toy packages and such.