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Old 10-20-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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ok tried to search and couldnt find anything of use. but anyways looking to make my ese orange instead of hpi's white/grey, was just wondering if anyone had any tips or if its more like a trial and error deal, thanks. also im using rit sunshine orange luquid dye.
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Just boil it per the instructions
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so just follow the instructions for fabric?
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Yes, boil it per the instructions. Don't let the chassis set on the bottom of the pot though. It can get too hot that close to the burner. The longer it sits in there, the darker the color. Easy.
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Oh, and don't use a pot you plan on cooking your spaghetti with. Go to goodwill and get a cheap one.
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ok cool ty for the input testing with the little oval thing off the body mount lol, and yes hanging with fishing line so covered, and had a pot that the tefflon was comming off so got the approval from the wife lol. one more question keep it heated while dyeing or can i just let it sit on the counter?



and for starters its just the arms knuckles ect lol
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:03 PM   #7
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leave it boiling on the stove. needs the heat to work correctly.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:09 PM   #8
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well ty all for all the input, im done but not real happy lol dye looked way darker, and it seems the softer/more flexiable the plastic the worse it took the color. but oh well its different now lol. ill post pics when its back together. also a side note, that awesome cleaner from the dollar stores pulls paint off metal, i used that becouse the hobby jerk from hobby town said its good and ya dont do that again.
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If you don't like it you can always dye it black. I didn't like the orange at all when I used it. I think if you used maybe half the dye pack it might be a better color.
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yep uesd about half and all blotchy lol


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If you don't like it you can always dye it black. I didn't like the orange at all when I used it. I think if you used maybe half the dye pack it might be a better color.
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also dont leave it in for a long time becuase the plastic will warp if you want it brighter let if dry and double dip it
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You should have went over the chassis with a cleaner like denatured alcohol or some other degreaser as any oils on the plastic would keep the dye from bonding too the plastic (which is why you got the blotches I bet)

When dyeing parts I usually get the dye too boiling then turn it off and put the parts in , always checking the shade every 30 seconds or so as the dye does not take long too work . As you found out softer plastics take the dye faster and will get darker faster than stiffer plastic does .

Grey plastics will also dye darker than white because of the base color the dye has to go over .
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also dont leave it in for a long time becuase the plastic will warp if you want it brighter let if dry and double dip it
ok first used fish line and good to know with the dubble dip.

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You should have went over the chassis with a cleaner like denatured alcohol or some other degreaser as any oils on the plastic would keep the dye from bonding too the plastic (which is why you got the blotches I bet)

When dyeing parts I usually get the dye too boiling then turn it off and put the parts in , always checking the shade every 30 seconds or so as the dye does not take long too work . As you found out softer plastics take the dye faster and will get darker faster than stiffer plastic does .

Grey plastics will also dye darker than white because of the base color the dye has to go over .
well the hard plastic looks better than the soft? i dont know lol. and i did try some stuff i have used to get dirt and grime off steering wheels before lol. im uploading pics now to photo bucket and will post here in a few.
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ok here are the pics












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Well?.... its uhhh... definitely different.
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