Originally Posted by paintballa8224
hey...i think i have an idea for dying black parts. Dye them white first(if they make white dye) and then if it turns it white, then dye it the color you want. Dont know if it will work, but its an idea. Will this work on aluminum too? Like eye covers? Also, if anybody has pics of their dyed egg please send em too me.
Like mentioned above, you can't dye parts white, but you can
bleach them, but it's not a safe idea with a lot of plastics because it will weaken them to some extent (it ranges with each plastic). And as mentioned above, you can't dye aluminium per-say. You can put "dye" in water, and then pass a very high electrical current to it with the piece of raw aluminium in it. But this is not dying, it's called Anodizing. Which is a very simple process if you have the right tools.
Also, just to let you all know, the Liquid dye's, such as RIT's Liquid dye, do not work half as well as the Powdered dyes. They do not require as high a heating temperature, you will still have to boil water though, plain hot sink water will not work. Some other things to take note of:
-When dying white plastics (I'm not sure about clear plastics) the color will fade under long periods of time under the sun so it may change color through time should you have a white plastic dyed.
-Hot glue works very very well in substitute of tape, Electrical tape should work well (it does for me at least) duct tape will give you a funky design should you like it. (the threads in the duct tape will soak up the dye and dye small portions of the plastic)
-When dying certain plastics, it may weaken the plastic a slight bit, but it should still work fine. I will eventually test some of the lenses I have dyed to see how safe they are. Of couse, I won't be able to do the 1000 FPS tests that Vents was able to do.
-Sometimes, if you leave a plastic in a dark colored dye to long, it won't be the color you want. For example - I tried to dye my Clear Dye Stickies dark green, and they came out dark blue.. which was annoying, but oh well.
-I offer simple dying services for many things and eventually I will have color samples for polycarbonate up.
Hope that helps,
EDIT- Sorry, I didn't realize how old that post was.. whoops.. Well everything after the first paragraph is good. Heh..