So I dyed DX...

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So I dyed DX...

Postby pointdisc » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:34 am

I've been going through my stack of crappy, unused DX discs whenever I'm working on a better dye and trying to get something to work for DX. I have gotten a orange viking pitch black and this Orc black as well (shapes are scraps from the dye I was working on).

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The dye has taken really well for DX, but there's just one problem. To get it to set good, I've been experimenting with additional heat, and it works, to a point. It tends to warp the disc (the viking became a poppy-top). There has got to be threshold where it's enough heat to set the dye, but not enough to do any DX disfiguration. Still working on this part, but it's a start.

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Re: So I dyed DX...

Postby ChUcK » Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:42 pm

Here's an experiment I tried a week ago, using a blue Procion MX reactive dye, on a D Cyclone:
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None of these were hot, I just brushed the dye on cold with various mixtures of dye, sodium carbonate, and thickener. The dye was left on the disc for 12 hours, but I suspect I could have removed it earlier with similar results.

The same dye didn't even touch Z and ESP plastics, though. The chemistry behind the process is a little too involved to explain in a DGR post, but it makes sense that D/DX plastic, with whatever crap they add in to make it cheaper and such, would accept the dye.

pd, I think further experimentation with different dyes is definitely a good idea... eventually we'll find the magic mixture and brilliant, permanent colors will be an achievable result. I just hope Scott Papa doesn't have me assassinated first...
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