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Freehand Dye

Postby Celery » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:31 pm

I'm going to attempt my first dye job this weekend if all goes well. I was wondering what is the best way to go about doing a freehand/paint one dye job? Just pick up the liquid form or is it still better to use the powder dye and mix your own.

My other question is about heat:
I've read about heating up the dye for the dip method, do you still have to heat up the dye if free handing?

I got plenty of bare disc I never use to practice on :twisted: ! I guess the best way is to just experiment. I will try to post any disc that look decent, I have a lot of neat ideas floating around.

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Postby ChUcK » Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:35 pm

I've had the best success using heavily concentrated RIT/acetone, as far as hand-painting goes. RIT dissolved in water takes awhile to seep into the plastic (I think ZAM has it right- the acetone eats away at the surface of the disc so the dye gets in there instantly, whereas water takes longer)

The liquid stuff is no good for painting on discs, in my experience.
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Postby Hoey » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:39 am

ChUcK wrote:
The liquid stuff is no good for painting on discs, in my experience.


was the liquid heated at the time when you tried ChUcK, by chance?
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Postby ChUcK » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:21 am

no, and that may help the dye set faster. I just gave up on it as an option after a few attempts and dumped the whole bottle into my black pan o' RIT death. I've found that simple black outline dips are my bread and butter, so I like to stick with that.

You should give it a try, heating it. I'll bet with patience and a steady hand you could come up with some nice shading effects.
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Postby Hoey » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:37 pm

tried it today.
(heating up liquid RIT)

Was dissapointed again. I've heard ppl having success just painting it on, but I can't seem to get past the dye either running, being weak ass light, or just not holding on to the disc at all.

I understand multi layers would probably fix this, but I know there either has to be a better way, or I'm missing something.
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Postby Fasteddy411 » Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:27 pm

what kind of plastic are you trying to dye?
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Postby Hoey » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:23 am

tried with a star stingray...

painted on a Champ Teebird too, and it looked pretty good, but the amount of layering seemed a little much...
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Postby Fasteddy411 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:30 am

Hmmm star plastic should take the dye really nice, i have never had trouble with star plastic.
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Postby Hoey » Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:13 am

the liquid was runny, and not staying where I put it... kind of like the... "bad terminator from terminator 2.
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Postby Fasteddy411 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:55 am

HAHAHAHAHA, i got ya.
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Postby Celery » Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:48 am

I tried to freehand some designs last night on a champion teebird and a star TL. I need a way to make the dye a little more thicker and I should get it to work. Going to experiment with some random ways to make it thick, I'm sure they won't work :D
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