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05-31-2004 03:48 PM  14 years agoPost 1


Bradley, Illinois

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Can you dye a Raptor Canopy with the Rit dye like all other plastic white parts? I am insterested in doing this if it will work. Painting these canopys like I have done in the past takes time and sucks when finished. Any info will help.

Brian M.

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05-31-2004 04:00 PM  14 years agoPost 2
Tom DeWinter


Quad Cities, IL

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I've been thinking about this too, but I suspect that it will fail.

Hope to hear from someone who has tried it.


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05-31-2004 04:09 PM  14 years agoPost 3


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Haven't done it myself, but I don't see why not. You're just going to need something larger to hold enogh water to cover the canopy, and I would think you might want to use an extra pack of dye to get good color density. Anyway, if it does mess up, wash it real good, let it dry, and paint over it....

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05-31-2004 04:51 PM  14 years agoPost 4


Surrey, BC, Canada

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I tried to do my sceade evo canopy and it didn't take.

05-31-2004 04:54 PM  14 years agoPost 5
Ted Toth

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Myrtle Beach S.C.

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take a scrape piece of the canopy
put it in hot water hot enough to make it curl
you want it hot but not enough to curl
mix in more dye than you think you need
weight it down check every ten minutes
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05-31-2004 09:15 PM  14 years agoPost 6



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I've done it and it works. Like Ted said, it needs to be in HOT water and thats a problem finding a pot that big. If you submerge parts of it at a time, you will get a splotcy line. Also, it will fade with time and fuel will make it fade.

I've found it much easier and more effective to flash it and then just paint it. Learn more about it here:

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06-01-2004 03:24 PM  14 years agoPost 7


Potosi, Missouri

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Make sure that you add a good amount of salt to the water. I have done 2, and the darker the color, the better the results. One problem though is that when you heat up the canopy (NOT BOIL), it will shrink a bit. You should notice this when you try to attach the windshield to the canopy and the canopy to the mounts.

I have also dyed the fins, landing struts, and the canopy clip. They both dye very well. The only problem with the landing struts is that if you heat them up, the grub screw hole will weaken and split when you tighten the screw up. I did this, and ruined a strut. If you do dye them, you shouldn't heat up the water.

Another thig also is that fuel tends to make the dye come out, and it will make a mess. After you dye the struts, make sure you clear coat them with some fuel proof stuff.

Here are some pic's of my dye jobs. I dyed my canopy yellow, which won't show up to well.:

Dr. Dan

06-01-2004 10:17 PM  14 years agoPost 8


Rockville Centre - LongIsland, New York

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How to make paint stick better to Plastic
Hello, I have experimented with a method of getting paint to stick substantially much better on plastic. Check my gallery for proof.

You may not believe this, but applying torch heat to the plastic will allow the molecules in the plastic to raise up like little hairs and better absorbe the paint. You will see in my gallery that I used 3 peices of Raptor 60 plastic material for this.

Plastic#1 - No Torch heat, and not sanded - but rubbed with alcohol to remove any finger oils. I used latex gloves.

Plastic#2 - Torch heat applied, not sanded, but rubbed with alcohol to remove any finger oils. I used latex gloves

Platic#3 - No Torch but sanded the plastic well- but rubbed with alcohol to remove any finger oils. I used latex gloves

As you can see in my gallery, the non-torched pieces flaked as I bent the material. I cannot get the paint to flake off the Torched Piece. I even applied an ice pick with resonable pressure and it won't scratch it. I even bent the plastic to its fullest and paint won't warp or flake off.

Let me know what you think. All 3 pieces were painted at the same exact time with the same amount of paint.

06-01-2004 10:20 PM  14 years agoPost 9


colorado way up north

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what paint? iv tryed the "flashing" method you descibe and while it works,it still is not perfect,maybe i used the wrong paint though

06-01-2004 11:21 PM  14 years agoPost 10


Pasadena, CA - USA

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I left a Nexus canopy in a bucket of dye once for over three weeks...'s still white.

10-24-2005 01:12 PM  12 years agoPost 11
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Two week ends ago I dyed my canopy with RIT green full bottle of dye left in wash tub for 8 hours the water temp was 40c to start with, the dam thing came out The old Shuttle blue yes BLUE. with in those two weeks it faded to a light purple and still fadeing. where the clear part of the decals are it is still quite blue .The colour of it now and stickers still look good.
Basic over all colour starting to go spotty.
I do dye lots of plastic's but this is strange (polypropylene).

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