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05-06-2005 06:10 PM  13 years agoPost 1
FLY JCW

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I thought I would get a new frame for my CCPM conversion and following the lead from the excellent Trex people on this board I set about dyeing the frames tail box and grips etc. blue to match the sexy CCPM swash from Align!

In the UK I could only find "Dylon" a "machine" dye that works at 65degrees and fastens at 95degrees.

So into a big pan went the dye and I brewed it up...... the instructions said for fabric.... put the dye and some salt in the washing machine... I did ask...... but you can guess the reply!!

So..... the Trex parts not being fabric...... I did not add any salt! I let them simmer for an hour but they have only a faint purple sheen on them.... pretty dissapointing!

Does anyone know if the salt is necessary...... or have I just picked the wrong product.

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05-06-2005 06:45 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Herc

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I use this same dye (does yours come in a little tin that you use a knife to open, powder form?) and have no problem.

I mix one tin to about 500ml water bring to a slow boil and then reduce to a simmer (sounds like a recipe). I then add the parts I want to dye and let them simmer for 10 - 15 minutes and remove. Rinse with warm water, blot dry and then let sit. I don't use any salt.

I always test any new colours with some extra scrap pieces to see how long they have to stay in to get the desired colour. I also save the the water/dye mix in an old container for future use. I've used yellow, black, grey, green, and red. All with excellent results.

Maybe there's too much water in your mixture? You may have to experiment because it isn't really designed for plastic after all.

Cheers

Edit: Oh yeah, don't use the washing machine just an old pot big enough to hold your parts. I use stainless steel ones and don't have any problem with them discolouring. Porcelein may be a different story though.

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05-07-2005 12:52 PM  13 years agoPost 3
FLY JCW

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Success!
Thanks Herc and Willy

I got the small Dylon pacs that you pierce to open from the general store FW Woolworth £1.35 each in Madonna Blue!!

I followed your instructions i.e. 500ml of boiling water and added the recommended salt.... RESULT I now have a beautiful blue Trex!

Thanks again Guys! ..........The TREX community does it again!

Johnnie

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05-07-2005 02:56 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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Good to hear! Good luck with the rest of the build.

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