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Old 01-23-2009, 11:25 AM
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Default Dyeing plastic

I might have found a new material but it is translucent, It is in textured 1" strips . I have used a magic marker on it but after a few fish it comes off. I've tried Rit & it won't darken it enough I would like to make it a dark brown as pictured in the caddis.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:42 AM
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Trust when I say I've got no clue but here goes. Just thinking out loud. How about an experiment with thinning out some of the new paint developed for plastic (advertised for patio furniture).
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I'm thinking acrylics might work...and that may well be what jimmie is talking about FISHN50.

BTW, what's the new matl. and where did you find it ?

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Old 01-23-2009, 12:20 PM
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Hi FISHN50,

RIT will usually dye plastic. Here are a couple of ideas that might help.

1. Use less water and more RIT.

2. Leave it in the dye longer than recommended.

3. You might try adding a little black to the brown RIT to darken it.

4. You might try dying it white and then brown.

5. You might try brown shoe dye, not the polish.

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Thanks everybody. I opened a box at work & there were bunches of this ribbon used as packing material.. Dummy me I only grabbed 1/2 of it & don't remember where the box came from. I tried Rit brown & I have some of it soaking in a jar of Rit now, that's why I posted the question, it is not really taking the color. I put a whole box of Rit dark brown in a 26 oz spaghetti sauce jar & it's soaking but not absorbing it. A friend told me to add a shot of white vinegar in it & I did that but no difference........ Frank, thanks I'll try to find the shoe dye.
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I don't know if the Rit will. I had the clear braided fuel lines on my custom Motorcycle. The bike was purple so I wanted to dye the lines. It did work, nice dark purple, but faded real quick. Probably like the marker thing.


I know allot of guys use JELLO to dye. Have not tried it and not sure of the mix, but maybe google it up. I know the feathers I got that were Jello dyed were beautiful.
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Hi FISHN50,

I don't think dying in cold dye will make any difference. I seem to remember that the water is boiling or at least very hot for the dye to take. This is very thin plastic and I guess you could melt it. Doesn't the directions call for heated water?

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I don't think dying in cold dye will make any difference. I seem to remember that the water is boiling or at least very hot for the dye to take. This is very thin plastic and I guess you could melt it. Doesn't the directions call for heated water?

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When I dyed my lines and some clothes that I couldn't wash in hot, I boiled the water, desolved the dye and let cool before I put the article in it.
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Initially I put it in boiling water & let it cool & now it's sitting in the jar. When my wife isn't around I'll put in the microwave & get it hot again.
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Initially I put it in boiling water & let it cool & now it's sitting in the jar. When my wife isn't around I'll put in the microwave & get it hot again.
Aint it funny how(most) wives arent reall understanding about such things lol
How about useing the marker then sealing it with something
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