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Old 01-21-2012, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have this piece of pvc im using as a bushing between a barrel and a over barrel pump handle. Its actually one of those plastic thingys that hold the toilet paper roll. But I boiled it in rit for like 3 hours and all it did was turn purple. Now I have it just resting in a jar of the rit dye room temp. Still nothing. Its kinda a purpleish grey. Im trying to get it to jet black or at least dark grey if I can. Any ideas?
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Boil it with a full box of black rit dye. Might have to do it more then once. What color was the initial color? White?
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You need heat to infuse the dye. If it doesn't work when hot then it wont work room temp.

If you are set on rit. I would go with the maximum amount of heat the plastic can take without warping and let it go for a good long time.
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Im not set on anything whatever it takes to get it done. Are there better dyes. I find that a lot of heat and the dye solidifies at the surface.
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to go from white to black, it needs to be done 2-3-4 times

the shade will get darker each time you redo it
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Im not set on anything whatever it takes to get it done. Are there better dyes. I find that a lot of heat and the dye solidifies at the surface.
Basic dyes are better for some plastics if you need a dark/intense color, but basic dyes are toxic.
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Ok so so far I now know I need to redo it a bunch of times and with stronger dyes. Is basic thebrand name or are you litterally saying basic dyes?
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Basic as in alkaline, the opposite of acidic. The chemicals involved are kinda nasty which is why it's not so common. Also, I don't know where to get it.

Rit dye is a mix of acidic and direct dye. It dyes a lot of things but not very well. It also needs to stay wet, the crusty stuff on the surface is the dye coming out because of water loss. It seems your part is tiny so what you can do is a boil bag. Put concentrated dye solution(if using powder) or full strength(if using liquid) in a heavy duty ziplock bag. then boil the bag in a big pot. Keep adding water as it evaporates.

Have you seen this alternative? I'm not sure if the plastic gets dyed(looks more like painting), but it seems popular.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ITGM1XILb4
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