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tomd1584
05-25-2011, 11:03 AM
So I decided to convert all my FDE & Foliage parts on one of my rifles to black.

I was curious to see how the stippled parts would turn out, and what the long term outcome will be- I guess only time will tell.

I started out with the following:

Foliage Green MOE grip- stippled by me.
FDE CTR stock
XTM panels in black, FDE and Foliage. They were all stippled by me.

I let all the parts sit in the pot for 10-12 minutes. Unlike others, i was trying to get as dark(black) as possible. I also just dumped the whole bottle in the pot, lol.

I'm really happy with the way they turned out. The color got good penetration into the plastic, so durability should be pretty good.

Here's a few before & after pictures:

http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx14/TD236/HPIM0343.jpg

http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx14/TD236/HPIM0391.jpg



http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx14/TD236/HPIM0394-1.jpg

http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx14/TD236/HPIM0395-1.jpg

gadjeep
05-25-2011, 11:08 AM
Wow, That's pretty impressive. I wonder how durable it will be?

MUKAK
05-25-2011, 11:23 AM
looks very nice

WILDMAN442
05-25-2011, 11:56 AM
Check out my thread here (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=285466) if you havent. I went to town on my parts!!!

Justin

Cen Cal Gunner
05-25-2011, 11:59 AM
Sweet!

IEShooter
05-25-2011, 12:26 PM
Well, I'll be darned. That came out looking really good. I doubt anyone could tell that they weren't originally black.

Let us know how the color holds. Dye's can fade in the sun, but if you got good penetration, it will hopefully stay nice and black.

dieselpower
05-25-2011, 2:25 PM
Wow, That's pretty impressive. I wonder how durable it will be?

Well, I'll be darned. That came out looking really good. I doubt anyone could tell that they weren't originally black.

Let us know how the color holds. Dye's can fade in the sun, but if you got good penetration, it will hopefully stay nice and black.

+1, that looks awesome man. You got a good eye for detail on your stippling job. those covers look great.

themailman
05-25-2011, 2:37 PM
I did the impossible with Rit Dye...G10.

Parts look great Tom!

crazychinaman
05-25-2011, 2:42 PM
Looks great .I did my H&K Sl-8/G-36 to a black color about five of years ago and still looks great today.Solvents do not have a effect on the coating once it dries.

mlevans66
05-25-2011, 3:35 PM
Did the same thing with desert colored Mapul parts and changed them to brown, green and finally black. Easy all day and good job.

dieselpower
05-25-2011, 3:38 PM
I have a Mako AG-43 in Desert tan... I may get some Black Rit...

mlevans66
05-25-2011, 3:38 PM
Check out my thread here (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=285466) if you havent. I went to town on my parts!!!

Justin

I just saw this thread and that sir is an awsome job. I will be stealing that move next week.:chris:

Droppin Deuces
05-25-2011, 4:06 PM
I want to dye/paint one of my guns that coyote brown color that Magpul/Bushmaster uses on the ACR. I know I've seen it done before. Something like FDE plastic dipped in orange dye. Has anyone tried it?

tomd1584
05-25-2011, 5:36 PM
thanks guys. The stippling really isn't very difficult. One day i just decided to buy a $12 wood burning kit and go at it. The grip took about 40 minutes, the panels about 5 minutes each.

The dye really got into the plastic...but on the stippled parts i have a feeling it will wear much faster than the stock.

Time will tell.

Bigtwin
05-25-2011, 7:28 PM
I had no idea that RIT dye would adhear to plastic very well(or at all). I always thought it was for fabric, wood, ect., fiberous stuff that can absorb.
I would love to know how long it lasts for you folks.

762.DEFENSE
05-25-2011, 8:30 PM
Looking good!

MacJedi
05-25-2011, 8:44 PM
That looks right on and great job on the stipple. I wonder if anyone have done any other colors?

Droppin Deuces
05-25-2011, 10:37 PM
I had no idea that RIT dye would adhear to plastic very well(or at all). I always thought it was for fabric, wood, ect., fiberous stuff that can absorb.
I would love to know how long it lasts for you folks.

No, it actually gets absorbed into the plastic pretty far depending on how long you leave it in there.

crazychinaman
05-26-2011, 6:58 AM
It works great as long as you make sure the parts are clean(oil free). Also hot water for sure(boiling Hot).

pacrimguru
05-26-2011, 8:14 AM
nice job, makes me wanna go dye some stuff.

Lostsheep
05-26-2011, 9:45 AM
I wonder how you could do this to create camouflage?

Peter W Bush
05-26-2011, 10:15 AM
Looks good... You have more patience than me. I just took a rattle can to my ASR or ACP or whateverthehell that magpul stock is called lol

tomd1584
05-26-2011, 12:02 PM
I'm really impressed with how easy it is...I'm sure trying to get a different color outcome would certainly be more difficult, but black was about as easy as it can get.

Honestly you couldn't tell the different between the dyed parts and a factory black CTR. Feel & finish is no different. its not like spray paint, which has a different 'feel' to it.

Tyrant
05-26-2011, 12:35 PM
Here are some I did last month when I was between jobs,
Electrical tape is all you need to make the patterns, and it only penetrates about 1/64" so if you stipple after dying the original color comes back, then you can dye that a different color.