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Color Dye Your Action Figures
How to color your action figure without paint and avoid paint rub
(by monoloco"el cuztoymizer")   Update Tutorial

This tutorial shows you how to color dye your action figure mainly when its an all black color character,or you just want some part of your figure painted black. Like all tutorials in this site you should be careful when handling sharp objects,tools or hot water which is what you would need. This is the second time I used this trick on a action figure,the first time I did DARKHAWK custom and it came out ok. The first time I used color dye was to color the faded seat belts on my car and it worked fine.
Materials needed,news paper because it gets kind of messy,some black color dye(liquid dye),empty glass jar to save what's left of your dye because you can use it again,an old pot,some wire to tie your figure or parts so you can dip it in the boiling dye.I did this trick because when your customizing an all black color character its very hard to prevent paint rub especially in the joints.
Prepare your dye in a small pot, mine is like a 16oz pot, the dye needs to to be kind of concentrated if you make it too diluted its going to take a long time to paint your figure I did about half of the bottle and about 12 oz of water and I added 1/2tsp of salt ,bring to a boil then dip your figure for a minute,(very important to remove all paint original or the one added by you and never leave the figure in the boiling dye for long periods of time you don't want your figure warping I say no more than one minute at a time). the soft plastic on your figure absorbs the color dye faster than the hard plastic so keep dipping your figure till it gets to the color tone you like, take your figure out once in a while,cool it with tap water then bend all the joints so the color dye gets in there good,dip again and repeat until all the joints are colored black. When your satisfied with the color tone on your figure wash it really good with dish washing soap and an old tooth brush and there you have it. I guess this technique can work with other color of dye as long as you go from a light color plastic to a darker color dye. I haven't tried it with other color but if someone does it let me know how it work for you,hope this helps thanks and God bless. THE CUSTOM on this tutorial is a US AGENT.

Make sure you have read the disclaimer before attempting anything mentioned in the tutorial.

Dr Nightmare - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Just to throw my experience in-

I tried this on a Marvel Universe figure a while ago, and while the results looked great when it was done, once I painted the figure the black dye started to seep through the paint, ruining the whole thing.

I also dyed some other rubbery and resin parts at the same time, and they were fine, so it's been hit and miss for me.
Soundswipe - Monday, April 27, 2015
What happens if I have a figure that has been primed? Can I still use this technique?
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Sunday, May 3, 2015
I don't think that will work but you never know till you tri it. The idea is to have the plastic absorb the dye and make the color permanent and I thik the primer might turn black but it will rub off.
verticate - Sunday, April 12, 2015
Hi Guys, some tips

1. wash the figure with dish soap and water, get all the factory molding grease out, it could prevent the dye from sticking
2. use thinner to strip away as much of the factory paint as possible, paint is another layer of polymer that interferes with the dye taking sometimes. brush thinner on to strip the paint, then drop the figure in a bucket of water to kill the chemical reaction to prevent the thinner from dissolving too much of the figure beyond the paint. The paint and figure are both polymers that react with paint thinner. therein lies the complexity.
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Sunday, April 19, 2015
Thanks man! You are correct
Gonard - Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hi mono, I tried to do this but when I did it and rinsed it once in a while like you said the color would wash off. Did you have this problem too? And can I ask what temperature you used?
mast3rSword - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Im having the same issue clearly something is not right. I spend about an hour doing this thing dipping in and out ... every time I would take it out and wash it all the black would go away…some of the joints still looks almost like nothing happened to it.
Gonard - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I used a two pack Skrull Electra, and when I did it the solid joints (the ones in the elbows, ankles, and shoulders) died black. But for the rest of the figure just got a magenta like tint.
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Thanks for trying this. I don't own that figure but is the red dress painted?or the green parts painted ? If it is the dye won't grab to the plastic,and the hard plastic takes longer to grab. Keep the water boiling.
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Mats you are not supposed to wash the figure every time you take it out. That's just to cool it down so can bend the joints and not get burn , you wash it with soap and a tooth brush when you are done
Nuke - Thursday, March 6, 2014
hey monoloco, I want to give this a try but in my country I have only found aniline powder dye, do you think that could work?. What is the original use for the dye that you show on this tutorial? maybe that way I could find something similar in here
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Friday, March 7, 2014
Hello! I don't think it matters if it's powder or liquid form and your second question I don't understand exactly , but if I think what you're asking me is what is the color dye for? Is for coloring clothes, fabrics and I used it for the seat belts on my 1970 Chevy Malibu cuz they were all faded and it work good..let me know if this answer your question bye!
Nuke - Monday, March 10, 2014
yeah, that's what I meant I'll give it a try with the powder then, thanks!
aioria 2 - Friday, February 28, 2014
do you reheat the water every time you dip the figure?
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Friday, February 28, 2014
Hello!no, you can leave it on the whole process it works better like that just turn in down a little if it starts like foaming or rising and continue dipping till its all painted black.remember this works better with the softer plastic on your figure the harder plastic takes a little longer for the dye to cover just don't let in the boiling dye for long periods of times take it out once in a while and cool with tap water bend the joints and dip again.thank for looking and let me know if you have any questions.
Light_kon - Saturday, February 8, 2014
Hey just wondering there is any other brand of dye I can use? Since I can't seem to get rit dye here in the uk.
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Saturday, February 8, 2014
Hello, I don't think it matters which brand it is, They sell it in powder form too . Hope this help you,this works great .soon I will post my US Agent on this tutorial so you can see the results "no paint rub" let me know if you have more questions hope this helps
Delta T - Monday, February 3, 2014
Do you dilute the dye at all? If so, what ratio? What Temperature should you boil it at?
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Yes, I added some water I think I used 1/4 of the bottle for that size pot, 1 bottle = 1 gallon of water it depends on your size of pot you don't really need a whole gallon as long as it covers your figure and you don't burn out your dye. and I also added a 1/2 tsp of salt. let it till it starts boiling and start dipping your figure.remenber to bend the joints once in a while to get the dye in there really good .. thanks for looking if you have more questions just let me know hope it helps you.
SaiyanAssassin - Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Can this work with red on a blue figure?
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Don't know ,I think it will work if its a really light blue to a red color, but its kind of hard to tell what kind on red tone that will give you , but if you try it let me know what happens..
thegunny - Saturday, January 26, 2013
Ever try this with a lighter color, like maybe pink? I am working on a custom Twi'Lek and would like her to be pink-skinned.
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
No never have just black , I don't think they make pink dye, but who knows.
JayBlazeXGen - Friday, December 28, 2012

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