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Old 09-07-2010, 07:13 AM
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Default How to dye your plastic trim

Decided to post this up as some of you might not want to repaint your flares and bumper valance and such with spray paint.

What you need:
-Masking tape (not needed if you are removing trim from truck)
-Showroom New Restorer - Black
-Old NON-GREASY towel, get a couple of them
- Latex gloves
-Cleaning solution (you can wash your truck, or get some like simple green to degrease the trim)

REMEMBER: this is a permanent dye, not a dressing, so if it gets on your clothes, you will be throwing them away.

Your trim needs to stay out of water or any solutions for about 6 hours, so either do this a day before you wash your truck, or wash your truck and then do this, but make sure when you wax it, you do not get any kind of wax on your trim

1. clean your trim and make sure it is fully dry
2. you can either remove the trim for your truck, or tape around. How I always tape is like this:
I place the tape on leaving about 1-2cm flopped over on the trim:

I then take either my fingernail or a plastic razor blade, and run it around the edge to ensure that the tape gets a nice clean line around the edge of the trim:


*This die is kind of cool in the sense that if you do get any on the paint, you can remove it very easily if it's fresh, the reason why I would tape around your flares and such is that they are a little large and by the time you get done with 1 coat the dye does try on your paint and it can be a little difficult to remove.

3. So now you're all taped up and ready to start dying.
4. Get your latex gloves on and your towel.
5. Pour a little of the dye on your towel and start rubbing it into the trim. Rub in small circles and reapply the dye on your towel as needed.
6. When you get done, let it sit for about 10 min, it should be dry by then. IF the finish still looks streaky (it might if it's still wet/drying), then apply another coat.
7. Remove tape and you're all done! Throw the towel away.

Here's some pics:
Wheel Flare:
Before:


50/50:


After:




Step Bar:
Before:


50/50:


After:


Door Handle:
Before:


After:




Let me know if you guys have any questions.

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Old 09-07-2010, 07:19 AM
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Sweet write up man! Can this be done on interior plastics and can you get different color dyes?
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:22 AM
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Sweet write up man! Can this be done on interior plastics and can you get different color dyes?
I have never done it on interior plastics as I'm not sure how that would come out (give it a try!). As far as I know, that particular dye only comes in black and grey.

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Old 09-07-2010, 08:02 AM
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I just might do that! Thanks man!
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:06 AM
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no problem, the only things I can see with interior is that the dye might not come out even without multiple coats because of how smooth the interior plastic is vs. exterior, and also be sure to soak those pieces in soap to fully degrease them from all the interior products used over the years...

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Old 09-07-2010, 08:08 AM
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Cool, will do!
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:11 AM
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I might have to try this on the interior too..
Great How To
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may have to do my handles
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may have to do my handles
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OH NO....Another OCD item for Dixie!!!
Hahah OH NO!
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:30 AM
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OH NO....Another OCD item for Dixie!!!
it's true, once you do one thing with this and see how easy it is... you'll want to dye everything!

Rafal

on a side note, I have used this in engine compartment on cars before as well (things like intake boxes, fuse covers, etc.) with no negative results even with the heat from the engine...
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:12 PM
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Default Re: How to dye your plastic trim

I bet a lot of used car salesman will love to know this...

I guess next time I go by a used dealer I will have to look at their hands for dye stain lol


good tip, I will have to put this in the tool box of tips

will try it on my bedliner there are some sun faded areas
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:27 PM
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Great thread...
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:23 PM
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Default Re: How to dye your plastic trim

This is the right stuff that I was looking for when my brother came up from Florida to visit in his jeep. His flares looked like gray chalk. Instead we got some 'back to black' stuff that didn't work that great.

Anyway thanks for the post.
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:06 PM
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Default Re: How to dye your plastic trim

I might have to do this to my fan shroud and other engine compartment peices ( only plastic things on my truck besides the grill lol)
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