to dye your RC rims with excellent results!
This is very easy to do!
This is what you need:
-Nylon color dye and salt
-And old cooking pot
Myself I used Herdins Textile Colour Multifibre, which also works
for nylon (which our RC rims are made from). You also need salt in
order to make it stick. I used all of it, to get as intense a colour
as possible. I bought the stuff at Clas Ohlson in Oslo, but many other
shops sell it. Plus other brands of course, just make sure you buy
one that can dye nylon!
Now, put all of it plus water into an old pot. And bring it up to
boiling temperature. Make sure you never go away so you don't boil
over the whole stove! Wear one-time-use protective gloves, so you
don't dye your fingers as well! Pliers are useful for taking the wheels
up from the pot (they get hot!). Leve them to dry on newspaper. Repeat
the process if the colors aren't strong enough.
As to results, of course the result gets better the lighter the initial
colour is (white is best), but you never know - so just give it a
try! Different brands have slightly different plastic, so the results
When done & the stuff is cold, carefully pour it into an old soda
bottle and store for future use. Make sure you store it in a safe
place, out of children's reach! And label it with "poison"!
When the wheels have cooled down, give them a wash to remove any excess
You CAN also put this stuff + rims into the washing machine, but it
has several drawbacks:
-you get a much lighter colour
-the rims get damages/scrub
-you cannot re-use the colour
-the washing machine gets dirty inside
(so if you do, rinse it afterwards WITHOUT clothes!)
Note! I've only myself tested with newer
wheels from AE, Losi, Kyosho and Tamiya - all of which are proper
nylon, and it works very well! If you have some vintage stuff, do
a test before you potentially damage all your wheels!
The result >> badass! :-)
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Last updated 15. february 2011