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    Do It Yourself: Different color PMAGs and other polymer/plastic items

    So I decided to chase an orange PMAG. Figured I would do it myself since they are not available and individuals who are selling want a steep premium.

    Ingredients:

    • Rit Dye (Walmart bleach section [not crafts section], shoe shine area from my local Winn Dixie grocery store are the places I've found Rit Dye.)


    • FDE PMAG





    Lessons learned:

    • Both amount of dye and amount of time factor into the color change so try to do everything at the same time.
      I did one PMAG first and then the other the next day and was really, really, really close in a color match. I ended up leaving it in the solution about 30 seconds longer than I should have.
      If you end up doing more later on, dip in increments until you get the match.


    • Bring water to a near boil instead of an actual boil.
      My first PMAG tests were in boiling water and while there doesn't appear to be any actual function issues I figured it would be best not to push it lol.


    • FDE is the best host color to get the color you're looking for. Yellow rit dye on foliage green simply resulted in a darker, puke green.


    • Add dye to the water until you are just slightly darker than the color you're after. By this I mean adding like the tip of a tablespoon until you're close to your color choice. If you go overboard dump out half the solution and add plain water.
      The brick red PMAG is a result of adding the whole sunshine orange packet to 6 cups of water lol. The lighter, more orange PMAG was the second attempt using that little tip.


    • Use stainless steel pots and tongs for easy cleanup.


    • Use the liquid dye (instead of powder). Only because it's easier to store and less potential for mess.



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    Last edited by danpass; 05-11-13 at 23:29.

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    Any way of knowing if it's actually dying the material or just sticking to it like paint?

    I might give that a try, think I still have some tan Pmags around here.

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    I guess you're screwed if all your Pmag's are black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_s View Post
    Any way of knowing if it's actually dying the material or just sticking to it like paint?

    I might give that a try, think I still have some tan Pmags around here.
    It's a surface treatment (the way parkerizing is I suppose).

    I had thought of taking a sliver off with a razor, thanks for the reminder.


    When you pull out the components it says to gradually rinse with cooler and cooler water but I believe that's in reference to the process when dying fabrics.


    I simply pulled out the plastic parts and rinsed them off, nothing 'washed' off.
    Last edited by danpass; 02-22-10 at 11:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blowby View Post
    I guess you're screwed if all your Pmag's are black.
    Good excuse to get some FDE


    I only had two FDE (that are now brick red lol) and ordered up four more mags (FDEx2 and FGx2) just for this.

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    Nice DIY Ive been hunting DIY's on here the last few days. I even suggested that it would be nice if we had a DIY section on here to compile them all in one place but I guess that wasnt as good of an idea as I thought, that thread died quick lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subzero View Post
    I have to ask: why dye instead of spray paint?
    so it won't chip off

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    I have to ask: why dye instead of spray paint?
    Principles matter.

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    that was weird. Time traveling posts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danpass View Post
    that was weird. Time traveling posts!

    i thought you were psychic for a sec there
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