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I just read this on EBAY. Can I use Vinyl Dye on my Glock to change the black into tan or green? Has anyone tried Vinyl Dye? Just wondering.
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Do you have a scuffed toy at home? A plastic patio chair in a hideous color? A plastic product of any kind that you'd like to touch-up, or have in a different shade?

Well, vinyl dye can make the fix or change a whole lot easier. It's marketed as a product for changing your vehicle upholstery's color, but vinyl dye works on many plastics and vinyl surfaces. It's superior to regular spray paints because it actually seeps into the surface of whatever you're spraying...giving you a clean color that won't chip, flake, or scratch off.

If the surface has been painted previously with anything but vinyl dye however, the dye will not work. Paint clogs the microscopic pores in the plastic that the dye would normally occupy. Dye may be used over dye, though the underlying color may affect the top-most coat...particularly with lighter shades of dye such as white or yellow.

The thing to remember when applying the dye is to start and end each spray *away* from the surface you're dying. Spattering occurs most frequently when the spray starts, and when it stops.

Use light coats. Don't attempt complete coverage with each coat! If patches of the original color remain, don't sweat it. Wait fifteen minutes between each coat, and apply anywhere from three to five coats. Do NOT use a primer! Vinyl dye doesn't require one!

Vinyl dye is pefect for: drive faceplates on computers, toys, plastic furniture, some vinyl surfaces, car interior parts, plastic bathroom fixtures and accessories (toothbrush holders, soap dishes, etc.) and who knows what else. It doesn't work on every kind of plastic, so test it by spraying it somewhere unobtrusive before going whole-hog. If, twenty minutes later or so, you can scrape it off with your fingernail? It's not compatible with that plastic.

I've seen vinyl dye in red, blue, white, tan, black, brown, yellow, desert sand, silver, and gray. A search for VHT or Duplicolor will often turn up something.

The best place to find vinyl dye is in automotive stores, or online.
 

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More interesting stuff.

"Hard Plastic
First sand the hard plastic down with 600 wet and dry sandpaper. Then clean the hard plastic in the same way as you did the vinyl. Unlike the soft material on the seats, once you have cleaned the surface you can wash off the cleaner with the hose. Again, let the panels dry completely. Some of the plastics used today are made out of polypropylene, TPO or EPDM, which are very difficult to color. You may need an adhesion promoter for these kinds of hard plastics. This should be sprayed on hard plastic surfaces prior to the color. One light coat of the adhesion promoter is usually sufficient. This helps the dye bond to the plastic much better and makes it more durable.

The final results will be stunning when compared to the former condition, and the cost will be minimal. If you don't mind doing the restoration work yourself, it's the only way to go. Plus, you can tell everyone that you did it your self and that it looks exactly like the original the did it rolled off the assembly line."
 
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