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Permanently Dye a White Silicone Sleeve?

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  1. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Clown World
    Recently bought some white silicone sleeves for a mod because all that was left to by anywhere. Not a big fan of white pr translucent silicone sleeves because when they get stained it's impossible to clean them, not even bleach works.

    I figured I could try dying them.

    Anyone do this successfully before?

    I've read about it on a few sites. One method is to use hair dye, but I figured I would ask here in case maybe someone has done it using a better method.

    I also have a bottle of black RIT fabric dye, but I don't know if that would work well.

    Just don't want it to rub off on my hands or clothes. :lol:
     
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  2. Falconeer

    Falconeer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    I'll follow this thread with interest, as like you I don't like white as it has the paradox that it'll show stains but can be difficult to colour.

    I definitely know watercolour paint doesn't work, haven't tried ink marker and am considering glueing on a large medallion as a distraction - but what I'd really like would be something more permanent.
     
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  3. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Clown World
    Did a little more searching and I read on a site that hair dye may be the best bet, however it has to be a "permanent" hair dye. But there was no proof of this technique actually working. I don't know what permanent hair dye is exactly as I have zero knowledge about hair dyes, but it's strikes me as possibly more expensive than I might care for. However I do have about 5 or 6 sleeves I could do.

    Apparently fabric dye can somewhat discolor silicone but it won't be a deep dark dye job by any means. Even at high concentrations, if you were to dye white silicon black, it would come out a light grey. To be honest, I might try that since I have the fabric dye. But will wait a bit.

    I also briefly saw something about paint, but I didn't look into that as I don't think even a paint made for silicone would be a good solution for something that you hold in your hand and grab a lot.
     
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  4. Falconeer

    Falconeer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Having had two wives and three daughter I think I know a wee bit about hair dyes - there's the ones they can use for a dramatic effect or to try something out which wash out fairly quickly ( and I have never forgotten coming home to find my oldest daughter with purple hair back in the 90s when she was a teenager ) whereas the "permanent " ones last longer but not forever.
     
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  5. Falconeer

    Falconeer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    When we eventually get out of lockdown there is one experiment I do intend to try - on a piece of scrap silicone first.

    I am aware from model making that some shoe polishes have an underlying different colour if applied thinly and polished and polished and better polished off.

    The Press at the time would often refer to Ronald Reagan as "the man with the prematurely orange hair" as when the sunlight caught him from certain angles his black dyed hair did have an orange tinge.

    Black shoe polish can leave an orange-ish stain; oxblood shoe polish can leave a purple-ish stain. On scrap I do want to try this to see if a pleasant mottled or striped effect could be produced.
     
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  6. Jwaterski

    Jwaterski Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 27, 2013
    OKC, OK
    Just pick a color you don’t like and anything from food coloring to crayons will work!
     
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  7. Superuser187

    Superuser187 Super Member

    Aug 10, 2020
    Athens
    I highly doubt u can paint silicone with any type of paint permanently...cause u will need a paint that is also elastic in order to stay on...
    Except if u find any kind of coloured silicon and apply a layer on it? That would be hard to get it right tho :p
    except if there is such thing like silicone based paint? I just made that up now hahahahahsj
     
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  8. smacuser

    smacuser Vapid Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2012
    Vape Augustine, FL
    I have one, too. Maybe I haven't had breakfast yet, but thought of this (can you hear the sizzle?):

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. rosesense

    rosesense ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2010
    TN
    Permanent hair color is most that you see in the stores. It should say permanent on it and costs a few dollars, not expensive. Try Sally's if you have one.

    If you use hair color, I would stretch the sleeve onto something and then put it in the hair color for at least 20 minutes, but read directions as they vary in timing.

    After finished, soak the sleeve in vinegar for a few minutes. Then rinse. That will set the color. Also, use cold water to rinse, helps set color.

    I have no personal experience with coloring sleeves but do have over 50 years experience in hair coloring, etc. Old Cosmetology instructor of past days.
     
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  10. Falconeer

    Falconeer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    @rosesense I wonder if any coloured foundation would work?

    When Rhona got some on her white silcone watch strap we'd the Devil's own job getting it off and there's stiil traces of it a couple of years on.
     
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  11. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    FWIW, silicone might be better mixed with color while it's in gel mode. Think RTV sealant. It's not really porous enough to retain color well when applied after it has set, especially if it's going to be stretched at some point.
     
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  12. rosesense

    rosesense ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2010
    TN
    Any color should work but if I wanted a black sleeve, I would use black hair color.

    Might be better to use car paint.
     
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  13. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Clown World
    For some reason I never got notice of responses after the first couple. Anyhow. I decided to try the black Rit fabric dye because I have it and will never use it (I don't even know why I have it lol).

    What I decided to do was just use it full strength :sneaky:. Almost the whole bottle used. I have a little plastic jar (from buillon cubes) and I just put he sleeve in there and poured the Rit dye in. I don't know how long I'm gonna let it sit before I even bother to check on it, but days for sure. It's going to be really messy getting it out of that jar.

    I may try soaking it in vinegar when I'm finished. Will report back periodically.

    I'm not expecting to get a black sleeve out of this, my guess is some shade of grey. Hopefully a medium shade.
     
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  14. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Clown World
    When I was searching how to go about this, I did see mentioned of a special paint for silicone. But I would never bother with paint of any kind for something you are constantly touching. It won't last long.
     
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  15. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Clown World
    Probably, but I don't make the sleeves, I buy them.
     
  16. CaveFurby

    CaveFurby Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2015
    Let us know how this works for you, really curious.
     
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  17. fiddleshe

    fiddleshe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 11, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    Beet juice dyes a lot of things.
     
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  18. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Clown World
    OK, so I got a little curious and decided to check on it. Black Rit dye, full strength at about 1-1/2 days. Here's the result. Not very dark (expected) but also very inconsistent. However, I like it a lot better than plain white.

    I rinsed it well & dried it off ,then tried to rub off the dye with my bare hand and then a paper towel but it wouldn't rub off or smear/smudge :thumb:

    I put it back in the dye. This time it'll sit a lot longer. I just got curious to see if it was taking any color at all.

    I wonder if taking it out periodically, rinsing it and drying it, then putting it back in would help darken it better? Just a thought.

    Pics against different background, compared to it's original color.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Clown World
    BTW: It looks darker in the pic with the white background. But in real life it looks more like the second pic.
     
  20. CaveFurby

    CaveFurby Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2015
    Why not try heating up the dye in the microwave, nice and hot, and then dropping the sleeve into the hot goo? That's how it's done with clothes and such, hot dye penetrates better.
     
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