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Rit dye on wheels
« on: June 10, 2018, 05:50:37 PM »
I am in my last week of recovery from a appendix removal plus rainy weather with a lotta time and some new wheels and a pack of dye.  So of course i googled this but got a few different methods most of them involving the rit dye material, wheels and hot water. Any one on here have experience in dying urethane? I have some spitfire f4 99s
A lotta the videos i see online dont go specifically into how long you gotta leave the wheels in the water dye for as well as the temperature.

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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 06:01:42 PM »
I did it a few years ago on some yellowing used spit classics.  It looked shitty and made my stove hood all colorful.  I wouldn't do it again.  I had them at a low simmer for about an hour and it dyed them, but it didn't look great.  Used what was supposed to be a teal and it came out really weird and dark green.

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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 07:37:42 PM »
I tried dying my f4 99as teal too and it also ended up a weird dark green. It also didnt soak all the way through the wheel so after I worn down another mm it was back to the original colour. Not worth unless you pull it off really well, also some wheels like stfs just dont dye well.

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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 10:51:17 PM »
I tried dying my f4 99as teal too and it also ended up a weird dark green. It also didnt soak all the way through the wheel so after I worn down another mm it was back to the original colour. Not worth unless you pull it off really well, also some wheels like stfs just dont dye well.


Thanks for the feedback regarding your guy's experience. Seems like i read on some longboarding forums  :P that you gotta leave em in for about a hour - how long did you let them soak for?
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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 11:23:57 PM »
I do this often and have decent results. It does not die all the way through, but it only really wears at the riding surface. It will also fade a little. Bring to a boil on high and stir in the dye. Turn it down to medium and simmer for an hour or two. Turn off and let soak for a few hours. Rinse. Done. You can also do some swirls with a hot glue gun. The last set I did, I did swirls and then died it aqua-ish. Rinsed in cold water then pealed off the glue. I then glued down swirls and dyed it purple. I'll try and post a pic.

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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2018, 11:29:27 PM »
Hopefully this works

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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 04:21:32 AM »
I'd presume with dying them you'd have to leave em for a while, there's some Navs day in the life video that shows him just leaving them in his garage (presumably) for a while

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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2018, 05:20:24 AM »
I am in my last week of recovery from a appendix removal plus rainy weather with a lotta time and some new wheels and a pack of dye.  So of course i googled this but got a few different methods most of them involving the rit dye material, wheels and hot water. Any one on here have experience in dying urethane? I have some spitfire f4 99s
A lotta the videos i see online dont go specifically into how long you gotta leave the wheels in the water dye for as well as the temperature.

Ummm you have kinda hard wheels yeah ? well in alot of those videos they've dyed softer longboard wheels and other softer urethane, it holds the dye longer harder wheels tend to not absorb the dye and if they do it eventualy comes off as the riding surface is worn down, so it is up to you just be warned bud softer wheels hold it down hard wheels don't hold well with dye.
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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2018, 07:58:09 AM »
yeah ive read that the softer urethane will absorb the dye more. i swear i saw someone on here dye some f4s yellow?
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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2018, 09:58:45 AM »
I left my f4s in for well over an hour. It soaked in fully but wore off pretty quick. I doubt you'll be able to get that bright yellow effect from dying wheels, it will more than likely just make it look crustier

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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2018, 01:43:37 PM »
As some other people have mentioned the softer the urethane the longer the dye will last. I like personally like harder wheels and have let them sit in the mix for several days just to have them get worn down to the original color after 2-3 sessions. That being said it's fun to mess around with if you have some onion looking wheels lying around. I've found the powder mix works better and the liquid mix turns out much darker than you would like. This also works with bushings too. I ride the Bones hards and I just let them sit in the mix for around 5 days and they turn out pretty neat. Art class in 5th grade was always my favorite so this shit is pretty fun for me.

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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2018, 11:01:11 AM »
So i still havent done it yet but I figured I should hit up Darren Navarrette on instagram - surprisingly he replied fast and said he puts em in room temp water with the dye for 2-3 weeks..
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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2018, 07:43:57 AM »
left them in for two weeks and this is how they came out, used the royal blue color




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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2018, 08:59:53 AM »
Nice 50/50 dye, I think I wanna try red....
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Re: Rit dye on wheels
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2018, 09:17:19 AM »
Nice 50/50 dye, I think I wanna try red....

thanks. thinking of doing the other half orange  - make sure to keep the water level even unless you want kind of a swirl
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