A New Look

Color Match­ing Your Plas­tics

RC Car Action - - DIY - Text & Photos by James York

Get­ting your car or truck to look ex­actly as you in­tend on it to de­pends greatly on what color parts man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer. If you're go­ing for a replica of the Big­foot mon­ster truck, orange sus­pen­sion parts just won't do. If you're try­ing to recre­ate a tour­ing car that re­quires yel­low wheels when you

Dye­ing plas­tic is a fun and an in­ex­pen­sive way to give your parts a durable and cus­tom fin­ish. Un­like paint, which can wear off, dye pen­e­trates the sur­faced of hard use items such as wheels and sus­pen­sion parts for a much longer last­ing ef­fect.

Dye­ing plas­tic is an art that takes trial and er­ror to get just right. Suc­cess­ful dye­ing re­quires light col­ored plas­tics; white is the best to start with. Be­cause man­u­fac­tur­ers use dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als when mak­ing their parts, dye af­fects sur­faces dif­fer­ently. This is why it is im­por­tant to prac­tice

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