View Full Version : dyeing plastic wheels, little help please

05-09-2004, 12:50 AM
I recently purchased a NTC3 and I would like to know how to dye the wheels so that I can have a solid black vehicle. I know your suppose to use cloth die and some salt and some heat but the exact order I donít remember. Will someone refresh my memory.


05-09-2004, 01:12 AM
Buy some rit (brand name) dye. heat some water to near boiling. put in the dye and stir it up. put in the wheels and let them simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes. make sure they're completely submerged. take them out and rinse them off outside in the yard. don't dump the pan of dye out in the sink. it is real hard to clean out. your wife/ mom will kill you. lol

05-09-2004, 03:25 PM
^ ^ That is no laughing matter! :D

You can store the dye in an airtight jar or milk jug for later use too, just let it cool before funneling it in. The salt is not necessary for plastic parts.

Umm . . just FYI . . if the NTC3 is an RTR . . . take the tires off the rims before dying.

05-10-2004, 05:59 PM
be sure to use a lot of salt because it will fade. you'll probobly need at least half a thing of salt.

05-10-2004, 06:00 PM
*half a container or a third

05-10-2004, 08:35 PM
^ ^ That's only true for fabrics. You add salt to help the fabric absorb the dye, but since plastic has no porosity, it has absolutely zero effect.

05-11-2004, 04:58 AM
Yup, never used salt and dye most everything black using RIT and getting some steam up before dropping the parts in. 15 mins usually does the trick.

05-13-2004, 09:35 AM
if your rims are plastic, you may not want to boil them, they will warp. only dye nylon parts.

05-13-2004, 06:53 PM
:D 5 minutes ago i took 4 RPM chrome rims out of the soup.




05-13-2004, 07:50 PM
errrr... any pics bullethead?

05-14-2004, 11:52 AM
Hope they look as good as Kitty's chrome black savage rims :D

05-15-2004, 10:02 AM
I'm going to say no to adding salt. I'm a chef and I add salt to water to raise the boiling temperature. So instead of boiling at 212F it will get up to 235F or so depending on how much salt you add. That being said if you add salt you'll have a better chance of warping your plastic. I've dyed plenty of parts and I just boil plain water put the dye in a bucket add the boiling water stir add the parts put a weight on them and let them sit until they are the shade I want.

05-16-2004, 09:59 AM
Sorry no pics.

Flintstones computer.

as far as chrome rims go, i found that the dye will only penetrate the chrome finish leaving it vulnerable to scratches.

it would seem that the chrome comes off kinda easy.

still very nice.


05-17-2004, 01:46 PM
Does anyone know if any manufacturers sell TC wheels "pre-dyed" black? I've dyed wheels before and wound up dying a few other things black that I didn't intend to in the process!

"your wife/ mom will kill you." -- yes, very true! learned this firsthand!!!