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Old Mar 26, 2012, 08:09 PM
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sbach 342 canopy tint advice?

the photos below are self explanatory lol

how can i tint the canopy to that bluish color? if its possible. what material are these canopys made from? plastic? is plastic tintable? i think arf manufacturers should do this.

sensible answers welcomed please. thanks for visiting! and forgive me if im in the wrong section.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 11:38 PM
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I like the Tamiya translucent smoke . One coat is a light tint, 3 is dark:
http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/tam/tam86031.htm

I haven't tried this, but it looks like what you are looking for.:
http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/tam/tam86039.htm

I would be interested to hear what you find out. This is 4 coats of Tamiya Smoke.

Edit, your post caught my attention because I have the same model. I looked at my Slipstream Sbach 342, and it already has yellow tint on the canopy. It would look cool with blue, but I have no idea what it would look like after painting.
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 12:23 AM
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The translucent Blue that eagle 777 linked is what you want. Just use light coats and allow to dry (10-15 minutes) between coats to make sure you aren't getting it too dark and to avoid runs.
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 12:45 AM
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Some plastics can be dyed with RIT clothing dye found in most grocery stores. The longer the part is submerged the darker it gets. I've used both blue and black RIT.
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Hey but wouldn't the tamiya look way to dark? So far its at the top of my list until i find something more assuring. I'm thinking an actual blue tint like for glasses
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lindart is 100%. Plain old Rit fabric dye is very good on most plastics and gives an even finish. Keep it submerged but take it out every minute or so to check color.
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lindart is 100%. Plain old Rit fabric dye is very good on most plastics and gives an even finish. Keep it submerged but take it out every minute or so to check color.
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thanks. ill definitely look into that. does rit have blue available?
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Are you kidding? They have colors you have NEVER heard of, and variations of THOSE colors.
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I have tinted a few canopies using the Rit dye method. Great results! Using the black gives a really nice smoked effect and, as mentioned earlier, the longer you leave it in the solution, the darker it gets. Think I'll try some of the other colors on future projects.
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I have tinted a few canopies using the Rit dye method. Great results! Using the black gives a really nice smoked effect and, as mentioned earlier, the longer you leave it in the solution, the darker it gets. Think I'll try some of the other colors on future projects.
awesome!! my only fear is that it will come out too dark. so i should let it sit for a bit and check on it every minute yea?

how exactly is this done? hot water? warm? cool? again thanks!
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What ever method you choose MAKE SURE that you wash the canopy with a little dish soap and rinse it well. There is release agents still on the new canopy that will hinder the adheshion of the dye or the spray.

It makes a huge difference. GET IT CLEAN!!!!
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Follow the dye instructions. BUT if they say boil it, go ahead and do that BUT let it cool some before you drop the canopy in it. I'm not sure that canopy plastic can hold it's shape in BOILING water. And, yes, check it every minute or so for amount of color. You need to keep it submerged, not floating and bobbing. Place something on it to keep it under. GOOD LUCK.
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Old Mar 29, 2012, 04:08 PM
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I 've used hot tap water and actually stored the dye water for later use.
Thorough washing of the part ,as mentioned, is essential.
By all means, WEAR RUBBER GLOVES !
Check the part frequently for desired tint. Wash off with plain water when satisfied.
There are some cheap plastics that won't take the dye.
Hint: the plastic control horns can also be tinted in most cases.
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And while you are doing all of this, MAKE SURE TO HAVE FUN!
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