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Old 09-19-2014, 10:13 PM
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OK - I knew the big brown truck would be bringing 5 new clear 10/22 factory magazines to my door today.

Yesterday, I stopped by the local fabric shop to pick up some Royal Blue RIT powder dye. The copyright on the box is 2011 - the date stamp inside the box says 03. (so it's the new stuff)

Tonight I took the mags apart and cleaned them in hot water with Dawn Ultra dish washing soap - they were squeaky clean.

I followed the directions above - boiled water - added dye & salt - added mag parts - lowered the heat to just below boiling - kept stirring for about 9 minutes.

The color took almost immediately - I was getting nervous it was getting too dark! I fished the parts out and let them dry/cool on a paper towel. They looked a little foggy when they dried, but a quick rinse took that away and left nice, shiny, deep blue magazines! SUCCESS!!!!

As I was starting to put them back together, my daughter said she would like some purple ones... time to place another order.

Many thanks to all that posted to these threads.

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Old 09-20-2014, 01:40 PM
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I haven't tried the purple yet, but you can get a kinda purplish pink by not leaving the mags in scarlet for more than about 4 minutes



if you do decide to do some purple, please post pics of the results
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:08 PM
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if you do decide to do some purple, please post pics of the results

Thanks for the pics - I'll post pics of the purple when I give it a try.

Here is what the Royal Blue did for me...





I showed them to a few folks at my gun club yesterday - I have a feeling more folks will be giving it a try soon.

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Old 09-21-2014, 03:01 PM
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those turned out great!
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Old 09-21-2014, 03:17 PM
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Dying clear magazines

Could these be stenciled? I would try to leave my initials on the mag. What material to use to cover plastic to stop coloration is the question. Super glue? Nail polish? Something unaffected by the heat...
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Could these be stenciled? I would try to leave my initials on the mag. What material to use to cover plastic to stop coloration is the question. Super glue? Nail polish? Something unaffected by the heat...
since the mags are clear and you're dying them both inside and out I think that would be really hard to do if not impossible...but what do I know the trickiest thing I've attempted is a fade
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Makes me thirsty for a root beer.
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Makes me thirsty for a root beer.

Yes, that is a cool fade! I will not be dying any mags soon, but will post results when I do. Thanks!
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followed CC's directions using distilled water and new (2013) powered dye.

Royal Blue came out perfectly with a 5 minute soak.

Tangerine however came out very RED. leaving the mags in the solution for 5 minutes apparently causes them to turn out red.

anyway, i'm happy with the Red ones as well. will be easy to identify 22lr brand by color of mag.

my 2 cents: no problem using new dye and for 67 cents/gallon distilled water is a no brainer!

anyone mixed dyes to get custom color(s)?

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followed CC's directions using distilled water and new (2013) powered dye.

Royal Blue came out perfectly with a 5 minute soak.

Tangerine however came out very RED. leaving the mags in the solution for 5 minutes apparently causes them to turn out red.

anyway, i'm happy with the Red ones as well. will be easy to identify 22lr brand by color of mag.

my 2 cents: no problem using new dye and for 67 cents/gallon distilled water is a no brainer!

anyone mixed dyes to get custom color(s)?

sorry to hear tangerine didn't work out as you wanted...perhaps the distilled water?

here's tangerine next to my custom mix I called root beer


scarlet, root beer, tangerine, royal blue, kelly green
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:45 AM
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Could these be stenciled? I would try to leave my initials on the mag. What material to use to cover plastic to stop coloration is the question. Super glue? Nail polish? Something unaffected by the heat...
As CC noted, I don't think a stencil would work - but you could etch the surface (like people do with car windows) before coloring, this way the etched area would stand out from the polished surface. (It would look frosted)

It would be a interesting experiment...

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Old 09-23-2014, 12:47 PM
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Etching is a good idea. Will post my result when completed.
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Heres my attempt at green for my chargers more blue than green left in dye 10 min,still preety cool

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sorry to hear tangerine didn't work out as you wanted...perhaps the distilled water?

here's tangerine next to my custom mix I called root beer


scarlet, root beer, tangerine, royal blue, kelly green
Uesd same kelly green but mine came out blue20160825_164658.jpg

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that's really strange that kelly green is giving you blue mags
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