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Grill Talk => Weber Mods, Tables and Customs => Topic started by: Jules V. on July 30, 2018, 01:19:10 PM

Title: Black label.
Post by: Jules V. on July 30, 2018, 01:19:10 PM
Can't find the specific black handles that i want  so upon recommendation from @56mpg, i decided to dye them instead.  Placed a bottle of dye in a pot and simmered it for 3 hours. Also decided to dye the stock wooden weber handles and applied 5 thin coats of spar varnish. The wood handles were dyed overnight along with tap water.  It's a week long process as i have to wait a day before sanding and applying new coats.
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Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Transit98 on July 30, 2018, 02:13:35 PM
Nice. I have tried to dye white plastic orange but the color didnít really take well. The black looks very [emoji1417] Im going to try this on my gray handles.

So do I keep the water boiling for the 3 hours or just boil, add dye then drop the handles in a soak over night?


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Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Firemunkee on July 30, 2018, 02:43:10 PM
That is awesome!

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Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Jules V. on July 30, 2018, 02:48:05 PM
Nice. I have tried to dye white plastic orange but the color didnít really take well. The black looks very [emoji1417] Im going to try this on my gray handles.

So do I keep the water boiling for the 3 hours or just boil, add dye then drop the handles in a soak over night?


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I let it simmer for 3 hours and left it in the pot until the next day. Next time around I'll try it on a pressure cooker.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: 56MPG on July 30, 2018, 03:28:09 PM
This is great, thanks for the successful experiment! The RIT dye people are going to see an odd spike in black dye sales.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: ClubChapin on July 30, 2018, 11:14:55 PM
Those look great!
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: YardBurner on July 31, 2018, 07:06:19 AM
Go pick up a cheap Goodwill crock pot or two.
Used to have a couple cooking way in the garage
for removing paint from reclaimed antique door
and window hardware.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: avega2792 on July 31, 2018, 11:08:25 AM
Those black handles looks fantastic, I may have to dye the ones on my black kettles!
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: dbhost on August 09, 2018, 10:52:12 AM
How well does the dye hold up on the plastic / (Glass reinforced nylon) handles?

I REALLY hate the gray / whiteish color of the ones on my daisy wheel kettle and would LOVE to go to black on the handles.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Jules V. on August 09, 2018, 11:31:31 AM
How well does the dye hold up on the plastic / (Glass reinforced nylon) handles?

I REALLY hate the gray / whiteish color of the ones on my daisy wheel kettle and would LOVE to go to black on the handles.
It's very durable as the dye will bond to the plastic. Won't get affected with heat, steel wool, cleaning agent etc.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: qrczak1 on August 09, 2018, 01:04:03 PM
They look really fantastic [emoji106][emoji106][emoji106]
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: XRichard23 on August 09, 2018, 02:13:30 PM
Well I guess Iíll be dyeing my ďwhiteĒ handles this evening.  I think I have a blue bottle, Iíll try that out on one of my blues and let you all know how it comes out


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Title: Black label.
Post by: Jules V. on August 09, 2018, 04:27:18 PM
The key here is to let it simmer for at least 2 hours.
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This the product that i used. Also tried a different brand in powder form but it didn't work nearly as well.
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This is a dye specifically for synthetics but unfortunately it doesn't come in black, more of a very dark grey/graphite.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Seth1025 on August 09, 2018, 05:49:54 PM
Iíve been wanting to try this and have a few white handles reserved. The AR15 crowd had been using the liquid Rit dye for years on the FDE and tan rifle furniture and magazines.  One company Magpul even released a Sand colored line of their pmag magazines specifically to be dyed by the end user.   For the handles do you use straight rit dye or add water?  Also has anyone tried red?

https://gunmagwarehouse.com/blog/ritdye_sand_pmags/


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Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Jules V. on August 09, 2018, 06:01:12 PM
For the handles do you use straight rit dye or add water?  Also has anyone tried red?

I add enough water to  fully submerge the handles and also compensate for evaporation.  Keep the lid on to minimize evaporation. Never tried different colors yet.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: dbhost on August 14, 2018, 11:45:10 AM
Might just have to go to a thrift store to pick up a junk pot to do this in...
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Jules V. on August 14, 2018, 11:58:08 AM
Your regular stainless pot with welded handles should be ok. Dye will not stick to.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: dbhost on August 14, 2018, 12:01:12 PM
No stainless pots at my house. I do have a Copper Chef though... As long as the dye doesn't ruin it...
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Bruce K on May 09, 2020, 04:18:41 PM
Jules, can you provide the specific directions you would use to dye say a dozen handles?  How much water, how much dye, when to put the handles in, when to start and stop the heat, etc....

And yes, I realize this is an old thread.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Walchit on May 11, 2020, 08:23:14 AM
Damn those look really good.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: hemi_charger on August 03, 2020, 10:54:43 PM
Been using this for dyeing RC car parts for over 20 year's.
This is great, thanks for the successful experiment! The RIT dye people are going to see an odd spike in black dye sales.

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Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: View to a Grill on August 05, 2020, 08:13:56 PM
They look nice.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: Tbagley on August 06, 2020, 08:38:33 AM
I would imagine if your kettle is sitting in full sun post dying, they may get pretty warm to the touch?  Looks great though, people have been dying plastic parts for a long time with good success provided the original base color is fairly neutral.
Title: Re: Black label.
Post by: getlego on August 07, 2020, 09:23:19 PM
I absolutely love the look of this. Iíve never been a fan of those mushroom handles. They are very comfortable but by the time they age they really stick out. Iím thinking about turning this in to a black and blue kettle now. I have the originals but I put the wood ones on from a ten dollar GGA.

Iím thinking black foot, ash pan, handles and wheels. The whitewalls have fallen off anyway.


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Title: Black label.
Post by: blu082003 on September 17, 2020, 12:55:08 PM
Finally got around to dying the handles they look great and bring new life to the kettle thanks for the advice @Jules V.


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