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    Something different

    I dont think I have seen anyone else do their chassis like this. I used orange Rit dye to turn it kind of a rust color and then used a shrpie to color in the traxxas logos. the sharpie is acually holding ip really well and I usually run in gravel. let me kno what you think



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    Nice and original.. I like!

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    looks good

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    ive only seen black, and on the erevo

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    I like it! Very original...

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    where do you buy rit dye and how do you use it?
    eh...i dont see a problem here

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    I dyed my chassis,tranny case,front bulkhead black a few days after getting my slash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilbooger
    where do you buy rit dye and how do you use it?
    I bought the dye at wal-mart in the laundry detergent isle. If you go to RPM's website they have great tips for dying plastic parts

    http://www.rpmrcproducts.com/faq/dye.htm this is the guide i used

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    Hey, that is really cool! Gonna try it, just gotta figure out what color my son and I would like. So, you just add the dye to boiling water and soak it huh? Just gotta find a container to fit the chassis. Only need enough water to cover the chassis, right?
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    Doesn't look too bad actually! They are right, it looks original. Nice Job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeanSky
    Hey, that is really cool! Gonna try it, just gotta figure out what color my son and I would like. So, you just add the dye to boiling water and soak it huh? Just gotta find a container to fit the chassis. Only need enough water to cover the chassis, right?
    I used a foil baking pan for a 20lb turkey and it fit the chassis perfectly. I think that a green color would loog good aswell, it would come out as a forest green color. remember you can only dye something to a darker color

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    I have seen people do red and blue parts for their Rustlers and Stampedes, but orange is a first for me. It looks good.
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    Just a couple questions on this process:

    1) Does soaking the chassis in boiling water weaken or warp the chassis at all?

    2) Can most of the components be taken off in chunks; i.e-front end all together, rear end all together, etc..

    3) Would I have to recalibrate anything such as esc, steering servo,etc..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanZman
    I used a foil baking pan for a 20lb turkey and it fit the chassis perfectly. I think that a green color would loog good aswell, it would come out as a forest green color. remember you can only dye something to a darker color
    So, do you boil the water right in the foil pan, or do you boil the water and pour it into the foil pan? Do you keep the water boiling while the chassis is in the pan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeanSky
    So, do you boil the water right in the foil pan, or do you boil the water and pour it into the foil pan? Do you keep the water boiling while the chassis is in the pan?
    I poured the boiling water into the foil pan and then added the dye(I didnt want to put dye in one of my good pots). Then I added the chassis and put the whole thing in the oven @ 200*F for 3 hours. You can take the chassis out and check its progress as you go. DO NOT REMOVE THE FOIL PAN WHILE HOT! It will be weakened from the heat and burdened from the water. It WILL flex and spill hot dye all over your kitchen floor, and it is not fun to clean up.

    If I did it again I think I would set my oven on a higher temp, something closer to boiling. I think it would help the dye penetrate deeper, but do so at your own risk.

    As far as the heat weakening the plastic I'm not sure, but I'm not gentle with my slash and it is still holding up fine

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    That looks good. I've seen people paint the Traxxas but not sharpied. And if it holds up that's awesome!

    3 hours in the oven? that seems like a lot, maybe cause it's the orange? When i did my rustler and stampede all i had to do was pour the boiling water into a pan and let the chassis soak for about 20-25 min.
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    After dying the chassis and reinstalling everything, do you have to reprogram the esc, or just recenter the stearing servo?
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    this is everything you kneed to know, there is no need to bake in oven.
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    Thanks! That helps alot! My son will love it!!!
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    lookin great !
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    Quote Originally Posted by schofield
    this is everything you kneed to know, there is no need to bake in oven.
    http://www.misbehavin-rc.com/pit-lan...ying-nylon.asp
    yeah I only used the oven because it was the only way to keep it hot for that much time. I guess I should have mentioned that. most parts can be done entirely on the stove

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanZman
    yeah I only used the oven because it was the only way to keep it hot for that much time. I guess I should have mentioned that. most parts can be done entirely on the stove
    Dyed my sons truck green yesterday, only soaked it for 8 minutes. Its a darker color, so maybe thats why it didnt have to soak so long. It turned out real well, and he's a happy camper now!
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    i boil my water on the stove with the dye then pour it in a bucket with my parts, cover it and let it set till the color is right 8-10 min. i did an entire t-maxx this way fuel tank and all, not all at the same time, it was disassembled.

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    I think I might give this a try.
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    lol My son wants to do his green now so we can tell ours apart.


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    I just put my slash together after cleaning, now I have to take it apart to keep up with the jones's... I won't forget this!

    Quote Originally Posted by DanZman
    I dont think I have seen anyone else do their chassis like this. I used orange Rit dye to turn it kind of a rust color and then used a shrpie to color in the traxxas logos. the sharpie is acually holding ip really well and I usually run in gravel. let me kno what you think
    Edited for language.
    Last edited by cooleocool; 01-21-2009 at 05:07 PM.

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    Generally, boiling plastic changes properties to a degree. Some plastics used by HPI get softer from boiling, which increases their flexibility and thus survivability but may otherwise affect their performance in positive or negative ways.

    However, in this case, it's WELL WORTH the risk. That looks awesome!

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    that is awsome!!!

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    I left my parts in a bit too long, was going for green but got a very dark green. I do like it though! I did the tranny case and the front end piece too.


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    it'd go good with a military theme
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