I have wanted to experiment with dyeing Minimates for a long time now, probably ever since I saw Ivan’s Pantone display. I have been picking up different shades of dye for my 1/6 scale custom figures, so I decided it was time to try it out on Minimates. The dye I have been using is called Rit dye, and from what I have read online, it can be used to effectively dye plastic.
My first test subject would be an ECCC Minimate, as I have several of these in my parts bin, but rarely need a dark green translucent Minimate for customs. I would like him to be black instead, so I followed the directions for using black Rit dye. I started with about a teaspoon of the dye powder, and then added hot water. I stirred it until it was thoroughly mixed, and then lowered in my Minimate, Mission Impossible style.
I gave it 10 minutes and nothing had changed. After an hour, there was still no change. I thought a clear Minimate might not be the best choice, so I tried it with a painted Minimate, but still no luck.
So I checked online, and some people recommended adding acetone in with the dye. I picked up a bottle at my hardware store, and experimented with different amounts of acetone in with the dye, on both the painted and unpainted Minimates. But still, there were no results.
And that is where I am sitting at the moment. I’m not sure where to go from here, as I keep hearing that Rit dye will work for plastic like this. Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I can try?