After receiving some great suggestions from readers on my last post, Experimenting with Dyeing Minimates, I decided to continue the experiments. This time around, I used boiling hot water, liquid dye instead of powder, and I left the Minimates in the solution for an hour. I tried yellow dye instead of black, just to change things up, and I once again used both painted and unpainted minimates.
As one of my readers pointed out, Minimate parts are made of different types of plastic, and some will dye easier than others. After removing my figures from the dye, I could see exactly what he meant:
On all the figures I tried, I could not get the chest, forearms, hips, and shins to absorb any dye at all. However the other parts came out great. Even though it didn’t work completely, I am much happier with this method now, and I will keep experimenting with it.
Anyone who has worked with yellow or red paint knows how they can both be a pain in the butt. If I ever need any of the dyed parts in the photo above in red or yellow, I know I will be dyeing them instead of painting them from now on!