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#3154414 - 02/06/13 08:35 PM Dye job for AR-15 furniture
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This is the second set of safety orange AR furniture I had picked up, and this time I wanted to try a dye job on it. Here is what it looks like before I started:



So I decided to give it a shot with some Kelley Green RIT dye and see what I ended up with. I also picked up some brown, figuring that if I was not happy - I could always go dark brown.

15 minutes into the process, I pulled the pieces out to check them and it was basically at what I would call terracotta. Not what I was looking for - so back in they went.



Here is where it ended up at 25 minutes into the dye process:



You really can't see any green, I would call the color something similar to a copper color. All pieces were dyed at the same time length, but you can see the pistol grip checkering was taking the color way more than the smooth surfaces.

Here are a few shots in place on a lower, both inside and outside in natural light:







Over all, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's a unique color, almost similar to the bakelite red found on combloc AK pistol grips.

You'll notice the first pics the set came with some rail covers - those are actually rubber and not nylon, and therefore don't take the dye like the rest of the kit does.
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#3154508 - 02/06/13 10:14 PM Re: Dye job for AR-15 furniture [Re: -DRM-]
Rubberduck270
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Looks kind of rusty. I like it.

I wonder how the lime green furniture would respond to the dye?
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#3154664 - 02/07/13 07:24 AM Re: Dye job for AR-15 furniture [Re: Rubberduck270]
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I'd guess it would just start darkening the green as it took on color - that is generally all you can hope to do when you are starting with colored nylon.
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#3154691 - 02/07/13 07:54 AM Re: Dye job for AR-15 furniture [Re: -DRM-]
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nice
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#3154848 - 02/07/13 10:11 AM Re: Dye job for AR-15 furniture [Re: Jksig229]
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Thanks!
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#3154931 - 02/07/13 11:28 AM Re: Dye job for AR-15 furniture [Re: -DRM-]
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Looks great. Do you also have matching handguards?
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#3155533 - 02/07/13 08:23 PM Re: Dye job for AR-15 furniture [Re: Mausermeister]
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 Originally Posted By: Mausermeister
Looks great. Do you also have matching handguards?


I wish I did, but no - all of my handguards are standard black aluminum railed or free floating.
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#3155831 - 02/08/13 06:59 AM Re: Dye job for AR-15 furniture [Re: -DRM-]
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Didn't relize you are the one and same DRM as on Pirate until this post.
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#3156017 - 02/08/13 09:57 AM Re: Dye job for AR-15 furniture [Re: graydw1]
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 Originally Posted By: graydw1
Didn't relize you are the one and same DRM as on Pirate until this post.


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