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    PM2 Grey dyed Royal Blue

    The color came out a shade more towards purple, than the blue Rit Dye shows in their web site, but it came out alright

    Before:



    After:



    And together with my Smurf Blue M390:



    And with my ZDP-189:



    I have a LOT more pictures of all of the steps in between, in case there is interest.

    Will
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    Will,
    Very nice! I like it and my wife gave a thumbs up to the purple hue

    I'm thinking of dying my sprint Lum Tanto so if you posted the "process" pics that would be great.

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    I like it!

    Love to see the process...would consider it for myself...that or a bright green...

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    OK, since I can only have 10 photos per post, this will be done over several posts ...

    Here is how the knife looked like before I started:



    With the right Torx drivers at hand, I started the careful disassembly process:



    Not much, but the grey scales were starting to get a little dirty:



    All factory screws has a thread sealer:



    Blade coming off:





    Note the order/placement of the two washers:



    As another forum member noted before, the lanyard tube "is" flared, making removal a little difficult:



    I simply held one side on my bench vise and carefully went back-n-forth until I was able to get the scales off - take your time:



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    To remove the spacers, you might need to grab them on the side opposite of the screw:



    Note that there are two spacers, the longer goes towards the "front" or blade side of the knife:



    The blade's pivot is keyed, and lightly press fit - it comes out fairly easily:





    To remove the lanyard tube from the other side, I "gently" tap it out:



    You can clearly see here that the tube has both ends slightly flared outwards:



    Here is the completely disassembled knife. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the level of fit between the parts - there was ZERO play between the hollow liners and the metal liners!:
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    One thing I learn when doing coatings for my custom flashlights (yes, another hobby!) is that you MUST prepare the parts well. Here I started by carefully cleaning the original scales (yet another reason I feel the correct way to dye scales is to completely remove them, assuming it is possible of course):



    Once you clean them well, you do NOT touch them with your bare hands - the oils/debris in your hands/skin will prevent any/all finishes from working as intended:



    Here the scales are clean and ready:

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    You then follow the instructions on the Rit Dye package, and get the water, salt, and detergent mixed and to a boiling:



    Add the dye slowly!!!:



    Keep moving the water/dye and the scales, and every 20-30 seconds take a look to see if they are "dark enough" - the longer you leave the parts, the darker the color:



    Once you rinse them with cold water, leave them in water for a while to completely cool off:





    Once they are dry, they looked like this:



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    Then reassemble the knife - try to keep the blade as centered as possible as you tighten the screws:



    I lightly filed the lanyard tube to achieve a nice press fit:



    And of course I applied thread locker to all screws:



    I applied Nano-Oil (10 weight) to the friction points/washers in the blade/pivot area before assembly:



    That is all - I hope this is helpful

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    Thanks....

    Need to check out the Rit colors....might need to do mine up!

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    That looks good. You are braver than I am. I am not fixing to take mine apart for nothing. Too many parts and I suck too bad at DIY. Nice color!
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    wquiles,
    Thank you for sharing. Good job and great step by step instructions.
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    Thats very nice, love it
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    Thank you guys

    Lots of pictures, but it was relatively an easy project, and I got a lot more respect for how well Spyderco holds their tolerances - I am impressed at the bang for the buck we are getting with these PM2 knives

    Will

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    You are the tutorial KING! Nice color, and I'm sure we all appreciate your efforts.

    - best wishes, Jazz.

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    Very nice work on this thread and the Para 2.

    It looks like Royal Purple.
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    Great Job, thanks for all the details, Very well done. I think the color came out great!
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    You did a swell job! I like the color a lot...

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    Very nice job, excellent tutorial as well

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    Awesome tutorial! If my PM2 wasn't digi camo I would be dying it!
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    Great tutorial.
    Does the RIT dye last or will it fade? Since water is used in the application of the dye I would think that it could affect it later on. Not sure.
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