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    Dyeing the scales of Air

    Anyone had tried to dye the silver twill scales of The Air? Any success?

    I had tried with RIT dye (powder) before and only very little effect was shown.

    Thanks!

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    There are a few folks here who have successfully dyed the scales on the Air. I'm sure they'll be happy to share how it's done.
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    I dyed my air orange and it held up well, then dyed it black and it looked awesome. Regret selling it now
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    May have to buy another one in the future

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    Phil Wilson Smoke Creek s110v, SouthFork, Gayle Bradley, Chaparral 1, Chaparral 2, Native 5, Para2, Para1 SE, Caly 3, Dragonfly 2, Dragonfly 2, Delica 4, Ladybug 3


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    Quote Originally Posted by Holland View Post
    This one looks awesome! What dye did you use? Any trick on this?

    Thanks!

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    There's this dark red beauty from this Shakyamuni post:

    http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showt...l=1#post855892

    If you click on his pic directly (not the one below), it will take you to more pics on his photobucket site.

    Here's the image from his post:



    May have to try this myself! Cheers, Radioactive
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    I just used black rit dye powder
    Phil Wilson Smoke Creek s110v, SouthFork, Gayle Bradley, Chaparral 1, Chaparral 2, Native 5, Para2, Para1 SE, Caly 3, Dragonfly 2, Dragonfly 2, Delica 4, Ladybug 3


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    I wasn't thinking of dying my Air, but that red one is fantastic
    I'm thinking of doing it now though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holland View Post
    I just used black rit dye powder
    Did you keep heating the dye solution during the whole process?

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    I turned it on low heat after I put the dye in
    Phil Wilson Smoke Creek s110v, SouthFork, Gayle Bradley, Chaparral 1, Chaparral 2, Native 5, Para2, Para1 SE, Caly 3, Dragonfly 2, Dragonfly 2, Delica 4, Ladybug 3


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    Thanks for your advice!

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    Well, as usual, I couldn't resist running to the craft store yesterday afternoon after thinking about this thread more and getting three more bottles of RIT dye for some scale dyeing projects. Tossed the Air scales into my standard mix per the Forest Green Dragonfly thread (1 qt water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, half bottle of RIT dye - slow boil for 30 min, replenishing water/vinegar boil off every 5 min) using their "Wine" colored dye (a burgundy/maroon color). The Air was a snap to disassemble and reassemble. I soaked the scales in mineral oil after rinsing them in raging hot water and drying them completely, then blotted the oil off fully. They turned out a bit darker than I wanted, I was shooting for a match to these formerly pink Manix 2 scales dyed the same way a few months back (couldn't stand the pink anymore!). May need to find a large pink Lum sprint for a similar treatment. Let me know what you think of the new scales! Cheers, Radioactive


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    One more update for this weekend's Air modifications: addition of a clip... I was thinking about other Air clip mods posted by folks on this forum and wasn't up to actually modding the scales with anything more than RIT dye, like a Dremel to cut wire clip channels underneath the scale. I remembered the best part of the new Clipitools, their clip (what a cute little Spydie-branded clip, it caught my eye immediately!), and thought also of Steve Rice's (aka STR on BF) fix for his custom Southard clip where he supplies a longer screw to hold the clip to the frame itself. With a slightly longer screw in hand with matching threads, I was able to really sock the clip down and it doesn't move at all! I may end up adding two more holes to the scale to fill in those two empty screw holes in the clip, but they're certainly not needed for adding any strength. This way the scale stays untouched and I now have a Spyderco clip on my Air. What do you think Sal? Cheers, Radioactive



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    One more pic: a comparison shot with the standard size Spydie clip on the Manix 2:

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    Very nice mod radioactive!
    Phil Wilson Smoke Creek s110v, SouthFork, Gayle Bradley, Chaparral 1, Chaparral 2, Native 5, Para2, Para1 SE, Caly 3, Dragonfly 2, Dragonfly 2, Delica 4, Ladybug 3


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    This clip matches perfectly with the Air. Awesome!

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    Air=gents folder= no clip.

    But its still a nice job.

    The dye job looks good too.
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