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Thread: Tanning up those Matty's: a tutorial

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    Tanning up those Matty's: a tutorial

    Ok so I love my Hybrid Matty/Cast-a-Way figures, but like most I don't like the skin tone difference. So I did some work tonight to fix it. Here is what I did:

    Tools of the trade



    I use an old soup warmer I took the regulator off (it goes from off to boil in about 20 seconds). I used Rit Dye: TAN.



    I added two spoons of dye to the hot water and Salt.



    I submerged the heads on a skewer... 30 seconds for Doc Mego-esque results (see Supes) *10-15 seconds on the hands (wipe and check)




    And one minute for Cast-a-Way/Vintage Mego coloring (see Lex)



    here is a before and after...



    Finally here is my gang all back from the Carribean



    The keys: Get the water very hot! Dunk and compare to the body at hand, wipe off and rinse between dunkings to get a good idea of where you are.

    This is an intermediate level custom job... be careful and remember less is more! NOTE: the flash makes the bodies look lighter they are much closer in tone in person...

    Have fun!

    -Dave
    Last edited by David Lee; Mar 13, '10 at 9:20 PM.
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    The Dye doesn't Dye the eye's at all ? ... Interesting.
    ... The Original Knight ..., Often Imitated, However Never Duplicated. The 1st Knight in Customs.


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    Oh, that is most excellent. Great job, David!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackKnight View Post
    The Dye doesn't Dye the eye's at all ? ... Interesting.
    Yea the vinyl actually absorbs the dye, the paint does not... So you can dye most vinyl heads (I am sure there are exceptions) without effecting the paint job at all...

    -Dave
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    That's Pretty Damn Cool Dave. I never dyed a head before, Just most of the fabric I use, cool stuff.
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    Awesome what an improvement. And I just this minute got done swapping Mattel forearms onto a CAT body to match the head. D'oh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackKnight View Post
    That's Pretty Damn Cool Dave. I never dyed a head before, Just most of the fabric I use, cool stuff.
    Yea I have been dying stuff, much to Jennifer my wife's dismay , for years...

    I love these figures so much and with just a little extra work I feel like they are seemless to my vintage MEGOS!

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    Awesome what an improvement. And I just this minute got done swapping Mattel forearms onto a CAT body to match the head. D'oh.
    nahhh... however you like it is the best I just love tinkering with mine!

    -Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lee View Post
    Yea I have been dying stuff, much to Jennifer my wife's dismay , for years...

    My Old Lady gets Pi$$ed off at me too ..., but I do it on the Stove.

    So, thats when Selective Hearing Kicks in.

    Very Nice ..., I really like the Darkness of Superman Now, and He really looks , I dunno man , Like a ton Better to me with the Tan !
    ... The Original Knight ..., Often Imitated, However Never Duplicated. The 1st Knight in Customs.


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    Tanning up those Matty's: a tutorial

    Prof: D.LEE Class: Dye 101

    Syllabus: Dye heads to your liking.

    Excellent Job Dave!...Heads look to par with various body colors.
    Last edited by Ivaniski; Mar 13, '10 at 9:43 PM.

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