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Do you want purple wheels but yours are blue?Teal bushings?This instructable is for YOU!

I'm going to show you how to dye your longboard/skateboard wheels and bushings using household items,for less than $10.

Before you begin,make sure to read the whole instructable and understand the steps.If you have any questions,feel free to ask in the comments.This instructable involves a stove and hot items so parental supervision is advised for anyone under the age of 13.
 
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Step 1: Materials and equipment needed

Materials
RIT dye in powder form or any other powdered cloth dye.Your local supermarket or craft store should carry it.I'm using the colour Aubergine,a weird dark shade of purple,but you don't have to.

Equipment
A stove.

A pot large enough to fit the wheels/bushings.Doesn't matter if you don't have one big enough,you can always do them one at a time.

Soap and an old toothbrush,to clean the items.

A timer or a clock

A teaspoon

Step 4: Heat and add

Heat the water to a boil and then add the dye.

RIT recommends a 1oz packet of dye to 3 gallons or 11 liters,and use this ratio if you're dying white wheels,but I like to use a teaspoon to every liter,but that's a little much.Remember,the more dye you add,the darker whatever you're dying will turn out.

Stir to dissolve the dye.Bring the water to a simmer and NOT BOILING before adding the things in.If it begins to steam,turn off the stove.

Step 5: Wait

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Set a timer for two minute intervals and check on it when the timer rings.Keep stirring to spread the dye and prevent the urethane from melting.Once desired colour is achieved,wash the item in some water.Make sure it's dry before putting it back onto your board.
asarmiento27 months ago
Yeah would it affect the gripiness or durometer of the wheel?
LY117 months ago

Would this have any effect on the duro?

nsnip3 years ago
Are flat spots more visible after dyeing?
paperclip32 (author)  nsnip2 years ago
They shouldn't,though I haven't tried it with flatspotted wheels yet.
RedMeanie3 years ago
Good Job! Wow I had NO Idea we could Dye Rubber! This would be awesome for Bicycle Tires.

Great Final Product!
paperclip32 (author)  RedMeanie3 years ago
I'm not sure if you can try bicycle tyres,because skateboard/longboard wheels and bushings are made of urethane.