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.
Step 1: Materials and Equipment Needed
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.
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
Step 2: Wash
Step 3: Fill
Step 4: Heat and Add
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
Step 6: Results
Step 7: Variations
Dribble hot glue on the wheel,then dye it.The areas covered in hot glue won't be dyed,creating a pattern.(the brown wheels)
Mask off parts of the wheel with electrical tape or any other waterproof tape before dying.Same effect as above,but lines instead of swirls(the red wheels).You can also make a dual colour wheel by using a large piece of tape.
Please do leave other ideas or methods you have tried to dye wheels in the comments,and I'll add them into the i'ble.
(Note:I do not own these pictures.If you are the rightful owner and would like these pictures taken off,just tell me and I gladly will)
Step 8: Last Notes
This does not remove or add grip if done correctly.
If you have plastic core wheels such as Abec 11 Flywheels(look em' up),the plastic won't melt,but will be dyed with the wheel.
The logo will be dyed somewhat,because it's not urethane.
The longer you dye the wheel,the deeper the dye gets into the urethane.If you did a fast dye,expect it to fade with use.
You cannot turn a translucent/tansparent wheel opaque and vice versa.If you have a clear wheel and dye it red,it will be a clear red.If you have an opaque wheel and dye that red,it will be an opaque red.
Have fun and be safe!