Make Your Own Multi Colour PCB





Introduction: Make Your Own Multi Colour PCB

In this Instructable I'm going to show you how to make your own coloured PCBs

Step 1: What You Need

A PCB to dye
A Permanent Marker the colour you want to dye your PCB
Acetone (I use nail polish remover that has acetone as the main ingredient) 
Kitchen roll

Step 2: LETS GO!

Start off with a clean PCB, and colour the edges of the PCB before moving onto the reverse of and finally the front of the board totally covering in permanent marker.

At this point it will look streaky and rough (like its just been colour in with a marker) but don't worry, the magic is yet to come!

Step 3: The Magic

Take a square of kitchen roll, and dab it with your acetone and wipe it over the PCB till the copper track shine though.

This process will remove the streaky and rough marks made by the felt of the marker pen, leaving a beautiful smooth dyed finish ready for tinning & populating.

Step 4: Experiment With Colour

Now you have seen how easy the process is, why not experiment with some colours!

I would like to thank Kat from Sonodrome for all here help, and highly recommend her tutorial videos that can be found on the linked forum.



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    This isn't working with my board. Only a little of the color is staying on the board and makes it look really streaky and cloudy. It doesn't exactly look like the pictures

    This won't work with FR4, you have to use the cheap resin bonded paper type boards.

    Are you using FR2 or fiberglass type board? as this only works on FR2 synthetic resin bonded paper type board.

    Can you dye it if it has transistors, leds, and what not on it and still work?

    Probably not the dye might ruin the transistors ,and LEDs

    Probably not the dye might ruin the transistors ,and LEDs

    Didn't work :(

    I am using the FR2 Cardboard, not the fiberglass one with a permanent marker. I first added a few layers of "dye", then gently rubbed it off. But well, I just rubbed everything off. I tried it a few times more, but well, you don't see anything. I first used acetone free nail polish remover, then a one with acetone. Same result. I also used different permanent markers. still nothing :(

    sorry to hear it didn't work for you, maybe try another brand of board, as iv never come across a FR2 Cardboard that didn't take the ink.......maybe yours has some funky new protective coating?

    How long do you let the sharpie sit before you wipe it off?