Can Styrene sheet be colored?

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  1. Zlurpo

    Zlurpo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Is there a good way to make styrene sheet look old/yellowed? I want a sort of ivory color. Does RIT dye work? Other techniques?
    Thanks!
     
  2. madmanmoe64

    madmanmoe64 Well-Known Member

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    I've accidentally stained white plastic with tea before. Not specifically styrene, but tea stains most things (though not too permanent).
     
  3. YenChih Lin

    YenChih Lin Sr Member

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    not it's not possible - styrene is vinyl benzene, a coloration has to be added before making the sheets.
     
  4. Fizbin

    Fizbin Well-Known Member

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    AFAIK paint is going to be your best bet for a permanent solution.
     
  5. Fizbin

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    Not necessarily, there are industrial dyes which will stain PVC pipe very vibrant colors, but I've not seen it used on styrene before.

    I don't see why a very strong dye wouldn't work, but you're not going to get a very good ivory color out of it without a tremendous amount of trial and error... and even then you may not get a consistent tint.
     
  6. robstyle

    robstyle Master Member

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    You can do things to age it but your limited to the wind basically when it comes to control of the process. Leave it in the sun, spray it with WD40, its already been mentioned about tea and/or coffee, CA glue spray kicker will yellow it, crafts type powder tints if fine enough will stain the surface. Of course were talking 3000 and above mesh fine but this is my styrene work surface from the past week. Think I may frame it and hang it on the wall now I look at it.

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  7. NormanF

    NormanF Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Unless it is light stabilized you should be able to yellow styrene with UV light. I don't know how long it will take out in the sun, probably a lot longer than you want. Maybe get a UV lamp.

    I'm basing that off of this.
     
  8. YenChih Lin

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    UV light is going to make styrene brittle, I don't think, it what he wants - if industrial dyes coloration are posssible, it's a trial and error thing.
     

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