On Sunday I went out and bought a can of Vinyl and Plastic 'Coating'. It was the only product for Vinyl both Wal Mart and Autozone carries. I also bought a KK2 set with the red knight to experiment. The product I bought was:
Dupli-Color Vinyl & Fabric Coating
(coating in really tiny letters... a clue!)
And here is our poor test subject:
Now I followed the directions I had read online about dying computer cover parts, spraying about 12 inches away in a sweeping motion. I took five minute breaks, allowing the 'coating' to dry.
Well, what I got resembles stone. Not bad, but definately not what I was going for.
So I went to a different website, one with close up pictures, and it definately looked nothing like what I had, and everything I was trying to achieve. I obviously had not bought genuine Vinyl Dye.
So once again I went out, this time to O'Reilly's auto parts. Hidden on a shelf, not with the paints, was a product called:
Mar-Hyde Vinyl Color Spray
This stuff looked like the real deal. The first named ingrediant? Acetone! That's right, everyone's favorite plastic-melting compound.
From what I read, this is exactly what I wanted.
So I bit the bullet, and subjected my favorite KK2 knight, the purple one, to the knife, so to speak.
Once again, I followed the same procedure - long distance sweeping motions, taking breaks between. This new stuff said it dries in 15 minutes, and can be subjected to weather in 2 hours. The other can didn't even mention a time frame.
So the result? I know you're tired of my write up.
Here are the two visors. Remember, the red knight's visor (right) got the Vinyl "Coating", while the purple knight's visor (left) got the Vinyl Dye.
Modeling the product:
The purple knight's visor's color most closely resembles new dark bley, from what I can tell. Not too bad, I must say. Its' very smooth, it hardly looks like it got a color treatment at all. I didn't even have to pre-coat it in white.
I know that O'Reilly's sells black, off-white, tan, dark blue, and this 'silver smoke'. There are many websites that offer a much broader color range, but their cans were $17 each. The Stone-like 'coating' cost me $3.50, the Vinyl Dye cost me $4.50.