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  1. whistle8mp's Avatar
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    Oct 31, 2007, 8:13 PM - NEW WAY TO DYE GIRTH BELTS!!! #1

    So after trying to die my girth I finally lost it and went down to my neighborhood paint store. I brought a color so they could match it correctly and bought a LATEX stain to die it with. It worked amazing and its so much easier and it does'nt rub off on your flightsuit. So heres what I did


    First I get my paint roller liner, stain and girth ready to die.

    Then I pour the stain in the liner and begin to soak the girth untill its obsorbed enough stain so theres no white showing. Make sure you force it in with your fingers and hands.



    Then once you have it soaked with stain your gona want to ring out the excess stain so it can dry quicker.




    Your going to want to hang it up so it can dry but while its hanging get a rag and blot out as much excess stain as you can. Make sure you don't rub it or it will fray, only blot it. Then when thats done just let it air dry for about 24 to 48 hours and your all set. The key thing is to only get latex stain because all other stains will eat and corrode your girth. A pint of stain costs about thirty bucks but it saves you all the headaches that come along with dyes. A pint will dye two girths so if your doing more then that I suggest to buy a gallon. I have only done this in ROTJ color but they can match any color you like.

    Last edited by whistle8mp; Oct 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM.
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    Oct 31, 2007, 8:28 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #2

    That look pretty slick! I gave up on RIT and acetone after 3 times and just mixed a color and airbrushed the stupid thing.
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    Oct 31, 2007, 8:45 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #3

    Awesome tutorial! Can I ask, is there a specific color number/brand that you used?
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    Oct 31, 2007, 9:05 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #4

    Every paint store gives you a different code, so make sure you save that code when you get the color you need.
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    Oct 31, 2007, 9:48 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #5

    I'm impressed! This is a totally new solution (AFAIK)!

    Nice work and thanks for posting it!
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    Oct 31, 2007, 10:55 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #6

    Thats funny, thats how I usually die, but I use thinned down water base paint. Thats great. Also, if you have a heat gun it can speed up the dry time. But if you let it dry naturally, it is better.

    One question, whats the results. I know mine always comes out kinda harder then when it went in as I stain with water based paint, but with what you use, is the fabric still the same for the most part? I suppose yes?

    Thats cool!
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    Oct 31, 2007, 11:04 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #7

    Nice idea!

    After my dye fiasco, I just grabbed a can of rust colored primer and sprayed it on...worked like a dream.
    Last edited by Halo_1; Oct 31, 2007 at 11:05 PM. Reason: edit
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    Oct 31, 2007, 11:04 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #8

    It gets a little stiff untill you work it around and then its just like new. I forgot one thing this stuff is perminant so make sure you like the color you choose. Since its latex it cleans up wicked sweet.
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    Nov 1, 2007, 1:08 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #9

    great job Mike!!! sounds like this will replace that Rit once and for all.

    B1
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    Nov 1, 2007, 1:09 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #10

    Quote whistle8mp said: View Post
    It gets a little stiff untill you work it around and then its just like new. I forgot one thing this stuff is perminant so make sure you like the color you choose. Since its latex it cleans up wicked sweet.
    if you rub Vasoline on the buckles, the paint won't adhere to them. then just wash it off.
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    Nov 1, 2007, 1:18 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #11

    What a great idea! Even color, no bleed-over to other costume parts. Well done!
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    Feb 11, 2008, 8:24 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #12

    Has anyone found a good color of stain that works for this?
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    Feb 24, 2008, 9:27 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #13

    With this process of using the Latex stain, do you still need to soak the girth in acetone?
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    Feb 26, 2008, 9:43 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #14

    I'd like to know whether or not the acetone is needed as well. I'm all set to start dyeing...er paint/stain...this weekend
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    Feb 27, 2008, 12:29 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #15

    Thats a working color in the pics and you do not need acetone, just stain. JUst find a color that matches whatever belt your doing and bring the color to the paint store. Show the guy or girl working there and have them match the color. If you don't like the color have him/her lighten or darken it to your liking.
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    Feb 27, 2008, 9:42 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #16

    Can anyone pass on to me the exact paint properties needed to actually do this myself.. Ive been wanting to do it myself over here in Australia, and it was a pain in the *** just to get the Mahair Girthbelt through customs, took weeks to clear, and after the Irradiation it may stuff up the paint.. :S plus sending paint internationally costs heaps as a dangerous good transport.. :S

    Basically Brand Names really dont work, however details like the Stain used ie Wax Stain, not a Stain and Finish, Red Mahogany Colour etc... Mostly after the paint properties... Since we dont really have a Colonial Red over here it would require mixing, which could get disasterous if not done right, assuming doing a girth this way is a one shot deal... Im mostly after what type of paint ie weatherguard (outside), interior, acryllic, enamel, etc... as much help you can give would be awesome
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    Apr 3, 2008, 6:41 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #17

    Is there anyone who has a girth belt for sale?
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    Apr 3, 2008, 6:41 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #18

    Does anyone had a Boba Fett girth belt for sale?
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    Jul 29, 2008, 4:00 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #19

    By latex stain, do you mean a water based wood stain? Like Minwax:

    http://minwax.com/products/wood_stai...%202008#Colors

    Maybe in Fruit Punch or China Red for ROTJ?

    -Chris
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    Aug 1, 2008, 12:10 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #20

    Has anyone tried upholstery fabric spray paint like this:

    http://www.fabricspraypaint.com/Defa...ic_Spray_Paint

    I'm pretty sure Lowes carries something like this. Hobby Lobby may as well.
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    Aug 1, 2008, 2:44 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #21

    yepp!! after about 4 attempts of dying my girth, I tried this method and it worked great!!!
    my wood latex stain color was barn red.
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    Aug 1, 2008, 3:20 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #22

    What brand of wood stain was it? I think Behr makes a Barn Red in wood stain. The color of your girth looks great!

    Quote vadr_h8r said: View Post
    yepp!! after about 4 attempts of dying my girth, I tried this method and it worked great!!!
    my wood latex stain color was barn red.
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    Aug 1, 2008, 4:43 PM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #23

    DIE GIRTHBELT DIE!!!
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    Aug 11, 2008, 1:11 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #24

    Quote vadr_h8r said: View Post
    yepp!! after about 4 attempts of dying my girth, I tried this method and it worked great!!!
    my wood latex stain color was barn red.

    looks sweet bro, nice work
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    Aug 11, 2008, 1:13 AM - Re: NEW WAY TO DIE GIRTH BELTS!!! #25

    Quote Madmartigan said: View Post
    By latex stain, do you mean a water based wood stain? Like Minwax:

    http://minwax.com/products/wood_stai...%202008#Colors

    Maybe in Fruit Punch or China Red for ROTJ?

    -Chris

    It is water based latex stain, mini wax makes it and so do sherwin williams

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