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Does anyone dye discs without using the bath method, or without using heat? I would like to learn how to perform this technique, if indeed it does exist. Maybe there's already a discussion on this, if so please point the way.

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I know one way but its kind of a trade secret... shhhh can you keep a secret!! lol!! This technique creates kind of a marble effect. What you need is some saran wrap and liquid rit dye and a disc. ( WARNING: VERY MESSY)
1) tear off a piece of wrap that will cover the whole disc front and back
2) put a couple drops of rid dye on one side of the wrap
3) crinkle the wrap with dye on it into a ball
4) uncrinkle the wrap with dye in it
5) lay disc on wrap so that the majority of the dye is on the top of the disc
6) wrap remainder of the suran around the disc so that its somewhat tight against the top of the disc
7) let sit for 48+ hours

background was done using this procedure.
Sorry Cassidy, Thats not really the "saran wrap" method but if it works for you, so be it. If you think about it, heat helps to "open the pores" of the plastic so it takes the dye a little better. I am over 250 dyes right now. Its not a business but a hobby. check out my pictures if you like.
I started with Rit dye without heat. I would never go back because it usually requires multiple applications and overnight contact. It is overall less consistant. Go with heat baby!

There are solvent-based dyes (such as fishing lure dyes) that don't need long contact, but they are expensive and don't come in dark colors.
So always use new discs and let them sit in a hot dye bath?
You don't have to use new discs but atleast use lightly used ones and yes hot dye baths are the best. I keep my dye hot to the touch but not hot enough to burn. I take showers in about the same temp water. I leave the disc in the bath for 15 then check. If not done I check every 5 min after.
I don't know the exact ratio, but I've seen discs get painted with a gritty mix of Rit and either dish soap or acetone. They turned out well. Your question may be better answered on the "dyes" thread on www.dgcoursereview.com
everything you could ever wish to know you can find under the "were dyin here" group, come join us.
I dont use just new discs. Now certain plastic dyes better than others. ANd I normally soak my for 15 minutes, lift to remove air bubbles and 15 more minutes. Less time for lighter shades of the color. I can hold the pan that I have heated so that should give you an idea of heat, or like cassidy said, shower temperature is good.

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