Friday, May 7, 2010
Retry for Disc Dye.....anyone???
Over the weekend in auburn I noticed that disc golfers have neat discs. Either badass Ebay plastic circa 1992...or discs that have been dyed and look way cool. It was easy to imagine using this dye process with our logo instead of hotstamping in order to save a few $$$. Vader is an example of what a dyed disc can look like. The disc was originally white, and the red is all dye.
Here is a rundown of the dyeing process. You get some sign vinyl (cheap), which is a thin plastic film that is sticky on one side. You cut out the design*. Apply the decal to the disc and your ready to dye it. Regular Rit dye works well, and you can either paint it on, or let the disc float face down in the dye pool.
* Wait, cut out the design? Are you kidding me?!
Well, there is an easier way. The machine to the right cuts out your design for you.
It's a printer that cuts, called a plotter. It's $250 and will cut out any design you make on the computer. We would also need the software to run the plotter, $70. There is definitely some skill involved like positioning the logo on the disc, making sure there are no airbubbles, etc. The plotter could also make great vinyl logo stickers for car windows.
As far as what discs can be dyed, all candy and star discs work well. Pro and Dx not as good. Any disc can easily be turned into a blank canvas with a cloth dipped in acetone. From what I have read gold and silver hot stamps are the easiest to remove, while the rainbow stamps are the most difficult. Also, Discraft stamps are harder to remove. I watched a video online of this process on a star disc and it took 10 seconds to wipe the stamp away cleanly.
If the MFC was into it we could dye our own discs instead of handing Innova $800+ to hot stamp 100. The way I envision it, the club would purchase the materials and plotter. There would have to be a couple of people interested in learning how to dye and willing to donate time to fill the orders. Maybe a dyeing party? I'm really not sure how much time would have to go into each disc, maybe 3o min's, 15? It would have to be something people enjoyed doing.
People who wanted a custom disc would supply their own disc to be dyed. A fee of 5-10 dollars per disc would go to covering the materials & plotter. If we dyed just 35 discs @ $10 each that would cover the initial investment. What does everyone think?
Here is a link to a cool disc dyeing forum:
Also, a link to a how to video: