Recently there has been a degree of discussion whether it is possible to dye the shiny band and bezel from a G-8000. I've been experimenting this evening and discovered that it is possible to dye the bezel and strap but you must use paint-stripper first.
Those of you who own a Shiny G-8000 will note that it is shiny on primarily one side. This got me thinking, was it painted on?
So I used Nitro Mors paint stripper to remove the paint from the bezel and strap and it worked a treat! This stuff is lethal to regular bezels and straps in the G shock line! If you want to melt a DW5600 bezel and strap this is the stuff to do it with! (I tried it with a crumbled 5600c bezel I had laying around)
But for some reason it worked without damaging the straps of the silver G-8000. Is it rubber?
The bezel however is a bit trickery. For some reason the paint is much harder to remove from the bezel with the Nitro Mors stripper and it looks as if it is actually deforming it! but this is short lived and once the bezel is placed in some boiling hot water, it returns to its normal shape once more.
I didn't find any Black Dylon dye at Woolies so I picked up a Havana Brown one (75p, Bargain!) just to see if it was possible to dye it.
So as a proof of concept, yes it is possible to dye a shiny G-8000 to a more subtle colour but be careful with the stripper!
This is the one I used as a test. Purchased it from a respected WUS member recently - perfect transaction.
This is the badboy I used to strip the "shiny paint" from the strap and bezel. "Ideal for wood, metal and masonry." Hrmmm nothing about G shock bezels and straps!
This shot is of the straps after the shiny silver paint was removed with the Nitro Mors paint striper. Notice how the once shiny side now matches the unpainted regular inner strap.
This one is of the straps dyed "Havana Brown" (Guess who forgot to add the strap keeper to the soup )
I'll post pics of the finished product once I've put it all together.
That time is now! Not perfect but as a proof of concept I'm happy with it. I think I'll pick up some black dye and redo it just to give it a nice finish.
This final shot clearly shows where I accidently on purpose left some Shiny silver on the strap to see what effect the dying process had on the paint. As you can see, the Havana Brown dye has turned the Shiny Silver to a golden brown. Based on this I think that a Black dye bath would turn it close to something like the shiny black version that Casio already produce.