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    Cool My Customized Gulfman I.C.E.R.C.

    This is my first attempt at modifying a watch. I took a regular, non-atomic I.C.E.R.C. Gulfman that I recently bought (brand new condition) originally planned to keep it white.

    I did not like the way the white jelly looked on me, so I decided to dye it.

    I wanted the jelly to look like metal but still retain the translucent look of the resin, so I was going for a matte smoke gray look.

    I bought a pack of pearl gray RIT and a pack of teal RIT and mixed equal parts in a pot of hot water. I dipped the resin parts for about 2 minutes and was a little disappointed to find that the resin dyed darker than I expected, and it was mostly gray (not much evidence of the teal). I did the vingegar bath to set the dye and painted the bezel letters white to make them more legible.

    I still did not like how it looked (too dark, and no longer as translucent), so I started experimenting with acetone. I found that if the resin parts are submerged in a bath of 100% acetone, the dye starts slowly coming off. I bathed them for about 30 seconds each and the parts started looking how I wanted.

    I repainted the letters (I used testors white enamel) and used an acetone soaked Q-tip to wipe off the excess.

    I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

    Also, note that the blue text and whale image did NOT come off with the acetone. I was worried they would, but I scrubbed hard with acetone and they still did not come off. If anyone has dyed an I.C.E.R.C. and don't like the color, you might want to try the acetone bath technique. I don't know if you can get it completely back to clear, but you can probably get it pretty close.

    Anyhow, here is the before and after:





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    Re: My Customized Gulfman I.C.E.R.C.

    Nice job! Looks like a matte Ocean Grey like the DW-5025D.

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    Re: My Customized Gulfman I.C.E.R.C.

    Quote Originally Posted by TraseUno View Post
    Nice job! Looks like a matte Ocean Grey like the DW-5025D.
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    Re: My Customized Gulfman I.C.E.R.C.

    Pretty cool looking mod~Cheers!

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    Re: My Customized Gulfman I.C.E.R.C.

    I am digging that!
    I am going to pick up a gulfman soon - not sure whether to spring for the ocean grey or matt black one - or just by a standard one and dye it..

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    Re: My Customized Gulfman I.C.E.R.C.

    turned out well. congrats!

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    I like this a lot, better than the "before". Very nice job.

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    Thanks guys. It definitely does resemble the ocean grey matte. I am glad to know that the dye process is at least somewhat reversible with an acetone bath. Rubbing with acetone does not take the color off, but submerging it does. I did heat set the dye beforehand, in super hot (almost boiling vinegar), but the acetone bath still faded it.

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    Re: My Customized Gulfman I.C.E.R.C.

    SWEET!!! Those Ocean Grey and Men in Smoke are some of my favorite models!
    That came out really good! But Im not sure I would use the acetone method as it seems really harsh. Does anybody agree or have any info on this and if it would prematurely rot or deteriorate the resin?
    Maybe a 30 sec bath in the grey dye. How did teal come through in the end result? Not much teal is coming through for me on my monitor, it looks grey exactly like my Ocean Gray and Men in Smokes.

    Anyways, great work!!
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    Very cool!
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