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ilikebeaverandboats 06-06-2010 2:48 PM

How to Dye Surf Fins
Most of the credit goes to this guys blog

Be Careful with RIT Dye, It doesnt come out of ANYTHING. Make sure you where gloves, unless you want colored hands for the next few weeks :rolleyes:

-Fins to Dye (sometime of natural composite/white fin)
-Bottle of RIT Dye (I used Royal Blue, but there are tons of colors) I found it at Michaels, that arts and craft store.
-240 grit sand paper
-5 gal bucket (or something you can fill with hot water, and allows the fins to lay flat without overlapping)
-medium size tupperware or another bucket
-A few pairs of rubber gloves

Get Started

1) Sand off the finish of the fins with a 240 or similar grit sandpaper, look at the fin at an angle and make sure it looks uniform. Keep sanding untill all the spots are gone. Make sure to sand parallel to the base of the fin. Dont forget to sand the leading and tailing edges.

2) Rinse the fins with warm water to remove the oil from your hands

3) Fill the clean 5 gal bucket with 2-3" of hot water. (I let me tap run for a few minutes and thats hot enough) Get outside and pour about half of the bottle of dye into the water and mix it around with a plastic spoon. You can add more or less dye, depending on the shade you want, but I found that the shade is easier controlled by the time left in the solution.

4) Put the bucket in the sun so the solution stays warm and then lay the fins on the bottom without over lapping the edges. If you are using convex fins, lay the concave side down.

5) After an hour, check each fin and reposition/flip if necessary. You will need to flip the convex fins.

6) After another hour, pull the fins out and put them into an ice bath to rinse and help the dye to set. I let mine sit in the ice water for 20-30 minutes.

7) Pull them out of the water, and dry them with a paper towel. if some color rubs onto the towel, rinse a few more times and then re-dry with paper towel and then allow for the fins to completely dry outside.

8) Put them back on the board and enjoy your custom color fins :D

For lighter or darker coloring, Scale the times down or up. + or - 30 minutes should be a good starting point.



wakemitch 06-06-2010 3:20 PM

Joey, those look AWESOME!

taft 06-06-2010 3:32 PM

That does look awesome. I think I'll do the same to mine. Seems like a pretty straight forward and easy way to add some bling to the board

ilikebeaverandboats 06-06-2010 4:02 PM

Thanks guys. It was way easy. Just take your time with the sanding and itll come out great.
Im thinkin i shoulda done the right 2 fins orange and the left 2 blue!

brewkettle 06-06-2010 5:46 PM

Fantastic Job , Now everyone has an option on their own custom colors

surfdad 06-06-2010 6:09 PM

Nice write up and they did come out sweet!

jon_tollefson 06-07-2010 4:19 PM

Sweet! Simple way to make your board your own! Very cool, Thanks for the write up!

taft 06-07-2010 4:21 PM


Originally Posted by ilikebeaverandboats (Post 1593860)
Im thinkin i shoulda done the right 2 fins orange and the left 2 blue!

The matching blue fins looks so sick. Super clean looking setup you got there.

duffymahoney 06-07-2010 4:51 PM

Did you re-sand the fins smooth?

ilikebeaverandboats 06-07-2010 5:33 PM

Nope, didnt need to. You could probably wet sand the with like 1000 grit but they arent too rough after just 240 grit. I might try one of these days

scottnaz 06-29-2010 7:07 PM

Thanks for the great idea and write-up Joey,
I dyed the fins for my homemade board Purple this weekend. Followed your instructions, and I'm really happy with the results


ilikebeaverandboats 06-29-2010 7:21 PM

Right on scott, those look sick!!

Mine ended up fading a bit, so I dyed them again and hit them with a few layers of clear gloss and wet sanded them. If you hit it with the gloss, make sure you tape off the block that goes in the fin box. Even 2 coats is too much extra and will keep them from fitting...i had a brain fart and learned this the hard way haha.

hematoma 06-29-2010 10:38 PM

We used to do this trick with our RC car wheels, haha.

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