Unfortunately you can’t dye any wheel any color but you can dye most wheels some color. In general, it’s almost always possible to dye a light wheel with a darker color. However, mixing colors may produce unwanted results—for example, adding blue dye to a yellow wheel may result in a greenish hue. Be mindful of the color wheel and consider choosing a color with a close relationship to the existing color. In this guide, I’m dying my pink wheels red.
Remove the wheels and any additional components you want to dye from your skate. I’ll be removing my toe stop and bushings so that everything matches. I'm using a T Skate Tool with three socket sizes: 3/8", 1/2", and 9/16" to remove the wheels and kingpin nuts. It also has an allen key with a Phillips head tip that can be used to remove the toe stop screw. We also recommend removing the bearings from your wheels before the dye bath.
The wheels, bushings, and toe stops should be cleaned thoroughly before dying—especially if your skates aren’t new. I used isopropyl alcohol with cotton rounds to clean my hardware.
Fill a pot with enough water to completely submerge all of the pieces you want to dye. The water should be maintained at a temperature of around 95° C. Shake the bottle of dye and add about half to the water.
Place the wheels and any other hardware you want to dye into the bath. Stir consistently and keep a close eye on them. The process can take as little as a few minutes. When they look the way you want, remove them from the dye bath.
Rinse the wheels and hardware under cold water until the water is clear.
Dry the wheels completely. It’s imperative to be diligent to ensure no moisture causes damage to your skates.
Pop the bearings back into your wheels and assemble the rest of the hardware you removed for the dye job.
Once your skates are reassembled, it’s critical to tune them in before you take off. Make sure the action on your trucks is bending just right and that each wheel can spin freely with a smack but not wobble to the sides.
This is also a great opportunity to lubricate your bearings. I like to use Bones Speed Cream but you can use whatever lubricant you like. Now that your wheels are spruced up, you’re ready to roll!
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