I am making some game pieces and would like to find an easy and cheap way to put a tint on normal brown chipboard. My goal is to make an obvious color change, but without making the chipboard too dark to show a score line. The coloring method also must be water-free so that the chipboard dries quickly and doesn’t warp.
I tried a few things today with mixed success. Hopefully one of you has a better trick.
The first thing I did was try diluting acrylic craft paint in 100% isopropyl alcohol, and brushing it on. This works in that there is an obvious tint, but it is hard to get even coverage. It’s just kind of ugly.
I then tried a bottle of “FolkArts Ultra Dye,” again diluted with 100% iso.
It took about 80 drops of dye in 1 oz of iso to make this tint. This went on more evenly than the diluted paint, and is tolerable, but not awesome.
Then I found a spray-on fast-drying dye product called TINT IT by Design Master. This does work, but it’s $10 per can and I am not sure how much I will get out of a can. The price is not so bad, but it is a spray-on product which means that its hard to get an even coating, especially if the tint is very light. The sheet of green here looks pretty nice, but the red came out more blotchy. This was super duper easy, though.
I can make do with the spray stuff but if anyone has tacked this issue I would like to know what you found. From what I have tried so far I feel like the best thing would be an alcohol-based dye that was cheap enough to make in a large volume, so you could dip a piece of chipboard and hang it up to dry.