Last year, I dyed my grey Cruwear Para 3 with RIT DyeMore synthetic material dye. I got tired of the dull, dark red, so I chose to remove it as best I could. For those who are curious, the undyeing of my Para 3 went as detailed below.
This is what they looked like after a year of use:
The light spots where the clip sits is wear through the red dye, since the dye doesn't penetrate the nonporous G10
The light areas near the lanyard hole are areas where dye couldn't reliably get to during the initial dyeing due to my not being brave enough at the time to force the lanyard tube out.
First, I wanted to degrease before undyeing to ensure even final results, so I got the acetone out. I was astounded by what the acetone did. The color started coming off instantly!
I continued stripping the color in a beat up old sauce pan. I refreshed the acetone twice, after which the acetone remained almost completely clear.
After the acetone took off what it could, I used RIT color remover. I didn't use a whole pack since I only used about 2 cups of filtered water. After 30 minutes, no more color was coming off, so I quit there.
As you can see, some color didn't come off, but I found that it was mainly in areas where something was pressing against the G10. The clip went right back to where it used to be, so that remaining dye doesn't matter.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with how well the undyeing worked out. It was a great learning experience, and my knife is not ruined. That's a nice bonus. Hahaha
Own: Delica, old S30V Native, pointy Breeden Rescue, Delica, HAP40 Endura, ZDP DF2, S110V Manix LW,Pakka Delica, Cru-wear Para 3, SE H1 DF2, M4 Manix, HAP40 Caly 3, S90V Native 5, K390 Urban, Pakka DF2, Cruwear PM2, SE Pac Salt, HAP40 Jazzlica, S110V Native, P.I.T.S., DLC Manix, REX 45 PM2, Para 3, XHP Manix LW, SB Caly 3, 20CV PM2, Rhino, SB Calypso Jr., B70P, PMA11, K03, ZDP Stretch 2, Kapara, REX 45 Military, 154CM Manix LW, 204p PM2, Swick, SG Delica, BL Lil'Native, AEB-L Urban, HAP40 Stretch, KC Cruwear Manix, Cruwear Military, M390 PM2, Cruwear Delica, 4V Lil'Native, Mantra 2, CruCarta Shaman, M390 Para 3 LW, M390 Manix, K390 Police 4, RexWood Shaman, DLC Cruwear Shaman, Rex 45 Manix, Native 5, Native LW, 204p Para 3, S45VN PM2, S90V Manix LW, 20CV Manix, Rex 45 Lil’Native, Shaman, C208GP, Cruwear Manix, Cruwear Manix
Waiting for: SPY27, K490, Swick 5.