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The pips on some of my dice are fading into uselessness. Any tips on refreshing their visibility? One set is definitely Chessex but the other is of unknown provenance.

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Find a contrasting paint color and doing one side at a time, put some in the setting and then rub it on a paper towel on a flat surface. Easier than it sounds!

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Wash them before you repaint them. Some brush on primer wouldn't hurt, but usually doesn't seem necessary on dice since the pips are recessed.

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I would suggest that while acrylic paints will work, hydrocarbon-based paints might be more durable.

 

Black or (more likely) white would be a good choice.

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Crayon didn't last long on mine. I painted my blue crystal dice in 1983 with silver Testor's oil paint and it's still there.  YMMV. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Corsair said:

When it comes to knowledge of chemistry, listen to @Doug Sundseth!

 

Well, if you're feeling especially adventurous, anyway. :B):

 

My job is research and regurgitation; that's kind of the definition of tech writing. And I do have a science background, so I'm often not entirely clue free. But a chemist or chemical engineer would be a better choice for an authoritative source. Take all of my paint chemistry information as, "my best understanding, based on research through easily available sources and uncontradicted by anything I've personally seen", not holy writ. I'm not responsible if you explode, spontaneously combust, dissolve, sublime into a smelly cloud, or turn into a shambling zombie (post video, please).

 

But thank you. :poke:

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57 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

My job is research and regurgitation; that's kind of the definition of tech writing.

 

Oh boy, I initially read that as your job is research of regurgitation and started wondering what type of line of work you're in. Oy, Brie, get thyself to bed!

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Makeover?!

 

*pulls out blush and eyeshadow*

 

Oh...different kind of makeover, I see. :lol:

 

I just use my mini paints to refresh the numbers on my dice (I probably should wash mine first, never thought of that so thank you for the suggestion @cmorse ), then I dab a bit of Brush-on sealer over the top. I do need to do this every few years or so on my favorite dice, but it's worked out fine for me.

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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12 hours ago, ced1106 said:

Who remembers the (sorta) good old days of... crayons? ::D:

 

300px-Crayoladice.JPG

 

Also, permanent ink, acrylic, and crayon https://www.skullsplitterdice.com/blogs/andrars-rumblings/re-inking-your-dice-101-marker-paint-or-crayon

 

I actually still have the dice that came in my original red box basic D&D set.  They have been used and abused for so many years that the corners are starting to round off a bit.  But that crayon is still holding strong in those recesses.  I have tons of way better looking dice but I still keep these around.  I just can't seem to bring myself to toss them out.  It feels like throwing away part of my childhood. 

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7 hours ago, Rignes said:

 

I actually still have the dice that came in my original red box basic D&D set.... 

 

I got chits in by blue basic box in '79...it was only slightly a bummer. They all fell out dragging the box around.

 

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I remember filling in the numbers on my dice with white-out correction fluid, and carefully rubbing the excess off before it dried.  It was pretty durable...  That was back in the late 80’s, and some of them still have the white-out markings today.

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