How to Dye Skate Holders

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How to Dye Skate Holders
Dye your skate holders to any colour you like with acid dyes. (Jupiterimages, Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Skate holders are the part of the skate that attaches the blade to an ice skate or roller blades. Most skate holders come in white or black, depending on the colour of your skates. You can quickly dye your skate holders to match your team colours or to simple add a little more colour to your skates. But instead of painting or spray painting them -- as they will quickly chip in the cold climate of a skating rink -- you can dye them with an all-purpose acid dye to get them (almost) any colour you want. But if your skate holders aren't white, you'll need to buy a new white pair for best results.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Small hex socket screwdriver or hex wrench
  • 1 sauce pot
  • 1/2 bottle of liquid all-purpose acid dye (113gr.)
  • Paper towel
  • 1 1/2 gallons of water

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  1. 1

    Remove the skate holder from the skate, and then the blade from the skate holder using a screwdriver. Most hockey skates will need a hex socket screwdriver or hex wrench to remove the screws, as they are typically hex screws.

  2. 2

    Fill a sauce pot with 1 1/2 gallons of water. Place the pot on your hob and bring it to a simmer.

  3. 3

    Add a 1/2 bottle of all-purpose, liquid acid dye to the water. For deeper, darker colours you can add the entire bottle.

  4. 4

    Bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn the burner off and drop in both skate holders.

  5. 5

    Allow the skates to dye for about 5 minutes. Darker colours, like black, navy and hunter green, may need to be submerged in the dye for up to 10 minutes.

  6. 6

    Remove the skate holders from the dye, and rinse them off under cool water to remove excess dye. If you like the colour, set them on a piece of paper towel to dry. If you would like the colour to be a bit darker, simply place them back into the pot for another 5 to 10 minutes.

  7. 7

    Place the blade back into the skate holder when the holder is completely dry. Then screw the skate holders back into your skates.

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