Colour Staining

Colour staining is great for enhancing 3D prints. Its great for jewellery, such as rings, necklace’s, pendants or bangles or you can use colour staining for automotive parts like brake lights or indicators, which works really well!

Many different effects can be achieved on a 3D print. The best material in our experience for this application is either Vero White, 720 semi transparent or Vero clear, basically any material that has a light base colour to start with or is transparent by nature.

3D Colour Staining

What you will need

  1. 1 Pair of latex gloves, these are a must as the dye is very strong.
  2. 1 box of Fiebings Leather Dye, This comes with an applicator.
  3. 1 bottle of cleaner, Isopropyl alcohol or mentholated spirit.
  4. 2 cloths for cleaning.
  5. 1 Air brush, not essential.


Once you have all the gear you need. Grab a piece of paper to protect your work surface as the dye stains, if you do spill, this can be cleaned with mentholated spirit before it has chance to dry.


A simple five step process, colours your model.

  • Use one of the cleaning cloths dipped in cleaning fluid to clean off any oil that may be on the model.
  • Once dry, apply a small amount of dye to the applicator or the airbrush container
  • Make sure to wear your gloves at all times. Apply the dye with smooth strokes try to keep a wet edge when applying the colour to your 3D print.
  • If the colour appears stronger in places, the whole model can be rinsed with Isopropyl or Mentholated spirit.
  • Once the 3D print is dry a layer of lacquer can be applied, you can get this at any high street Car auto shop or model shop, the lacquer has the effect of sealing the colour and sealing the 3D print, as the material used by the 3D printing process is slightly, hygroscopic by nature.


An example of a coloured 3D print


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