How to dye PMAGS: A Complete Guide

Dec. 24, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

There are several reasons why you would want to dye your PMAGs. Maybe you use different magazines for different calibers, and having separate colors will help tell them apart. Perhaps you participate in competitions, and you don’t want other people picking up your magazines, mistaking them as theirs. Or maybe you just wanted something different and thought they look cool. Who am I to judge?

Personally, I wanted a way to differentiate my AR-9 magazines with EndoMags insert apart from my 5.56mm ones. The process was straightforward to do was decently impressed with the outcome. Even though I didn’t achieve the color, I was shooting for, but we will get into that a little later.


First off, you need to gather all of your tools and materials required to complete this. You will need:


The next step is to disassemble your magazines. You want to keep your baseplates and the feed lip protectors separated during the dyeing process. Otherwise, you could have parts that do not get dyed. Place the springs off to the side as these will not be going into the dye solution. You want to make sure your magazines are clean from anything that might prohibit taking in the dye, such as dirt or oil.


You will then want to bring water to a near rolling boil. You might have to get creative with how you do this, depending on what you are using as your dye solution holder. I chose to boil water in a pot and transfer to a Pyrex dish that would be able to fit all of the magazine pieces together. This is also a way to keep the Miss’s happy as you are not getting dye all over her fancy cookware. Another way to do this would be to get the aluminum trays and heat up the water in there.


You will want to keep checking the parts every 5-10 minutes to review the desire of the color level you are looking to achieve. I noticed that the pieces really didn’t start to take the dye until about the 20-30 minute mark. The entire process can take anywhere from 40-60 minutes, depending on the level of color you are looking for. Just note that you can always go from light to darker but not the other way around.


After you reached the level of color that you are happy with, use the tongs to remove the tongs and submerge them in a bowl of cool water. This washes off the excess dye and stops the coloring process. After you have washed the parts off, you can place the pieces on a pile of paper towels to dry. After the parts are dried, you can resemble the magazines with the springs and the baseplates. You are now completed! Hopefully, you were able to achieve the color you were hoping for.


Disclaimer: It seems like it is either hit or miss when aligning the color of the finished magazine to the color on the Rit Dye bottle. I was aiming Blue/Teal color that was advertised on the bottle, and it came out more of a Forest Green type of color. Luckily I am a fan of green, so I wasn’t too concerned. But just know that you might not be achieving the exact color on the bottle, so go into this project with an open mind for the best results.

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