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Custom Dye Cables for Your Next Electronics Project [DIY]

Whether you’re customizing cords large or small this simple technique allows you to change the color of electrical cables to match, coordinate, or otherwise customize to your project.

At Make Magazine they’ve shared a simple guide to using various primers and stains to color electrical cords. To follow along you’ll need two things: a version of your cord in white and a stain in the color you want to use.

Since the vast majority of sheathing on electrical and electronics cords is made of PVC the cords readily accept color. Fun/customization factor aside we can see how a dye color scheme would be useful. You could, for example. dye the cords that should never be unplugged a bright and cautionary red.

Hit up the link below for additional information and a step-by-step guide.

Make Project: Cable Dyeing [Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/28/11

Comments (4)

  1. Andrew


  2. Jason

    No you eeediot! It is the Blue wire! Always the Blue!

  3. Jim

    I dyed the right one invisible!

  4. Jeff

    I made them all red. Then made a diagram so I know which one to cut.

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