Dyeing your Sand PMAG from Magpul with Rit Dye colors: the ultimate guide

What do Rit Dye, Magpul, a sand PMAG (actually several PMAGs), and a writer with an artistic muse have in common? Read on and you’ll see.

In June of 2016, we posted a review of the Magpul Sand PMAG. In that article, I briefly went over the steps to dyeing a SAND PMAG using Rit Dye. During that test, I noticed some colors did not turn out the same as what the bottle says it is supposed to be. So I decided to try every color and have a comprehensive color chart. I would not try mixing dyes or dipping a PMAG in different dyes to get different colors.  I reached out to Rit Dye and they sent us 25 bottles of their most popular colors for testing. This meant I had to raid the Gunmag Warehouse (no pun intended) for 25 Sand PMAGs.

It’s very difficult to find PMAGs in that color these days, though not impossible. This article will apply mostly to those of you who still have some, are able to find some, or are interested in seeing what sort of results you get with a brown PMAG or one of our other mags available in FDE). Many of the latter are light enough that you might have some luck with it.

Note: this article was originally published on December 30, 2016. It remains a perennial favorite with the Mag Life reader community so we’ve updated and reposted it.

Rit Dye Color Chart as displayed on PMAGs
A good sample of the Rit Dye Color Chart as displayed on a selection of PMAGs.

After a few stops, I found a bread pan that is just the right size for the PMAG. This way I won’t need as much water. In order to stay consistent, I only used three capfuls of dye for every color. I used the same bent wire coat hanger to lower and raise the PMAGs into the dye. I decided to dip the PMAGs one minute at a time up to three minutes. Only a couple of colors went on to five minutes.

Below are the results of the dyeing.

Rit Dye colors as displayed on Magpul PMAGs

Black turned out a very dark blue compared to the factory black 40rd PMAG to the right.


Sand PMAG turned black with Rit Dye


Sand PMAG turned Pearl Grey with Rit Dye


Sand PMAG dyed golden yellow with Rit Dye
This Sand PMAG from Magpul has been dyed “Golden Yellow” with Rit Dye. It’s not a “Banana Clip,” but it’s close.


The bottles look different but they are the same color. Not sure why the yellower bottle says “NEW”.

Rit Dye "sunshine orange" on a Sand PMAG
Also in keeping with the fruity them: an orange dyed PMAG.


"Harvest" is the color used on this sand colored magazine from Magpul


Yes, Camel. Much like those giant boxes of Crayons we had when were kids, the Rit Dye Color Chart has some interesting and very specific colors.

the "Camel" color from Rit Dye as it takes on a PMAG
Not sure if this is Camelus bactrianus or Camelus ferus, but it’s certainly reminiscent of a mud hut (or FDE).


As you can see, taupe does not come out as you hope or expect.  In my previous attempt, it turned green on me.

Taupe, from Rit Dye, as it shows up on a sand PMAG
Maybe more “bad apple green” than taupe.


Speaking of apples.

Rit Dye's Apple Green on a sand PMAG


A new Magpul color: Rit Dye "Dark Green" on a dyed sand PMAG
You may already have a favorite Magpul Color, but might as well expand your options a bit. This one would look good with a woodland camo battle belt – assuming you care about sartorial matters in your tactical gear!


Magpul color: Emerald (thanks to Rit Dye)


Sand PMAG dyed "Teal" with Rit Dye


Unfortunately, Kelly Green is another color that does not turn out as you would expect.

Though it didn't take well, this is "Kelly Green" on a sand PMAG colored with Rit Dye
This could actually be the odd green color from a 3rd world country military uniform.


Magpul colors: Aquamarine (thanks to Rit Dye)


A new Magpul color: Enamel Blue (thanks to Rit Dye).





sand PMAG colored with Rit Dye's "Cocoa Brown Chocolate"
With a little work and maybe just a bit of green, this might be something you could use to match the “Army Greens” gabardine color.







As you can see in the photos above Taupe, Kelly Green, Pearl Gray and Black do not turn out as expected.

I hope this has been helpful. A Tutorial Video will be coming soon showing every color seen here and how each mag was dyed.

Nicholas Chen is a firearm aficionado. Growing up in California, He learned about firearms and hunted with his father growing up in Southern California. Once he moved out to Pennsylvania and then spent a few years in New York State, he learned to truly appreciate firearms and the second amendment. It was in New York State where he became a USPSA competitive shooter and learned about 3Gun. He is an avid fan of running and gunning. Nicholas is a fan of pretty much anything that shoots although the slicked-up race guns are what interests him the most. Having spent time with FFLs and other friends with NFA items he has begun his collection of NFA items and has learned that everything should be suppressed and full auto where possible and legal.

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