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Polishing and Inking Dice

In my recent preorder for the Baja Dice sets, I offered an option between completely finished and "raw" - raw sets not having inked numbers or the final polish that I do for all my dice. I have written up instructions on polishing and inking dice for those that ordered raw sets, so I thought I would post it here as well. I hope this information helps!


You will need:

  • Meguiar’s PlastX plastic polish
  • A microfiber cloth OR a rotary tool with cotton buffing attachment.
  • Toothbrush that is used only for crafting and not brushing teeth

Roll a die in the PlastX, then buff each face with a cloth or rotary tool. Use only light pressure. Once all faces of all dice are buffed, clean thoroughly by scrubbing with a toothbrush and water. A small amount of dish soap may be used if necessary. Allow dice to dry before inking.

***Please always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment! Gloves are especially recommended when polishing.


You will need

  • Acrylic paint in your choice of color
  • A small paint brush
  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth

The dice have recessed numbers, making them simple to ink. Use your brush to add paint to the number on one face of a die. Wipe the face on a paper towel on a flat surface to remove excess ink. 

Repeat for most of the faces of each die. Leave a few uninked for now in order to hold the dice and place it down without smudging it. Allow the paint to dry for a short while.

Finish painting the rest of the die faces. Allow the paint to completely dry -- I usually let them sit overnight.

Once the paint is completely dry, clean off any paint smudges by squirting a bit of glass cleaner onto your microfiber cloth and cleaning each die face.

That’s it! Enjoy your personalized dice!