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Ian Schumann
(freeradical) - M

Locale: Central TX
Re: Dying Tyvek? on 05/28/2006 00:13:32 MDT Print View

After agonizing over a choice for a competitively-priced windshirt, I've given in, and decided to get a Sportshell. I'd love to be able to make it a color of my choice, though, and maybe, possibly wear it in everyday public life. Vick, I know you posted a few months ago about using Rit Dye for this . . . any luck? If the dye holds through wear and tear, that would be great. But I'm more curious whether the addition of dye would add significant weight to the garment (or tarp, for that matter), or compromise its breathability. Any success?

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Dying Tyvek? on 05/28/2006 14:59:29 MDT Print View

Ian,
A little luck. Keep it below 180F and give it a good rinse. Use the darkest colors - The result will be a pale dye job at best, but better than stark white. I welcome any better ideas. I've tried acrillic (sp?) paint - It makes a mess. Magic markers tend to rubb off.

Weight? Naw, not from the dye. I couldn't measure any difference on a good postage scale. Paint adds weight, but is so inadequate as to make using it a non starter.

Ian Schumann
(freeradical) - M

Locale: Central TX
Re: Dye on 05/28/2006 18:53:34 MDT Print View

Have you experienced any noticeable loss in breathability or water resistance after dying?


(Anonymous)
Re: Re: Dye on 05/28/2006 23:33:26 MDT Print View

>Have you experienced any noticeable loss in breathability or water resistance after dying?


Breathing after dying is generally not done ;)

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Dye on 05/29/2006 13:37:22 MDT Print View

Ian,
Anon is a funny guy. But, no, dying does not seem to affect breathability. There is a company that makes dyed Tyvek ponchos. You might want to check them out: Goodling