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Joshua S
(joshualee101) - F - M
Can I dye monentum? on 09/26/2010 11:28:05 MDT Print View

I was thinking of trying to dye some of the grey/green momentum to get it looking more green. After some research online it looks totally feasible to dye nylon fabric. It can be done using the same type of dye used for natural fibers. My only concern is with the water resistant treatment. Will dyeing momentum ruin its water resistance? Also, will the dwr treatment create problems when I try to dye the fabric? Perhaps preventing the dye from absorbing into the nylon? Does anyone have any experience dyeing this fabric? Too bad nobody sells 20 denier fabric in green.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Can I dye monentum? on 09/26/2010 11:59:46 MDT Print View


I've dyed a fair bit of LW nylon, although not the 20d momentum specifically.

I had good success with dying 1.1oz Olive Green 2nds that Scott at BWDD sells using regular dyes. I had great success using "Lanaset" dyes, which are really ideal for nylon.

The DWR on the 1.1 seems pretty on par with the "Momentum", but the "Momentum" has a much tighter weave, which may make it harder to get the dye bath to absorb into the fabric.

The trick with that is in the bath temp (I've successfully put the 1.1 into boiling water without any distortion, but I wouldn't go that hot, and definitely test water temps with a scrap.

The lanaset dyes are in a completely different league than the multi-part dyes you get for nylon/poly in the stores, and you can get alot of dye for around $10. I had problems with consistency and color fastness with the regular acid component dyes, and it would bleed when washed in warm water, lanaset/sabraset didn't have that problem.

I have no idea what the impact on the effectiveness of the DWR is, so dye at your own risk.

Here's a link with some info on the process:

Edited by jdempsey on 09/26/2010 12:00:16 MDT.

Colin Krusor
(ckrusor) - M

Locale: Northwest US
Dyeing Momentum on 09/26/2010 18:56:25 MDT Print View

I'll second the recommendation to try Lanaset/Sebraset from Pro Chemical and Dye. I've had good results using it with nylon, but I don't have experience with fabrics that have a fluoropolymer DWR.