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Dying Synthetics?
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Jonathan J
(Jonathan_Jessop) - M
Dying Synthetics? on 03/24/2013 00:07:01 MDT Print View

Anyone here have any experience or ideas with dying nylon and polyester? I bought an ExOfficio air strip shirt off ebay for ten bucks, it's bright yellow pattern, this one I think:

I'd prefer it if it was more of an earth tone color, like a brown or greenish color. Any ideas?

Matthew Black
tea and walnuts on 03/24/2013 00:21:49 MDT Print View

I can tell you that black tea and black walnuts don't do a great job on nylon and don't seem to faze polyester thread. Good luck with Rit dye.

Others on the forums have had success in dying nylon pack cloth.

Edited by mtblack on 03/24/2013 00:22:49 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Dying Synthetics? on 03/24/2013 00:41:14 MDT Print View

I dyed a dyneema pack black. It worked great.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Dying Synthetics? on 03/24/2013 08:57:39 MDT Print View

I too have dyed a pack. The nylon fabric took the dye, the polyester thread for the embroiderd logo did not. It most likely will take some dye. Probably will be splotchy. Could dye the fabric but wind up with contrasting thread too. Risky proposition.

Edited by kthompson on 03/24/2013 09:00:11 MDT.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Dying Synthetics? on 03/24/2013 09:50:37 MDT Print View

I looked up how to dye polyester a couple weeks ago. You can dye it, but it takes a different type of dye though. The process is similar to using standard RIT dye(hot water, etc). Word of caution, everything I read said that polyester will not take the aftermarket dyes as well as nylon.


Edited by ViolentGreen on 03/24/2013 09:51:13 MDT.

Colin Krusor

Locale: Northwest US
Dyeing synthetics on 03/24/2013 10:22:07 MDT Print View

I'll second what others have said. Nylon can be dyed pretty easily and the result can be nice. Polyester is very difficult to dye, and the result is often unsatisfactory. Dyeing polyester requires a solvent "swelling agent" that softens the fibers. The swelling agent smells awful, the odor is very difficult to remove (the fabric will smell like chemicals for a long time), and it permanently and significantly reduces the strength of the fabric.

Madeline T
(madscot13) - F
i dye poly on 03/24/2013 21:33:15 MDT Print View

I have tried idye poly forund at Jo Ann's. It worked out beter than rit dyes. I would consider using a black dye comboed with the color you want or maybe even doubling the color.