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Coloring a Tyvek Suit
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Kevin Schneringer
(Slammer) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
Silicone spray on 11/03/2013 07:22:12 MST Print View

Nice job on colors but like Ken said colors have been available for a while in the chemical sector.

As for silicone spray sticking , it will. I have sprayed my tyvek ground sheet until saturated with sil spray.
Let it set in the sun for a few hours and it is good to go!

David Gardner
(GearMaker) - M

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: Done Coloring a Tyvek Suit on 11/03/2013 11:51:35 MST Print View

The ink brand is "Liquitex". Ordered from Amazon:

It's also available in other colors: Dioxazine Purple, Naphthol Crimson, Phthalocyanine Green, Prussian Blue, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, and yellow/medium azo. And they can be mixed to get particular shades or hues. I may try making a camo suit next.

David Gardner
(GearMaker) - M

Locale: Northern California
Re: Silicone spray on 11/03/2013 11:59:12 MST Print View

Good to know the silicone spray will work. I guess the last thing will be to seal the seams.

I wanted to have a black suit, and haven't been able to find that color ready-made. Although I am thinking now that my black may have turned out blacker if I had started with a blue suit. I'm also guessing that the colored "Tychem" suits may be more water resistant, since they are advertised as having "splash resistance".

Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Concern on 11/03/2013 22:00:32 MST Print View

Any dye I've ever applied to clothing has a nasty habit of bleeding forever more onto under and outer garments .

David Gardner
(GearMaker) - M

Locale: Northern California
Re: Concern on 11/03/2013 23:28:45 MST Print View

A legitimate concern.

The Liquitex ink is advertised as permanent and water-resitant, but we'll see how that goes. I plan to give the suit a wash in cold water on gentle cycle with a swatch of white cotton in the load, to see how much ink washes and bleeds out, before I apply the silicone. Then after the silicone is applied I will give it the shower test wearing a white tee shirt, and see what happens.

William Safley
(wsafley) - MLife

Locale: Eastern NC
Re: Re: Concern on 11/04/2013 05:52:48 MST Print View

In my homewrap experiments, it seemed like after the first couple of times of trying to rinse and buff the color off the tyvek, the colors seemed to be pretty waterproof. But any surface rubbing on the colored surface continued to pick up small amounts of the tint from it.

David Gardner
(GearMaker) - M

Locale: Northern California
Another Suit to Try Coloring on 11/04/2013 20:21:22 MST Print View

While doing some internet research on colored Tyvek suits I stumbled across Kimberly-Clark's "Kleenguard A70" suit. It’s made for chemical spray protection, with 1.5 mil polyethylene film coated spunbound polypropylene fabric. It has a wick-away lining, liquid-resistant extra long zipper, softer and quieter fabric, a taped storm flap, and taped and bound seams. It’s also supposed to be breathable. Ordered one from Amazon for $15 to give it a try and see how it does in the shower test. If it passes that test, we’ll see how the acrylic ink works on it. Bright yellow is just as bad as bright white for stealth camping.


Edited by GearMaker on 11/04/2013 20:22:09 MST.

Gregory Allen
(Gallen1119) - M

Locale: Golden, CO
Re: Another Suit to Try Coloring on 11/04/2013 21:38:58 MST Print View

That would look awesome walking through a high meadow in spring full of wild flowers. Bees and hummingbird attacks might be an issue! Those hummers could really screw up the waterproof thing. The visual in my mind makes me laugh!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Tyvek on 11/04/2013 21:41:43 MST Print View

Have you considered cutting the suit into a separate pair of jacket+pants?

David Gardner
(GearMaker) - M

Locale: Northern California
Suit vs. Jacket and Pants on 11/04/2013 22:01:22 MST Print View


I considered cutting a suit into jacket and pants, but from my experience skiing and motorcycling there is nothing warmer and more weather-proof than a one piece suit. For hard hiking with a pack in the rain, for the best ventilation, I typically use a polycryo poncho/ground sheet I made. The suit is second choice for that use unless conditions are extremely cold and/or windy, but first choice for rest stops, after setting up camp, and for winter/snow camping.

Also I can't sew, so it was an easy choice.