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« on: May 08, 2013 05:25:24 PM »

I bought these acid wash jeans, they were a black denim with a nearly white acid wash. The material is 79%cotton, 19%polyester, 2%elastane. I used two shades of Rit dye, 1/3 Wine and 2/3 Cherry red for a deep red kinda color, and used the washing machine method. After washing they were pink. So I dyed them again using just Cherry red and they're slightly more red but still pretty pink. Why aren't they red? Is it the material??

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2013 09:14:17 AM »

Try the stove top dying method and let them simmer longer than the instructions indicate . after you turn off the heat let the jeans continue to soak over night before you wash them .. Ive had better results dying in this manner - good luck

« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013 08:57:15 AM »

Yes, it is the material. Rit will dye the cotton fibers nicely. But, that's only 79% of the fiber in the material. The remaining 21% won't take the dye. So, no matter how dark the cotton fibers turn, the overall effect will be about 20% lighter.

I suggest using a fabric dye or paint that can color polyester fibers. I am not familiar with elastane, but I assume it is an elastic fiber that gives the jeans stretch. Ask your local craft store to help you find a dye or paint that will color synthetic fibers like polyester, or visit www.dharmatrading.com and browse through the differenrt dyes and paints, look for one that does synthetic fibers.

Follow the instructions on the box of Rit to set the dye. I don't use Rit much, but I think it sets with just a spin in the dryer. Then, follow the instructions on the new dye or paint and dye the jeans again, to color the synthetic fibers.
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2013 10:21:58 PM »

Thanks for the input! I'll probably end up trying one or both of those! Tongue

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