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« on: October 11, 2013 06:43:23 PM »

Hi guys!

I have a jacket that I am interested in dyeing. My concern is that it has a metal zipper - do I need to protect the metal or should this be safe from being stained by the dye?

Thanks!

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section
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AlenaSelene
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013 12:05:10 PM »

The metal teeth won't be affected by the dye itself, but the hot water and chemicals used with the dye might.

Not every dye will work on every kind of fabric. First, figure out which dyes or paints will work with the fiber content of your jacket. Then, choose one that will allow you to use a technique that eliminates or minimizes the zippers exposure to potentially corrosive baths, like salt water.

For example, look for a dye or paint that can be applied with a spray bottle to dry, clean cloth. Wrap the zipper teeth in plastic and spray away.

If you decide to go with a dye that requires submerging the jacket in a hot bath, don't leave it in any longer than necessary.

Dharma Trading Company has tons of instructions and tutorials on their site. They carry all kinds of dye with complete descriptions about what to use on what fiber.
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