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WendyZ
« on: January 09, 2006 07:42:05 AM »

Anyone have any experience with this?  I need to make some funky tops for my Color Guard for contest and would like to buy white mesh, dye it then paint their rifles to match!

Tips would also be great!!

Oh, and we're kind of broke from football season, so cheap tips would be even better!!!

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2006 10:13:51 AM »

Nylon won't dye well.  You would have better luck spray painting it.   
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2006 11:07:47 AM »

You can dye nylon with an Acid Dye. They are fairly simple to use and relatively safe as dyes go. Generally washfast too.

On another thread someone mentioned Dylon dyes(not to be confused with Dylon COLD WATER dyes, which are fiber reactive dyes). They are and all-purpose dye wh/ contain both acid and disperse dyes. I would venture to say that a straight acid dye would be better, but the dylon dye may be more easily availble.

What ever you do stay away from RIT dye, you are gauranteed disappointing results and a lot of fading/washing out of the dye.

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2006 07:58:33 AM »

Do you have a source for these dyes?  I need the brightest colors - neon if possible!
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2006 07:51:18 PM »

Do you have a source for these dyes? 

Dharma has a selection of brands(see my fixed link in my previous post). I personally prefer Prochemical as a company so here are their acid dyes.

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2006 08:01:43 PM »

I have dyed nylon with Dylon hot water dyes.  Comes in powder form in a little tin.
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2006 09:36:37 PM »

Check you local Joans or Michaels or even WalMart. Don't know if they carry the line of Dylon dyes that will do nylon though. I know they have the Cold Water dyes( a fiber reactive dye similar to Procion MX) and the Permanent Fabric Dye...I think it would be equal to what is labeled as "Hand Dye" in U.K. Looking at the Dylon Website it seems that the Permanent Dye/ Hand dye is also a type of fiber reactive dye.

Also, if you have a store geared to artists near you(not a craft/hobby store like Michaels or Joanns), they may carry acid dyes, probably under the brand name Jacquard or Peboe. A knitting/yarn store may also carry acid dyes(as they are used to dye wool too). So you maybe able to find something locally.

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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2006 02:39:42 AM »

As mentioned, an acid dye may work. This would be as simple as combining food colouring and vinegar. I don't know if nylon would take the heat though.
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