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Topic: Turning a dark green shirt to a khaki/olive drab color?  (Read 603 times)
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« on: October 16, 2010 08:37:52 PM »

So I dyed a white shirt, trying to match it to a green khaki cargo-type skirt. I bought some dylon dye in the color "olive". The color they showed on the package matched the skirt exactly but the shirt turned out way too GREEN. Just like... Dark but vibrant, not olive drab color. Is there a way I can fix this and make it the right color? 

« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010 12:41:59 PM »

You can try washing it a couple times, it might still have some extra color in it that will come out. Tumble drying also always seems to lighten things for me so maybe that could help a little too (on the flip side, it might heat set the dye and keep the color). Otherwise, you can always get a color remover (not bleach), turn it back to white then dye again with a different color, more diluted dye, or for shorter time. I've never used a color remover (I know RIT makes one that seems to get alright reviews) so I can't tell you for sure, but maybe you could use that for only a short time to lighten the color without removing it completely. Hopefully someone else will know more about the remover.
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010 05:46:41 PM »

I remember reading somewhere the trials and tribulations of a woman attempting to get olive drab... OMG! I REMEMBER!!!!


I agree with N30N about washing and drying. Try washing twice, once with soap, second time without soap and then stick it in the drier on hot with either drier balls or old (clean) shoes. If it doesn't lighten up any, use a smidge of colour remover (Tintex also makes one called Whitex), but either way try redying with a weak solution of brown, taupe or yellow to adjust the tint.

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