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« on: June 13, 2016 02:27:58 PM »

My boyfriend and I love playing tennis.  But it can be frustrating when there's other people at the tennis court as well and balls start getting mixed up.  We've found some pink tennis balls to use, but to be honest, they're not the greatest and don't last very long.  All the really colorful tennis balls are dog toys and don't have enough bounce to them for a real game.  Since Sports Authority is going out of business we came up with this grand plan to buy a bunch of tennis balls for cheap and then dye them fun colors ourselves.  I guess my question to those more experienced with dyeing then myself is: does this actually have a chance of working?  I'm sure the tennis balls are covered in a synthetic fiber but have no idea what.  Would RIT dye work on them?  Or will we need something stronger?  Since they're all starting off that bright green/yellow color, are there some colors that we should avoid trying?  Will dyeing possibly ruin the bounce of the balls?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2016 09:20:54 PM »

The only way to know for sure is to know what they are covered with.  If it's polyester, nothing will hold, or likely even strike.  If it's nylon, then acid dyes would work (or food colouring).  As for ruining the bounce.... I doubt it.  Unless they somehow get water logged..... but you could avoid that by painting the dye on and steaming them.  This is a assuming they are made of something dyeable...
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2016 02:51:04 PM »

Thanks for the tips!  I guess I'll have to do some more digging.  If only cans of tennis balls had materials listed on them like clothes do. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2016 08:49:51 PM »

No problem!  I hope you find out if you can dye them! 
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2016 06:44:41 PM »

UPDATE!
So we attempted to dye tennis balls last weekend.  While the dye didn't stay as nice and dark after rinsing as it was while they were soaking, overall I'd consider it a success.  We used blue and red dye.  The red ended up working better I think.  Even if they're not a super dark color, they're still different enough from how they started that we'll definitely know which balls are ours at the tennis court.  Smiley


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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2016 08:43:54 PM »

hurray!! So wonderful! glad it was enough of a change to be able to tell the difference!
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