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« on: July 09, 2004 01:27:06 AM »

hi guys,

this is my 1st post here. i've been lurking arnd for ages though. u guys rock my socks!

i've a qn abt dyeing white nylon pants. what type of dyes work best on this material? also, what r the dyeing techniques that sorta ensure u get a uniform colour on the material? we get only dylon dye in singapore. i've tried using this to dye a pair of nylon pants before and the colour came out v dead and it wasn't uniform at all.

any suggestions wld be much appreciated. thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2004 06:02:17 AM »

did you add salt to the dyebath? dylon is one of my favorite dye b/c it dyes almost anything!

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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2004 06:37:49 PM »

Nylon dyes pretty well, so no worries.

To get the colour really even, you got to keep stirring (or have it in your washing machine agitating).

!. Wet your pants to be dyed.  Let them soak for at least 5 minutes in a sink of warm water while you get everything ready.

2. Heat makes colour darker... nylon can take a little heat, so grab a really big pot (not one you would use for food). I have an 18L spaghetti pot that I use.  Fill it with hot water, put it on the stove and get it simmering (not boiling)  If you are using a washing machine, top up the hot water with a couple of kettles of boiling water.  Add salt (about 3 TB or a 1/4 cup), and a very big splash of vinegar, both help to set the colour

3. Premix your dye with boiling water before you throw it into the machine / pot.  STir lots.

4. Throw in pants.  Stir.  Stir. Stir.  Keep stirring for at least 10 minutes.  All the dylon colour will be absorbed into the clothes by then.  If you want it darker still, add more dye (mixed in hot water).

5.  Then stir more.

6. Remember, it will dry quite a lot lighter than it looks when its wet.

The big secret is just keep stirring....
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