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dying stuff with bright colors

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Anybody tried dying their clothes? I was going to buy some white shorts and dye them orange with Rit dye, but I've heard that such a method usually fails to produce vibrant colors. Is this true? If so, would dying the shorts a few separate times help at all?

Thanks much,
wmmk
post #2 of 23
Dylon is better than Rit for your purposes. If you want a really vibrant color, double, triple or quadruple the amount of dye that the package indicates for.
post #3 of 23
I know Barims dyed his Junya runway blazer purple, it looks pretty kickass. Ask him about it. As I've mentioned in other threads, I will be running some experiments with this over the summer, may use this thread to give my reports.
post #4 of 23
Rit fades really bad.

And the colors tend not to turn out. The instructions say ," for brighter colors add salt" I was using crimson trying to make a darker red, with sort of a punch... they turned out salmon colored.

I don't have experience with other brands, but I would try a brand other than rit.

robbie
post #5 of 23
I'm doing some of this. Have an old canvas bag that is olive, that I want to overdye navy, some polo shirts I want to overdye, but I've got an old pair of RM williams that I'm going to bleach (mainly for the elastic sides and pulls) and then dye grey, followed by matte charcoal finish on the leathers. Might start work on them tonight.
post #6 of 23
i bought a good quality fabric dye in an art supply store (brand name escapes me) and dyed white jeans electric yellow. worked well.
post #7 of 23
I remember from some WAYWT pics last year that RyeGB has had some success with dying. I'd send him a PM and see what he recommends.
post #8 of 23
rit dye is only good if you are dyeing something white.
post #9 of 23
I hope you do a test run with something you don't care about like a white undershirt first. I tried dying something with RIT dye before and the color was uneven and streaky.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by wmmk View Post
I was going to buy some white shorts and dye them orange

Is this some sort of low budget Splendid Mills take off that you're doing?
post #11 of 23
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Is this some sort of low budget Splendid Mills take off that you're doing?

Haha, I guess, but I originally got the idea when I was looking for pants that would look really cool with a blue seersucker shirt, so I pulled out a color wheel, and...
post #12 of 23
I have a light blue Fred Perry Polo w/ white & red tips that has some discoloration. Lightended color, with yellow tones. Almost looks like bleach, but affected areas are so conspicous in placement. I think its due to some chemical reaction between deodorant and... something like oxyclean maybe. most affects armpits, but also near the hem where deodarant can easily transfer while removing a shirt. would love a solution to fix this. should i bleach, then redye in a similar color? suggestions appreciated.
post #13 of 23
i have a pair of John Lobb loafers that came in a gorgeous tan color. then i spilled red wine on them and it wouldn't come out. half thought about soaking them in wine to make the color consistent, but that's crazy talk. what i did do, though, is take them to the cobbler and dye them black. they look great and are still John Lobbs.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by Racove View Post
I have a light blue Fred Perry Polo w/ white & red tips that has some discoloration. Lightended color, with yellow tones. Almost looks like bleach, but affected areas are so conspicous in placement. I think its due to some chemical reaction between deodorant and... something like oxyclean maybe. most affects armpits, but also near the hem where deodarant can easily transfer while removing a shirt.

would love a solution to fix this. should i bleach, then redye in a similar color? suggestions appreciated.

I wouldn't bleach it. Bleaching it would destroy the fabric and it wouldn't cleanly remove the red tips and I'm not sure how well the dye will take in.
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Racove View Post
I have a light blue Fred Perry Polo w/ white & red tips that has some discoloration. Lightended color, with yellow tones. Almost looks like bleach, but affected areas are so conspicous in placement. I think its due to some chemical reaction between deodorant and... something like oxyclean maybe. most affects armpits, but also near the hem where deodarant can easily transfer while removing a shirt.

Do you use acne medication that contains benzoyl peroxide?
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