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Want to dye a trench coat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Quothmar, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Quothmar

    Quothmar Member

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    For several months now, I have been looking unsuccessfully for a men's blue trench coat of about size 36. The shade of blue I want is normal blue, lighter than navy but darker than light blue.

    Is it possible to have a trench coat dyed blue? Does the initial color matter -- that is, can I dye a black trench coat blue? If so, where should I look for this kind of service?
     
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  3. Quothmar

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    If anyone's curious, this is exactly the kind of trench coat I'm looking for, only I would prefer one around size 36:

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    You can't dye a black coat blue
     
  5. Quothmar

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    All right... what about a beige coat?

    I want a perfect blue, like the one in the picture. By the way, does anyone know if this particular style of trench coat (with the curved part on the upper back) has a name?
     
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    Is it a woman's coat? Looks awfully feminine
     
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    This sounds like a lot more work than it's worth, but it's probably possible if you have a cotton or other natural fiber coat. Whatever colour you start with make sure to remove all colour first with a proper colour remover, then dye carefully.

    Go here -

    http://www.ritdye.com/home.lasso

    Buy this:

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    and this:

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    In response to Larson, no, the one shown above is a men's trench coat -- at least, according to the dealer. (I personally don't see what's so feminine about it. It's blue, after all, right?)

    And thanks, harvey! I think I'll check that out.
     
  9. Holdfast

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    For several months now, I have been looking unsuccessfully for a men's blue trench coat of about size 36. The shade of blue I want is normal blue, lighter than navy but darker than light blue.

    Is it possible to have a trench coat dyed blue? Does the initial color matter -- that is, can I dye a black trench coat blue? If so, where should I look for this kind of service?


    Many trenches are surface-treated to be water-repellent/resistant. That will make a DIY dye-job even harder.
     
  10. Quothmar

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    Okay, so I might need to look for an alternative option...
     
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    Do NOT use RIT. It will never turn out well. The problem is you really just cannot get the water to be as hot as you need it to be.
     
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    yeah, I've dyed some stuff and it's hard to get the color even. You have to stir and stir constantly.
     
  13. Holdfast

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    You have to stir and stir constantly.

    Much like many of our veteran Senior Members here. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  14. Coater

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    I personally think a blue trench coat would look ridiculous. Kinda childish, if you get my point now.
    I only accept black and khaki. Brown also goes, but it's a close one.
     
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    I personally think a blue trench coat would look ridiculous. Kinda childish, if you get my point now.
    I only accept black and khaki. Brown also goes, but it's a close one.


    Boo this man! [​IMG] Blue trench coats look fine. The shade you showed looks nice, but I agree with the others in that you should find a cut that is a bit more masculine.

    Either way, I know Band of Outsiders did a blue trench not too long ago. It might have been navy, though it did look lighter if my memory serves me correctly. Tasty looking trench, but as usual the price was pretty high up there. An XS would probably fit you spot on. I'm sure you could find it if you search around, but the price may not be so forgiving. However, if you decide to dye it yourself, be careful. Most times a self dye never works as planned.
     
  16. Martin Stall

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    Do NOT use RIT. It will never turn out well. The problem is you really just cannot get the water to be as hot as you need it to be.

    How hot would you like your water? It won't get above 100 celcius, you know.

    The real problem is that you won't be able to get a hold of industrial grade dye. What you buy in shops is nice but the colors aren't so great, and fixation with salt won't cut it either. It's because industrial dye is so aggressive that it would eat the rubber seals and pipes in a household washing machine, so obviously they won't put that on the market.

    Your only option is to find a company that does it professionally and hope that they will want to add your coat to one of their runs.

    I was lucky to find a company to dye 15 white cotton trousers a nice cream for one of my clients, a few years ago.
     
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    I like that colour blue but the reason the coat looks so feminine is that it has all the accoutrements of a military style trench coat but its single breasted.

    If you want a trench coat then get a proper trench coat. I would guess that Burberry or Aquascutum might do one in blue.
     
  18. Quothmar

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    Size 36?

    I'd think that blue raincoats for little people would be available in the childrens' section.


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    I like that colour blue but the reason the coat looks so feminine is that it has all the accoutrements of a military style trench coat but its single breasted.

    I did find a double-breasted one, but it was a little to big and dark for me.

    Anyway, if you think blue would look too feminine, then I guess I will stick with my black coat. Now I just need a way to get the bleach stains out!
     
  19. Wideknot

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    Now I just need a way to get the bleach stains out!

    Hmmm, bleach doesn't stain. Stains are the result of chemical additions to the fabric that alter the fabric color. Bleach removes the existing color of the fabric. You can't take out what is already out. If you spilled bleach on your black trench, you're screwed.

    OTOH, maybe a Sharpie?
     
  20. Quothmar

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    Yes, thank you for that correction.
     

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