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Washing and Distressing Denim

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Dragoste9871, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Dragoste9871

    Dragoste9871 New Member

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    I recently bought a pair of dry jeans that i would liek to wash my self before the normal time period. Im interested in giving them a faded look through a wash, but i do not know how to do so. Im also looking 2 distress the jeans after washing and fading them and im wondering how to do that.

    If anyone can tell me wat kind of chemicals or washes are used to make jeans look faded and how to distress them after i would really appreciate it.
     


  2. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    Industrial/commercial distressing is a complex process that you really do not have access to. Sand blasting, potassium bleaching, and resin baking require chemicals and equipment that would be completely ridiculous for a normal person. You can do basic things like using a cheese grater, but that's honestly a pretty lame technique. Really, the best way to distress anything is to just wear it.
     


  3. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    if you really have to, you can use very fine grit sandpaper.

    heres what i would do....
    -starch the shit out of the jeans and wear till dry.
    -lightly sand the peaks of the creases. im thining if you can use wet sandpaper it would work better, but im just guessing.
    -work the jeans until you have the desired effect. have pictures of authenticly worn jeans nearby, or real vintage jeans, to see how the contrast should look.
    -wash them 3 or four times to blend in the distressing.
    wear the shit out of them and they will look better and better.
     


  4. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Big Winner

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    or just lend them to CM for a few weeks
     


  5. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    send them to me... i do custom 1 year washes. abot a 2 month turnaround time tho. its worth it... they come out more real looking thn 45rpm bespoke.
     


  6. nomovement

    nomovement Senior member

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    typical cm day (gleaned from sf posts)
    wake up, drive my truck to work-which is usually a trailer dsomewhere building some shit, ask a co-worker to kindly take pictures of the honeycombs on my jeans...in my private trailer, get turned down, send 45 minutes taking pics myself in my vip bathroom, spend about 4 hours posting on sf (hey, I have a lot of cool shit, what can I say?) work in between posts, go skating for an hour after work, sweat about a gallon of fluid, fall down a lot, go to marshalls to find sda's for $10, go to thrift store to find tee's like other sf'ers, post on sf about my new shit, go bike ridin' to the bar, where I usually get in a fight, if I can't find a fight, go wrestle with dogs for an hour, go home and slee, get ready for another day.

    shit, CM is like a modern day paul bunyan (i checked the spelling on google)
     


  7. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    wow... but take the pic time and add it to the skating and youre about right.
     


  8. nomovement

    nomovement Senior member

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    sorry, I can't skate in the heat for more than an hour-I thought it was a universal law.
     


  9. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    i grew up in florida, south of tampa, so heat and humidity doesnt really bother me. i can usually go 2 to 3 hours without a real break, at a skatepark. all day street skating.

    and probably sweat a gallon and a half, not a gallon. insted of greycast jeans i have whitecast.
     


  10. JO3B

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    someone on one of the SF' once mentioned taking cut off (possibly from a hemmed jean) denim swatches and rubbing them with the jeans to transfer indigo.

    i assume it might work in the sanding process, almost like using your thumb to blend in pencil shading.
     


  11. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    i grew up in florida, south of tampa, so heat and humidity doesnt really bother me. i can usually go 2 to 3 hours without a real break, at a skatepark. all day street skating.

    and probably sweat a gallon and a half, not a gallon. insted of greycast jeans i have whitecast.


    You're the opposite of me then. I grew up in Canada, albeit in SE Ontario, not nearly the coldest place in Canada, but I don't close my windows until the first frost, and I run in up to -20 C (Yep, it's a rule. You have to draw the line somewhere.) I did grow up in possibly the slushiest city in Canada, and that is pretty slushy. Goretex boots were a necessity unless you are going to be miserable all day. In Boston, I wear boots instead of sneakers about twice a year.
     


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