Dyed Golf Balls

August 23 2013

Dyed golf balls are fun for gift-giving, for wedding and party favors and for sports and golf events. It takes just a few minutes to do the dyeing and it’s so much fun.

Rit has always dyed golf balls. They used to always have a surlyn (nylon) cover. However, the finish on golf balls keeps changing and now some have a urethane (polyester) cover. So to be sure Rit will dye them, we recommend using our new Rit DyeMore Synthetic Dye, which dyes polyester and nylon along with other synthetics.

  • White Golf Balls
  • Rit DyeMore Synthetic Dye
  • Deep 2-Cup Container
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Large Metal Spoon
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Measuring Cup
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
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  1. Gather your golf balls and supplies. We used DyeMore on both Taylor Made Project (a) balls with a urethane cover and Bridgestone e6 balls with a surlyn cover. The colors turned out the same. 
  2. Cover work area around stove with plastic table cover or newspaper and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  3. Heat a pot of water on the stove until it boils. (You will need about 2 cups of water for each color, and this will dye 3 golf balls.) If you plan to dye a large quantity of golf balls, you will need a lot more water and a large container.
  4. Dye Preparation: Shake all dye bottles before measuring.  Fill a 3-cup container with 2 cups boiling water. Make sure container is deep enough to cover the golf balls. Add 2 teaspoons dye and stir. The amount of dye used affects the shade of the golf ball. For darker shades, use more dye and for lighter shades, use less dye. A slotted spoon is helpful for lifting the golf balls in and out of the dye to check the color. More specific recipes are listed below.
  5. For Racing Red, 2 teaspoons of dye were used. To check the color, dip a swatch of cotton fabric or a paper towel in the dye. If the color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water. Save your swatch, if you plan to do more dyeing! It’s helpful for future projects.
  6. Immerse golf balls into dye for 2 to 5 minutes. Very light colors may require 15 to 20 minutes. Stir and check color frequently. Remove golf balls when you are satisfied with the color.
  7. Wash golf balls in warm soapy water; rinse and dry on paper towels.
Light Purple
1/2 teaspoon Royal Purple
2 Cups Hot Water
1/2 Cup of Daffodil
2 Cups of Hot Water
Sapphire Blue
1 Teaspoon Sapphire Blue
2 Cups of Hot Water
Peacock Green
1 Teaspoon Peacock Green
2 Cups of Hot Water
Super Pink
2 Teaspoons Super Pink
2 Cups of Hot Water
Kentucky Sky
2 Tablespoons Kentucky Blue
2 Cups of Hot Water
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