By Dianne Giancola
August 23, 2013
Rit has always dyed golf balls, if they had 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 the new Rit "Dye More" Synthetic Dye, which dyes polyester and nylon along with other synthetics. 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 Products Used
You'll Also Need
white golf balls
deep 2-cup container
large metal spoon
plastic table cover
Step By Step
Gather your golf balls, new or used! I chose Taylor Made Project (a) balls with a urethane cover and Bridgestone e6 balls with a surlyn cover so we could see if "Dye More" colored them the same - and it did!
To get started, cover your work surface with a plastic table cover. 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.
Choose the colors you like. Rit "Dye More" is available in 12 colors - I chose Racing Red, Apricot Orange, Daffodil, Super Pink, Sapphire Blue, Kentucky Sky, Royal Purple and Peacock Green. Each time I dye, I dip a swatch of cotton fabric in the dye and keep it for future reference.
Dye Preparation: Shake all dye bottles before measuring. A slotted spoon is helpful for lifting the golf balls in and out of the dye to check the color. 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 so for darker shades, use more dye and for lighter shades, use less dye. More specific recipes are listed below.
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.
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. Wash golf balls in warm soapy water; rinse and dry on paper towels.
Daffodil is a pretty yellow that results in a very light shade. So for a strong, more saturated yellow, use 1/2 cup dye with 2 cups hot water, and let the golf balls sit in the dye for 15 to 20 minutes.
It's always fun to mix colors to create a custom color! I mixed 1/2 cup Daffodil with 1 teaspoon Sapphire Blue and 2 cups hot water. The result was an awesome shade of green! Remember the rules of color mixing apply.