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Golf Balls

Dye Queen

By Dianne Giancola

August 23, 2013

Project Description

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


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   white golf balls

  •    deep 2-cup container

  •    slotted spoon

  •   dishwashing liquid

  •   fabric scrap

  •   large metal spoon

  •   latex gloves

  •   measuring cup

  •   measuring spoons

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

Step By Step

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. Wash golf balls in warm soapy water; rinse and dry on paper towels.

  7. If you have enough containers, several colors can be dyed at the same time, just be sure to start with boiling water. "Dye More" needs almost boiling water to dye synthetics.

  8. 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.

  9. Royal Purple on the other hand tends to produce a very dark shade. So for the shade shown here, use 1/2 teaspoon dye with 2 cups hot water.

  10. For Sapphire Blue, use 1 teaspoon dye with 2 cups hot water.

  11. For Peacock Green, use 1 teaspoon dye with 2 cups hot water.

  12. For Super Pink, use 2 teaspoons dye with 2 cups hot water. For a lighter shade of pink, use 1/2 teaspoon dye with 2 cups hot water.

  13. Kentucky Sky tends to result in a lighter shade, so use 2 Tablespoons dye with 2 cups hot water for the shade shown here.

  14. 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.

  15. What great colors! Which one do you like?

  • xomar80x

    Is the basket of balls a stock photo or ones you did yourself?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jeni,
    We are sorry to hear you are having an issue with the dyeing process. What is the material content of the golf balls you are trying to dye? What was the water temperature used? What color of dye was used? How much water and dye were used? How long were the golf balls immersed in the dyebath? We look forward to hearing from you so we can better assist you with your project!

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  • Colleen

    I have been trying to dye Nitro golf balls with a Dupont lithium surlyn cover. I’m using Sunshine Orange Rit liquid dye and even after 20 minutes the dye just sits on the surface. Do I need a different type of golf ball?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Colleen, Thank you for reaching out. When using the all-purpose dye, you want to ensure that the golf ball you are using is entirely made of nylon. You might try using the Dye More which is our new synthetic dye. It is available at Hobby Lobby or online as comes in an apricot orange. Hope this helps!

  • Karen

    Been trying to dye these balls deep purple but they came out blue.? I used 5cups hot water &5tsp dye. Soaked for an hour. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Karen ,Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your dye project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your dye project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • jen

    I tried this method, however, only the dimples on the golf balls turned colors

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jen, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. Did you use Rit’s All-Purpose dye, or, DyeMore? Also, do you know what material the golf balls are made from? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

      • jen

        Looks like it was all purpose – it was all my store carried! Not sure what the golf balls were made from – I dyed 36, all different brands ( I used three colors of dye)

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jen, The DyeMore line is required to successfully dye the golf balls. You can find DyeMore at Hobby Lobby or online at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
          Hope this helps!

          • jen

            Thank you! Do you ever offer shipping deals? The shipping on your website is more that half of the 3 bottles I would like to purchase.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Jen, Unfortunately we do not have any shipping deals at this time.

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  • David

    if using daffodil yellow, how many balls can you expect to color with the 1/2 cup of dye and 2 cups of water? can the tinted water be reheated to dye addition balls?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi David, Thank you for reaching out. The project was posted by one of our Rit dye experts and it will dye 3 gold balls. When you dye something it pulls chemicals and the rest of the dye bath would be lighter. In order to achieve the best color result we would recommend using a new dye bath.

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  • Janet

    Hi, I would like to dye a pair of sneakers that the fabric is a cotton/poly blend. I would like to try the RIT DyeMore. Will it dye cotton/poly blends? I am worried, however, that the rubber sole will dye as well, which I don’t want. Does the DyeMore line dye rubber, even the slightest?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Janet, Thank you for reaching out. The rubber could become dyed and would dye a much lighter color than expected. You could try taping the sole off. The Rit Dye More will work on cotton/poly blends. Hope this helps!

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  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Meghan, Rit’s dye professionals entered a project in 2012 where they used Rit’s all-purpose dye for dyeing nylon coated golf balls. The video explaining the steps they followed can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/2012/06/08/community-video-how-to-dye-golf-balls-yourself-kin-diy/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com John Ackerman

    I am using dyemore yellow and cannot get the balls really yellow.. I just finished up using boiling water two cups.. and over a half a cup of dye.. soaked for thirty minutes.. very light yellow.. the pink on the other hand really works and two teaspoons of dye may be too much lol Can I dump a white golf towel in the mix when I am done coloring balls so it will match what I have done?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi John, Some of the lighter colors can be difficult to dark or bright results on certain plastics. We would suggest to try increasing the dye even more. You can definitely add a towel into the mix, but keep in mind that it will likely not match exactly as it is a different fabric and may dye lighter as the golf balls could have absorbed much of the dye from the dye bath. Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com John Ackerman

        Just how many dyemore yellows are there? Is one yellower than the others? Is it my understanding now that in these lighter colors try dyeing less balls. I had six in the bath of two cups water and a half a cup plus of dye

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello John, Thank you for the response. DyeMore only carries one Yellow called Daffodil Yellow at this time. You can find how to dye balls/beads here to get the better color results: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/materials/buttons-beads/ . With lighter colors you can double the dye to get more of a yellow or use less water for each batch. Hope this helps.

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  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello VHGC,

    We are happy to help! We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye


    We recommend using our Rit Dye More. Here are some tips in using this dye: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/. You should not have any residue if dyed the correct way. If exposed to excessive amounts of water you will notice fade. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

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