Dyeing a Black Hat Black Again

May 27 2015
This black hat was well worn and faded. But have no fear, Rit dye to the rescue! In less that 15 minutes, this hat was looking brand new.
Rit All-Purpose Liquid Black
Rit DyeMore Liquid Graphite
Stainless Steel Tongs
Paper Towels
Rubber Gloves
Stove Pot
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  1. Cover area around stove with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  2. Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to insulate them when working with hot water.
  3. Fill a stainless steel pot with enough water for the hat to move freely. Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (or 180 F°).
  4. When water begins to simmer, add 1 bottle of Graphite and 1 bottle of Black dye and mix well.  Note: The material of the hat was not stated so a mix Rit All-Purpose Black and Rit DyeMore Graphite were used for the dyebath. The All-Purpose dye works well with natural fibers and the DyeMore works on synthetic materials. Also, dark colors require a lot of dye in the dyebath which is why there was so much dye added to the hot water.
  5. Place the hat directly into the dye bath and stir until completely covered. Make sure dye is moved around the entire hat for thorough coverage.
  6. Stir occassionally and leave hat in the dyebath for 10 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the hat from the dyebath. Place the hat in a plastic container and move it outside to rinse with a hose. You can also rinse in your kitchen sink.
  8. Rinse with a hose until the rinse water runs clear. Hang to dry outside.
  9. Once dry, spray with Scotchguard and let it dry completely.
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