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How to Dye Polyester, Synthetics and Plastics with Rit DyeMore

Rit Dye has formulated a fabric dye specifically for synthetics: Rit DyeMore. See how to dye 100% polyester, polyester/cotton blends, acrylic, acetate, nylon and even some plastics with Rit DyeMore.

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  • JoAnn

    How do I dye slacks that are cotton & spandex?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi JoAnn, 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. What percentage of cotton do the pants contain? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Joani, Unfortunately, since the Rit Color Remover would not be effective in removing the existing color a brown over black would not be achievable.

  • Cassy

    I have black pants that are 63%Polyester, 33%Rayon and 4%Spandex. It has a few bleach spots on the legs. Can I use Ritdye to correct this

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cassy, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas may not dye. Normally, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color prior to dyeing, but it is not able to remove dye from polyester. Should you want to try dyeing the pants, the spots would still be a lighter shade. DyeMore graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. For this reason, you would not be able to achieve a true black on the spots. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Eileen

    I want to dye a 100% acrylic crochet sweater from navy blue to black. Appreciate any tips.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Eileen,
      Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Graphite dye in the DyeMore line. It will dye all fabrics black except for 100% polyester which would dye a dark grey. Hope this helps.

  • Renea Wright

    I have a 100% polyester beaded white wedding dress that I would like to dye a dark burgundy. What color combination should I use? And will it dye the beads as well or will they stay white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Renea, There are 12 colors available in the DyeMore line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Due to the limited colors, we are not able to offer a color recipe for a dark burgundy. Should you decide to dye the fabric, the beads would likely take on the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Samantha

    I’m want to dye a bridesmaid dress (Lace-52% Nylon/48% Rayon. Mesh-100% Polyester). The dress is dark purple and I want it to be black. Is this possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Samantha,
      Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Graphite hue in our DyeMore line of dyes. It will dye all fabric black except 100% polyester, which it will dye dark grey. The Mesh section of the dress may not be able to achieve a true black hue. Hope this helps.

  • JAK630

    Hello– I have a gunmetal gray dress (100% polyester) that I would like to get to something in the purple color family. If I use the DyeMore purple, what can I expect? Eggplant? Or will it just be a muddy mess? Also, it has plastic clear “bling” (painted silver mirror backing) on the cuffs. Will that be affected by the dye? Thanks so much!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. It is hard to say what would happen when overdyeing an existing color. If you have a hidden piece from a seam you can cut to do a test dyeing on, that will give you an idea of what to expect. The plastic would also be affected by the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Allen

    Hi,
    I have a light yellow, queen sized, polyester bedspread that I’d like to dye chocolate brown. Would you share with me how many bottles you think I would need. Also, whether or not I should do it in my brand new, front-loading, LG washer. I’m really worried about staining my new washer.

    Thanks!

    Allen

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Allen, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using 1 bottle per pound. Rit Dye More should not be used in a washing machine as it can stain the machine. Since it sounds like you are unable to dye it on the stove top, a bucket would be the next best method by boiling water on the stove and adding it to the bucket. The material will not dye as dark since the water will cool down as you are dyeing the fabric.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Julie, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, it is not possible to go lighter with polyester fabrics at this time. You can only achieve a darker hue.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Milo, Since the fabric is mainly polyester, DyeMore graphite would dye the fabric a dark gray shade. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Donna Randazzo

    I would like to dye a white swim dress, tag reads as follows:
    Shell
    80% nylon 20% spandex
    Lining
    100% Nylon
    Mesh Lining
    73%Nylon
    27% Spandex,
    This is like a one piece swim suit with a dress overlay….all one piece
    I’m dying it because you can see through it when it’s dry and am sure when wet you will really be able to see everything. Will the dyemore purple make this a very dark purple, which is what I’d like to achieve. I was thinking about buying 4 bottles, to use and doing the stove top method and I read that nylon takes the color quickly. Please advise, I really love this swimsuit and would love it in purple. BTW, love your product been dying my pants for years!!! I was able to upload 2 pics of what the garment looks like and am anxiously looking forward to your reply as to whether or not I can achieve a dark purple color to this. Thank you so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Donna, Thank you for reaching out. The Dye More Royal Purple would work very well on this material. Please keep in mind that hot water can damage the elasticity of the spandex. Nylon can take dye quickly, so keep a close eye on the fabric and start rinsing it in cool water once the material is a little darker than what you are looking for as it will dry lighter.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Donna Randazzo

        Would you suggest that I don’t do it on the stove and do it in hot hot water in a bucket, and how many bottles do you think would be required?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Donna, We recommend using DyeMore on the stove top where the hot water can be maintained, which offers a better color result. If you want to give the bucket method a try, make sure to use boiling water so you are starting out with the hottest water possible. The color result may be lighter if you use the bucket method. Hope this helps.

  • Jerry

    I have a pair of stretch Jeans Brown. I have the Rit Dye More Synthetic graphite. I want them to be Black, Thanks for help Jerry

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jerry, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the jeans? Are they Dark Brown?

  • Sarah

    I have a tomato red dress (100%) polyester, that I would like to be a plum or eggplant purple color. How could I achieve this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, that would not be possible due to the existing color of the dress. The Color Remover is not effective on polyester, so you would have to overdye and the existing color and color applied would mix to create a new hue.

  • ml

    I have a sofa slip coer 65 % polyester and 35 % cotton? which dye would be best ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Dye More would be the best option.

  • Sarah Carpenter Redden

    I have a very bright yellow/green polyester chiffon bridesmaid dress that needs to be a much more muted green. Would this be possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, You could try overdyeing with the Sandstone to tone down the color. If there is a small piece you can cut from a hidden seam, we would suggest doing a test dyeing to ensure it will end up the color you are looking for.

  • Melissa

    I have an ivory polyester spandex lace top with a polyester shell lining it also has sequins on it. I would like to dye it a dusty rose or dusty blue color. What is the best method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Melissa,
      Thank you for reaching out. What percentage of spandex is in the dress? Please get back to us at your convenience so that we may better assist you.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Leslie Harrison

    Can I dye polyester sheers in a top loader washing machine? I have white sheers that I would like to dye royal blue (I couldn’t find the right shade to buy online anywhere). I can’t really use the stovetop method because I don’t have a large kitchen and I have 16 panels to dye. Any suggestions?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Leslie, Thank you for reaching out. Dye More could stain your washing machine. You could try boiling water and adding it into a bucket as polyester requires very hot water to successfully dye the polyester fibers. The closest to Royal Blue in Dye More is the Sapphire Blue.

  • Jessica

    Hi, I have a lilac Bridesmaid dress that I’d like to dye so that I can wear it as a guest to a fall wedding. I’m thinking a dark purple, wine/burgundy or black. The material is polyester, lace and chiffon. Is this possible? What should I use and will the lace and chiffon part come out the same color? Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, When dyeing, all fabrics accept the dye a bit differently, therefore, there may be a slight variation of shades. DyeMore royal purple would successfully dye over the existing lilac color. DyeMore graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black and could also be used to dye over the existing color, therefore, depending on what fabric the lace and chiffon are made from, you may achieve both gray and black. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Leslie Harrison

    Can I dye polyester sheers? They are white and I want them to be royal blue.
    And can I do them in a top loader washing machine? I have 16 panels to do. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Leslie,
      Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately since Rit DyeMore requires a much higher heat to dye the synthetics like polyester, we can not recommend using it in a washing machine. For optimal results, the water should be at a constant heat of at least 180-220F for DyeMore. Here are some step by step instructions for using Rit DyeMore.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/
      Hope this helps.

  • Sheena Schwarzer

    I’m looking to dye a 100% polyester, blush pink bridesmaids dress to a lovely green. The peacock green looks like it would do the trick but I’m worried the green won’t cover the pink completely. How should I proceed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sheena, Thank you for reaching out. The color applied and existing color could mix to create a new hue. It is hard to say whether or not the Peacock Green would be able to completely cover the existing pink.

      • Sheena Schwarzer

        Would the charcoal fair better?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sheena, Yes, DyeMore graphite would be the best option. It will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the limited colors in the DyeMore line, we are not able to offer a color recipe for ivory. You might try experimenting with Sand Stone http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ You can lighten the color of a dyebath by adding additional water. We would recommend dipping a paper towel or piece of cloth into the dyebath to test the color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nancy,
    Thank you for reaching out. If you are wanting a lighter hue, we recommend using less dye to your hot water. Should you decide to try with a lighter hue, we would recommend taking a small piece of the fabric from the inside hem or a paper towel and putting it in the dye bath to test the color. This will make sure you are getting the intended hue before submerging the whole item. Hope this helps.

  • coloradical

    Hi There! I have a bridesmaid dress that was supposed to be a light gray… but the actual dress looks white (it’s WAY too light to be standing next to a bride in). We’re running out of options, as it’s getting too close to the wedding to get a replacement… so we’ve opted to try dying it. It’s got one layer of a light, see-through chiffon-like material… and a double layer of thicker material underneath. Both are listed as 100% polyester. Here’s a few images: http://screencast.com/t/zdRWRGpHsbYQ — I’m hoping to just dye it a couple of shades darker so that it comes across as a gray. Any advice?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Since the material is polyester we would suggest using our synthetic dye DyeMore, right now we do have a grey called frost grey you can see here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . Each bottle of liquid will dye up to 2lbs dry weight fabric, you may want to weigh the dress to get a better idea on overall weight. Our DyeMore dyes need to be in very hot water of 180-212 degrees to have the color activated and work for synthetics, you may want to check the tag to make sure hot water is ok to use on material. You can follow step by step instructions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ . If you have any other questions please let us know.

  • Karen

    Hi:
    I’d like to dye a bra and panty set that is white to Navy Blue (or as close to it as I can get). Material is 100% polyester on the cups and 87% nylon/13% spandex on the band for the bra and 87% nylon/13% spandex on the panty. Can you provide any advice?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Karen, Thank you for reaching out. Since the cups are 100% polyester and you want the set to match we suggest using Rit DyeMore for synthetics. Right now we only have 12 core colors you can see here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . DyeMore works just the same as All Purpose just needing hotter water of 180-212 degrees, you can follow these steps for directions: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ . Hope this helps.

  • Carol Kay

    Hi there, I would like to dye 10 yards of this white 100% polyester weave cloth that will be used to cover acoustic wall panels in a recording studio. It’s imperative that the fabric does not clog it’s “pores” after being dyed because the purpose of using this fabric in particular is to achieve acoustic transparency. My questions: will dying the fabric clog some of the airiness? If not, how much dye would i need to get a royal purple out of 10 yards? Link to fabric http://www.parts-express.com/speaker-grill-cloth-white-yard-70-wide–260-334

  • Heather

    Hello,

    I have a a dark chocolate brown polyester blackout curtain. Will I have to use the color remover before using dye more gray or graphite? I want medium dark gray color on my curtains.

    Thank you,
    Heather

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Heather,
      Thank you for reaching out. Color Remover will have a limited, if any, effect on polyester. Usually your only option would be to over-dye the fabric. If you decide to use the Graphite hue we would recommend doubling the amount of dye to guarantee you are getting as dark of a color as possible. Please keep in mind that should the curtains be 100% polyester then they may only be able to reach a dark grey and not a true black. Hope this helps.

  • Danielle

    Hi, I have a black and white striped dress that is 60% polyester and 40% elastic. The directions on the tag say to machine wash cold on gentle cycle. I would like to dye this dress with RIT Dye in order to end up with a black and yellow striped dress. I am assuming that I will need to buy RIT Dye More in Daffodil Yellow because of the fabric. I have a few questions: ~ Will the black change colors? I’m hoping that it remains black with only the white turning yellow, but wanted to double check before I dye the dress. Also, will it be OK to use the RIT Dye More and the stove top directions even though the tag says to wash cold on gentle cycle? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Danielle, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, with the material you would have to use Dyemore on stove-top with heat 180-212 degrees. You may have some issue with this garment just because of the heat factor, when spandex/elastain is over 10% the hot water can hurt the elastic with in the pants also with the tag saying cold wash only there will be shrinkage but no guarantee of how much shrinkage can occur. Our dyes have to have the hot water to activate the color in the dye and DyeMore needs higher heat for the synthetic fabric to be dyed. If you choose to try and dye the Black areas should be fine since Black can not be over-dyed its the darkest color and the white should take the yellow greatly. If you have any other questions or concerns please let us know.

      • Danielle

        Thank you so much, I really appreciate your help. I was worried that the black might turn purple or some other strange shade!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Drea Cranford

    Hi, can dyemore colors be mixed like the original dyes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Drea, Rit all-purpose dyes are intended for use on natural fabric, while DyeMore is for synthetic fabrics. If you are dyeing synthetic fabric, mixing all-purpose dye should not be mixed with DyeMore because the all-purpose dye will not adhere to synthetics. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • JS

        I used dark brown dyemore on nylon and it turned out reddish brown at 180 deg. I washed and dried and was not satisfied with the results. I had some yellow powder rit, so the next day I used 1/4 packet of the yellow powder and was able to get rid of the reddish tone. I was able to get down the red to a yellowish tan leaving in for 10 min. I had a few pieces so I experimented. I was able to just take out the reddish tint and leave more brown but still on the reddish side. I was shooting for coyote brown.The nylon fabric was a very light, bright tan to start with so it is hard to get the true color, of which I knew going in to the project. My local store did not have the sand stone to try, I might bleach them and start over.

        Are you saying the yellow will wash out soon? I was surprised how much the yellow changed the color after the dark brown, but the water did not turn dark brown on the second try.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello,
          Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you a message to your personal e-mail. Please get back to us at your earliest convenience.

  • Maria

    I’m thinking about dying my white formal dress. Tag says 100% Polyester. But it also says dry clean only. How should I rinse/wash the dress after dying it? Is it still ok in the washing machine?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marie, We do not recommend dyeing an item that states dry clean only. The reason is that the very hot water required to activate DyeMore, 180 to 212 degrees, may cause shrinkage and damage the dress. Also, we do not recommend using DyeMore in a washing machine because it will dye plastic parts. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Jennifer Linder

    I have a light colored polyester swimsuit that I would like to dye a darker blue. Would chlorine cause the dye to come out of the fabric? Is there any additional steps you need to do to ensure the color stays in the fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jennifer,
      Thank you for reaching out. Our DyeMore line that is specifically for synthetics would be the best choice for dyeing your polyester swimsuit. Chlorine and sun damage will fade dyes quickly. Since Rit dyes are Semi-Permanent, there is no way to stop the bleeding off over time and the chlorine will speed it up. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Lindsey,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. DyeMore requires a much higher heat to activate and dye the synthetic fabric so it must be used on the stove top. Please keep in mind that should you decide to try and dye the fabric, you would need to use our Graphite dye in the DyeMore line. Graphite will dye most fabrics black except such as in this case, it will only be able to achieve a dark grey for 100% polyester. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit DyeMore would be recommended when dyeing acrylic. Rit all-purpose dye is a different formulation and will not adhere to synthetic fabrics. DyeMore also requires hotter water, 180 to 212 degrees, to activate than the all-purpose dye. If you want to give the bucket method a try, we would recommend adding in boiling water in order to start with the hottest water possible. The bucket method would result in a lighter color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Megan

    Hello, I dyed the fabric of two upholstered chairs with Rit all-purpose dye (I know it’s not recommended, but I used a bucket of nearly boiling water w/dye and a paintbrush to paint the dye directly on the fabric while still on the chairs). After drying the chairs for a few weeks, I rubbed it with a white cloth and the dye is not set. I thought the fabric was cotton, but there are no tags on the chair so I am thinking it’s synthetic. Could I use Rit DyeMore over the top of this to set the dye? Or could I rinse out the current dye job, and retry with Rit DyeMore? Any ideas help! Already ruined the chairs I’m sure, so I’m willing to try anything — thanks!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Megan,
      Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend using Rit on upholstered items because the dye needs to be thoroughly rinsed free from the fabric after dyeing. If the dye is not rinsed out of the chair completely then it will continue to rub off of even if the fabric was cotton. We do not recommend using DyeMore for this project either. We would recommend contacting a specialist for upholstered items. Hope this helps.

      • Megan Doyle

        Thank you! Makes total sense.

  • Keith

    I have a futon cover that is a light tan and is made of 90% polyester and 10% spandex. It weighs just under 3 lbs. My goal is to make it a deep wine or burgundy color. How much dye will I need?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Keith, Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using 1/2 bottle of dye for up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of very hot water. For dark or bright colors, we recommend doubling the amount of dye. Unfortunately, due to the limited colors available in the DyeMore line, we are not able to offer a color recipe for either deep wine or burgundy. Should you wish to experiment with mixing colors, we recommend cutting a piece of fabric from an inner seam to dip into the dyebath to test the color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Keith

        I don’t have enough fabric to experiment with. Rather, I’ll have to start with colors that I think will get me there and add dye colors until I am satisfied.

        I’m thinking of starting with 3 bottle DyeMore’s Racing Red and 1/2 Chocolate Brown colors. How close the color tend to come out in regards to the color on the bottle? I’m sure the color saturation will vary based on amount of temp, water, dye, and fabric. Color saturation aside, is the color match match generally ok, good, or great color match to the color on the bottle.

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Keith, When you view a bottle of Rit DyeMore, you will see the bottle displays various shades of the color. This is because all fabrics accept the dye differently and will result in a slightly different shade. On the front of a bottle of DyeMore, right beneath the gray line which states “Synthetic”, where the name of the color is listed, this area displays the color achieved if dyeing 100% polyester. You might test the color of the dyebath with a paper towel or clean piece of cloth even thought it is not the fabric being dyed because it would still give you an idea of the color. When you experiment, we would recommend starting with a small amount of chocolate brown, as you mentioned, because additional dye can be added to darken the color. Hope this helps.

  • amy

    Is rit dyemore color fast? If I use it to dye a stuffed animal?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, Rit all-purpose dye and Rit DyeMore are semi-permanent dyes, which means they will fade over time. The problem that could occur should you experiment dyeing a large stuffed animal, is that it can be difficult to rinse the excess dye from the stuffing due to the bulk of the item. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Keith

    To provide more value to rite customers, it would be nice if rit published a customer color web app that:
    1. Allows customers to chose 1 2 or 3 starting colors and mix by ratio.
    2. Lets them vary the color saturation level.
    A disclaimer saying something to this effect “This custom color application is provided to be helpful but actual results may very”, would be appropriate and expected. Customers wanting a custom blend will buy more product.

    This would help customers buy Rit DyeMore colors with more confidence, and potentially even more product to do more projects because of the increased confidence. Especially for the customer that has never dyed anything before.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Keith, Thank you for your input. We will forward your comments to the appropriate department for consideration.

  • Christina

    I’m trying to dye an all white 100% polyester suit dark purple and green using the dyemore dyes. The suit is for a larger person so I do not think I have a pot large enough to do even the pieces separately on a stove top. Is there any other way to do this without having to use that method?
    Thank you

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Christina, Thank you for reaching out. Dye More works best in the hottest water possible (180-212 degrees). Polyester requires the high water temperature to allow the fibers of the fabric to open up for maximum dye absorption. If you want to give the bucket method a try, make sure to use boiling water so you are starting out with the hottest water possible. Please keep in mind that if the material is 100% polyester it may not dye as dark or bright as if the stove top method is used. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Tracy Rittenhouse

    Hi I have a 100% polyester off white dress that has a lining that’s also 100% polyester. I was thinking about using the grey frost.. I am trying to achieve a light grey.. My sons wedding is in a few week down in FL.. I do not want it to be to dark.. also will the lining dye the same color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Tracy, When preparing a dyebath, additional water can be added to lighten the color. We would recommend cutting a piece of fabric from an inner seam to dip into the dyebath to test the color. The color will dry lighter. Since the dress along with the lining are both 100% polyester, you should achieve very close to the same hue on both. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Tracy,
    Thank you for reaching out. Frost Grey in the DyeMore line will dye the fabric nicely. Since both fabrics are 100% polyester, they should come out the same shade of grey. Should you decide to try and experiment with the shade of the grey, we would recommend using a paper towel and dipping it into the dye bath before introducing the full amount of fabric. You can then add more dye if needed. This will help you guarantee that you have the correct hue that you are interested in achieving.
    You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric or online.
    http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
    Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Donna,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, the only option would be to over dye the current color. The darker you go the better since the colors may blend. If you try for a light grey, you may end up with more of a blue grey shade. There is no way to guarantee the out come but should you decide to dye the fabric, we recommend going a darker shade. Hope this helps.

  • Nathan Borsheim

    Hi, I have an Arcteryx softshell mountaineering jacket made from 49% polyester, 36% nylon and 15% spandex. The color is black with grey panels on the chest. The black has faded and the grey panels have held their color. How would I go about dyeing the black without affecting the grey panels?
    Thanks,
    Nate

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Nathan,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is part polyester, you would need to use the Graphite dye in the DyeMore line.
      Unfortunately there is no way to prevent the dye from bleeding onto the other sections of the Jacket since the fabric needs to be completely submerged in the hot dye solution for the synthetic fabric to dye.
      Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

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

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  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Deirdre,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is unknown, we would recommend using our DyeMore line of dyes. This will be able to cover both synthetic and all-natural fabrics. The Graphite in the DyeMore line will dye most fabric a true black or 100% polyester will achieve a dark grey. Hope this helps.

  • Lisa

    I used two bottles of dye more graphite color on white 100% polyester curtains. They turned out blue/purple. I could not do them on the stove and used the bucket method. I wanted gray and read that they would turn gray. What went wrong?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Lisa,
      Thank you for reaching out. We have sent a message to your personal e-mail so that we may better assist you. Please get back to us at your earliest convenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Pat, If the curtains are made from cotton fabric, they can be dyed using Rit all-purpose dye. http://store.ritstudio.com/index.php?p=catalog&mode=color_search&color=Blue When dyeing dark colors, we recommend doubling the amount of dye used, which would be 2 packages of powder or 1 bottle of liquid per 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water or the low setting on a washing machine. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is a polyester blend, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dye. It does need to be used on the stove top but if you are not able to then you may be able to achieve similar results by using boiling water in a bucket. Please keep in mind that should the water cool down to quickly then the dye may not activate correctly and you could end up with an unintended hue. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Candace,
    Thank you for reaching out. Due to the limited colors available in the DyeMore line, we are not able to create a color recipe for that hue at this point in time. Should you decide to experiment, we would recommend using the inseam of your fabric to test the dye bath before dyeing your full item. This will help you guarantee that you are achieving your intended hue or as close as possible. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Ashleymarie

    Hi there, I have a poly (94%) spandex (6%) dress that is navy blue… I need to dye it to make it any shade of purple. Which product (DyeMore?) and color would work best to achieve this… also which method would work best?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use the DyeMore line of dyes. Royal Purple in the DyeMore line is the only purple available. Since there is no way to lighten polyester, you would need to dye over the current color. Please keep in mind that when over dyeing, the old color and the new color can blend to create an unknown hue. There is no way to know for sure what that hue may be without testing it. Should you decide to dye the fabric, we would recommend using a small piece of the inseam of your fabric and testing it in the hot dye solution before dyeing the full amount of fabric. This will give you an idea as to what your end results will be. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Wayne, Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Lor,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye.
    Should you decide to attempt to dye the fabric, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes and go as dark as possible as the original color and the new color will blend to create an unknown hue. Testing the dye bath with the inseam of your fabric before submerging the whole item will help you to see what the approximate shade will come out as. Hope this helps.

  • Jocelyne

    Hi – I recently purchased a white polyester|spandex (5%) dress that says Dry clean only, but I washed it in the washing machine in warm water and it did not shrink, actually came out great. I would like to dye it fuschia or purple, but I read that spandex does not react well in very hot water. Should Rite Dye More on the stove top work well regardless? Please email. Thanks.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Jocelyne,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes which require the water to be at about a boil for the full 30-60 minutes of agitation. This may harm the fabric as Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “cold water wash” or “dry clean only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. “Dry clean only” fabrics are often used in garments with interfacing and linings. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Megan Kinney

    Hey! I’ve never dyed fabric before, I have a light pink robe I want to dye black. The problem is the material on the tag says :
    ” Charmeuse: 100% Polyester
    Sleeve Netting: 100% Nylon”
    What do you recommend to dye it black?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Megan,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is part polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. Our Graphite shade in the DyeMore line will dye most fabrics black except for 100% polyester, which can only reach a dark grey shade. There is no way to achieve a true black on 100% polyester. Should you decide to dye please double the amount of dye required for the darkest shade and keep in mind that the polyester section and the nylon section will come out different shades. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Alles Kleber

    Hello. I would like to dye a lilac bathrobe which is 100% Polyester to a dusky blue. Can you recommend a color/mixture of colors to use? Is it possible to get a darker dusk blue with a 100% Polyester robe?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Alles, It would depend on how dark the lilac color of the robe is as to whether a “dusky blue” would successfully dye over the existing color. Please send a picture of the lilac robe along with a picture of the dusky blue color you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com so that we can see if we might be able to offer a color recipe that would successfully dye over the existing color. Thanks!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sonya Hoffman

    I have plain white nursing scrubs that i want to dye a teal/green color. They are 77% polyester and 23% rayon. What would you suggest for me to dye it the color that i need? If i have to use the dyemore dyes, what color should i mix to achieve the color im looking for?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Sonya,
      Thank you for reaching out. We have sent a message to your personal e-mail so that we may better assist you. Please get back to us at your earliest convenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Paula, Rit DyeMore graphite http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/dyemore-liquid-graphite/ will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Unfortunately, polyester is the most difficult synthetic fabric to dye and we do not have a dye that will dye polyester black. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Fred Billingsley

    Needing Help! We are making a Grinch costume for our town Christmas Family Picture event that’s tomorrow and the actual color faux fur we purchased is not going to be delivered in time. So we are going to purchased a long Fashion Faux Fur Fabric-Lime Green 59″ Wide 55% Polyester 45% Acrylic from JoAnn’s Fabrics to make it work. The lime green color is not what is on the Grinch, it is more of an olive green color. We were thinking of buying Rit dye and changing the color it. We just do not know what color would you use to add to the lime green to make it olive green. Hunter green? Brown? Orange? Any suggestions to help? Thank you in advance!!!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Fred,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is synthetic, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. Normally we would recommend using Rit Color Remover to lighten/reduce as much of the color as possible before dyeing however, it only works on all natural fibers. Over dyeing the current fabric is your only option. At this point, your best chance to get anything close to a darker green shade would be to use our Peacock Green dye in the DyeMore line. Please keep in mind that the original color and the new colors will blend and very the shade. For a deeper color, we recommend doubling the amount of dye used. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Kate, When dyeing over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a different hue. The pattern would still be visible if you dye over the existing colors. If you were to use graphite, it may not cover the navy blue color, but you would achieve different shades of gray on the other colors. We would recommend using DyeMore on the stove top where the hot water temperature, 180 to 212 degrees, can be maintained for the best color result: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ DyeMore is not recommended for use in a washing machine because it will dye plastic parts. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • linda

    I have lampshades from PotteryBarn Kids that are pale pink and want to dye them medium – to dark grey. Should I use a color remover before using RIT Dye More? Where can I locate Dye More in stores? My zip code is 06776. Thanks!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Linda,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are the lampshades made from? What does the care tag state? Can they be submerged in a hot dye bath and agitated for 30-60 minutes? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • linda

    Is the DyeMore Graphite color a dark grey? or more like a black?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Linda,
      Thank you for reaching out. Graphite will dye most fabric a true black but will only be able to achieve a dark grey on 100% polyester. Hope this helps.

  • Janet Turner

    Will the graphite Rit Dyemore dye my dingy brown swimsuit black?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Janet,
      Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of your swimming suit? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

      • Janet Turner
        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello Janet,
          Thank you for reaching out. Graphite will dye your swim suit nicely. We recommend using double the amount of dye required for the darkest effect. Please keep in mind that all Rit dyes are semi-permanent. If the dye comes into contact with chlorine, then the suits color will quickly fade. Please get back to us with additional questions.

          • Janet Turner

            Will it bleed in the pool, or just fade? THANK YOU for your very quick responses!!

          • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

            Hello Janet,
            Thank you for reaching out. The bleeding may not be visible however the dye will fade quickly when it comes into contact with the chlorine. Hope this helps.

  • Georgia

    Hi there, I’m needing to dye a bridesmaids dress black. Can you dye 100% polyester chiffon type material? Thanks

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Georgia,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since you are dyeing polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. Graphite in the DyeMore line will help acheive a black on most fabrics except for 100% polyester. The darkest you can achieve with your dress would be a dark grey shade. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Julie Engstrom

    I have a 100% polyester dress with jacket that is an extremely vibrant shade of kelly green. I would like it to be a forest green, navy or gray color. What shade of dye would you recommend?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Julie, We would recommend using DyeMore graphite, which will successfully dye over the existing color: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Graphite dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ DyeMore can be found at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in the craft section. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Lilly,
    Thank you for reaching out. For best results, the darker you go the better. When over dyeing fabric, the new color and the original color will blend to create an unknown hue. Using double the amount of Graphite or Chocolate Brown may give you the best results. If the fabric is 100% polyester, then please keep in mind that the Graphite will not be able to reach a true black, but instead a dark grey . The end result would be the original color blending with a dark grey shade. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Carrie, We would recommend checking the fabric care tag on the jacket to ensure it can be washed in very hot water. Where Rit all-purpose dye requires a water temperature of only 140 to 160 degrees to activate and successfully dye fabric, Rit DyeMore requires 180 to 212 degrees. Although DyeMore will dye cotton fabric along with polyester, the very hot water required may cause shrinkage to cotton. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Alissa

    Hello! I have a 90% polyester 10% spandex interwoven knit jersey material in a light pink (called Dusty Rose- but looks closer to bubblegum). I would like to get it to a darker mauve-ish. Can I use the DyeMore on a 90p/10s ? What color/mix would you recommend?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Alissa, DyeMore would be the recommend dye to use. The spandex fibers will not absorb the dye. However, since the spandex is a small percentage of the fabric blend, the fabric can be dyed, but may result in a lighter shade. Unfortunately, since DyeMore offers limited colors, we are not able to offer a color that would dye over a bubblegum color and achieve a mauve shade. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Donny Paris

    will the DyeMore dye a plastic disc like the old formula use too?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Donny,
      Thank you for reaching out. If the disc is just plain plastic then the DyeMore line should have no issues dyeing it. Just keep in mind that DyeMore must be used on the stove top with the water at about a boil for the full 30-60 minutes of agitation. Synthetic items are very hard to dye so the heat is required. Hope this helps.

  • Liz Gil

    I have a 100% polyester dress in a snakeskin print in shades of black, dark grey, light grey and white. I’d like to dye it a purple color, so that *only the white* turns a light shade of lavender. I’d like to try to keep the black, dark grey and light grey the way that it is. What color/mix/treatment would you suggest to achieve this affect?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Liz,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. DyeMore must be used on the stove top with the water at about a boil for the full 30-60 minutes of continual agitation. There is no way to spot dye your fabric since the above method is required for synthetic fabric to be dyed. Over dyeing the full amount of fabric would be your only option. Please keep in mind that id you decide to over dye the fabric with a purple color then the original color and the new colors will blend to create an unknown hue. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

      • Liz Gil

        See the pic above for the color I’d like to achieve (albeit a bit lighter) in the lower left hand side of the pic. What color combination do you think I’d have to use to achieve a color like this? Thanks!

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Liz, Please send the picture and advise you would like a color recipe for the purple in the lower left side to colorformula@theritstudio.com. Include the fabric that you are working with and we will try to create a custom color formula for you. Thanks!

  • Kathleen Ferguson

    I have a pair of black pants that I want to dye because the color has faded. It is 75% polyester, 19% rayon, and 10% spandex. What is the best dye to use?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Kathleen, Since the pants contain 75% polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. However, DyeMore graphite dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Due to the high percentage of polyester in the pants, it will not be possible to achieve a true black. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Trish,
    Thank you for reaching out. Polyester and most synthetic fabrics require a very high and constant heat to activate and dye fabric correctly. DyeMore must be used in a hot dye bath on the stove top with the water at about a boil for the full 30-60 minutes of continual agitation that is required. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Linda,
    Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore would be required for the polyester dress. Keep in mind that the original color and the new color will blend to create an unknown hue. Doubling the amount of green you use will give you the darkest possible effect and hopefully will cover the yellow more effectively. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

    • Linda

      Thanks for your answer!
      So if I used blue, it would not combine with the yellow to make green?

      • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

        Hi Linda, Were you to be able to use Rit all-purpose dye, royal blue could be used to dye over yellow and achieve a green shade. DyeMore sapphire blue and kentucky sky are different shades of blue, therefore, it would be an experiment to use one of them to dye over the existing yellow. If you want to experiment, we recommend using sapphire blue and cutting a piece of fabric from an inner seam of the costume to dip into the dyebath to test the color. The color would dry lighter. You can lighten the color of a dyebath by adding additional water. Hope this helps!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Judy, 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. DyeMore is recommended for use on the stove top where the very hot water can be maintained: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ The issue with dyeing the slippers is that is may be difficult to rinse the excess dye from the stuffed polyurethane foam, therefore, the dye may later bleed off. Should you wish to experiment dyeing your slippers, one of Rit’s color experts posted a project at our website where she dyed slippers that you might refer to: https://www.ritdye.com/2016/10/07/dip-dyed-halloween-slippers/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Amanda Luppe

    Hi, I’m looking to dye a stretch velvet fr cherry red to more of a wine red. It’s 80% polyester and 20% spandex. Would this dye work on it?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use due to the fabric containing 80% polyester. However, we do not recommend dyeing fabric that contains more than 10% spandex as the very hot water required to activate DyeMore, 180 to 212 degrees, and successfully dye fabric may damage the elasticity. Should you want to experiment dyeing the dress wine, please send a picture of the wine color you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com. Include in your email that the dress is currently red along with the fabric content.

  • Belinda

    Hello, would this dye work on a top which is 77% Modal, 23% Polyester?The top is white and I want to dye it navy. Thanks, Belinda

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Belinda,
      Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore will be able to dye your top as it will dye both all natural and synthetic fabrics. DyeMore must be used on the stove top with the water at about a boil for the full 30-60 minutes of agitation. Please get back to us with any questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Kirk,
    Thank you for reaching out. Usually Chenille is made from cotton, silk, rayon or wool. There is no way to know for sure without the tag or you may be able to contact the company you purchased it from to get a better idea. If it is the cotton, silk, rayon, or wool then our All Purpose dyes will be able to dye the fabric with no issues. https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/core-colors/
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/
    Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. Please send a picture of the color you are wanting and the full fabric content of the fabric to colorformula@theritstudio.com We will try to create a custom color recipe for you. Please keep in mind that we recommend using Rit Color Remover before dyeing the fabric to lighten/reduce as much of the previous shade as possible. This will help ensure the closest color match possible. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Kimberly,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “cold water wash” or “dry clean only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. “Dry clean only” fabrics are often used in garments with interfacing and linings. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. Rit does not carry any type of cold water dyes. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • Stephanie M Graf

    Hi! So I have a pair of leggings I wanted to dye, I don’t want them a solid color , they’re chettah print and I just wanted tobsorta dark wash them and make them a bit darker they’re 90% polyester and 10 % spandex . How do you recommend I dye them? I purchased the black RIT dyemore.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Since the leggings contain 90% polyester, a dark gray color would be achieved. Instructions for using DyeMore: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Doone, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, navy blue will only successfully dye over light green, not medium green. The colors that would successfully dye over the existing color would be DyeMore peacock green or graphite. Graphite dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Lipsheon

    Hi, is it possible to lighten a navy blue polyester fabric dress to a more vibrant colour like purple? Like you can with pre-lighteners with dyes suitable for cotton blends? Thanks

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover would be required to take lighten the fabric color prior to dyeing the fabric purple. Unfortunately, color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • WonderWoman

    Hello, I received a pink car seat for my son. I clearly don’t want it pink! It’s made of polyester fabric, do you think that I can dye it black or will it not take? I there any of ways of doing this if not dyeable???

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore is recommended for use on the stove top where the hot water, 180 to 212 degrees, required to activate and successfully dye fabric can be maintained: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ If the car seat has a removable cover, it can be dyed using Dyemore graphite. Graphite dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Unfortunately, we do not have other products or methods to recommend if you are not able to use DyeMore. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Patrice

    I have underwear that are 65%nylon,22%polyester and 13%elastane. The colors of the underwear are light pink, dark pink, light blue. I would like to dye the underwear black to match bras. Is this possible with Rit dye?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Patrice, Thank you for reaching out. One of Rit’s color experts posted a project at The Rit Studio showing how she dyed her nylon lingerie that was mainly nylon: https://www.ritdye.com/2016/04/07/how-to-dye-lingerie-with-rit-dyemore/ Keep in mind that since the fabric contains 13% elastane, the hot water required to activate DyeMore could slightly effect the elasticity. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Olivia

    I recently bought a 100% polyester chiffon dress for a wedding, it is a light grey/ silver color and i’m looking to dye it, not really any color in specific but just something different than the silver, would it be possible to achieve a pastel color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Olivia,
      Thank you for reaching out. When dyeing polyester, there is no way to lighten the initial color. It is important to keep in mind that the original color and the new color will blend to create an unknown hue. We recommend going as dark as possible for best results. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Amber Thomas

    I have a jacket that is: Shell: 80% cotton / 20% polyester/lining, 100% nylon/insulation:100% recycled polyester/ pocket lining 100% cotton. The material on the tag is a little confusing to me but that is the way it is printed. This is black jacket that is faded on the outside, it is Northface brand. I just wanted to color it black again. I have a bottle of Rit liquid dye in black/all purpose. Is this okay to use for this blend of material? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/954e2972bcbca536972dd38d238024fd5fc2079db8ae9f83f60c46b602cfe859.jpg

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Amber,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit All Purpose dye will dye the fabric, however, it may not be able to acheive a true black since there is polyester in the fabric. For the darkest color possible, we would recommend using our DyeMore line of dyes. Doubling the amount od dye used is recommended for dark colors. Graphite will dye most fabrics black except for 100% polyester which can only acheive a dark grey shade. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Britg

    Hello! I recently bought “corduroy” 100% polyester pillow covers and the blue is too bright, it is a royal blue. Could I go over with a navy RITmore to achieve a darker blue? I’ve included a picture of the original color. Thanks! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/138072f9497f58b04f06e69589f449c62e3b762ac4e36558c365797a9d60b150.png

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit’s color expert has provided a color recipe using DyeMore for a navy blue shade. If you dye over the existing color using the color recipe, it should darken the color. The recipe is for use on the stove top in 3 gallons of water: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ You will want to mix: 1 Bottle Sapphire Blue, 2/5 (2.8 oz.) Bottle Royal Purple and ¼ Bottle Graphite. DyeMore can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Walmart, in their craft section, or, ordered online at our website https://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ or through Amazon. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Michelle Lake

    Can I use Rit Polyester dye in the washing machine?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Michelle,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit DyeMore is recommended for use on the stove top with the water at about a boil for the full 30-60 minutes of agitation. Using it in the washing machine will not only dye any plastic pieces it comes into contact with, but the dye will also not be able to activate and dye the fabric correctly. Hope this helps.

  • Leslie

    Is it possible to dye cotton polyester blend light brown pants to a salmon color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Leslie, Thank you for reaching out. What are the percentages of cotton and polyester in the blend? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

      • Leslie

        it’s actually a vintage pair of Lee’s leisure pants from the 70’s so I don’t have that information.

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Leslie, Generally, we recommend Color Remover for use on most washable fabrics, including cotton, linen, rayon, silk, and nylon. However, it may have a limited effect on polyester, depending upon how it was dyed commercially. When dyeing over a color, the original color will mix with the dye. Unless you are able to lightenthe brown shade of the pants to a cream color, salmon would not successfully dye over the existing color. If you are able to lighten the color of the pants, you can send a picture of the salmon color you would to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you.

  • Tiffany

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4255ee664522295c35158401eb64597966dec97c78cf7b08634e8214d41e245b.jpg Looking to dye a mustard colored 100% polyester dress black-wondering if I can achieve that with your dye?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Tiffany, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, DyeMore sapphire blue would not successfully dye over the existing mustard color. What would happen is that the original color would mix with the dye to create a new color. If you might be interested in dyeing the dress a different color, royal purple, chocolate brown and graphite (which dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black), would successfully dye over the existing color. Rit’s color expert has also formulated a DyeMore color recipe for navy blue for use in 3 gallons of water that would dye over the existing mustard color:
      1 Bottle Sapphire Blue
      2/5 (2.8 oz.) Bottle Royal Purple
      ¼ Bottle Graphite
      Instructions for using DyeMore: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ DyeMore can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in the craft section. It can also be ordered at our website https://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ or through Amazon. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Tiffany

        Thank you! I will try the navy blue.

  • Susan

    How can I dye a black faded outdoor bench cushion back to black again? It’s polyester.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you for reaching out. The DyeMore color, Graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Doubling the amount of dye required, will help ensure the darkest color possible.
      DyeMore can be found at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in the craft section. It can also be purchased online. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/Beads2PleaseBeadery MaryamKy

    I have a scarf that is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. Its white. Can i use the dyemore to dye it a purple or orange color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use the DyeMore line. DyeMore is intended for use on the stove top. Since you fabric is white, you can dye it any color of your choice. We have several colors to choose from. https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/rit-dyemore/
      Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Claire, Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore graphite dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Graphite would successfully dye over the existing light mustard color. Depending on the shade of mustard, dyeing over with sapphire blue may achieve a green hue. Instructions for using DyeMore can be found at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ DyeMore can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in the craft section. It can also be ordered at our website https://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ or through Amazon. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Ashley, Thank you for reaching out. When dyeing fabric that has color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. Generally, we recommend dyeing over light colors with dark colors. If you could cut a piece of fabric from an inner seam to dip into the dyebath, this would give you an idea of the color that would be achieved. The color will dry lighter. Detailed instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ DyeMore can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in the craft section, or, it can be ordered at our website https://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ or through Amazon. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • EVA

    Hello, I would like my grey Fjallraven Kanken bag in black. It is made of 100% polypropylene fabric. Can I use Rit DyeMore for that?
    Thank you
    Eva

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Eva, Thank you for reaching out. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics and should be able to successfully dye your bag. We would recommend checking the care tag on the bag for washing instructions to ensure it can be washed in very hot water. Should the bag have a water repellent finish, this could keep the dye from successfully adhering to the fabric. Instructions for using DyeMore can be found at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/. DyeMore can be found at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in the craft section, or, it can be ordered at our website https://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ or through Amazon. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Missie, Thank you for reaching out. Please send a picture of the blush color you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you. Please include that you want to use the recipe to dye polyester napkins. Thanks!

  • Mommytobe

    Hello,

    I have a blueish-gray 100% polyester shirt that I’d like to dye sky blue. Will your product work to lighten the blue on the shirt?

    Thank you!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Polyester is a difficult fabric to work with. There is no way to lighten the color of polyester, your only option is to dye it a darker shade. Please get back to us with additional questions.

      • Mommytobe

        Thanks so much for your prompt response! I thought I might’ve seen some discussion about the possibility of removing color and then using your dye for my circumstance. Anyhow, what can you suggest as a darker/brighter color blue from your product line for the following 100% polyester item?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi, Unfortunately, Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. Since the current color of the shirt is so dark, there is not a color that would dye over the existing color and achieve a brighter blue shade. If you would like to try changing the hue, you might try the color recipe for navy blue provided by Rit’s color expert. It is for use in 3 gallons of water using DyeMore:
          1 Bottle Sapphire Blue
          2/5 (2.8 oz.) Bottle Royal Purple
          ¼ Bottle Graphite
          Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Mommytobe
  • Karl

    I am looking to dye my white rotomolded cooler. I am intending to dye it in an hombre pattern of sorts, with lid staying white, cooler body fading from white into a mint green color, and finally the mint green fading into a frost gray color on the base of the cooler.

    Do you happen to have any recommendation for creating a mint green with the dyemore dyes? I was anticipating Kentucky Sky mixed with Peacock Green, but was hoping for insight into if those colors will likely suit my needs before buying, as well as possible ratios to start experimenting with.

    I will not be hearing the dye water to much higher than 106 degrees Fahrenheit, so I do anticipate longer exposure times.

    Any help will be appreciated. Thanks,
    Karl

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Karl,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit DyeMore requires the fabric or item being dyed to be submerged in a hot dye solution and agitated for the full 30-60 minutes of dye time in an almost boiling dye bath on the stove top. The water must be at least 180-220 F in order to activate the dye and to dye the synthetic fabric.
      If you would like to dye after being advised of the required temperature then please send a picture of your request and your material being dyed to: colorformula@theritstudio.com
      Please keep in mind that all recipes are design for use when using the previously stated method. If that method is not used, then your results will not be as you are intending.
      Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jordan Lehnhof

    I used color remover on a cotton modal sweater and it seemed to work great, lightening it from dark brown to pale peach. I then dyed it with Rit all purpose in Wine. No matter how much I rinse it, the color just seems to pour out if it, and the water never runs clear. Did I do something wrong with the color remover? I rinsed it by hand multiple times for probably and hour total and the water was still rinsing red so I’ve washed it 3 times now in the washing machine by itself (without detergent, one time each on the rinse cycle, delicate, and regular wash). After washing I rinsed it in the sink to test it for bleeding and the water continues to run red. I’ve never seen this happen before, is it because the dye is red?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jordan, We are sorry to hear your project has not gone as planned. We have emailed you some questions that will help us to better assist you with your project.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Edie, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric color – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas may not dye well. Although DyeMore can be used to dye your swim shorts, keep in mind that if your swim suit will be exposed to chlorine from a swimming pool, the chlorine could cause a loss of color. DyeMore graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Instructions for using DyeMore: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Piper Horton

    I want to darken the color of my current patio cushions. They are 100% polyester and are currently a lime/kiwi green paisley pattern but still all one color scheme. My difficulty is they cannot be unstuffed. They have sewn sections on the back. They are not very thick though. Can I do the bathtub method with them and just add boiled water?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Piper. Thank you for reaching out. The problem that would arise when dyeing the cushions themselves, is that although the inside foam make take the dye, it may not retain it well. Also, it can be difficult to rinse the excess dye out of the foam. DyeMore would not be recommended for use in a bathtub because it may stain it. If you want to experiment using DyeMore, you might try the bucket method. Dye More works best in the hottest water possible (180-212 degrees). Polyester requires the high water temperature to allow the fibers of the fabric to open up for maximum dye absorption. If you want to give the bucket method a try, make sure to use boiling water so you are starting out with the hottest water possible. Please keep in mind that if the material is 100% polyester it may not dye as dark or bright as if the stovetop method is used. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Piper Horton

        Okay….thank you. There is no possible way to do the bucket method. These are dining chair cushions that are the back and bottom all one piece. I will look into other methods.

  • Jessica Graves

    Hi, I have 7 panels (42″x 108″)of 100% polyester, dry clean only curtains that I would like to dye. They are a bright purple, I want a really dark aubergine color though. What color(s) dye do you suggest I use? I was thinking just black/graphite but should I do a purple/black combination instead? Also, with them being dry clean only, is there anything different I need to do? Do you know where can I purchase the dye in Europe? Is it ok to use the pot for food preparation after it is used to dye?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not recommend dyeing fabric that is recommended for dry clean only. The reason is that the very hot water required to activate DyeMore, 180 to 212 degrees, may damage the fabric and cause shrinkage: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Should you wish to experiment dyeing over the existing color, dyeing over purple using graphite, which dyes 100% polyester dark gray, would only darken the purple while dyeing over with chocolate brown would likely achieve a plum hue. We do not offer a DyeMore color that would dye over bright purple and achieve aubergine. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Danielle

    Hello,
    I have 100% white polyester LARGE table clothes (120 inches) and wanted to dye them a lighter gray. Could I dye them in the washing machine?
    If not, what do you recommend? I do not think they would fit into any stove top pan.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Danielle,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. DyeMore is meant for use on the stove top for best results. If you are not able to use the stove top method, our alternate method of dyeing in a bucket may work. We do not recommend using DyeMore in your washing machine as it will stain any plastic pieces it comes into contact with and the water will not be hot enough to activate the dye and dye the fabric. For the bucket method, your water would need to be brought to a full rolling boil before adding the dye and fabric. Please keep in mind that since the water will cool down quickly the color of the fabric will end up a lighter shade then if you where doing it on the stove top. Hope this helps.

      • Danielle

        Thank you very much! If the shade in lighter am I able to dye in a second time with the same method to make it a little darker?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello Danielle,
          Dyeing the fabric again to darken it will work just fine if it is not dark enough. We would recommend using double the amount of dye required to ensure a nice grey shade since you are working with polyester. Hope this helps!

  • Kenneth Kristopher Carter

    Can you mix Rit DYE (original bottle) and Rit DyeMore SYNTHETIC?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Kenneth, Thank you for reaching out. Rit all -purpose dye and Rit DyeMore have different formulations and require different water temperatures to activate and successfully dye fabric. For these reasons, we do not recommend mixing the 2 different dye lines. What is the fabric you are working with and what color would you like to achieve? We can better assist you once we know the material you are working with and the color you would like to achieve.

  • Megan Balanza-Rocha

    Hello! I’m hoping to dye a pair of pants (60% cotton, 40% polyester) from a yellow/orange color to black. Will two packets of the graphite DyeMore cover the original color completely?
    Thanks so much for your help!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Megan, Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Although graphite would successfully dye over the existing color, due to the 40% polyester in the fabric, it may not be possible to achieve a black, black. We recommend doubling the amount of dye when dyeing dark colors, which would be 1 bottle per 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • GaperPro

    I’m hoping to dye a faded black softshell ski jacket. Will your product work? Can you recommend a technique? Also there are two red logos I’d like to keep that way, so how do I deal with that? Thanks!!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes will try to attach to anything it comes into contact with. If you use our Rit All Purpose dyes and the logos are made from a synthetic fabric, such as polyester, then the dye should not effect it. If the logo is made from a natural fiber, then, it will dye. There is not a way to cover up the logos to prevent them from being dyed. 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. If you choose to dye the jacket, we would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Keep in mind that if the ski jacket has a water repellent finish, this would keep the dye from successfully adhering. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Ze’Brauhn L’Jieueil

    Hi. Would your synthetic formula be successful on a polyester spandex blend fabric? I want to darken an off white dress to another color to cover a stain.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that is free of stains or bleach damage. Unfortunately, when dyeing over a stain, the stain will still be visible. DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use for a blend that is mainly polyester. Keep in mind that if fabric contains more than 10% spandex, the very hot water required to activate DyeMore may damage the elasticity https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Richie

    Hello. I have a pair of navy blue pants made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton. What would be the best method of dying these pants black? Thank You.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Richie, Thank you for reaching out. Since the pants contain a high percentage of polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. DyeMore graphite will dye polyester dark gray and other fabrics black: https://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Since the pants are 65% polyester, the color result would likely be a dark gray with a blue tint. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • John Douglas Fink

    will dyemore dye 100% cotton as well as polyester?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi John, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, DyeMore will dye natural fabrics as well as synthetics. However, keep in mind that the very hot water that is required to activate DyeMore, 180 to 212 degrees, may cause shrinkage to cotton and other natural fabrics. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • John Douglas Fink

    Ill be dyeing 98% cotton fabric that is sewn with polyester thread so need all to come out royal blue…

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi John, Thank you for reaching out. Rit all-purpose royal blue dye will not successfully dye polyester thread. Should you choose to use DyeMore so that the thread will also dye, keep in mind that the very hot water DyeMore requires to activate and successfully dye fabric may cause shrinkage to fabric that it 98% cotton. If you would like us to try to create a custom color recipe for royal blue using DyeMore, please send a picture of the royal blue color you would like to achieve along wit the fabric you are dyeing to colorformula@theritstudio.com.

  • John Douglas Fink

    Hanes (El Salvador) makes a 100% cotton longsleeve mock that will be perfect for just the plain ol RIT dye; no more double fabric hassle…. thanks anyways

  • Ellie Graham

    Is it possible to lighten a synthetic dress? it is peach and I want something closer to white. If not I will experiment with changing the color away from peach and towad pink. Thanks!

    • Ellie Graham

      Okay, so it appears that lightening a synthetic impossible. Any suggestions on how to make a light peach dress a light pink dress?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Ellie, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will remove or reduce the color on most natural fabrics. However, it will have a very limited effect on polyester. Therefore, it is not possible to lighten the color of the dress from peach to an off-white shade. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Kaytlin, Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use since the fabric contains 51% polyester. DyeMore also dyes natural fabrics. Graphite will dye polyester dark gray and other fabrics black: https://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/dyemore-liquid-graphite/ Since the fabric contains a large percentage of polyester, it may not be possible to achieve a true black. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • ShellionessLove

    Good afternoon,
    My favorite black jacket that I couldn’t find but now located has sun fading in the spots where it was folded and exposed to the light for about a year. It’s black and it is 54% cotton, 42% polyester and 4% spandex. Satin look to it. I did the obvious and tried a black sharpie and it looked like it was working until it dried into a darker shade of the orangish faded spots. I love this jacket and miss it so much. HELP ME PLEASE

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Rachel, Thank you for reaching out. Rit all-purpose dye is recommended for natural fabrics, while Rit DyeMore is recommended for synthetic fabrics and blends. The instructions offered at our website for ombre dyeing show the all-purpose dye being used: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/ombre/ These would be the same instructions to follow when experimenting using DyeMore for ombre dyeing. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Malinda, Thank you for reaching out. 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. Unfortunately, the all-purpose navy blue and black dyes will not successfully dye polyester. DyeMore requires hotter water than the all-purpose dye and is recommended for use on the stove top: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Polyester requires the high water temperature to allow the fibers of the fabric to open up for maximum dye absorption. If you want to give the bucket method a try, make sure to use boiling water so you are starting out with the hottest water possible. Please keep in mind that since the material is 100% polyester it may not dye as dark or bright as if the stovetop method is used. Please send a picture of the deep navy color you would like to achieve, along with the fabric you are dyeing, to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you.

  • Lauren Taylor

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8333bbc0e00044ee0e096c544b8dc1d661012b1729facc8fa978071d5c2fbc82.png I have ordered some lavender colored linens (polyester) for my wedding that ended up being on the bright side…like a laffy taffy grape color, and not the soft creamy ashy purple I am desiring. My guess is that I need to add just alittle bit of black or grey dye (maybe a touch of blue to take the warmth away?) over my lavender to tone the color down? Would I really need to boil? I was considering a hot bath- these will only be getting one use. My attachment shows you what I have more of on the right, and the left being the more desired color.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Lauren, Thank you for reaching out. Rit DyeMore requires very hot water, 180 to 212 degrees, to activate and successfully dye fabric: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ We would recommend checking the fabric care tag to ensure the linens can be washed in very hot water. Using a small amount of black, navy blue or denim dye in a dyebath should tone down the existing color. If possible, we would recommend cutting a small piece of the fabric being dyed to dip into the dyebath to test the color. The color would dry lighter. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Roz McCoy

    Hello…. please help me. I have a black and white dress that is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. I tried to spot clean the white area with dishwashing liquid and tap water, but the black dye bleed thru. I washed it several times, but the black splotch is still there. Rather than throw the dress away, I’d like to dye the white part to a royal purple or a dark red (two of my favorite colors. My questionis : Is dyeing over the spotch a feasable idea?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Ana,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “cold water wash” or “dry clean only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. “Dry clean only” fabrics are often used in garments with interfacing and linings. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. Even in this case, if you were to dye with Rit then you risk the fabric shrinking and puckering. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • Brit

    Hi! Do Dyemore dyes work on olefin?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Brit,
      Thank you for reaching out. From what we can see, Olefin fiber is a synthetic fiber made from a polyolefin, such as polypropylene or polyethylene. If that is the case then it should be dye-able with DyeMore. Please keep in mind that DyeMore requires 30-60 minutes on continually agitating the fabric in an almost boiling dye bath in order to dye the synthetic fabric. Hope this helps.

  • Ellie

    Hello! I have an orange dress that is 96% polyester and 4% spandex. I would like to dye it white or cream for prom this coming weekend. Is that possible?

  • Brittany

    Hi, I have a navy-ish blue dress (95% polyester 5% Spandex) that I need to be more of a baby blue. I don’t know if I can use a light blue RIT at high boil and if that will work? I don’t want to use any kind of diluted bleach because I’m afraid of losing the integrity of the fabric. Will it be effective in dyeing it to that color? I’m seeing a lot of people using this to dye poly darker not lighter but same color family.

  • Amanda

    I have had more problems with DyeMore than I can count. In particular, the blue does not want to dye evenly at all. Not only that, but it doesn’t matter how much or how little water I add to the pot, it is always a very diluted color or comes out in odd tones. I have repeated the process several times on the same item and just cannot get it to work properly. I’ve had to throw away about $45 dollars worth of materials because they were rendered blotchy and useless.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Alexandra,

    We are sorry to hear that. Unfortunately the only other way to dye with our Rit Dye More is by other professionals that are equipped with big enough pots or equipment that allows the temperature to get hot enough for our synthetic dyes to completely exhaust. It is very important that any fabric you are dying has enough space to move freely around the dye bath, or else it will cause spots and or streaks. Here are some great tips to help you: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/.

    Thank you
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Fab,

    We have sent an email to the email provided here. Please check it and get back to us when convenient.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Ana,

    We are glad to help! To begin with we are sorry you’ve been experiencing some difficulties. Our Dye More line is intended to be used in 3 Gallons of water. DyeMore must be used on the stove top with the water at about a boil (200-220) for the full 30-60 minutes of continual agitation. Here are some tips on using Dye More: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/. It is extremely important that the temperatures are hot enough and that the garment is in the dye bath for at least 30 mins so the dye can completely exhaust. We would recommend to re-dye your fabric again following the instructions listed. Here is our stove top method: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/. Hope this helps Ana!

    Thank you
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Brittany,

    Over dying with a lighter tone will not lighten your fabric, it will only darken depending on the amount of dye added. The only way to have a light tone dye is to start with a white canvas. We have a Rit Color Remover that is used primarily to remove or reduce color from fabric prior to dyeing with Rit Dye. It reduces the color to an off-white or cream color, creating a clean, even base color for dyeing. Color Remover is suitable for use on most washable fabrics, including cotton, linen, rayon, silk, and nylon. It may have a limited effect on polyester, depending upon how it was dyed commercially. Color Remover is a non-chlorine, reductive type of bleach that will not damage or deteriorate washable fabrics as chlorine bleach will. Hope this helps!

    Thank you
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Donna,

    We do not recommend dyeing carpet in your home. Carpet dyeing is best done by professionals who use equipment that can attain high temperatures and high pressure combined with special chemicals and surfactants needed to apply the dye. The problems you may face dyeing your carpet at home include uneven color and crocking, which means the dye will rub off because it has not been applied with sufficient high pressure and heat.
    That said, if you have a small area that needs color, you could try a spot dyeing technique. If this does not work to your satisfaction, however, you will need to contact carpet professionals as cited above and pay for them to try to fix the discoloration so only use this technique if you’re willing to take that risk. Be sure your carpet is nylon or wool. Polyester cannot be dyed. Begin with 1 tablespoon of Rit powder or 1 1/2 teaspoons Rit liquid dye per 1 gallon of water. Use hot water with a temperature of 160-180 degrees. If the dye doesn’t quite match the carpet color, mix in a dye color that will make it the right shade. Start by adding 1/8 teaspoon dye powder or 5 drops of Rit liquid dye at a time to the 1 gallon dye mixture. Stir well. Test the resulting color on a scrap to determine a match. Continue to adjust if necessary. Use less dye for lighter colors and use more dye for darker colors, keeping all other quantities and measurements the same. Apply evenly and thoroughly. Extract excess moisture.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,

    It all depends on what kind of chiffon you have. Silk chiffon is easy to dye, but polyester chiffon is a big pain. Nylon chiffon is in between the two. Chiffon is a word used to describe a light, fine weave; the word contains no information about what the fiber content of that weave may be. The fact that it is so thin and sheer means that it can’t be dyed really dark colors; since light shines right through the fabric, it produces paler-looking colors, unless you have many layers of it. Chiffon is a lightweight semi translucent fabric that can be made from several different fibers. It is a dyeable fabric, but you’ll get the best results if your chiffon is made from a natural fiber such as silk or cotton. Polyester chiffon does not take dye well, and you could end up with blotchy spots. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the results you are wanting without knowing the exact content.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • http://www.ritdye.com Ruth Root

    Hello all. I bought a half yard of 14 pastel colors of a synthetic crepe to make a quilt with. I want to over-dye each piece to looks like I have dyed it with tea so as to calm down all the pastels. I think if I did dye it with tea, it will either muddy up the colors or wash out over time. To dye these pieces of crepe fabric to where the original colors come through, is there a particular method to make the dye transparent other than just shorten the time that the fabric is in the dye bath?

    Thank you in advance for any help anyone can give me.
    Regards,
    Ruth
    Amarillo

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Mac,

    We have just and email to the email provided here.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Julia _

    Hello,
    I am wanting to dye an Olive coloured bikini bottom to make it navy. Would this be possible? The bottoms are made out of 80% Nylon and 20% Elastane, what dye should I be using? Would you recommend using the colour removal dye previous to dyeing? I don’t want to ruin the bottoms, but I also want the colour to stay even after exposure to the sun and chlorine in the pool.

    Thank you!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Hailey,

    Rit All Purpose is formulated for the low water setting on your washer using hot water (140-160 degrees). Be sure to add in 1 cup of salt for cotton, rayon, ramie linen or blends. Add 1 cup of vinegar for nylon silk or wool. You can convert the recipe to other water levels by using this chart: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/how-to-mix-colors/.

    Here are some additional tips for a successful dyeing: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk, nylon or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. This recipe is formulated using the all-purpose dye.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • http://www.ritdye.com Roz McCoy

    While shopping online, there was a dress that I adored but I don’t like the color. It’s a very bright yellow. Its 100% polyester. Before I purchase it, I would like to https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc1ba5fd9c2cb46421e15461aed4a7f3e56ddb11c31da42671ab5ad079f9a904.jpg know if it can be dyed violet.

  • rachel

    Is it possible to dye 100% polyester room darkening curtains (unlined) in the washing machine? They’re too large for the boiling method. Thanks for any tips/suggestions you have!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Nansi,

    We recommend using our Dye More line. Rit DyeMore is a synthetic dye that will color 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. The Stove Top method—dyeing the items in a pot on the stove—is recommended especially when dyeing polyester and acrylic, because a very high temperature is needed to dye these fabrics. Here are some tips to help you: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Amy,

    We recommend using our Dye More line since you are dealing with synthetic fabric.

    2 bottles of Graphite
    This recipe is intended for use in 3 Gallons of water. DyeMore must be used on the stove top with the water at about a boil (200-220) for the full 30-60 minutes of continual agitation.
     
    No salt or vinegar is needed when using DyeMore.
     
    We recommend using a white paper towel to test the color of the dye bath to ensure that you have the desired shade before adding the fabric.
     
    After you achieve the shade you are wanting, you can then wet your fabric with warm or hot water from the tap and put it into the hot dye bath for 30-60 minutes of continual stirring and agitation to achieve an even color.
     
    Rinsing the fabric free of dye in cool/warm water will end the process and you can wash and dry like normal.

    Here are the step by step instructions for using DyeMore:

    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/
    Hope this helps!
     
    Sincerely,
    Sara
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Carrie,

    We have sent you an email to the email provided.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Ali,

    One bottle per pound of fabric. As a general guideline, one box of powder dye or 1/2 bottle (1/2 cup) of liquid dye will color one pound of dry weight fabric (about 3 yards of lightweight fabric). To obtain a lighter color, use less dye. For a darker or brighter color, double the amount of dye used. We recommend at least 1 bottle Rit All-Purpose Dye or 2 bottles Rit DyeMore for darker colors. You can estimate the weight of the item or use a food or home postal scale. For larger items, such as bedding or curtains, weigh yourself; then weigh yourself holding the item(s). The difference is the weight of the item(s).

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jackie,

    What fabric are the seat covers made out of? 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.
    If you are working with fabric that is dyeable using Rit’s all purpose dyes, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color.
    If you are working with a synthetic fabric, Rit color remover will not be able to remove the existing color so that you can dye it a new color. If you are able to use the color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white shade, please provide the following information and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Ellen,

    Happy Wednesday! It depends upon the weight of the item you are dyeing. As a general guideline, one box of powder dye or 1/2 bottle (1/2 cup) of liquid dye will color one pound of dry weight fabric (about 3 yards of lightweight fabric). To obtain a lighter color, use less dye. For a darker or brighter color, double the amount of dye used. We recommend at least 1 bottle Rit All-Purpose Dye or 2 bottles Rit DyeMore for darker colors. You can estimate the weight of the item or use a food or home postal scale. For larger items, such as bedding or curtains, weigh yourself; then weigh yourself holding the item(s). The difference is the weight of the item(s). The garment should remain in the dye bath for 30 minutes at 220 degrees of temperature with constant agitation. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Leah,

    What does your care tag state exactly?

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye
    Sara

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,

    We have sent an email to the email provided.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,

    We have sent an email to the email provided here.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • http://www.ritdye.com Krissie Wendel

    Hello,
    I have a white 100% polyester dress that I want to dye burgundy for a bridesmaid dress.
    What color combination & ratios should I use from your RitDyeMore line to achieve burgundy?
    Thanks so much!!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,

    We have now sent you an email to the email provided.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Andrew

    Hello, I need to dye/tint polyethalene sheet, that is the plastic, not a fabric. What would you recommend for this?
    I’ve been sent to Rit but I’m not sure what product I need.
    Thanks

  • Lifeguard

    Hello! I have a circular ottoman that is upholstered in a polyester fabric. The fabric is attached, so there is no taking it off! It is green and I want to dye it brown, so is it possible to prepare the dye in hot water and ‘paint’ the ottoman with it?

  • Whitney

    I want to dye a light brown wig to darker brown. How do I get your colors to be darker?

  • Bianca Garcia

    I have a formal dress that sunset want to turn to black how can I?

  • Stephanie

    I have 2 pairs of 98% polyester and 2% spandex socks, I have a way I’m dying them specifically (not stove top). I have the powder dye already that I’m just going to mix with water in a squirt bottle but I was wondering if instead I should get the Rit more and put it in the squirt bottles, im also soaking them in soda ash and drying them before. Hope this wasn’t to confusing.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kelsey De Los Santos

    I’ve recently dyed a 100% polyester dress with Rit DyeMore. I’m taking a part of the dress off and was wondering if I would be able to dye it again with a different color of Rit DyeMore. It’s purple now and I would be hoping to dye it blue.

  • Disneymale5000

    OK, I have a question that I am hoping someone can answer. I have a
    pirates hat that is 100% polyester and I want to dye it as close to
    black as possible. Now I already have the right dye for polyester as I
    did my research. What I could not find out, though, is that since I have
    to boil it in a pot in the dye for 1/2 hour to an hour, will it hurt or
    change the shape of the hat?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Tanmy Canas

    Hi I have a white polyester dress that I need to dye a mint green color is that even possible?

  • Tara Durham

    I have a very old chenille bedspread that I would like to dye brown. I have no clue if it’s cotton or a blend. Any suggestions on dye for this to be safe? Thank you.
    Has anyone had success dyeing chenille?

  • Erich Orris

    I have some Polyethylene tent fabric. I would like to dye it to a dark burgundy/blackbloodred. Is this possible with dyemore? What colors ratios? How much dye per square yard of fabric? I really appreciate your time.

    Thanks again,
    Erich

 

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