The Rit Studio: How to Dye 101

All-Purpose Dye 101

It’s easy to get started dyeing. It only takes seven simple steps to add color to your life and most everything you need is already in your house. Since most people start by dyeing fabric, our dye 101 outlines the basic steps for dyeing clothes. Rit dyes cotton, silk, wool and rayon best. It does not dye polyester well, but works fine for polyester blends so long as they’re less than 40 percent polyester. You can see more about what Rit dyes best in our FAQs.

 

Prep, dye and clean up time: About 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • Fabric or item of clothing
  • Rit Dye, liquid or powder
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic table cover or old newspapers
  • Plastic bucket, container or large stainless steel soup pot
  • Access to hot water and a stainless steel sink
  • Paper towels
  • Stainless steel tongs or long spoon (or wooden chopsticks left over from your last Chinese take out)

Step by Step

  1. Fill a container halfway with the hottest tap water possible. Place the container on newspaper or plastic covering on your workspace. Keep paper towels nearby for any little drips.

  2. Pour the Rit Dye into the dye bath and stir. The more dye the richer the color. You can add salt to the dye bath if you are working with cotton-based fabrics.

  3. Wet the fabric you are going dye in the sink with regular water. This helps the dye take evenly on the fabric.

  4. Place the fabric in the dye bath and stir it regularly with your tongs, spoon or chopstick for at least 10-30 minutes. The longer the item is in the dye bath, the darker the color. The fabric should be able to move freely in the dye bath to make sure the dye can penetrate the fabric completely.

  5. When finished dyeing, rinse the item in your sink with cool water until the water runs clear.

  6. Wash by hand with soap or in a regular cycle in the washing machine, then let hang or machine dry.

  7. To clean up, simply pour the dye bath down the sink and wash out your sink and container with a regular cleanser like Pine Sol, Soft Scrub or 409. Rit is nontoxic and earth friendly.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jamie, You would just need a bin that would hold enough water for the item to freely move around, it would not need to hold 12 gallons. Hope this helps!

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  • Doreen

    Last year we dyed our Pottery Barn sofa slipcover (cotton denim) a custom color green using the Rit recipe. Now we want to change the du00e9cor and dye the slipcover black. I’d like your advice/tips on re-dying to ensure complete saturated coverage (no green streaks or undertones) with no black bleeding once they are dyed. Thank you! 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Doreen, If it is a dark green, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing. If it is a light to medium green you can overdye it with the Black. Black loves hot water, so we recommend the water temperature be at least 140-160 degrees. You can find some tips of getting the blacket black here: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/?utm_source=KCROBlack&utm_medium=button&utm_campaign=Home To ensure there is no streaks or undertones you want to make sure the fabric is constantly agitating with enough dye for the weight of the fabric. We would strongly recommend using the Color Stay Dye Fixative to reduce color bleeding and to prolong the color. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Greg Olivo

    Accidentally bleached one knee of good jeans while shocking my pool. Purchased RIT Denim Blue. I have no experience with dye….should I first “spot-dye” the bleached knee, (and how), then dye the whole pair hoping to blend the color, or just dye the jeans as is. (Would the bleached knee take on more dye?). Also, I don’t want the jeans solid dark blue, should the dye be diluted?nI hope you can help! G

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Greg,nWe would normally recommend trying Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color. However, Color Remover is not recommended for blue denim as the product is unable to remove the indigo blue dye and may result in the jeans appearing blotchy. Unfortunately, bleach damages fibers and keeps the dye from adhering to the fabric, therefore, spot dyeing will not achieve the results you’re looking for. Sorry about that. You may want to try overdyeing your jeans to see if that produces any results.

  • Danielle Kailbourne Conrad

    I have a dress that is 100% white cotton shell and 100% polyester lining I am looking to dye it to wear to a wedding. Will the lining dye some as well? Do I need to do anything special since they are two completely different fabrics?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Danielle, The cotton shell will dye very well, but the 100% polyester lining will not pick up color. Sorry about that. If it is see through and you will be able to see the lining underneath, you might try choosing a color that would compliment the white lining showing through.

  • Lori

    I have 100 wool hats that have been dyed with black dye. Unfortunately, I believe that the people who dyed them did not leave them in long enough… and they are actually a deep, dark purple. Now I need to redye them so they will actually be black. With method would you suggest?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lori, You are correct that it appears the wool hats were not left in the dyebath long enough. For dark colors, we recommend doubling the amount of dye and agitating in the dyebath for 60 minutes. A water temperature of 140-160 degrees achieves the best results. Normally, 1 box of powder dye or 1/2 bottle of liquid dye is used for 1 lb. of dry weight fabric. You might try to get an idea how much the 100 hats weigh and then double the dye amount you use. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Lori

        With the amount of hats that I have (and the fact that they are wool), would I be able to machine wash them, or would you recommend I hand wash them? I’m assuming I should use the container method stated above. Sorry, but there are so many ways to dye things… I just want to make sure that I don’t mess them up.) I really appreciate your assistance with this.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Lori,nYou can use the washing machine to dye wool, but too much agitation can cause possible felting. If you are worried about the possible felting, we would recommend using the bucket method or stove-top method. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Barbara, Yes, we would recommend using Rit color remover first to first remove or lighten the current dye and prepare the item for redyeing. Unfortunately, it appears it was undiluted bleach that was spilled on the shorts. The fibers may be too damaged to absorb the dye. Hope this helps.

  • Lisa

    I have a denim dress that I want to dye a darker blue. Do I have to take the buttons off before I dye it and can I dye it in the washing machine?nThanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa, If your buttons are made of any type of plastic or nylon, then they would dye. If they are metal, they should not accept the dye. If in doubt, probably better to take them off. If your dress is machine washable, then you should be able to dye it in the washing machine. There are very detailed washing machine directions under Techniques. This link will help: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-top-loader/.Hope this information is helpful.

  • Donna

    I want to dye some cushion covers from a This End Up sofa & loveseat. That’s a total of 5 seat cushions & 5 back cushions. They are made of a corduroy fabric and are already red, but faded (unevenly) and with a few stains. I want to dye them a deeper, darker red – perhaps Samba. What method do you recommend – and how much? Should I work in smaller batches?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Donna, Thanks so much for reaching out. Rit is appreciative of your interest in using our product to dye your cushions, however, we do not recommend dyeing them. Excess dye must be rinsed out of items that are dyed in order to prevent excess dye from bleeding off onto skin or clothing. Sorry about that.

      • Donna

        Thank you for your help – guess I’ll have to either live with them – or – get new covers! Thanks for your honest, objective guidance – it’s very much appreciated!

  • Shannaz

    I was going to dye my white soft polyester knit dress with the Rit fuchsia dye. I don’t want an intense fuchsia, more of a baby pink-ish color, not as bold. Can I use this dye for the material of my white dress, and how can I achieve the lighter pink color I want?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shannaz,nFabrics made of 100% polyester cannot be dyed with Rit as the fibers will not absorb the dye. Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil that is washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier that prevents soil from penetrating the fabric as well as the dye. If polyester is dyed, it sometimes tints on the surface only, which results in a light or off color. Even if dyed with Fuchsia, we cannot guarantee you will be able to achieve a light baby pink color as the color can result in an off color. Sorry about that. You may want to look into a polyester dye. Thank you for your interest in Rit Dyes!

  • Linda

    I purchased white cotton napkins to dye lemon yellow. They are still new in the package. Is there any preparation of the fabric needed before I begin the dyeing process?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Linda, Since the napkins are new, we would recommend washing them with detergent prior to dyeing. Be sure to also add in 1 cup of salt during the dyeing process to help with color vibrancy. Hope this helps!

  • Rooster

    I have 65% polyester 35% cotton pants, how well will it take to black dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rooster, Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents soil from penetrating as well as the dye. If the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. When dyed, polyester tints on the surface only. Thus the resulting light or off color. Since there is a small percentage of cotton in the pants, you will not be able to achieve black. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jimmy, So sorry you experienced this. It is likely that the color was still bleeding, but if it was washed with like colored items the dye bleeding would not be noticeable. We do not recommend washing dyed items with whites as it can discolor them. We suggest always washing the jeans with other like colored clothes. You should be able to remove the discoloration by using the Rit Color Remover. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brandy,nSince polyester is not dyeable with our dyes, the results end up being a light or off color such as purple which is a common result when dyeing polyester with Black. Sorry about that. We would recommend searching the internet or craft/fabric store for a polyester dye. We appreciate your interest in Rit Dye.

  • Cassie

    I have a navy blue dress that is labelled 100% cotton. I have tried twice to dye it black. The first time, I used black powder dye and my top loader washing machine on a 30 minute hot cycle. My second attempt, I used two bottles of black and half a bottle of dark brown. I again used the hot 30 minute cycle on my top loader washer. I added 1 cup of salt to both attempts. The dress is still dark blue. Any advice?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cassie, We are sorry to hear you are not achieving the color you are looking for. We have e-mailed you some questions so that we can try to further assist you.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Liz Adnitt

    I’m looking to dye a linen shirt a shade of moss green. I have picked out the formula from the charts and need the lemon yellow and dark green to mix the colour. I have noticed that the dyes come in both liquid and powder form, and this website advises that I need 1 tsp of powder dye for every 8 tsp of liquid. This would suggest the powder is 8x stronger, but when stated shopping I found it is half the price of the liquid. Am I missing something? Do I need to add something to the powder aside from water? How does a cheaper product go 8x further, or have I misread something?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Liz, The liquid dye is equal to two boxes and is already pre-dissolved. Technically, the liquid dye contains twice as much dye as one box. This requires you to use more of the liquid vs. powder when doing a recipe as you are just adding in the concentrated powder and the liquid is already in a dissolved state. Hope this helps!

      • Guest

        Are the measurements on this table wrong then? https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/how-to-mix-colors/#formulaconversionchart I think I may just have to stick to using the liquid dye as I can’t find any other information on how much powder dye to use. I’m just a bit worried because I’ve never used a liquid dye before. I take it I scale up both the dye amount and the water volume depending on how much fabric I’m dyeing?

      • http://www.ritdye.com Liz Adnitt

        Ok I think I’ve got it. So I take it the powder dye packs are considerably smaller? I think I may well stick with the liquid to save confusion though!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Liz, Yes, they are smaller. You can use on mixing chart to easily convert between powder and liquid https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/how-to-mix-colors/ Let us know if you have any other questions!

          • Guest

            Yeah, that was the table that threw me cos it says its 8tsp of liquid to 1tsp of powder. Maths isn’t my strongpoint so I’m probably best sticking to the liquids. I’m gonna have to convert the quantities for the weight of the fabric so I’d probably be best just doing that without trying to convert measurements from liquid to powder as well! Once I have the shirt I can weigh the fabric and that’ll at least give me some numbers to work from.

  • Sophia

    Hi. I want to dye curtains using the bucket method. I originally planned on placing the bucket in my tub and rinsing the curtains out there when I finish the job. Will the dye stain my newly refinished bathtub?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sophia, We would not recommend dyeing them in the tub as it could potentially stain it if any dye is splashed out or while rinsing. Sorry about that! Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Conan

    I am interested in dyeing a large tent. It is khakhi colored canvas right now and I want to make it look like it is made out of leather. (I do Ren Faire events). I was wondering if I bought the liquid dye and diluted it with some cold water (can’t use hot water on the canvas) and then sprayed a mist over the tent, I might get the effect I am looking for. I don’t want to change the color completely- just making it look a little more “splotchy” and natural than a solid color. Could something like this be done?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Conan, RIT is a product that is activated with HOT (140 degrees) water, It does not work in cold or warm water. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Tg

    I am looking to dye polo uniform shirts for my daughter, however they need to be a deep vibrant purple. Well using a pink shirt instead of a white shirt make the color come out more vibrant?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We will send you a file we have for the subject “Dyeing over an existing color” to your email address. Also have you checked the fabric content of the polo uniform shirt?. Many of the sport uniforms are made from polyester and we cannot dye that fabric.This link will explain what fabrics we can and cannot dye:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Katherine Reidy

    My question is from Step 5 to Step 6, do you put the item you have dyed in immediately in the wash or do you wait?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katherine, You would wash immediately after dyeing and rinsing the fabric. This helps to remove any excess dye residue that has not actually attached to the fibers of your fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Melissa

    My daughter’s brand new jeans got a drop of bleach on them. They are dark blue jeans. What would the measurements be for dye to water? I was just going to spot dye them not dye the whole jeans.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Melissa, Here are the directions for spot dyeing: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Depending on the extent of the bleach damage, the dye may not be able to fully adhere to that spot. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://antieinstein.wordpress.com/ Floyd Baker

    Hello… We have an event where we need to dye an off-white dress purple… We have a dress we def want to use for the event but it is polyester i BELIEVE…. 😉 I’m no expert but a laundry guy thought it was… He was not sure if it was a blend or not. He also said dark purple would be more difficult than a lighter other color like green… Which we could do if absolutely necessary…

    So I guess what I’d like to know is what happens when one DOES dye a polyester.., especially material that is 100% so… I take it can’t be soaked into..? But I read that dye will stain plastic, fiberglass, and worn porcelain… Which to me are pretty non porous.. ? Especially plastic..? So there I guess it’s the molecules bonding together.

    The thing is, we can live with a large range of outcomes and densities., but splotchy would not be one of them… If this is what would likely be the case would repeated dyings overcome it…? Should I go light to start, and do successive dyings for the density I want.., or stay with light.., or go all out for dark the first time. ?

    Remembering we can go green, but would very much not want to…

    Thanks for any help you can give…

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Floyd, Polyester is a manmade fabric, oil based and you would be treating it with a water base product. If the item is 100% polyester, all of the dye will come off in step 2 (rinse until the rinse water runs clear).If the fabric is a combination blend, we can only dye the cotton part so you cannot achieve a dark color. Our product required constat agitation so that the item will dye evenly (no blouchy). Hope this information is helpful.

      • http://antieinstein.wordpress.com/ Floyd Baker

        Yes… We’re looking for another dress… 🙂

  • Sara T.W.

    I want to dye a dress using a bottle of your liquid Wine-colored dye. The dress has 2 layers. The top is crocheted cotton. The underneath layer is 100% polyester. I have 2 questions: 1.) Will the hot water shrink the crocheted cotton layer? And, 2.) I know the polyester won’t accept the dye, but will it all wash out when I rinse the dress or will my skin turn wine-colored when I wear it? The original color of the dress is sort of an ivory/white, which I think will work under the wine colored dye. Also, I need to dye the dress tomorrow (because I am a terrible procrastinator). Please help (soon). Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sara, The hot water could potentially shrink the fabric depending on what the washing instructions state on the material. If labeled as cold water wash, it will likely have some shrinkage. The polyester portion just will not hold the dye, but it will all rinse out still allowing you to be able to dye the cotton layer. Just be sure to rinse the material until the water is clear. We would love to see pictures of the item when you are finished! Hope this helps!

  • https://www.facebook.com/Alex865 Alex

    I have a pair of work pants that are 65% poly and 35% cotton. They are, or used to be navy blue. Can i use the black dye to make them darker since they faded into a light blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alex, Unfortunately, the item contains too much polyester to successfully dye them back to a dark hue. You may be able to get them to be a bit darker, but they would not achieve a black or dark blue color. Sorry about that.

      • Alex Lopez

        Thanks for the quick response!

  • Confussed

    The container mentioned above is it an olympic swimming pool or a 2 gallon bucket? How much Rit dye? Half the bottle, one package of dry dye, whole bottle???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, One box of RIT powder dyes one pound (dry weight ) fabric in three gallons (HOT) water. One bottle of liquid dyes two pounds (dry weight) fabric in six gallons of HOT water. Under TECHNIQUES you will find directions for the Stove top method, bucket or Sin method and then directions for the washing machine (top loader and front loader). .

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, one box of RIT powder dyes one pound (dry weight) fabric in three gallons HOT water. One bottle of RIT liquid dyes two pounds (dry weight) fabric in six gallons HOT water. Under Techniques you will find the directions for the Stovetop method, Sink or Bucket method and Washing Machine (top loader or front loader) Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Derol W

    Two basic questions for you folks at rit’

    1) I have a pair of cotton canvas shotrts that are an ash-white (think wood ash).
    I want to dye them a dark, rich earth-tone.. Is there a(n) way soak them in a trash/space bag with some water and dye and let sit overnight?
    – any deep color is fine.. “Brown” or “black”

    2) can you tie-dye with the color remover alone?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Derol, We do not recommend soaking the item overnight as the agitation is what helps the dye adhere evenly to the fabric. Here are some directions on achieving the blackest black: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/

      We do not typically suggest using the color remover alone to do reverse tie dyeing. It likely would not achieve the desired results because it requires very hot water for the color removal process to occur which could make it difficult to get a tie dye pattern. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Julie H

    Hi – I have a wool coat that is bright red on one side and reversed to black on the other. I’d like to dye it completely black. Can you recommend if you have appropriate product for this type of task? It is 100% wool.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Julie,
      We would recommend using our Black dye and adding 1/2 package of Dark Green to the dyebath to best achieve a solid Black color. When dyeing wool we recommend adding 1 cup of vinegar to the dyebath. You will want to make sure the garment is a washable woolen as the hot water temperature (140-160 degrees) needed for our dyes to be activated can possibly cause the wool to shrink. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Julie H

        Thanks a lot! Can you please also recommend which type of dye (powder or liquid dye) can achieve the best result on the above mentioned wool coat? Would it work on my other wool/viscose/rayon blend jacket?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Julie, Rit powder and liquid dyes work equally well. However, the liquid Dye is already dissolved which eliminates the need to first prepare a solution with water. One 8 fluid ounce bottle Rit liquid has the dyeing performance equivalent to 2 (1-1/8 ounce) packages Rit powder dye. Yes, wool, viscose and rayon are all dyeable fabrics. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

          • Julie H

            Thanks a lot! I am going to start my dying project very soon using the black and green as you suggested 🙂

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Julie, Enjoy the new coat you will soon have!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jason

    Hello. i am preparing to do a large project. Me and my L.A.R.P. group are going to make a large tent out of canvas painters drop cloths. 9X12 foot cotton tarps and weigh 5.5 to 6 pounds each.We will need probably 8 to 10 of them. My question is do you have a mass dyeing guide? is there a way we can just keep our large galvanized steel Bucket/Trough up to heat over a fire, dye 2 at a time then add the proper amount of dye and salt after that batch or add all the dye and half the salt? or would we have to dump the mix and bring the water back up to heat EVERY time? Our colors are black and gray so if the black doesn’t set in to well and its just a dark gray no real harm. and if it turns out kinda splotchy all of our characters are barbarians so it will just look rough and primitively done and suits us just fine. Any tips on doing that much cloth would be helpful though. thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jason, We would not recommend dyeing in a galvanized steel bucket/trough because the dye may absorb into scratches. We recommend using stainless steel because it does not absorb dye, or, a large plastic container that you would not be concerned with if it absorbed the dye. One bottle of liquid dye will dye 2 lbs. of dry weight fabric, but for dark colors we recommend doubling the amount of dye. Very hot water (140-160 degrees) is required to activate the dye. If you want to reuse a dyebath, you would need to again heat it to 140-160 degrees. A 2nd use of a dyebath will result in a lighter shade since chemicals were pulled from the 1st dyebath. When dyeing black or gray, you would not need to add salt to the dyebath since it is meant to make colors more vibrant. If fabric is left to sit in a dyebath and unevenness of color will occur, so continuous stirring is recommended. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Jason

        my question was if i can use the last batch as a base so i can just keep it to heat and add more of the dye between the soaks and save time. Also is Rit considered a fiber reactive die and the dye fixative a soda ash solution or something or is it a similar chemical reaction?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jason, If you are implying you want to keep the dyebath and then re-heat and add more dye, that is an option since you stated various shades of black would be alright for your project. The remaining dyebath should be stored in an airtight container. Again, soaking the fabric will cause an unevenness of color. Rit dyes are a combination of various acid dyes, direct dyes and disperse dyes. These differing dye classes are used so that Rit may dye a wide variety of fabrics. The exact formula and specific dyes are of a confidential nature. Hope this helps.

          • http://www.ritdye.com Jason

            does adding soda ash help the Rit dye bind to the fabric?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Jason, Soda ash does not help our products bind to the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Denise, Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents soil from penetrating as well as the dye. If the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. When dyed, polyester tints on the surface only. Thus the resulting light or off color. When dyeing fabric, there needs to be enough water for the fabric to remove freely or an unevenness of color will occur. If dyeing in a sink, the sink would need to be stainless steel. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sarah Chverchko

    Hi! I have a bottle of Rit Liquid Dye in Golden Yellow, and I want to dye a pair of Keds sneakers for my daughters Halloween costume. Am I able to apply the liquid dye with a foam brush or do I have to put them in the washing machine? I was hoping to avoid putting the sneakers through the wash. I originally purchased the Color Perfect box because it has the applicators, but it’s Lemon Yellow and I wanted the Golden.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, What is the fabric content of the sneakers? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Sarah Chverchko

        The upper part of the shoe is white canvas.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sarah, Thank you for providing the information. Rit offers instructions on how to tint canvas shoes. To help you with your dye project, the instructions have been emailed to you. Let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Travis, Before beginning your dye project, you will make to make sure you are working with a dyeable fabric. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Brown can be successfully overdyed with black dye. For tips on dyeing black, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ We dyeing black over brown, we recommend adding 1/2 package of navy blue dye to the dyebath along with the black dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • anon

    Just gotta say to whoever watches this and comments, helping others: thanks for taking the time to help people use your product. It’s pretty rare to see and makes me respect and want to use your brand even for just this reason

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi, Thank you for your comment. We appreciate the compliment. Let us know if you ever have a dye project we can help you with. : )

  • Kiki

    I am dying a white cotton shirt. It is brand new, do you recommend washing it first before dying?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kiki, We do recommend washing the shirt prior to dyeing to ensure there are no starches or finish left on the fabric from the factory. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Kiki

        Thank you SO much!!!

  • AvaDrew

    Hello, I dyed my sweatshirt on the stove with a combo of Teal and Aquamarine and it came out streaky. The sweatshirt was white to begin with, 60% cotton 40% polyester-I washed it before hand & added salt to the dye bath as recommended. The overall color is fine, but how can I get rid of the streaks? Can I just re-dye it as is…or should I do the color remover thing and start over? I’m thinking that maybe the mixture of the two dyes contributed to the streaking….not sure. But if I re-dye it, I am fine with just using one color. Thanks in advance for your time.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ava, Redyeing it will not make the streaks go away. You really need to use color remover, take out as much color as possible, then redye it the color you want it to be.Remember that you want to give your item free movement so that it will dye evenly and constant agitation. Hope that this information is helpful.

  • dominique

    hello i have a pair of blue jeans I bought brand new but they are faded in the front legs, I want to dye them dark blue since i dont like the faded look they are 92 % cotton can I dye them & how would I do that

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dominique, you should be able to darken up your jeans. We would recommend the stove top method:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/, If your jeans are dark, you might consider using the recipe for Dark Denim. Liquid: 1 cup Navy Blue + 1/4 cup Black in 3 gallons of HOT water. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • JessicaNoelle124

    Hi Rit company, my name is Jessica. I was wondering if you could PLEASE help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a white dress (not a long dress) that is 65% cotton and 35% polyester. I want to dye the dress an emerald green, I know that the formula is lemon yellow and evening blue from the Rit color chart, however I couldn’t find evening blue anywhere, so I just used royal blue instead. I used the entire bottle of liquid lemon yellow dye and about 65% of the powder packet of royal blue. I dyed the dress in the washing machine (small load and hot water) and it’s been sitting in there for about 6 hours. I also added about a cup of salt. The dress is now really blotchy and nowhere near the color I want, but rather a mint gray-ish green instead. I’m going to include a picture of the dress and a picture of the color I wanted in this comment. Please help me, I’m really disappointed, I really wanted an emerald dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really like Rit products, but I also dyed jeans before and they also got blotchy and faded after time. I understand the fading, but the blotchy-ness in the dress and the jeans is a disappointment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please help, I would really appreciate it, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jessica Noelle, We are sorry to hear your dyeing experience did not go as planned. There are a few reasons we might point out as to why you did not achieve the results you wanted. When a color recipe is provided for a particular color, you must use the dye colors listed in order to achieve that color. In addition, you are working with a fabric that is 35% polyester. Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents Rit dye from penetrating, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. When dyeing an item, constant agitation, 30-60 minutes, is required in order for the dye to be distributed evenly through the fabric. We would recommend using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the dye and prepare the fabric for redyeing. To assist you should you decide to retry your dye project, the instructions for dyeing in a top load washing machine can be viewed by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-top-loader/ Hope this information is helpful.

    • Guest

      Thank you very much for your quick and pleasant response!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cassi

      Hello,

      I would like to dye a swimming suit black. It is cotton and spandex, and the liner is nylon.

      It was a darker green, and i didn’t read the directions to not machine wash it, and the green got splotchy.. But i love the suit so much.

      Will this work?

      • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

        Hello Cassi,
        Thank you for reaching out. What are the fabric percentages of the cotton and spandex? What does the fabric care tag state? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Stefany Rattles

    Hello! I am wanting to dye a black tank top, half dark red and the other half dark purple. I don’t want it bright since it’s for a costume. How can I do it using a black tank top?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stefany,
      What is the fabric content of the blank tank top you are wanting to dye? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Stefany Rattles

        It’s cotton.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Stefany, We see that you emailed in earlier today and we responded. We would recommend checking your email.

          • http://www.ritdye.com Stefany Rattles

            Ok, I read the email. If I don’t have the color remover would it be ok to use bleach instead?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Stefany, We would not recommend using bleach in place of the color remover. Bleach permanently damages fibers and once used, especially when trying to take a black item to a light shade, the fabric will no longer be able to absorb the dye.

  • Clair Beaver

    I am looking to dye my daughter’s drapes. They are 100% cotton (cold wash) and a medium to light lavender some with areas of sun fading. We are going for a navy blue. I understand that we need to use hot water to activate the dye which might shrink the fabric, but figure what do we have to loose since the drapes are 6 years old. Do you recommend using the Rit Dye Remover with going from lavender to Royal Blue? It is 6 pounds of dry fabric, so will 3 bottles of liquid dye be adequate? Do I need the salt? Do I use the smallest size washer load that still allows free movement/agitation of the fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Clair, When fabric color has been faded by the sun, this is the same type of damage as caused by bleach. This damage is permanent and we cannot guarantee how well the dye will absorb, if at all. Lavender is a color that can be successfully overdyed with navy blue. Very hot water (140-160 degrees) is required to activate and set the dye. You will want to set the washing machine to the load size the allows the fabric to move freely in the dyebath. The 3 bottles of dye will normally dye up to 6 lbs. of dry weight fabric. You might want to add extra navy blue dye to see if it might help to darken the color. Salt is added to made a color more vibrant. Since you are working with navy blue, the salt is not required. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Clair Beaver

        Thank you. Very helpful. I will proceed with more confidence!

  • Sarah

    Hello! I have a pair of Dickies Overalls that I was looking to dye dark brown. The color was SUPPOSED to be stone wash (for a lighter color to help in dying), but it showed up more normal blue jean color. Can I still dye this dark brown? They are 100% cotton. I tried dying them last night, but it didn’t really work. Having said that, I only used half a bottle and the overalls are probably more than a pound of dry fabric weight. Do you think I can/should bleach them first to try to strip the color? I know the Rit Color Remover won’t work on jeans… any help would be appreciated! I’m trying to have these done before Halloween (two days away now!!)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah,
      We may recommend using a little bit of bleach to try and lighten the blue jean color some. Maybe use a cup or 2 cup and run through a regular wash cycle to lighten. We would then recommend doubling the amount of dye per the weight of the jeans using 2 boxes or 1 bottle per 1 lb of dry weight fabric to best achieve Dark Brown. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Sarah

        Thank you for your QUICK response! (21 minutes! Holy cow!) I’ll try this tonight, your instructions in hand!

      • Sarah

        Sorry, I have another question… when I go about the dying process, can I still use the washing machine method? I’m only using the Dark Brown dye. And would I use the same amounts as you suggested for the washing machine? 1 bottle per 1 lb?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sarah, Yes, you can use the washing machine method for dyeing. You are correct that you will want to use 1 bottle of liquid dye for 1 lb. of dry weight fabric. This doubles the amount of dye normally recommended for 1 lb. of fabric and will increase the chances of achieving a darker brown.

  • Mel

    Hi Rit!
    I’m rinsing out a project and would like to water my garden as I do so. Is it alright if I rinse out the die and water my plants at the same time?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mel, The product is non-toxic so it will not harm any plants or animals. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Bridget Jones

    Hi, I am going to use a bottle of the Rit dye in my front loader. I have a white blanket 100 percent cotton (I think). It weighs almost 2 lbs. What steps do I take now. I had trouble finding answers on the website. I guess I need individual direction. Thanks in advance:-)

  • Sanna

    Hi! I am spot dyeing a rayon fabric, and for this reason I cannot put the whole fabric in a pot or bucket. For my technique I need to lay the fabric on the ground and only dye certain spots. How will I best get the dye to stick? I will use hot water, but I can’t keep it hot. Will it help if I iron the fabric very hot after it has dried? Thankful for an answer! /Sanna

  • Nhan

    Can I mix liquid dye with powder proportionally in the dye bath? I have brown liquid and want to add black powder to increase the shade.

    Do I need to add salt to dye rayon? Does it have to be pure salt or iodinated salt ok?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, you can always mix the powder/liquid dye together but you want to mix the powder with hot water first and make a liquid out of it. Technically the directions call for the packet (6 teaspoons) to be added to two cups of HOT water then put into three gallons HOT water. When you add one cup of table salt to the dye bath, it helps the dye adhere to the fabric better.Hope this information is helpful.

  • Eriel

    Hi Rit, I wanted to dye my cotton bikini black but I wanted to know if the dye will run in a chlorine pool?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Eriel, Rit is not recommended for dyeing swimming suits. When garments are exposed to either chlorine or strong sunlight, the fibers are permanently damaged and will not accept Rit dye. If your bikini is new, although the dye would not run in the pool, the chlorine would cause immediate loss of color. Sorry about that.

  • VanceMom

    I have a tan/light brown sweater that is made of 53% Cotton, 32% Acrylic and 15% Polyester. I would like to to be more of an off white/cream color. I know bleaching it is too harsh. Would using the RIT color remover let me achieve this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove as much color as possible without damaging the fabric. The stove top technique will give you the best results on that fabric type. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Carl Parkins

    Hello Rit! I have a quick question that I would love some advice on. I am making an ugly xmas sweater this year and the color needed is…well impossible to find in the stores. As you can see below in my attached picture, it is what your dye labels as aquamarine, which I have purchased. I bought a 100% cotton sweater but it is a cream/off-white color. I was looking into the color remover that you sell and was wondering if it would be worth purchasing the color remover and soaking the sweater first to try to obtain a crisp looking white before starting the dying process. Or, do you believe that with an off white I would be able to skip the color remover and move right into the dying process with the aquamarine color?

    Many Thanks,
    Carl

    • Guest

      forgot to attach photo…

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carl, When starting with an off white or cream color, it would not be necessary to remove the color prior to dyeing. We would love to see your finished product! Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Carl Parkins

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply, and I apologize in advance for spamming the message, I had issues signing on to disqus and apparently posted multiple pictures. Feel free to delete the one posted as guest 🙂 I will be sure to repost when the project is completed.

        Cheers,
        Carl

  • sara

    Hi, ive already started dying my boyfriends white chefs coats black and its not turning full black…i realized after that its 65%poly 35%cotton…if i boil it will i get a better result…i cant turn bavk now and they are like dark denim colored

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sara, Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents Rit dye from penetrating. If the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, Unfortunately, you will not be able to achieve black using Rit dye on an item that is 65% polyester. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye.

  • Tori

    Hi. I’m Wanting To Dye A Jacket I bought. It is a light grey amd has some areas where the fabric is thicker or a different texture. It is 60% cotton and 40% polyester. I want to dye it a darker grey/black. I’m scared it will come out splotchy or uneven in spots with different texture. Advice?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tori, first we recommend checking the status of your fabric to make sure it is compatible with RIT Dye. This link will help: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. As you can see, RIT cannot dye polyester therefore you cannot achieve a dark color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • PTY

    Hello, PLEASE HELP!!!!

    i dyed my 99% cotton jeans from pale blue to black with Rit liquid black. It came out really patchy. can you help? this is what i did.. I didnt prewash them but i did soak them prior to dying. i filled a pot and put just a bit under 1 cup of salt and a bit of detergent into the pot then boiled the water, turned off the heat and put in the liquid dye. i mixed the dye and then put in the jeans. i left them in for 1 hr but i didnt stir. Then i put them into the washing machine and put a bit of washing powder. when the jeans came out they were really patchy..Then i dyed them straight after with the same process but left them in the pot overnight but then still came out with the same patchiness 🙁 (((

    Can you please tell me where i went wrong and how to fix it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Uneven dye results happen when the garments have not been constanly agitated throughout the entire dyeing process. When dyeing we always recommend constant stirring or agitation so the dye can evenly absorb into the material. To fix this, we recommend using Rit Color Remover using the stove-top method with the directions found on the following link. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ After Color Remover has been used and the garment have been rewashed, you can then redye the garments to Black. We would recommend following Rebecca’s top 4 tips for dyeing black BLACK on the following link. https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Hope this information is helpful!

      • PTY

        thank you for your help! i just used rit dye remover but my pants went to a brown colour but still pathy. if i redo this process will my colour come our lighter still?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, We are sorry to hear your experience using Rit color remover did not go as planned. We have emailed you some questions to assist you further with your project. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kim, Thank you for your question. You will want to ensure that the fabric has enough room to freely move around in the washing machine. One bottle will dye 2 pounds or approximately 6 yards of fabric. If you have a scale, you might weigh yourself with the fabric and then without the fabric subtracting the difference just be sure you are using enough dye. Hope this helps!

  • Raphael

    I have a pair of red chinos that are a bit faded. How can I fix?! HELP!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Raphael, You can redye the fabric with our Scarlet or Cherry Red dye color. There are many options on redyeing such as using a stainless steel sink, bucket, washing machine or stove top technique. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Daffney

    Hello RIT, I have a pair a green camouflage Keds that I would like to dye navy blue or possibly black. The colors are a medium-to-dark green all over with white soles. What would be the best method for the best cover and results?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Daffney, Thank you for reaching out. We have e-mailed you some information on dyeing shoes. Hope this helps!

  • ShayBella

    I have raw fiber – unspun – that I’d like to dye. When I dye just wool, I find that not all of the color is taken up. Can I dye wool and tencel at the same time, and if so, should I add both vinegar and salt, and when? And should that result in all the dye being taken up?

    I have an old all-ceramic crock pot insert that I pre-warm in the oven, then add the hot water to and let stand until cool. It’s usually down from 170F to 150F by the end of an hour. Is that likely to affect the dye take up?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Shaybella, When making a dye bath, it is one cup of white vinegar OR one cup of table salt. Their function is to help the dye adhere to the fabric better. If your fabric is compatible to RIT dye, then your prewashed wet fabric is put into a dye bath of 140 degrees HOT water, given up to 30 minutes constant agitation, then rinsed until the rinse water runs clear, wash, rinse and dry as normal. Hope this information is helpful. .

      • ShayBella

        First off, thank you for the very quick reply!

        Is there a problem using both vinegar and salt in the same bath? Will it retard the process?

        My main concern is that Tencel is a cellulose rayon, basically a plant fiber, and wool is a protein fiber, and they usually require different fixatives. I’m blending the two for my handspinning.

        When I tried before to dye wool and Tencel in the same dye bath the Tencel came out looking more stained than dyed, a much much lighter up take of the dye. It was a very pretty effect, and muted a bit when I spun it up, but the difference was really noticeable. That could easily be the different qualities of wool and Tencel, but if there’s a way to even out the color, that would be awesome.

        As a side note, I actually like the marbled effect I get when I use RIT dyes for my unspun wool – which I can’t agitate or I end up with felt, and that doesn’t spin up into very good yarn =).

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi ShayBella, We do recommend using only salt or vinegar in the dye bath and not both. They can counteract each other in the dye process. The salt/vinegar help the color be more vibrant and do not work as a fixative, so even if both are left out the material should still take on the dye. You could try dyeing them both separately making sure the water is at least 140-160 degrees and keeping a close eye on the material until it reaches the desired color or just overdyeing the Tencel again to try to make it darker to match the wool. Hope this helps!

  • Kimberly

    Can you rinse the dye in a copper sink??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kimberly, Thanks for reaching out to us. The dye could potentially stain anything that is not stainless steel or enamel. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hello Clarissa, thank you for contacting RIT Dye. .. Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. .Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jasmine

    Hi, I have a laundry question. I washed a black machine wash cold 67% rayon 28% nylon skirt and it turned out fine- except for the slight orangish discoloration on the front from the peachy coral scarf I washed with it. (Obviously I didn’t know or think it would run) I took it to a dry cleaners but they said the discoloration had went through to the other side so they couldn’t do anything. I wanted to know if I could dye back black with rit.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jasmine, If the washing instructions on the tag of the skirt advise that the item should be dry cleaned or washed in cold water, we do not recommend using Rit products. Rit products require very hot water (140 to 160 degrees) to activate. Sorry about that.

  • Guan

    I would like to dye an army camouflage pattern Cordura messenger bag to a warm gray colour. Any concerns using RIT dye with Cordura fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Guan, Cordura is a treated fabric that contains special finishes such as a water repellent finish. The dye would not be able to properly adhere to the material if it is water repellent. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Celia Yancey

    Hi, I am starting a new project and need help please. I have brand new organic, unbleached cotton diapers that I want to dye aqua and trim to make burp cloths for my new grandboy. I watched the video about using a bucket or plastic container and now have a question. Since the diapers are not bleached, they are a tan color. Can I use the aquamarine dye that I bought on them as they are or do I have to bleach out the diapers??? (Which would totally defeat the purpose of buying unbleached diapers in the first place- right?) Just wondering before I get started on this project. Thanks for your help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi, For best results, we would recommend using Rit color remover to reduce the tan color before dyeing the diapers aqua. If you were to dye over the current color, depending on how dark the tan color is, it could effect the color results. Hope this helps.

  • Jessie

    I am going to be dying an all cotton duvet cover from off white to a navy or denim blue color. Will a plastic container work for the dye bath? and should I use more than one bottle of rit color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessie, Thank you for reaching out. You want to ensure you are using a container that will allow the fabric to freely move around. When going from a light to dark color we recommend doubling the dye quantity, so one bottle would be enough for one pound of fabric. We would suggest stepping on the scale, weighing yourself without the fabric and subtracting the difference to ensure you are using enough dye for the weight of the material. We recommend a water temperature of at least 140 degrees and be sure to add in one cup of salt since it is cotton. Hope this helps!

  • Laura

    Hello, I followed the instructions for the color remover using the washing mashine method. It lightened the color of my hot pink rayon dress to a nice peachy-orange color, but left some bleachy yellow spots in some places. My goal is to dye the dress navy blue, but I’m afraid with the bleachy spots that the color won’t turn out even. Should I proceed to dye, or should I try to do the color remover again?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura,
      We have emailed you some questions to better assist you with your project.

  • Jenna

    I have a white 100% polyester comforter that I would like to dye purple, is it possible.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jenna, Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well. However, we will be launching a new dye, Rit Dye More in April of this year that does polyester, nylon, acrylic and acetate beautifully. Would you like us to add you to our e-mail list so you will be one of the first to know when this new dye will be available?

      • Charles House

        Can I be added to the email list for Rit Dye More? Will you have a purple?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Charles, We have added you onto the list. Yes, there will be a purple hue available. Thanks for your interest in Rit Dye More!

          • william

            i also would like to receive the info on dying polyester…

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi William, We have added you onto the list!

  • Joey

    Hi, I have a beautiful bright red lace dress (factory dyed) that unfortunately is an orange based red but i would like to dye it a deeper burgundy color. It is 66% rayon, 18% cotton and 15% acetate(i believe it’s acetate but would have to double check.) I’m worried that attempting to dye it with a blue based burgundy red will mix with the subtle orange base and turn it brown. … any thoughts on how to avoid this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joey, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the orange red hue from the fabric. You can then dye it using the Wine dye to get a burgundy hue. Hope this helps!

  • Emma

    Hi, I hope someone can help me. I accidentally got bleach on a favorite navy blue hoodie with lt blue embroidered appliqués on both the front and back of the shirt. It also has a navy zipper. What is the best way to try to fix this problem. Should I A) bleach the whole item and let it dry then try to dye it navy again? B)bleach the whole shirt and try to dye it another color? or C) Don’t bleach but try to dye it without bleaching first. Just trying to make it wear able again… Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Emma, What is the fabric content of the hoodie? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jackie, What is the fabric content of the sheets? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Jazz

    can i dye an aztec print (with whites, blues, pinks, and black colors) swimsuit all black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jazz, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the item would not dye a solid black. It would dye different shades of a black hue on the fabric and the pattern would likely still be visible. Sorry about that!

  • Chrissy Lee

    Hi rit- I was trying to dye my nylon/polyester blend shirt blue and the color came out perfect except the streaks! Is there anyway to fix this???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chrissy, You would want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the streaking and redye. The uneveness can be caused by a few different things such as there not being enough room for the fabric to freely move around, if the material goes into the dye bath dry, if the dye is poured directly over the fabric or if there is not enough constant agitation. Make sure the material is constantly moving with no soaking. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi JoLynn, Yes, but it could cause the black to look dull. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Iryna

    Hi there! I spilled some bleach on my dark blue jeans ,but the spots are not big. I put some blue rit dye on those spots and it looked perect,but when it dried the spots turned brown. I washed the jeans did it again ,-same result. please help,why is it getting brown and why the dye comes right off after wash?!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Iryna, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged in the areas where the bleach has hit. So sorry for any inconvenience.

  • guest

    hi there! i got some royal blue scrubs that need to be dyed navy, please instruct! thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      What is the exact fabric content of the scrubs you would like to dye? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Jami

    Hi!! I have a navy blue hat that needs to be a few shades darker navy if I soak the hat in your navy blue dye will it make it darker?? Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jami,
      What is the fabric content of the hat? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Jami

        97% acrylic, 3% spandex… One more question is soaking gonna make brim of hat soggy??

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Jami, Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester, acrylics or other synthetic fibers well. Sorry about that. However, we will be launching a new dye, Rit Dye More in April of this year that dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic and acetate beautifully. To answer your question about soaking the hat, we do not recommend soaking items when dyeing. Fabric needs to be stirred constantly.

        • Jami

          In your opinion if I dye the hat anyways what do u think would happen??
          Thank you for all your info

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Jami,
            Unfortunately the composition of the fabric prevents the dye from absorbing into the fibers of the fabric. Sorry about that.

  • Elliot

    I want to do a dye like this, but i can’t get my head around the patchy effect and how to do this. Can you give me any tips on starting? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elliot, It looks like a mottled effect. You can typically achieve a look like that by letting the fabric soak instead of agitate. You could also try using a squirt bottle technique to achieve the patchy effect. Hope this helps!

  • Katherine

    I have a white dress that is 95% polyester and 5% spandex with a lining that is 100% polyester. Is there anything you can recommend that will be successful in dyeing this dress to gray? Any shade of gray will work no matter how light.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katherine, Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well. However, we will be launching a new dye, Rit Dye More in April of this year that does polyester, nylon, acrylic and acetate beautifully. Would you like us to add you to our e-mail list so you will be one of the first to know when this new dye will be available?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mimi, We have e-mailed you some information we hope you find helpful.

  • Miriam Canales Wissman

    I dyed my wool boots from blue to black. But the wool only turned darker navy blue. How can i get them black? Do i dye again? The first time, i let boots sit in dye for 3 hours.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Miriam, When dyeing black over an existing color, it is recommended to add 1/2 pkg of dark brown to the dye bath. Also any item in the dye bath requires constant agitation 30 to 60 minutes. Soaking the item is not recommended. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Miriam Canales Wissman

        These wool boots will not except the black dye…why?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Miriam,
          The boots will absorb the black dye. To achieve best color results when overdyeing blue to black, we recommend 1/2 package of Dark Brown to the Black dyebath. Please make sure to stir or agitate the boots around so the dye is able to get the best absorption. Hope this is helpful!

  • Shannon

    Hi I have a project I have to do for school. I need to make red and white tie dye. I followed the instructions for the squeeze bottle. I went to rinse it and wash it and the red color ran too much and now the shirt is red and pink. How do I get the white to stay white?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Susan, Thanks so much for reaching out. Rit is appreciative of your interest in using our product to dye your carpet. Rit does not recommend you dye your carpet yourself in your home because carpet dyeing is best done by trained professionals using equipment featuring high temperatures and high pressure combined with their proprietary chemicals and surfactants which Rit does not manufacture. The problems you may face should you go ahead and try to do this may include unlevel or uneven color and crocking – meaning the dye will rub off because it has not been applied with sufficient high pressure and heat.

    We do not give outside recommendations, but can give you some tips for spot dyeing carpet.

    Begin with 1 Tablespoon of RIT Powder or 1 1/2 teaspoons RIT Liquid dye per 1 gallon of water. If the color doesn’t quite match and needs to be more blue, more yellow, etc., select the color needed to be added (more blue, yellow, etc) and start by adding 1/8 teaspoon dye powder or 5 drops of RIT liquid dye concentrate at a time to the 1 gallon dye mixture.

    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. Heat is necessary: A water temperature of 160-180 degrees is recommended.

    If the color does not take to your satisfaction then we recommend that you contact a professional to correct the discoloration on the carpet. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Yes, our dyes work very well on washable wools. Be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar. It is also important to not stir it too vigorously to keep felting from occurring. We also recommend trying to stay as close to 140 degrees as possible to try to keep too much shrinking from happening. Hope this helps!

  • Sammy

    I have some light colored yarn I’d like to over dye. It’s 40% alpaca and 60% cotton. Do I need to add both vinegar and salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sammy, Since you have more cotton content, you would add one cup of salt per dye bath no matter how much dye you are using. It will always be one or the other added to the dye bath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, You might try cutting a piece of fabric from a hidden seem and testing the dye on it. You can use 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of dye for your test. This will let you know if the dye will work on the material or not. Hope this helps!

  • lynnz

    I don’t have access to a stainless steel sink, any other options for rinsing?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lynnz,
      You can rinse the garment outside or use the rinse cycle in your washing machine. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lindsey

    Hi, I have some stained white chef coats that are 65% polyester, is it possible to dye it grey to cover up the stains?

  • moneypit

    Hi! I would like to change the base tone of some white pants. They’re more of a grayish-white (far too gray, in my opinion) and I want to pair them with a Black shirt that has white stripes. The white in the shirt is more of an off-white with yellow undertones. Since the two “whites” shift in different directions they look very different when they’re next to each other.

    The shirt is 100% polyester, so it is what it is. The pants are listed as 95% cotton and 5% spandex. They’re brand new – never washed or worn. At first I was going to get some RIT dye in tan and just use a small amount. However, I don’t want them to get noticeably darker, if possible, so I was wondering if RIT yellow dye would be a better choice. Again, just using a small amount and for shorter cycles.

    I’m worried I’ll end up with a bizarre color, even if I only use a small amount. What would you recommend? Do I need to wash them first?

    Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend the bucket method for the wool hat using a water temperature of 140 degrees. Be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar and keep a close eye on the hat to ensure felting does not occur. Shrinking could occur and the hat could lose its shade due to the hot water. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jamie, Is it a removable cover? What is the fabric content of the material?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Lianne A

    Hi I just read the bit about adding salt to the dye if dying cotton based fabric… OPPSSSS I have always soaked new clothes that have a tendency to run in the wash in cold water and salt…. would that help set the colour in this case?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lianne, All fabrics should be prelaundered and wet when put into the dye bath. It is recommended to add one cup of table salt to the dye bath for cotton fabrics to help the dye adhere to the fabric better, Hope this information is helpful.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Lianne A

        not really because you didn’t answer the question asked… I ASKED IF soaking it after in salt water would help set the dye….. Thank you

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Lianne, There are no directions for soaking any fabric in cold water and salt after dyeing with RIT dye. Hope this information is helpful.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Lianne, So sorry your question was not fully answered. The salt helps the color become more vibrant during the dye process. It is fine that it was not added and there wouldn’t be any benefit adding it before or after the dyeing takes place. If you are worried about color bleeding, we make a product called Rit Dye Fixative that will help reduce the color bleeding and set the dye on cotton or other natural fabrics. Hope this helps clear this up! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Char, Our Original RIT dye is not recommended for your dry clean only 100% polyester knitted wedding dress but you might consider our new RIT DyeMore product that is being introduced this month that wqill dye 100% polyester. This link will explain how this product will work:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Andrea

    Hi Rit, I am looking
    to dye a pair of white satin shoes. Can
    your product be used on shoes? Thanks

  • tangledmess

    Hi. I crochet, ALOT. I am currently working on a 100% cotton king size blanket. I am using solid white as I did not like any color options out there is it possible to get a good gradual dye on finished crochet pieces if so what is the best way to do it. Thanks in advance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      You can certainly dye finished crocheted pieces. Since the item will be bulkier, we recommend making sure there is enough room for the item to freely move around in the dyebath. You can follow any one of our basic dyeing techniques found under the Techniques tab on our website. Hope this information is helpful.

  • QUESTION ASKER

    WILL BLACK RIT DYE WORK ON A RED SNAPBACK HAT?!?!?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the hat you are wanting to dye?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kim, Since it is polyester, you would not be able to achieve a true black. We released a synthetic dye that works beautifully on polyester, called Dye More. It may be found at Hobby Lobby or on our website: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ We have a color called graphite that you might try. Hope this helps!

  • Bansri

    Hi Rit company. I would to dye a white skirt black. The skirt is lace and made of cotton and nylon. Is this possible?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Bansri, Absolutely! The stove top with give you the blackest black. Here are some tips: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Gordonliddy

    Hi! I want to dye a cotton hat that has faded due to sweat and sun. Suggestions? How much navy blue dye to hot water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the bucket method. You would want to start with about 1/4 cup of dye to 1-2 gallons of very hot water. Be careful when agitating to try to ensure the hat does not lose its shape due to the hot water. Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Gordonliddy

        How long should I keep it in the bucket and should the agitation be constant throughout?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello,
          We normally recommend constant agitation for 30-60 minutes. You can begin rinsing the hat once the color is a little darker then you would like as the item will dry lighter. Hope this information is helpful.

          • http://www.ritdye.com Gordonliddy

            It turned out blotchy, what did I do wrong?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. We have emailed you some questions. Once we have this additional information, we will be better able to assist you.

  • Amanda West

    Hi. I have a shirt that is mixed fabrics. The back, sleeves, and collar are cotton. The front is 100% polyester. Should I use your polyester dye on the whole thing? Or should I dye it with the original dye first? Or should I go about it differently?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Dye More. It will also work on the cotton portion of the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the green hue from the jacket. You can then redye the fabric to the brown shade you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • MeganxM

    I recently purchased this shirt, and I was wondering what would be the best method for dying it burgundy? Should I use color remover? Or is it light enough to just go ahead and dye it? Will it loose some of the heathering if I use remover. The shirt 96% Rayon and 4% Poloester

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Megan,
      The shirt is light enough that you can successfully achieve burgundy by overdyeing. You can follow any of our basic dyeing methods found under Techniques on our website to successfully achieve burgundy. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Ashley Jones

    I have a quick question about spot dyeing. I have a small bleach spot on my (favorite) pair of jeans. It is near the bottom of the leg on the back, so it is in a very inconspicuous spot. I only wish to spot-dye that small spot, if at all possible, instead of dyeing the entire pair of jeans. Would this be recommended, and if so, how would I go about the process? Thanks so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, you could try the spot dye approach. The directions can be found here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Ashley Jones

        I will try that! So, as you said, “Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged.” So, will it still cover if I try to spot dye a small spot, or would I just be wasting my time trying that?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Ashley,
          If the spot is small and not extreme, you can give spot dyeing a try. If the area has yellowed, the fibers are damaged and the dye will not be able to absorb into the fibers. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Carol Townsend

    Can I dye a blue cotton dress purple?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carol, Absolutely! We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the blue hue and then you can dye the dress purple. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lexi, Thank you for reaching out. You can dilute the blue dye into more water to create a lighter blue shade. Since you only want a slight change, be sure to dip in a piece of paper towel to ensure it is the proper color before adding in the fabric. Keep a close eye on the fabric and pull it out when it is a little darker as it will dry lighter. It will not make them even and the different sections on the jeans could take on slightly different hues so it would not give them a solid look. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Valerie, We would suggest trying to increase the water temperature. Be sure to also add in the 1 cup of vinegar for the silk. You might also try the recipe for Teal Green here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this helps!

  • Wynell

    Hi Rit company. I have a jacket that is damaged by bleach and some of the spots are at least 3 inches round. I have used color remover on it and now want to dye in a Denim color. The bleach spots still show even after the color is removed. Has the fabric been so damaged by the bleach that it cannot be dyed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Wynell, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, it sounds like the bleach has affected the fibers too much for them to successfully take on any dye. So sorry about that.

  • Mirror Image

    Hi Rit! I’ve just dyed a hoodie denim blue, but the pull strings don’t seem to want to dye. The fabric is 50/50 cotton and polyester. Could this mean that the strings are 10% polyester? How would I go about dying the strings the same color? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Our traditional dyes do not work on polyester fabric. You could try the Dye More, but it is likely that you will not be able to get the pull strings and the shade of the hoodie to match due to the differing fabric contents. You may be able to get close if there is a shade of Dye More that matches the color you were looking to achieve. Check out the Dye More colors here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Mirror Image

        If I were to dye the entire sweatshirt I already used denim blue on with the Dye More sapphire blue (it was originally white). How do you think it would turn out? I’m trying to get a dark blue color, but I guess the strings could be lighter than the actual sweatshirt since I can’t use denim blue on it.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello,
          It is hard to say what color will be achieved when overdyeing. For the darkest color we would recommend using the stove-top directions on the following link. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jenelle

    Can we dye a green prom dress a darker green?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jenelle, You should be able to reach a darker green, but if polyester, you would need to use Dye More. The darkest color would best be achieved using the stove top, if possible. Hope this helps!

  • jess

    I have a green and white skirt that I want to dye should I use color out first and then dye it pink?
    Or is it possible to dye pink

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jess, What is the fabric content of the material you are working with? Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well.  Traditional Rit Dyes, or our core dyes as we call them, will work well on cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, nylon, silk or wool. Rit Dye More will dye polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, golf balls, lacrosse sticks, ABS plastics and poly based plastics beautifully.   In order to assist you with your dye project, we would need to know the exact fabric content from the fabric care tag.

  • mom

    hi I have a pink nylon netting satiny prom dress my daughter wants dyed blue is this possible

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the exact fabric content of the dress and the washing instructions on the tag of the material?

  • Daira

    hello, I have a question, how can I change the color on a red bandage dress??? what are the color options, I don’t want black or royal blue. can someone please assist me??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Daira, What is the fabric content of the dress? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Sarah

    I just dyed some ikea bar stool covers from white to golden yellow. The yellow worked perfectly but I don’t know that the color is right. I am wanting to switch to the pearl gray instead. Will I have success dying from yellow to gray? Fabric is 100 cotton!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sarah, We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. This process will prepare the fabric for dyeing pearl gray with successful results. Hope this helps!

  • Tiffany B

    Hi I have a cover up that is made from 78% modal and 22% polyester. It’s a dark blue that has faded and I would just like to dye it a dark blue again to liven up the color. Would Rit work on this? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tiffany, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the new Rit Dye More. It can be found online or in Hobby Lobby. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

      • Tiffany B

        Thank you so much for the quick reply. It doesn’t look like you have a dark blue in the Rit Dye More. Do you think the graphite would cover the faded dark blue?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Tiffany, If you use DyeMore’s graphite dye to dye over faded dark blue, the colors will mix in the same way as paint does and will create a new color. It will dye the faded blue, we just cannot guarantee what color would be achieved. Hope this helps.

          • Tiffany B

            Hmmm I will try it and see what color it turns out! I’m not wearing it right now since it’s so faded so i’m not losing anything if it doesn’t turn out how I want it too. I’ll let you know how it goes!! Thank you

  • christa

    Need some help. I have a hand wash 100% rayon, mustard – yellow, flowy tank top that I’d like to color any color other than yellow 🙂 I was thinking of using red? I’d be happy if it turned orange, peach, or red or pink. BUT will it turn brown? 🙁 And Can I color 100% rayon? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christa, It is hard to say what would happen when overdyeing. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the mustard color and then redye it the color you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • helen

    Can you do cold water rit dye

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Helen, Our dyes are hot water activated, so if cold water is used they will not turn out the correct colors. Sorry for any inconvenience.

      • helen

        And theres no particular fixative that would work on cold

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Helen, The dyes would still work if used with cold water, they would just not give you the color that you are anticipating on the outside of the bottle. Colors like black, navy blue and dark brown would turn purple. Tan would likely turn more of a green hue. There dye fixative can be sprayed directly out of the bottle, but works best if you can then microwave the items. Let us know if you have any other questions!

          • helen

            Thx so much

  • Ana F.

    Hi! I have a bra that has cotton parts and nylon parts – Should I add salt AND vinegar to my dye bath? Or do two baths, one for the cotton parts with salt and another for the nylon parts with vinegar?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ana,
      For blends we recommend adding 1 cup of salt to the dyebath. The salt and vinegar help to promote a more vibrant color when dyeing certain fabrics. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Ana

        Thanks for your answer! Just to clarify, it’s not a blended fabric – there are parts of the garment that are 100% cotton and parts that are 100% nylon. I did one dyeing session with salt and the cotton parts came out perfect! But the nylon straps and back are more like a deep, dark blue. Wondering if I should try again using the vinegar for the nylon, or will that negatively affect the cotton parts?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Ana, You can give it another try using just vinegar in the dye bath. It is usually not necessary to do two dye baths since nylon absorbs dye so well. Try also increasing your water temperature. Nylon dyes best on the stove top. Hope this helps!

  • PellyintheWilderness

    Hello Rit people! I’m very pleased to see you accept and answer specific questions; thank you very much! I have two cream-coloured woollen thermal shirts that I want to dye crimson. I’m worried that if I use the usual hot-water method, it will be too hot for woollen fibre and they will shrink or felt. Do you have any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest trying to keep the water temperature as close to 140 degrees as possible to eliminate shrinkage and felting. Unfortunately, some shrinking will occur. Keep a close eye on the fabric and stir gently to ensure felting does not occur. Hope this helps!

  • Atrinh789

    I’m am trying to dye a white cotton shirt a cream/light tan…will adding more water to the tan dye cause it to be lighter?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Adding additional water to a dyebath will lighten the color. You can also dip a paper towel into the dyebath to test the color. The Rit Studio offers off-white and cream color recipes that you might take a look at. They can be viewed by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this information is helpful.

      • Atrinh789

        Thank you so much! I’ll definitely try this!

  • Catherine

    I have a new pure wool dress, it is mid grey and I would like to dye it green, do you have any advice. In the past I have used a portable camping washing machine with great success it gives a very even result. thanks for the help

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Catherine,
      Depending on what green color you would like to achieve there are different recommendations. You can successfully achieve Dark Green over a medium grey. If you are dyeing to a lighter green, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color of the fabric as close to white as possible before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Connie, What fabric are the cushion covers made from? Also, it sounds as if you can remove the covers from the cushions, is this correct? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Fiona, To get the deepest black we would recommend using the Rit Dye More in graphite. Here is some additional information: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Roisleen, What do the washing instructions on the dress state?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Since it is a pale green, the black should successfully color over the hue without the need to remove the color first. Here are some tips on acheiving the blackest black: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/

  • Judith Turner-Jones

    I want to dye a white 100 percent cotton chef’s jacket a deep purple. I’ve already dyed my aprons and I love the color. HOWEVER, I want a deeper richer purple. Can I achieve that by adding a bit of black or should I use another color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Judith, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can add in a small amount of black to achieve a darker purple. We would suggest adding in by the teaspoon. You can then dip in a piece of paper towel to test the color prior to adding in your fabric. Continue to add in black as needed or add more water for a lighter hue. Hope this helps!

  • Chuck Taylor

    I have 3 pair of George black pants weighing 1lb each at fabric content of 60% cotton and 40% polyester and 2 pair of George shirts weighing 1lb and fabric content of 55% cotton and 45% polyester… I am attempting to dye the pants back to its original color of black b/c of bleach spots… I am inquiring on the best way to complete the above stated procedure with water to dye ratio soak time and any other things anyone thinks a first time user should know?!?!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Chuck, Thanks so much 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. For any items that you might wish to dye that do not have bleach damage, we would recommend Rit’s new DyeMore. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate and other synthetic fabrics. The darkest color offered in the new dye line is Graphite, which is a dark gray. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Michelle

    Hello! I want to wear this dress to a wedding, and would like to dye is a beige color. It is 65% cotton, 35% polyester. Could you please let me know if that is possible and also, what dye to use and how to do it? I would REALLY appreciate it! Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We would recommend using Rit’s new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, which dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate and other synthetic fabrics that Rit’s All Purpose dyes will not. This new dyeline offers a color called Sandstone that you might take a look at since it is similar to beige http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Locally, we would recommend looking at Hobby Lobby for the DyeMore. As an added note, should you dye the dress, the black will still be visible. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

      • Michelle

        Thank you very much!! Very helpful.

  • Maggie

    Quick question: I dyed a TON of fabric (diy painter’s drop cloth slipcover; washed the cloth multiple times to get rid of chemicals, etc.), and I did the entire dye-job in a washing machine that was admittedly probably too small. For the most part, the color came out perfectly, BUT there are some blotchy spots. Can you recommend any quick fixes for the blotchy bits? I don’t really want to re-dye the entire thing, since it may come out more blotchy than before…

    Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maggie, The blotchy color results are caused by placing too much fabric in a washer containing too little water. For an even color result, the fabric should be striped using Rit Color Remover and re-dyed. If you were to dye over the fabric as it is currently, the color result would still be blotchy. Sorry about that.

  • Emily Nicole

    The grey and black dyes keep turning my white slipcovers BLUE!!!! I followed all the directions step by step, PLEASE HELP

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily, Please send us an e-mail to help@theritstudio.com and we would be happy to help you figure out why the material is not dyeing the correct color.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sharon McGough

    Hello RIT company, I purchase this coral dress and would like to know if I could dye it dark blue. The lining is 99% nylon 2% spandex. Then the actual dress is 100% polyester. I just want to know if the fabric will take the dye and change to blue when it started out as a coral dress?? Thank you !!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sharon, Unfortunately, it would not achieve a dark blue hue starting out as the original color of coral. The Rit Color Remover is not effective on polyester, so the only option would be to try overdyeing with Rit Dye More. It could take on more of a purple hue.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Priscilla, You would let the Color Perfect sit for about 10-15 minutes. Here are some great tips on using the product: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/color-perfect/ Hope this helps!

  • Joanna

    I ordered a top that was supposed to be a turquoise green – but it is Kelly green. HATE! How can I change the Kelly green color? Can’t return the top to Zulily. Options? What + Kelly green top = better color? 65% cotton 35% poly

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joanna, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the green hue and then you can dye it whichever shade you want. You will get the best results with the Rit Dye More which is available at Hobby Lobby or online: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • Yaya VM

    Hello I need to dye a dress that is 70% rayon and 19 % polyester… 11 % nylon… its a light grey and I want to dye it black… do you think I can do it?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Mara Dee

    Hi there! I recently dyed several pairs of my favorite jeans with your black liquid dye and they turned out a splotchy color where some of the fabric is dyed and some of the old color is still showing through. I previously dyed a pair, however, and they turned out amazing! Can I re-dye these jeans that didn’t turn out quite right? I was just wondering if they would still come out as one color if the dye will hold on to the darker areas and I’ll have this problem again.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mara Dee, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. We have emailed you some questions to assist you further with your project.

  • Mks

    Hi rit, I just washer machine dyed a white 98% cotton, 2% spandex dress royal blue. The dress came out splotchy. I was wondering if it was because I only used one bottle? Now, can I do it again with another bottle or should I strip the color first and try again using two bottles at once? And would my results be better on the stove? Say if I dyed black over the royal would it still be splotchy in those spots? Just trying to have options! Thank you!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You would want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and then redye. Dyeing over the item would cause it to still dye splotchy as those areas will dye differently. Uneven dye results can be caused if the item does not have enough room to freely move around, if there is not enough agitation (no soaking), if dye is poured directly over the fabric or if the item does not go in wet. It would not be caused by not enough dye being used. Hope this helps!

  • Marie Steward

    Hi Rit, How could I dye a khaki color chiffon mint green. The fabric is polyester. http://www.rosewholesale.com/cheapest/fashion-style-stand-collar-ruffled-194638.html. Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marie, Unfortunately, we do not have a mint green recipe that would work on polyester fabric. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Erica

    Hi! I have a cotton jacket that my deodorant appears to have slightly bleached the armpits of. I want to dye it to fix it, but the dye didn’t “take” on the bleached areas. I had washed the jacket with regular detergent in the washing machine before dyeing, but am guessing the deodorant must have left a residue on the fabric that made it resist the dye. Any ideas? I just bought washing soda to try to really “scour” the cotton by soaking in hot water, but I haven’t used it yet. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Erica, You might also try the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing to see if that would help. If the dye did not take in those areas at all, it is likely that even after the Color Remover or washing more that it would not be able to adhere to those areas. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Alice, If the umbrella cover is removable you could give the Rit Dye More a try: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ The water repellant finish on the umbrella could cause some issues with the dye adhering to the fabric. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Brittany Schacht

    I am wondering if I can use RIT to dye a dress teal or dark brown that is alternating panels of 100% Rayon and 86% Nylon 16% Spandex on the skirt. Is this a lost cause? Link to dress in comments. If I do it is worst case scenario that the different panels will be different shades of color? http://www.torrid.com/torrid/Dresses/Lace+amp+Gauze+Maxi+Dress-10307863.jsp?CM_MMC=CSE-_-GGL-_-Dresses-_-5_9999W1_CSE_GGL_Dresses_10307863&003=29905982&010=10307867&mr:referralID=38eeebe5-0e06-11e5-ba34-001b2166c2c0

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittany, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, the material is dyeable. As you stated, the different panels could turn out different shades. What is the starting color of the fabric?

      • Brittany Schacht

        The starting color is white. Would the difference in color be drastic? Also the lining is 100% polyester that would not take the color correct?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Brittany, In that case, the difference in color should not be too drastic. The all purpose dye would not dye the polyester lining, but Dye More could be used if you want to lining to be dyed. The Dye More would also work the best on the nylon fabric and would color all portions of your material. It can be found online or in Hobby Lobby: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

          • Brittany Schacht

            Thank you SO MUCH! You may have just saved a wedding! 🙂

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tanya,
    Sorry to hear your dyeing project did not go as expected! We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Shirley,
    Unfortunately a solid color cannot be achieved when overdyeing a print. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    • Shirley gonzales

      So it will show the camo pattern but in black?

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Shirley, It could be different shades of black and grey. It also depends on the darkness of the original colors. For instance, black may not fully be achieved over Dark Brown or Dark Green.

  • Curious

    I recently dyed a jacket of mine using the Dark Brown Liquid Rit Dye. I followed the directions exactly, using a salt, washing it, and drying it afterwards. I was wondering though. If I used this jacket in the rain, would the color bleed? The jacket is 100% cotton.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The color should not bleed as long as the item has been rinsed in cold water until the water runs clear and then rewashed in warm with detergent. Hope this helps!

  • Debbie

    Can I dye purple cotton curtains burgundy?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Debbie,
      To achieve burgundy, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color of the curtains to as close to a white or creamy color as possible and then using our recipe for Burgundy that can be found on the link to our favorite former Rit Dye colors on the Archive colors page under our Color Library. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Richard, Thank you for reaching out! For dyeing in a sink, we only recommend using a stainless steel sink. You should not use a fiberglass or porous porcelain sink or bathtub because they could become permanently stained. For bucket dyeing, you can use a plastic bucket, tub or storage container so long as you don’t mind if they become discolored. That discoloration will not affect future dyebaths so long as the container is cleaned thoroughly after dyeing. The container should be large enough to allow the item to move freely.

    • Richard J Martin

      Thanks, I appreciate the help.

  • Will Bragg

    Hi. I have a pair of brand new grey jeans that I would like to get to either a cabernet or deep gold color. Any suggestions? The grey isn’t light, it’s medium or slightly darker.

  • Will Bragg

    Oh, also they are 51% cotton, 32% polyester, and 17% polyamide.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Will, We now have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate and other synthetic fabrics. This is the dye that would be recommended for the fabric the jeans are made from. Unfortunately, there is not a way to dye over the existing grey using Rit DyeMore to achieve either a cabernet or deep gold color. Sorry about that.

  • Maeghan

    I have a scarlet red bathing suit bottom. I want to dye it coral pink. The recipe calls for scarlet dye. So what would I do to achieve the color I’m looking for?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Maeghan, Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic and other synthetic fabrics beautifully. As bathing suits are usually made from nylon or polyester, Rit DyeMore would be recommended. However, changing the color of the bathing suit bottom from scarlet red to coral pink would not achievable. The reason is that the scarlet red color would first need to be removed in order to the bottom coral pink and the DyeMore line does not offer a color remover. Sorry about that.

  • Olivia

    Hello,

    I just purchased a fuchia dress made of polyester. Do you think it would be possible for me to dye this dress to a red color? And if so, what do you suggest I do?

    Thank you for your help!
    Olivia

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Olivia, 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 and other synthetic fabrics. To change the color of the dress from fuchsia to red would require that the fabric be taken back to an off-white or cream color. The Rit DyeMore line does not offer Color Remover. Sorry about that.

  • Kristin Bjorklund

    This is such a great blog! I have a 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane dress that is a mint green. The neck straps are a satin ribbon material. A) Can I dye this? B) What colors could I move it to where it would still look good and not turn brown? I thought maybe a navy?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristin,
      Our all-purpose dyes will not work on polyester or other synthetic materials. For synthetics such as polyester, we recommend our new DyeMore line made for dyeing synthetics. It is hard to say exactly what color would be achieved when overdyeing. You would be successful with Peacock green to achieve a darker green. I you wanted more of a blue color, we make Sapphire Blue, but may result in more of a green-blue instead of blue. Hope this information is helpful!

      • Kristin

        Hi – I dyed the dress with DyeMore sapphire blue, and it worked and looks very nice, see photo attached (note it needs to be ironed! =). However, I repeatedly rinsed the dress in cold water, and it never ran fully clear. There was always a hint of blue in the water. Will this bleed while I’m wearing it? Do I need to be concerned or wash it again? Thanks.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Kristin,
          If the water does not run clear, there may be excess dye on the fabric that can potentially bleed or rub off while wearing it. For best results, rinse item in warm water (then gradually cooler water) until water begins to run clear. Then wash in warm, soapy water and rinse. Wrap in an old towel to remove excess moisture. Hang to dry. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lynne Kelly

    I have a wool/cotton blend plaid skirt that I want to dye a solid red. Is this possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lynne, We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. It is still likely that the pattern would show through as the Color Remover is unable to completely remove the pattern entirely. Even overdyeing with red after removing color would allow the pattern to show through. Sorry about that.

      • Lynne Kelly

        Thanks for the quick response. I had a feeling that it wouldn’t work.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Emily, Thank you for reaching out. If you are looking to achieve a mottled affect. You would use less water, so the fabric is unable to freely move around and you would allow it to soak instead of stirring/agitating it. The agitation/stirring helps it achieve even color results. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Chris, The hoodie will dye well, but the dye could potentially affect the decal on the material. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rya, Thank you for reaching out. It may look a little different if the top portion of the fabric is see through and you would be able to see the lining through the dress. The Dye More could be used to dye both the rayon and the polyester portion, but unfortunately there is not a way to create a burgundy using the Dye More line at this time. You can find a recipe using the all-purpose dye here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Susan, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative to help reduce the color bleeding and set the dye. You can also try re-rinsing the material in cold water until the water runs clear to ensure all excess dye from when they were dyed is completely gone from the fabric. We recommend dyed items be washed separately the first 4-5 times and then the items can be washed with other like color items. To remove the pink from the whites, the Rit Color Remover can be used. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Kaylyn

    Hi, I attempted to dye a white bra ( nylon and spandex blend) kelly green and it came out teal, I followed the dye instructions on the box and I really don’t understand why it didn’t work.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kaylyn, 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. We have developed a new dye, Rit DyeMore, that dyes synthetics. We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the color of your bra back to an off-white or cream color. Then, we would recommend using the new DyeMore line to dye your bra since it is made from synthetic fabrics. There are 12 colors available in this new line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ If you want to look for DyeMore locally, we recommend Hobby Lobby. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if there are any other questions we might help you with.

  • Gabby

    Hi ive recently bought some blonde synthetic hair dreadlocks and i want to dye them brown but ive tried to dye them twice now and it hasnt worked

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Gabby, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest trying the Dye More Chocolate Brown. The all-purpose dye will not work on synthetic like polyester or acrylic. Here is some information on Dye More: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, It is hard to say what would happen when over dyeing. What is the fabric content of the material? You might try cutting a piece from a hidden seam and testing it in 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of dye to see what the outcome would be. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brooke, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Dye More since the fabric contains so much polyester.https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ The Graphite will dye a dark grey on 100% polyester. Since you have a blend, you will want to keep a close eye on the dye bath and fabric to ensure it is not getting to dark. Pull it out when it is a little bit darker than what you want.

  • dylan henry

    I’ve retired from the army and have army ACU pants that I want to dye black and brown to wear to work. The thing is, they are 50% cotton and 50% nylon. Does this mean I would pour vinegar AND salt in the solution?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dylan,
      For blends, we recommend adding 1 cup of salt to the dyebath. We do not recommend adding both salt and vinegar together. Hope this information is helpful!

      • dylan henry

        Wow, didn’t expect such a swift response! Thanks so much: salt, no vinegar.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jaime, If the embroidery threading is polyester, the dye would not adhere to those areas. You could try painting/spraying the dye on and blocking off those areas, but you could run into issues since you are trying to dye black over brown. The black may not be able to completely cover over it and if the Color Remover is used it could potentially remove color from the embroidered sections of the fabric.

  • Scott Strader

    My daughter has a brand new riding show jacket. It’s dark green. We would like to turn it darj blue or black. It’s 55% cotton, 40% polyester, 5% spandex. I’m hesitant to do this without advice because I don’t want to ruin it. What would your recommendation be. Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Scott, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to try to lighten up the color of the jacket prior to dyeing. You would then need to use the Rit Dye More to successfully dye the material since it contains so much polyester. The Dye More has a Graphite that may get you close to a black, but it may not reach a rich black due to the polyester content. We also have Sapphire Blue, but it is more of a royal blue. We would also suggest checking the care label tag. The dyeing will require hot water which could cause some shrinking to occur. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Lara

    Hi Rit Studio,

    I want to dye a pair of green camo jeans navy blue. They are 95% cotton and 5% elastane. Should I just use the blue dye ? Will the camo pattern still show up when I dye it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lara, The camo pattern would still show up when overdyeing and the Navy Blue will likely not be able to cover over the green. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing, but this could remove part of the pattern. The pattern would also still show through. Hope this helps!

  • Jennifer Wantland

    Hello! I have chocolate brown curtains I’d like to dye to a dark grey. Is this even possible? I might add I dyed them using your product a few years ago to darken them after they lightened fromsun damage. Thanks in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the curtains you are looking to dye?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lara, It is hard to say whether or not the fabric would turn shades of blue starting out with a green pattern. You might cut a small piece of fabric from a seam to test the Royal Blue or Navy Blue to see what you end up with. It could make it look more of a muddy brown color.

  • SJSmith

    I am planning to dye a bed skirt. The drop is 100% cotton, but the platform is 50-50 cotton/poly. I have two questions. One is will I need to worry about the dye transferring from the platform to the mattress since it’s a poly/cotton blend? I’m not worried about how the color will turn out since that part of the bed skirt isn’t visible anyway, but I’m concerned about dye rubbing off. The second question is about the coloring of the drop. It’s a 100% cotton, but very light khaki. I’m planning to dye it a dark, deep blue or indigo. Will the light khaki take a dark dye similar to white fabric? Thank you for your help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. As long as the item is rinsed thoroughly and rewashed, it should not rub off onto the mattress or bedding. The light khaki will take the blue very well without needing to remove the color first. Hope this helps!

  • KMeredith

    Hello, I have a cotton olive green dress with black detailing. I am hoping to dye the whole dress black, or to achieve another color while keeping the black detailing. Would dying the dress black be possible, and are there other colors that I could achieve over the olive green? (it’s a lighter shade, pretty brown toned). Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Black or a darker green would be the only colors that would successfully dye over the olive hue. The black detailing may dye darker, which could cause the parts of the dyed dress to look like a lighter black than the detailing. If you would consider the dress a medium green we suggest adding in 1/2 package of Scarlet when dyeing Black over a medium or Dark Green. Hope this helps!

  • Emily

    Hi,
    I need to dye cotton canvas curtains. I’ve estimated that it’s about 6-7 pounds of fabric. I’m doing a custom color, orange #89. I’ve approximated that I need 4 bottles of tangerine, 4 bottles of sunshine orange, and 2 bottles of cocoa brown. I plan on using a big rubber tote in the bathtub. I’m confused as to when to add the salt, and how much water to use? Help please!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily, Those recipes are created for a small amount of water, and can be difficult to achieve for large water amounts. Our chemist created a recipe to match that color in about 8-10 gallons of water; the recipe is a follows:
      SUNSHINE ORANGE 1 ½ Bottles
      CAMEL ½ Bottle
      HARVEST ½ Bottle
      You will want to make sure the fabric has enough room to move around freely in the dyebath. We would recommend dipping a piece of paper towel into the dyebath to test the color before dyeing. If the color is too dark, add more water. We recommend adding 1 cup of salt to the dyebath and stir well to dissolve before adding in fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Emily

        Thanks! Dye just arrived today..I’m excited to see the results!

  • Kristen Myers

    Hi, I have several curtain panels to dye. Can I dye them in multiple batches, or do they all need to be the same batch to make sure the colour matches?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristen,
      For best results when trying to achieve a color it is best to dye items in the same dyebath. If dyeing is done is separate dyebaths, it can be difficult to achieve the exact same shade of color. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Megan McDonough

    Hi my name is Megan Marie, I bought my niece some black-black yoga pants that are 80% polyester 10% spandex and 10 % nylon and I bought some pink color and I was wondering how I could lighten them to add pink to them

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Megan, Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover would not be effective on polyester so there would not be a way to lighten to color with our dyes to create a different hue. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • KevinS

    Can anyone help me?! I want to dye my current black jacket. It’s begun to fade and I just want to add the black back to it. I have patches on the sleeves though. Can I dye it without ruining the patches? Or should I have the patches removed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kevin, 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 (http://store.ritstudio.com/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. Depending on the fabric the patches are made from, the dye may adhere to them. Therefore, we would recommend removing the patches from the jacket prior to dyeing it. Hope this information is helpful.

      • KevinS

        Thank you so much! Just the info I needed!

  • angel

    I have one pair of 100% cotton pants that I would like to dye the pink color. Never done this so excited to do this. questions please to answer

    How much water do I add to the plastic container?
    powder or liquid to buy?
    how much salt?
    How much of the dye do I add to get a medium to dark color 1/4, 1/2 all?
    Can I sit the plastic bucket in the bath tub without damaging it?
    it is earth friendly and non toxic so it won’t stain the tub?

    thank you for caring to assist

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Angel, Rit’s powder and liquid dye work equally well. The difference between them is that the liquid dye is predissolved, whereas, the powder dye needs to be dissolved in 2 cups of very hot water prior to adding to the dyebath. Also, one bottle of liquid dye is equal to 2 boxes of powder dye. One box of powder or 1/2 bottle of liquid dye will dye up to 1 lb of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water, or, the low setting in the washing machine. One cup of salt is added to a dyebath for cotton fabric to help make the color more vibrant. Add additional dye to darken a color, or, add water to lighten a color. You can test the color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. For additional tips on dyeing in a bucket, go to https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ We would not recommend placing the bucket in a bath tub because it may adhere to any chips in the enamel. Make sure you constantly stir the pants because soaking will cause an uneven color result. Hope this information is helpful.

    • angel

      I got the bottle of liquid. I was able to borrow a container. I love how it came out- a tie dye with the light pink. I am so grateful this product is nontoxic, environmentally friendly and so easy to do thanks

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Justine,
    It is hard to say what color will be achieved when overdyeing. For best results we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful!

  • eugene boyd

    Hello Rit Studio, I have a question. I purchased a 100% Egyptian cotton oversized bath towel. I wanted Black, but they did not have Black at the time. So, I bought a Solid white towel instead hoping to dying it Black. I followed the washing machine instructions perfectly, but instead of black the towel came out a Dark Grey. My question is will re-dying it work to achieve the Black color that I’m looking for?

    Thanks, Eugene!

    • eugene boyd

      By the way, I used Kelly Green on a different towel an it came out FANTASTIC!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Eugene,
      You can definitely redye the towel. For best results when dyeing to black or other dark colors we recommend doubling the dye amount for the weight of the item you are dyeing. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Romeogirl

    I was trying to dye cotton fringe a soft turquoise usin Kelly green and royal blue. I ended up with funky green fringe. What can I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      What is the fabric content of the fringe? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with.

  • Sydney

    My shirt that is 100% cotton sat in the dye bath for an hour and it still not dark enough. I already put it into a rit color stay bath as well and is rinsed. Do I go ahead and wash the item, or do I just put it straight back into a dye bath to achieve the color I need?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sydney,
      We would recommend washing the items with detergent and then redyeing the item. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sydney, It can go directly into another dye bath without drying first. Hope this helps!

  • Lizzy

    Hi I have a bright red jacket from the opshop and it does not have tags stating the fabric, however it says do not bleach.
    I want to dye it any other colour than red (something dull like blue or black or washed dull red would be good)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lizzy, We would recommend first using Rit color remover to see if you can remove or lighten the red in the jacket. If it works successfully, then you could dye the jacket blue or black using Rit’s all-purpose dyes. If the color remover does not remove any dye, then, you might try experimenting dyeing over the existing color using Rit’s new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ When dyeing over an existing color, the colors will mix to create a new color. Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries the new DyeMore line. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jane

    Hi I want to dye light mint green polyester70% and 30 % cotten curtain valance to a violet purple how can I do this ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jane, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the starting color of the fabric, a violet would not be able to be achieved. If the material was cotton or another type besides polyester or acrylic, the color remover could be used to remove the mint green and then dye it the color you are looking for. The Color Remover is not effective on polyester. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Brittany Owens

    I have a dark blue dress I need to dye a turquoise? Is it possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittany, What is the fabric content of the dress?

  • http://www.ritdye.com KellyO

    Hi, can you please advise? I have a bed blanket that weighs about 5 pounds; 100% cotton. It was a light seafoam color and I used 3 boxes of color remover and now it is a bright lime/yellow–still very colored. The before photo is the one on the bottom, with the dark fabric also in the photo. I would like to dye the blanket medium or dark gray. I have a top-loading washing machine. I am worried it won’t be hot enough but the blanket is way too big to dye anywhere else. Can you give me any advice? I have never done this before. Should I use black dye or gray, and how much? Thank you!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We are sorry to hear your experience with Rit color remover did not go as planned. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • Carol B

    I used the powder rit dye to dye some pine wood. The color turned out great but there’s a white film (looks like salt residue) on each piece of wood. I used the dye with 2 cups of hot water. I have sanded the pieces and re-dyed them with the same results. What do I need to do to get rid of the salt look?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carol, Thank you for reaching out. How much dye did you add to the 2 cups of hot water?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Dana, The Rit Dye More would need to be used. The Graphite dyes more of a dark grey on polyester, so we would suggest giving that a try. If it does not yield the desired results, the Rit Color Remover can be used to remove the color and it can be redyed with a combination of Frost Gray and Graphite. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Haylea, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the pink hue and then they can be dyed to a blue or any other shade you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • Chris

    Hi Rit, i have an impulse buy disaster and bought a Grinch green 50% silk / 50% cotton jacket! Arrrgghh!!! What was i thinking!! I’d like to dye it navy blue and would like to know if this would be possible – If not would love to hear suggestions of a more wearable colour!!! Thanks so much!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chris, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover can be used to remove the green hue and then you can use the Navy Blue to redye. Hope this helps!

  • Mandy123

    Hi rit company my name us Mandy and I have an old shirt that is navy blue And I want to dye it baby blue is that possible??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mandy, What is the fabric content of your shirt? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Danielle

    Hi, I have a pair of Superga White Canvas sneakers that I purchased about a month ago. I got some dirt stains on the toe and sides of the sneaker after a week of wearing them. I tried washing them in All Free and Clear and the stains didn’t come out. Then I tried Clorox color safe bleach on just the toe of the sneaker. I rewashed the shoes and I thought the stains came out but instead the Clorox took the white color out the toe of the sneakers. They had a yellowish color to them so I put a white spot dye on the toe to try to blend and make them look even. It didn’t work very well. After all that I have done to them my question is can I dye them a navy dark blue and will the color take to the sneaker? I’ve never dyed sneakers before so any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Danielle, Rit does offer instructions for tinting canvas shoes. We have emailed you the instructions along with other information related to your project.

  • Patricia Leever

    Hey Rit people, I have a bathing suit that had white parts but sunscreen has discolored part of the white parts. The bathing suit is pretty new and in excellent condition otherwise. I have some Cherry Red liquid dye and was wondering if I had to do anything special to it to dye the white bits of the bathing suit. I’m not looking for perfection, just to mask the discoloration. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Patricia, What is the fabric content of your bathing suit? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Also, besides the white parts of your bathing suit, what other colors does it contain?

      • Patricia Leever

        The bathing suit is 95% polyester and 5% spandex on the top where the discoloration is. It’s a white cheetah-esque pattern but the rest of the bathing suit is black.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Patricia, The all-purpose dye would not work on the polyester, but the Dye More for synthetics would. It comes in a racing red and can be found online or in Hobby Lobby. hope this helps!

  • Corleysj

    Hi there! I recently died baby blue curtains with RIT tan and they are now a pinkish tan. I would love for them to be a silvery/grey greenish blue. Is there anything that you can recommend to make this desire a reality? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Angela, Are you looking for a different shade of red? What is the fabric content of the material?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Dean Nguyen

    Hi I recently dyed my jean jacket navy blue. It came out purple. How could I turn the color to a darker jean blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dean, We are sorry to hear your dyeing project did not go as expected. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • Amna Farooqi

    Hi RIT,

    I have a question about dyeing a new turtleneck shirt I bought. It is 95% cotton and 5% spandex and a heather gray color. I am attaching pictures of it. I wanted to dye it a nude taupe or brown color, and would appreciate any sort of advice or direction on how to do so. I have dyed other shirts with RIT dye but they have always been white, not gray. I’d appreciate your prompt reply and advice, thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amna, Thank you for reaching out. You would first need to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the fabric. It can then be dyed to the color you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • Kevin

    If I were to dye a purple item to a denim blue, should I bleach the item first?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kevin, What is the fabric content of the item you would like to dye? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Kevin

        Thank you for the quick reply! It is cotton

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Kevin,
          When changing the color of the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color before dyeing. We do not recommend using bleach as it can possibly damage the fibers of the fabric and prevent the dye from being successful. Hope this information is helpful!

          • Kevin

            Okay thank you so much!

  • Kaia

    Hello Rit company, I am interested in dying white fabric a light pink shade. However I am having trouble finding a cheap white fabric that is 100% cotton. I found a budget friendly white fabric that is 65% polyester and 35% cotton, would that work? Or should I try to find something with more cotton?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kaia,
      For polyester/cotton blends we recommend using our DyeMore line of dyes. We would recommend experimenting with diluting Super Pink to achieve a light pink color. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Ghost Dog

    Hi Rit,

    I have a batik shirt, all cotton. It’s a black pattern silk-screened over a blue and purple background. The blue is a bit too bright, I’d like to darken up the blue. Can you tell me how best to do that please,

    Thanks,
    Cliff

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cliff, You could try overdyeing with the Royal Blue, however, it will change the black and purple. It is hard to say when overdyeing. The black may just appear more dull and the purple could change color entirely.

      • Ghost Dog

        Thanks for your prompt reply! Cheers!

  • anabel

    Hi there! I have this rather tacky bedskirt with a crazy pattern, would it be possible to ritdye it and have not have the pattern show up anymore? I’m not really looking for a particular color, I just want one solid color, is this possible with rit dying? thanks.

  • Anabel

    Hi there! I have this rather tacky bedskirt with a crazy pattern, would
    it be possible to ritdye it and have not have the pattern show up
    anymore? I’m not really looking for a particular color, I just want one
    solid color, is this possible with rit dying? thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anabel, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to remove the pattern or overdye it that would give you a solid color. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Leslie, It has enough cotton that you should be able to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the Navy Blue and then dye the fabric to a charcoal grey: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kris, You would have the best results dyeing the item with Dye More Graphite to get a dark grey. It is available online or in Hobby Lobby: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Carissa, What is the fabric content of the dress? What look are you trying to achieve on the fabric?

  • Mel

    Hi i just wanted to say i had a white (cotton & polyester) top that i wanted to dye black, i finished the process using the full bottle and has turned out a mid grey please help and try answer my problem if there can be anyway to get it black asap!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mel, How much polyester does the fabric contain?

  • CLA

    Hi! I Dyed my light pants with your liquid pearl gray. I used the entire bottle. They look pretty good, but more of a light purple/gray. Should I dye them gray again for a deeper color? Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We are sorry to hear your dyeing project did not go as expected. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Bethany, What is the fabric content of the glider cover and is it used indoors or outdoors? Does it have a water repellent finish? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Bethany, We would suggest trying to add in black by the teaspoon to darken the pearl grey. Dip in a piece of paper towel to test the color prior to adding in the fabric. You can then add more black or pearl grey to obtain the desired color.

  • Heather

    I am looking to dye a pair of shorts that are 86% cotton two separate colors. A red on one leg and black on the other. I have purchased the rit dye in the powder form and was wondering what the best way to go about this would be seeing as I can’t completely submerse the shorts in the water, but only do one leg at a time instead.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Thank you for your question. You could try to paint the dye on. Here’s a link to a dye-painted project. http://www.ritdye.com/content/dye-painted-wall-art Make sure to seal the item in plastic wrap after painting it and heat it in the microwave on high for 2 minutes as long as it does not contain any metal buttons or zipper. Black can be very hard to achieve by brush on method. It may also be difficult to achieve a solid, even color by painting, so you could also try an ombre technique if feasible for the two tone look you are going for. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/ombre/

  • MaryCaitlin

    I had a light denim shirt that was absolutely perfect, but somehow it got stained pink by something else. We had fuschia rit dye and dyed the whole thing pink, but now i hate the color. It just doesn’t work with that shirt. We have bought the color remover, (but i can’t do anything yet since i left the shirt at my college apartment) and I was hoping to find a way to dye it back to that really light blue denim. I saw you had denim dye, but it looks dark. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi MaryCaitlin, Thank you for reaching out. You can lighten the denim blue by using less dye or adding in more water. Test the color with a paper towel and adjust it with more water or dye as needed. You can also e-mail us a picture of the color you are looking for to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe for you. Hope this helps!

      • MaryCaitlin

        Thank you so much! I’ll do that!

  • Lauren

    Hello! I have a lovely dress that I want to use in my wedding. The problem is it is a light mint green with sequins around the waist and at the top. It says it is 100% polyester. Is this possible to remove the color? I don’t want it bright white. More of a cream color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lauren, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover is unable to remove color from polyester fabric. So sorry for the inconvenience. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Margaux, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the light blue color from the towels. You can then dye them beige. If you did not want to remove the color, you can overdye them with the brown. A recipe for beige can be found here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The light blue shades would take on the purple hue, but the darker blue flowers would not successfully dye to purple. They would likely still stay a blue shade. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to get them all purple as the color remover could potentially destroy some of the design. Sorry about that. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Kelley

    Hello, I am looking to dye some yak hair for beards. Can I use the basic method of hot tap water in a bucket? Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelley, Thank you for reaching. Yes, the bucket method can be used to dye the hair. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Dee, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest checking the fabric care tag to make sure it is a washable silk. As long as it is washable, it will dry well, however, the stain may still be noticeable after dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • Holly Pugh

    Hi Rit
    I washed my jacket and dried it in the dryer before I noticed was covered in an exploded black ink pen. It polyester and nylon and the material is a light camoflauge green color. The ink pen was black but I have washed it a few times and most of the in is gray now. Would your dye cover both colors? Black or dark blue dye is what I was thinking.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Holly, What percentages of polyester and nylon does the jacket contain? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

      • Holly Pugh

        85% polyester and 15% nylon

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Holly, Thank you for reaching out. The Dye More for synthetics would need to be used. It comes in a Graphite which would dye a dark grey on polyester or Sapphire Blue which is more of a medium blue. It may not dye evenly due to the ink and the ink stains may still be apparent. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Alan

    Hello! I have a gray wallet made of tyvek that I want to dye light to medium brown. Is this possible? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alan, We have received your e-mail and replied. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Alan

    Hi, can I dye a black synthetic garment with blue dye to make it dark blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alan, when it comes to synthetic material you would not be able to get all the black out or faded enough due to the fact our Rit Dye color remover does not work on synthetics. Unfortunately you would not be able to achieve the blue you are looking for due to the material and original color. Sorry for the inconvenience, Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Alan

        Thank you for your prompt reply! Can you tell me what color it might come out then? If I add sapphire blue to the black material?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Alan, Unfortunately with the shirt being a synthetic material and dark color you wont be able to achieve the Hue you are looking for. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Ed Waldmann

    Kim,
    I want to do the exact same thing, except Navy Blue color! How did it work out for you? Did you get even coloring across the cloth?
    Thanks,
    -Ed

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ed, We see that you asked about dyeing Ikea covers that are 100% cotton. We would be happy to assist you with your inquiry. Do you have a portable washing machine, also? Also, what is the weight of the fabric you want to dye? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

      • Sarah Lewis

        Thank you for the speedy response! 🙂 

        I’ll try to answer these as accurately as I can.

        What did the tag on the fabric state in reference to washing instructions and what the material is made of? • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle with like colors. 97% cotton 3% spandex. 

        How much did the item weigh? •Not sure, but it’s a long, lightweight, maxi skirt. I’d say a 1b of fabric. 

        What method was used? •Stove top method.

        How much dye was used? •One whole packet.

        How much water? •2 gallons

        Any salt/vinegar? •1 cup salt 

        Any detergent? •No

        Temperature of the water? •Medium heat on stove.

        Did the fabric go in wet or dry? •Dry

        How long did the fabric agitate? •45 mins to hour.

        Did the fabric soak? For how long? •1 hour

        If new, had the item ever been pre-washed? •New item was pre-washed. 

        Did the item have any bleach damage or staining? •No 

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sarah,we have responded to your e-mail. Let us know if you have any additional questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ashlin, The Rit Dye More would need to be used since it contains so much polyester. We have a color called Graphite, but it will only turn a dark grey on polyester fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Laura, We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover first to remove the color from the fabric. You can then dye it to Wine or Navy Blue. Hope this helps!

  • Ashley

    Hello! I am trying to dye a queen size light purple quilt to your grey color. What is the best way to go about this and how much dye do I need?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Ashley, What is the fabric content of the quilt? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Also, what does the quilt weigh? Thanks!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Ashley Neal

        It is 100% Cotten and weighs exactly 6 lbs

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Ashley, 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. Because the quilt weighs 6 lbs. you will want to make sure there is plenty of water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely. If the fabric is bunched, the color result will be blotchy. One box of powder dye, or, 1/2 bottle of liquid dye will dye up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Danielle, We would recommend using the recipe for lilac if you are looking for a light lavender hue: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/color-archive/ You would still follow the basic directions for dyeing using the formula. The recipe calls for 1 quart if you need more water for free movement you can convert the recipe to 3 gallons or a small load in the washing machine here: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/how-to-mix-colors/ Hope this helps!

  • Hillary

    Hello! I have a dress that is 100% polyester & hand wash only. It is a lemon lime color & I want to dye it an emerald green. Is the it possible to dye this fabric without damage & get the result I am looking for?
    Thank you,
    Hillary

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Hillary, The Dye More would need to be used and at this time we are unable to create an Emerald hue with that product line. The only green available is Peacock Green. Sorry about that. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lori, We make a product called Rit Color Remover. It will try to remove all color from the fabric including the original color of the material. If it does remove too much color, the fabric can then be redyed. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com kristian poplin

    Hello Rit company!! My name is Kristian and I found an awesome 100% polyester dress that I would like to wear as a bridesmaid dress. It is a light blue but needs to be like an apple red. Is it possible to dye this dress that color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristian, Thank you for reaching out. We do make a color called Racing Red in our Dye More line which is for synthetic such as polyester. It is hard to say when overdyeing what color you would achieve as the blue can affect the overall color once dyed. Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com kristian poplin

        Thank you!! I am going to give this a try and whatever color it turns out I still plan on rocking it out!!

  • Kristen Sadowski

    I’m starting a new job and want to dye five dress shirts black. One is a solid gray and the other four have pinstripes (white and blue, white and pink, white and orange, and white and gray). The fabric content is 61% cotton, 37% polyester, and 2% spandex.

    Two questions:

    Do I need to use the RitDye made for polyester?

    Do I need to remove the color from the pinstriped shirts before dyeing them solid black?

    Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristen, We would recommend using Rit DyeMore since the shirts contain 39% synthetic fabrics. Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. Rit DyeMore Graphite will dye 100% polyester dark grey and other fabrics black. Unfortunately, there is not a way to achieve a true black due to the fabric content of the shirts. In addition, the pin stripes would still show a variance of color. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Kacy Green

    I have a light-medium gray cotton knit top with a hair bleach smear around the neck. The smear is not a white spot but more of a yellow-Orange smear. Is there a way to darken the whole top and still get an even color or with that spot still be lighter? I’d like to make it a darker gray or maybe a dark-forest green. Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kacy, 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 color of the fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas may not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. Rit offers a color recipes for charcoal gray and forest green, which can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf If these are not the colors you would like to achieve, please send us pictures of the colors to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will see if we can create color recipes for you. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sheryl Lee

    Hey Rit, I want to dye a turquoise dress that is very long and full, 100% cotton, a denim blue. What are your suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sheryl, To start with we recommend removing the Turquoise with Rit Color Remover so it takes the dress to an off White/Cream color. Then since the fabric is cotton you will use our All Purpose Dye, which Denim Blue is available in. For darker colors we recommend doubling the dye to get the color you are reaching for. You can find the dyeing directions here to further assist your project: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ . Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sheryl Lee

    I want to dye an already turquoise dress that is 100% cotton, very big and full, a denim or dark blue. What do you suggest? Thank you, love the web site.

  • Alissa

    Hi Rit, I wouldl ike to paint silk scarves with my 2.5 year old daughter as Christmas presents. How do I go about doing this? Also, we don’t own a microwave. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alissa, Thank you for reaching out. Rit’s color experts have shared information at The Rit Studio for dyeing silk scarves. This information can be viewed by going to https://www.ritdye.com/2013/09/10/dye-paint-silk-scarf/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kasey, For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover and then redyeing. The dye may not be able to adhere to that area or it could still be noticeable after dyeing depending on the extent of the bleach damage. Sorry about that!

  • Stacy

    would like to know if am able to dye blue to navy blue

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Stacy, Thank you for reaching out. This will depend on the material you are working with. If it is cotton or natural fibers best to take color out with Rit Color Remover than picking the navy blue color you are after to dye with. If this is Polyester or Synthetic material you would have to overdye and that would take experimenting to achieve the Navy Blue color. Let us know how we can help you move forward, Once material is known.

  • Wiccacat

    Hi Rit, I have a 100% cotton denim jacket that was dyed purple-the approximate color of your dye package. I wanted a very dark purple. Can I try to rede using a mix of purple and black, or gray, or dark blue? What would you recommend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, You can overdye. To darken, you can either double the dye quantity or add in black by the teaspoon. Dip in a piece of paper towel to test the color and continue to adjust it with more black dye or water. Hope this helps!

      • Wiccacat

        So fast! Thanks so much!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Renee, Thank you for reaching out. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover first and then redyeing the material. Dyeing over as is will result in an uneven dyeing. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Vanessa Moss

    Hello, Rit!
    I have a Navy blue, unlined 100% cotton jacket I’d like to dye army/olive green. Is it possible to go from navy to this shade of green? If so, what should I do/use? Thanks so much!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Vanessa, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the jacket and then it can be dyed to an olive hue. If you are looking for a recipe, please submit a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a match for you. Hope this helps!

  • 11B

    How would I go about dying this Tan heavy nylon belt red? How red can I get it?

    Thanks a lot,

    Dustin

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dustin, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to try to remove as much of the tan as possible. The Rit Dye More Racing Red or the all-purpose Cherry Red or Scarlet can be used to dye the belt. Nylon is best dyed on the stove top: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ Hope this helps!

  • AlexandriaHawkins

    Hello – I am in need of assistance on dyeing a dress – my wedding dress. I am getting wedding in October of this year. This dress has been huge debacle to say the least. They sent me the wrong color of dress two times and they refuse to refund. So I have two dress. So my budget for a dress is basically gone. And they sent me an awful color of pink – that I didn’t even know was an option. The dress was supposed to be the the very, very, light blush (lady in the courtyard, looking down at her shoulder). Please see picture below. I don’t think that that color is achievable with the dress that I received – which is baby pink (on Rit Color it would be in-between a petal pink and fuchsia (i think). I would like to get the dress either like cadmium orange or cashmere rose. And worst case scenario – I will go a deep red (please see picture). So Please help me. Tell me what is achievable and what is not. Maybe, helpful instructions and receipts to make something work 🙂 The picture of the side by side dresses. The wedding dress on left and another outfit change for the evening. I ordered them to match – that didn’t happen.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alexandria, Chiffon can be made from a number of different fabrics. Does the dress have a tag with fabric information and washing/care instructions?

      • AlexandriaHawkins

        I am going to take the dress to a fabric store today to see if they can help me with assessing the fabric. Because unfortunately there is no tag in the dress….

    • Mariamne

      My god, what a nightmare. How horrible that the company would not remedy THEIR mistake, not once, but twice. If that was me in that situation, I would be sorely tempted to find and burn their physical headquarters to the ground and then give them so much negative feedback online that they would never operate successfully again. Unthinkable that they would do that to you, a bride, who already has way too much on her plate. I’m going through the same situation myself with a dress that is a hideous color. I hope your situation can be remedied, and congratulations on your upcoming marriage.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Anne, Please send the photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe for you. Thanks!

  • Amelia Aaron

    Hi Rit! I love your dyes and have been using them a long time. it’s so great you answer so many questions on your site!

    I’ve
    got another one for you: I’m thinking about dying a silk/cotton blend
    top ( I think the mix is about 20/80- to the touch it feels like pure
    cotton) I have and was wondering if you could give me some tips for good
    results. I understand that both fabrics will take the dye differently,
    and am really just trying to go from a very bright orange/yellow color
    palette to a red palette, which is more flattering for my skin tone.

    Can
    I use your regular dye, and follow the regular process of hot water,
    salt, agitation, immersion, etc? I really appreciate any tips you have,
    thank you so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Amelia, Thank you for reaching out. You can use Rit all-purpose dye and follow the regular Rit dye directions. We recommend using Rit color remover first to take the color to and off-white or cream color before applying the red for the best results. Hope this helps!

  • Jessica

    Hello! I’d like to dye a white cotton dress, but I like the color of the plastic buttons as they are. Do I need to cover the buttons, or will they be safe against the navy blue dye? thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, Thank you for reaching out. You will want to remove or try to cover the buttons as the dye can stain them. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Whit, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the dye would not be able to cover the floral print entirely. So sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Hburb

    I have a pair of Kelly green pants that I’d like to dye to make them more of an olive green. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Hilary, Thank you for reaching out. We have two different types of dyes to choose from, depending on the material of the fabric. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Then we can move forward on the Olive Green you are trying to achieve.

  • http://www.fb.me/bronzmash Arnab Chakraborty

    Dear Rit,

    I wish to dye a fabric from sand brown (beige?!) to a deep cobalt(ish) blue.
    The fabric is 75% cotton, 23% polyamide, and 2% elastane.

    Thank you!
    🙂

    p.s. Here, on amazon.in the 8oz. Blue dye is priced at $ 34.70 (INR 2316) – more than the other colors, e.g. $ 18.90 for the 8oz. Denim Blue or the Scarlet Red (INR 1260) – but generally always higher than on amazon.com (usually < $5.00).
    Must be the third world tax..!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Those pants would be dyeable with our all-purpose dye. You can find a recipe for an olive drab here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Bud, Thank you for reaching out. Immediate sunlight could cause the color to fade quickly. Do you know the fabric content of the seat belts?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Xtina, It is hard to say when overdyeing. The best option for a deeper red would be to try the Racing Red. The spandex will not affect the dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • Christine garrett

    I want to dye a wool hat that is gray white. I want it as white as possible. Can that be done? I haven’t used it since I was a kid making t-shirts. Thanks for any help

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christine. We would recommend checking the care tag to ensure the hat is washable in hot water, which is required to activate the dye. Rit color remover will try to remove as much color as possible, but will not take the hat to white. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Mariposa Cydwel

    I have 2- 1. 5 yardpieces of fabric and a pair of jeans I wish to dye Merlot. Is it possible to use the same dye bath more than once in the same dye session?

    Mariposa Cydwel
    stlouiebutterfly@gmail.com

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mariposa, If the dyebath is reused, it may not produce the same color. The color could be much lighter than the first items that were dyed. Hope this helps!

  • Mariamne

    Hello there! I have a dress that I ordered and cannot return and I HATE the color. It is a green dress, but the dye the dress is dyed with has strong blue undertones. I have a picture of it below. I cannot tolerate the blue undertone of the green and will not wear it as is, but it was too expensive to just shove in the back of my closet. I want to take this dress to a very deep, brown undertoned green as opposed to the horrible and disgusting color that it is now. The ideal color I want is the darkest green on this color scale I have included. The dress is 100% pure linen. I was thinking of overdying but I am afraid the dress will just turn darker or that the color will be muddied. I have also been told to dye the dress with a couple of drops of brown dye but I’m afraid it will just turn a muddy dark blue green. What would be your suggestion? Could I remove the color first with a color remover and then dye it with the green dye of my choice? Please help!

  • Name

    I am trying to dye a pale purple shirt into either a dark purple or navy blue it is 50% polyester and 50% viscose. What can I use to dye this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We would recommend using our new Dye More line for synthetics. There is a color called Royal Purple that would work nicely. Dye More can be found at Hobby Lobby. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this helps!

      • Name

        The shirt is a pale purple/pink. I am assuming the royal purple would hmake it a dark purple. Would it be possible to make it a navy blue or would only dark purple be possible?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, A Navy Blue in Dye More would not be achievable at this time. The Royal Purple would give you the best results for making a dark purple on that fabric type. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Malynn, Using brown over the green could make it appear a muddy color or could dye it to a brown. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover and then redyeing it the color you are looking for. A picture of the color you are wanting to achieve can be sent to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe for you. Hope this helps!

    • Mariamne

      This was me posting out of my Disqus account. Thank you for taking the time to reply to my inquiry and for your suggestion. I will try the Color Remover and then re-dye it to a suitable green if it lifts the color enough. I will let you know and post pictures of the final result. Thanks RIT!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sherry Anderson

    Hi, my adult single daughter wants to purchase pink sheets for her new apartment. They cannot be found. Pale pink, like a baby crib sheet pink. If we purchase 100% cotton white sheets can we dye them pink in a front loader washer? What color and how much should we buy. 500-600 tc queen size white sheets. Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sherry, Thank you for reaching out. It is personal opinion on which pink dye to use. We have a petal pink or a fuchsia to chose from. If these colors are not what you are looking to achieve you can email a picture of the color to help@theritstudio and we will try to create a recipe. Depending on how much the item weighs will depend on the dye amount needed. If using liquid dye you will use half a bottle for every pound of dye fabric or if its powder you will use a whole box for a pound of dry fabric. You can use the front washing machine method here is a link for the directions. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ Hope this information was helpful!

  • Nancy Keith

    I have a two cushion couch that I would like to try and dye and cranberry red color, it is a green color now. Is thar possible? If so how would one do that process. I have no idea why my photo is upside down, nothing I could do would fix it. Sorry.

  • http://txfellowship.blogspot.com Mark

    The boys want to make ghillie suits for paintball. Is there anyway to dye tyvek painters suits to dark green or black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mark, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we have not done testing on tyvek. If you have a small piece you can cut from a hidden seam we would suggest dyeing a sample piece to see how well the dye will adhere to the material you are working with. Sorry about that!

  • Angela

    I have a blue 100% cotton dress I want to dye the avacado color. Do I need to remove the original color before dying?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angela, Yes, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare the fabric for dyeing a new color. Hope this helps.

  • Jade

    Hi, I’ve been trying to find a pleated tartan skirt in the right color but haven”t been able to at all. If I attempted to dye it would it work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jade, This depends on the material of the skirt, if it is natural fibers (cotton, ramie, rayon) you could use all purpose if the skirt is synthetic or polyester you would use DyeMore. I would also look at the care tag and make sure you are able to use hot water, This helps activate our dyes, if unable to use hot water our products wont work well for you. Hope this helps.

  • lisalobato

    Hello, I was wondering if you can mix an acid dye with liquid dye. I’m trying to perfect a color and I am mixing them. I am trying to dye fake flowers for a wedding, so I’m not sure of the material. I have already created a light color and it isn’t splotchy… just needs to be darker. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It sounds like it may be a synthetic fabric. We have not tried mixing our dyes with other products, so unsure on those results. You might try using the Rit Dye More, which is manufactured for synthetic fabric: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this helps!

  • Jenny

    Hi RIT!! I am trying to make furry costume pants from material I ordered online from China. My best guess is that it is not natural fiber, but rather acrylic, polyester, or both. It is light cream colored and looks like long (1″) faux llama fur. I purchase your box dyes in Cocoa, Dark Brown, and Tan because I want to give the fur a mottled, natural look. However, after much study, I see it is near impossible to dye plastics. Is it IMPOSSIBLE or just tough, with varied outcomes?? Even if I have to brush it into place, etc…I will try anything. I tried to send an email to get the exact makeup of the fabric, but upon hearing their answer (“It is 100% faux fur material”) I can see that their translator is not understanding my question (“What material is the faux fur made with? Acrylic? Polyester? Cotton?”). Any ideas would be helpful. I tried using spray paint on a small area and brushing it out. It gave a good result, but slightly sticky. Just need to know what to do. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jenny, Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore dyes work great on faux furs and other synthetic fabrics! You will need to make sure that the items you are dyeing can move around freely in a pot on the stove-top. As for the plastic unfortunately we cant guarantee the results this will create due to the fact all plastics have varied outcomes. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Chloe W.

    Hi! I’m planning on dyeing 11 yards (around 7 pounds) of a linen-rayon fabric blend in a mix of the colors Purple and Pearl Gray (both regular dyes, a mix of liquid and powder), and I was wondering what’s the best way to dye such a large quantity of fabric at once, and dispose of the water afterwards? What’s the best type of container and how much water is ideal? Since I’m doing a custom color, I’d like to be able to do it using the bucket method to get the exact shade. Thank you! 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chloe, You would want to find a bucket or some kind of storage tote that is large enough for the fabric to be able to freely move around. You would use just enough water for the fabric to freely move around. After dyeing, the dye can be disposed of in the yard ensuring it is far away from cement. Hope this helps!

  • MichelleC

    Hi! I am trying to dye some white chair covers navy blue. What is the best way to do that? I am worried about turning my white washing machine blue.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michelle, We think you might want to check into one of our other dye methods. This link will help: https://www.ritdye.com. Here you can look up techniques and find other methods under “the basics”. This might work better for you, or give you a better idea on the wash machine method. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Cynthia

    Hi Rit! I want to dye a blazer from dark pink/coral to black. It’s 97% cotton and 3% spandex. Since I’m dying to such a dark color, can I just follow regular steps, or will I need to use a color remover first? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cynthia, Thank you for reaching out. Since you are dying over with black the color remover is not required. We recommend double the amount of dye to achieve a dark color. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Ashlee Carley

    Hi I was dying a pair of jeans and a shirt with the aquamarine and teal dye and it came out streaky. What do I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashlee, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover and then redyeing. Items can dye uneven if there is not enough agitation, if the item goes in dry, if the item does not have enough room to freely move around or if the dye is poured directly over the material. The item can be redyed after use of the Rit Color Remover. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, It sounds like the tulle may be polyester which would require the Rit Dye More product: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • curleegirl

    Wondering if I can get that perfect pale indigo color by adding a tiny bit of pink dye to my new, powder blue Levi’s?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would not know the outcome of over-dying. When over-dying the existing color and dye will mix and create a new color. You can send us a picture to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will create a recipe if possible.

  • Kat

    Hello dye guru. I was wondering if it was possible to dye these shoes black:

    http://www.amazon.com/Lower-East-Side-Crochet-Blossom/dp/B013PDH24U/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1443483867&sr=1-1&nodeID=7141123011&keywords=crochet+oxfords&refinements=p_89%3ALower+East+Side

    They are made out of fabric and synthetic materials – I couldn’t get a more detailed break down.

    What strategies would you recommend for dyeing them?

    Thanks!

  • Sarah Lewis

    Hey Rit company. I tried dyeing my (97% cotton 3% spandex) light blue skirt a darker blue. I first tried denim blue, then royal blue, and then finally navy blue after the previous ones didn’t work. I used a cup of salt and stired for an hour each time using my stove on medium heat . It hardly made a difference. Any suggestions? Maybe just use the rit color remover first then dye it? Thank you! 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Kathleen Richardson

    I have 95% rayon 5 % spandex heather grey t-shirt I want to dye a deep wine color. fo I use salt? If so, how much?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kathleen, We recommend adding 1 cup of salt regardless of the size of the dyebath. The salt helps to make the color more vibrant. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Yes, you can use the Rit Brown on the pants as well. Its just over-dyeing the existing color. Hope this helps.

  • Nichole

    I have a 100% percent polyester light brown coat, lining acetate 100%, doublure acetate 100%, and would like to know how i can dye it to a burgundy/wine color. Can you please help?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nichole, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there is not a way to create a burgundy hue for polyester using Dye More at this time. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Angel Sawyer

    Hello if I have a white and black blazer can I Dye it the blazer red and black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angel, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the blazer you would like to dye?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Angel Sawyer

    Can I dye a white and black blazer red and black?

  • ashleyb1

    I am wanting to dye a white sofa cover bright yellow and not sure how to get the best results any tips would help thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The best color results can be obtained on the stove top using the hottest water possible for the fabric. What is the fabric content of the cover you would like to dye?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jack, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress you are trying to dye?

  • Jana

    Hello! I was looking for a lavender dye for a costume, but could only find a regular purple. Is there a way I can still use the dye but get the very light color I want? I don’t want to have to buy the color removing one because if I mess up then I’ll have to redo the process all over again and I’m very short on time.
    I intend to dye a single white cotton tank top.
    Thank you for your time!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jana, Thank you for reaching out. You may try adding more water to lighten the color and test the color of the dyebath with a paper towel. You can also send us a pantone number or picture of the color you are trying to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try and create a custom recipe. Hope this helps!

  • MF

    Hi I have a navy school trousers 65% polyester 35% viscoe I love the fir but the colour Navy is too pale for the Navy of the school jumper. I am wondering if it is possible to change the shade of navy by dying and how sucessful this might be

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Since the material contains such a large amount of polyester, the Rit Dye More would be required. The darkest blue we have in that line is the Sapphire Blue which would not make the pants any darker if they are starting out as a Navy Blue. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Isabelle, Thank you for reaching out. Sun fading may remove or lighten the fabric and damage the fibers. For best results, use Rit color remover to reduce the overall color and then redye the garment. Our dye requires hot water to activate the color. Keep in mind with dry clean only there may be some shrinkage or damage. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Kylie

    Hi Rit, My name is Kylie and I just bought a sectional that has a sort of corduroy material. It is tan and brown and i would love to dye the whole thing dark brown. I know that you don’t recommend dying couches but i was wondering if dying the couch with a spray bottle by hand and then going over it with my shampooer for any excess dye would work. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kylie, We don’t recommend this only because of the bleeding, even with a carpet machine the excess is not guaranteed to come completely out. As for the spray bottle method, it is also very hard to get an even tone all the way across the couch. We suggest buying or making a couch cover and dyeing the cover the brown you are looking to achieve. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Charity

    Hi I have a snap back hat that’s faded and I plan to dye it black. However there is a stitched logo on the front. How do I keep that from turning black ? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Charity, There is not a way to successfully keep the logo from becoming dyed. If the logo is a polyester stitching and you are using the all-purpose dye then it would not affect the stitching. Hope this helps!

  • ross

    Hello Rit Co. I have a white lace dress made of 70% cotton and 30% nylon (LACE) the lining of the dress is 100% poly. I bought the liquid Rit dye in black and I am going to attempt to dye the white lace dress, black. Any tips?? I have seen videos of people using the washing machine, how should I do this to be successful?

    Thank you in advance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ross, 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. If all-purpose is used, the lining would not dye. If Dye More in Graphite is used, the lining would only end up a dark grey. Here are directions for Dye More: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hope this helps.

  • Amy

    Someone gave me a white pillow that has been enclosed in a crocheted pillow covering. I have no idea what either the pillow or the yarn used is made of. They will not detach from each other without ruining it. Is it possible to dye the entire pillow? Are there any different direction to do so? I know I would enjoy the pillow much more if I wasn’t afraid of getting a white pillow dirty. Thanks in advance

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, 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. You might try the all-purpose dye first to see if that will work for you. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to rinse the pillow clear depending on the filling used in the pillow. Hope this helps!

  • Ali

    Hello Rit Company! I have a costume for Halloween that is causing a major halt. This skirt that I purchased is the wrong color, but I figured I’d dye it. I need the skirt to be a dark blue and I am not sure which dye to choose, as the only thing I’ve every dyed before is my hair. Haha! Could you tell me which Rit color would be in my best interest to change the color of the skirt? Thanks in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ali, 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. Hope this helps!

  • jaden

    hello rit! I need help achieving a gold yellow color on a pair of 60 cotton 40 poly thick knit shorts. it’s for my Halloween costume and I was wondering if it’s possible to somehow turn red into golden yellow by maybe bleaching it and redyeing it? do you have any ideas or should I find something else? thanks! Jaden

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jaden, Thank you for reaching out. We do not suggest using bleach, this will damage the fibers in the shorts and make them non-dye able. We suggest using Rit color remover to bring the red down to over-dye a gold. Also with the polyester being high at 40% you would want to use Rit DyeMore. This is our dye line to dye synthetic materials such as polyester. We do have a Sandstone color you can find at hobby lobby or this website:http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . Hope this helps.

  • Lauren hale

    Hi, my name is Lauren and I make tutu dresses as a side job. I have several orders and I can not for the life of me find the right colors for the top, so I decided to use your liquid fabric dye(royal blue). I did exactly what the instructions listed and I left it in the mixture for 3 hours but when I rinsed it out it turned a pastel purple.i have two weeks to finish these dresses and I am at a stand still because I have no clue what to do. Please help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Shay Davenport

    I’m trying to dye a garment from an olive green to a forest green. Any suggestions on what colors to use and how much?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shay, 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 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. 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. A recipe for forest green can be found at https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf 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. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Sarah

    Hi I am trying to dye gray corduroy to a dark green. The corduroy is 100% cotton, it has the thinner grain. The dye remover has only turned the gray to a darker purple. I heated water to boiling and poured in a stainless steel sink, with constant stirring. Can I go ahead and hope for it to dye green even though the color remover did not really achieve what I wanted?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • robin vinson

    I plan to try dying some light blue scrubs to a black. Can it be done?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Robin, 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, 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 all purpose dye can be used we have a black that will successfully over-dye a light blue. However if the material is synthetic the darkest color we have is graphite and will only achieve a dark grey on polyester.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sam, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there is not a way to turn a plaid into a solid hue. Overdyeing would allow the pattern to show through and the Rit Color Remover would not be able to remove the pattern. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Methos, It will not damage the machine or affect future laundry as long as the machine is cleaned immediately after dyeing with 1-2 cups of bleach, laundry detergent and hot water. Hope this helps!

  • Jackson D Latta

    Hi Rit, I have a pink dress that is 76% cotton and 24% polyester. I would like to dye it purple. what do i need?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jackson, Thank you for reaching out. since the material you are working with is over 20% polyester Rit DyeMore would be required. You can find the DyeMore colors here http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ The achieve the color you are wanting the existing color would need to be remover. However Rit color remover is not able to remove or lighten the dye of synthetic fabrics, which prepares them for being dyed a new color. You may try over dying just keep in mind that the existing color and dye will mix and create a new color.

  • Andreana

    Hi I have a bright vibrant hot pink blazer that I need to die purple. I got some RIT in purple and I want to know can this even happen. Hot pink/fushia satin to purple . I want to be the joker for halloween

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Andreana, Thank you for reaching out. We can better assist you knowing what the exact material of the jacket is. You can find this on the care tag in the back, this will help us determine what dyes can be used and method. Thank You.

  • Joy Wasmundt

    Can I a dress from heather gray (original color) to a yellowish-green? More yellow than green. The dress is 76% polyester, 20% rayon, 4% spandex.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joy, We normally recommend using Rit color remover to take fabric back to an off-white shade and prepare it for being dyed a new color. However, the color remover is not effective on polyester. You can certainly experiment with dyeing over the existing colors to see if you might achieve a color that will work for you. If you do not like the color you achieve, Rit color remover would remove the dye you applied. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Joy Wasmundt

        Thank you! I am trying for as bright a yellow with a touch of green as possible. Any ideas for specific shades of your dye to use?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Joy, You would need to use our dye line DyeMore that is created for synthetic material such as polyester and spandex. You are able to see the colors we offer here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . Hope this helps.

  • Lolli2014

    I want to dye a 100% cotton lab coat “Purple Rain Purple” for Halloween, lol and i need some assistance. First, because of the size of the coat, i really want to dye it using my washing machine but can’t find any instructions for a front load machine. Also, I’m worried that too hot water will shrink it..any suggestions?

  • sinead

    Hi Rit, I have a deep blue skirt 100% cotton. Can I dye it orange?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sinead, We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the skirt back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color. You would not be able to dye over the existing color and achieve orange. Hope this helps!

  • Matt

    Hi there, I’m looking to dye a pair of cotton pants from the original vibrant burnt orange color to something darker, probably black. Is that going to work out?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Matt, Thank you for reaching out. You can dye over the orange with the black dye. If you decide to go a lighter color then the black we recommend using Rit Color Remover to reduce/remove the overall color prior to dying.

  • CG

    Hi RIT Company,
    I have an amazingly comfortable (and well-loved) denim sectional that is looking a little more shabby than chic. The entire thing is made with removable slip covers, and since the seating part has faded significantly, I thought I would remove all of the slip covers and dye them using the denim blue dye. This would include the slip covers for the seating, skirt, cushions, pillows, etc. I was going to weigh them to figure out how much dye to use, but I wondered if there were any special tips for a job this big.

    Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and then redye. If you dye over them as is, those faded areas could take the dye differently causing it to dye unevenly. For large items, you want to ensure you have a container large enough for the fabric to freely move around. If you need to dye them in separate dye baths, they could dye different shades. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Cathleen

    Hi Rit company, my name is Cathleen and I have a tan 97% cotton/3% spandex jacket that I would like to dye to a jewel toned color – green or red? What would work best? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cathleen, Thank you for reaching out. If it is not a light tan we recommend using Rit Color Remover to reduce/remover the overall color prior to dying. You can send us a picture of the color to are trying to achieve at colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a recipe.

  • Ana

    I have a black dress that I want to dye black. will that work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ana, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress?

      • ana

        I am more than sure it’s more cotton than anything. I will double check when i get home. but let’s say it is cotton, will that take. and I just re-read my question. I mean to say I have a black dress that I want to dye Yellow, will that take?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Ana, Yes, if it is more cotton material you should be able to use Rit Color Remover and bring the black down enough to dye with yellow. Hope this helps.

  • Elizabeth Kelch

    Hello, I have an old-fashioned, military issue, OD green field
    jacket. I acquired the jacket from the military in the mid-90s but the jacket
    is in very good shape. I’d love to wear it more, except that I just can’t bring
    myself to where the ugly green. I’d love for it to be another color. What color
    do you think this jacket will take well? What method of dying do you recommend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the jacket?

      • Elizabeth Kelch

        I can’t find a tag to tell me what it’s made of.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Elizabeth, It would be hard to say not knowing the care tag details, natural fibers cotton, rayon, linen ect would use All Purpose dye and synthetic material would need to use DyeMore. Also being a military jacket it could have a special water proofing finish that wont take our dyes. You could try and use Rit Color Remover and see if any color would come out, if so then you could try and dye with All Purpose. Hope this helps

      • Elizabeth Kelch

        Tag says
        Coat, Man’s field coat with hood
        Nylon cotton sateen 0G – 107
        DSA 100-68-C-2017
        Sportsmaster Inc
        Size
        Stock number 8405=782-2935

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Elizabeth, If the material is cotton/nylon, it should dye well with the Rit Dye More or all-purpose dye. The stove top would give you the best results. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover first before dyeing to a different color. Hope this helps!

  • Maddison

    Hi Rit, I would like to dye a pale pink girls dance leotard brown for a Halloween costume, how would I go about doing that so the end color would be a darkish brown without any pink showing? With 3 days until Halloween I’m starting to panic. I hope this is possible!!
    Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maddison, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the leotard?

      • Maddison

        It is 92% cotton and 8% spandex

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Maddison, Thank you for your response. We suggest dyeing over the pink with Dark Brown, since the pink is pale you should achieve full coverage with the brown of your choice with All Purpose. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Maddison, Yes it will work the same way. We just recommend keeping a close eye on the fabric as when it goes above 10% spandex/elastic the hot water can sometimes affect the elasticity. Hope this helps!

  • Yaz

    Hi, I need some help before Halloween! I have a coral shirt and I need it to be red (for a lifeguard costume), the fabric is 95% cotton and 5% spandex. How should I go about doing this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. In order to change the color of the fabric, color remover would need to be used to take the fabric back to an off-white shade prior to dying. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color and the dye will mix to create a new color.

  • Sarah

    Why did my black dye come out grey?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you were dyeing?

  • Angela Smith

    Here’s my situation. I’m pressed for time putting together a Goofy costume for my husband. I successfully dyed a shirt orange for him with your product (thank you!), but when it came to the pants, I couldn’t find a cheap pair of white or light blue. I decided I could fade the dark blue knit pants, but…. It came out grey instead. Could I dye it a lighter and brighter shade of blue now?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angela, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, a lighter blue color would not be achievable on top of a darker hue. You could dye it a brighter shade of blue, but the grey would affect the overdyeing process. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Caroline, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the sofa covers?

  • Chrissy

    Hi Rit! I want to dye a dress for Halloween and was looking for some advice. I’d like for the half of the dress to be white and the other half royal blue — vertically. Do you have any tips on sectioning off the dress while dying? Should I tape?

    The line down the center of the dress does not need to be perfect as I am covering it with sequence. I just want the left half white and the right half blue. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!! – Chrissy

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      hello Chrissy, Thank you for reaching out. What is the material you are working with? This will help determine what dye and method would be used.

      • Chrissy

        Wow such a quick response! It’s a cotton dress.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Chrissy, You might take a look at the instructions we offer for ombre dyeing, which would allow you to dip 1 side of the dress into the dyebath. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/ombre/ There is not a way to produce a distinct line where the royal blue meets the white, which you will view at the link offered. Hope this information is helpful.

          • Chrissy

            Thank you! Such a wonderful service ya’ll offer here!

  • F.Rosado

    Hi I was curious to see if I can get some assistance…I’m a first time dyer here. My mother gave me a lavender skirt (spandex/stretchy) skirt and white 60% cotton 40% poly turtleneck for my 2 year old daughter. I’m trying to dye the skirt red and the turtleneck orange for a day Velma /scoobydoo costume. I’ve seen the directions on what to do but I want to make sure that the skirt will dye red since already a lavender. I appreciate your assistance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. When it comes to the shirt we suggest using Rit DyeMore since the polyester is 40% you would get a truer orange color using our synthetic dye. You can find directions for DyeMore here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ . As for the skirt, what is the amount of spandex in the material? this will help us further assist you with the skirt color. Hope this helps.

  • AquarianOne

    I have a pair of toddler size 100% cotton pants that are light khaki colored. I need to get them to a very bright yellow for a costume as The Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George. I tried to bleach them out but the color didn’t respond at all, even after soaking for hours on end in a 50/50 water and bleach solution. I am wondering: if I just go ahead and dye them with the two bottles of Lemon Yellow that I bought, are they likely to take on a bright yellow color anyway, even though they’re not starting out white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. These damages areas may not dye. We would recommend using Rit color remover to try to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. You could then try dyeing the pants Lemon Yellow. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color and the dye will mix to create new color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • John Cosby

    I want to dye an acrylic sweater that is a medium brown/gray that has a heathery look. I don’t want to spend a lot as the sweater was a bargain find and I really just want to wear it to bum around in. However, the current color makes me look ill so I want something brighter or richer. I love anything in the teal and aquamarine family but would be willing to go with a darker brown or bold coral (or some version of red or orange or pink mixture). The only thing I can find on Amazon that is in my price range is the regular Rit Liquid – Teal. I know from reading the reviews and the Rit website that regular dye may not work on it because it is acrylic. I already tried 10 packets of plain cherry Koolaid in a pot of near boiling water for a few minutes then letting sit for 12 hours but the color barely changed at all. If the regular liquid dye is not likely to change the color much at all, then I would rather just wear it the way it is than to spend 10 times the value of the sweater to buy the Rit DyeMore. Is it even worth trying to dye it with the regular Rit Liquid? If yes, what method and what color do you recommend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi John, Thank you for reaching out. Since the material is synthetic Rit all-purpose dye would look like it is dying in the dye bath but would rinse out and not adhere to the fibers. For a snythetic material we would recommend using DyeMore for the best results. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Chris, Thank you for reaching out. You may try over-dying with the red just keeping in mind the original color and the dye will mix to create a new color.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Siane, Rayon would dye well with the Dye More or the all-purpose dye. Please keep in mind that the dye would not reach a solid color and that the dots would dye a different shade than the rest of the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com K Clinkscales

    Hi my scrub color has changed from brown to gray. I was wondering if dyeing to gray is
    achievable? If yes which gray should I purchase?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you are looking to dye?

      • http://www.ritdye.com K Clinkscales

        65% polyester 35% combed cotton

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, You could try using Rit Color Remover to bring the color down but this will only lighten the cotton areas, the polyester will not lighten due to the material. You would then over dye with gray with our product Rit DyeMore, keeping in mind by over dyeing you will be mixing the colors brown and gray. DyeMore is used to dye synthetic material and synthetic blends. Hope this helps.

  • Terra

    Hi Rit,
    I purchased a white pashmina in hopes that I could dye it the colour I needed, but that didn’t exactly work out as planned. I need a specific colour for my wedding and not able to find any that match, other than the one I already have. I have attached a few pictures to show you the colour I am trying to achieve. What should I mix together to get the colour I am looking for, and how much of each?
    The first picture, the left is what I was going for, the right is “petal pink”
    The other pictures are of the girls shoes in different lighting and one to show the pashmina and shoes together. I need them to match.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Terra, Thank you for reaching out. We have received your pictures by e-mail and will try our best to create a custom recipe.

      • Terra

        Wow! What great customer service!! Thank you for responding so quickly. I look forward to hearing back if you can achieve a formula. Just out of curiosity, what is usually the turnaround for a request like this?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Terra, We ask to allow 24 to 48 hours. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Chris, Thank you for reaching out. It would depend on the fabric content of the material, which is not listed at the link. You might try contacting the seller to see what the fabric content is and we can further assist you from there. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Abby Dunehew

    Hi RIT! I have a question or two. I’m trying to dye sateen, which is a medium weight 97% cotton 3% spandex blend, a royal blue from white. It’s 2 1/2 yards of fabric I pre-washed. After over half an hour using the simmering water and bucket method with constant stirring, it came out extremely blotchy. I added a cup of salt and even half a cup of vinegar because of the spandex.

    Do I need to switch to poly dye because of the spandex content, or use a whole bottle instead of one packet? Is the spandex just that resistant? And do I need to use the dye remover for what’s left before I try again? I’m on a time and budget crunch and can’t afford to go buy more fabric. I’ve dyed stretch fabrics using the powder before and never had it so blotchy so I’m not sure what the problem is.

    Any advice is welcome.
    Thanks so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Abby, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and then redye. The all-purpose dye can be used. The Dye More and all-purpose dye would not dye the spandex, but the spandex is such a small amount it should not cause any issues with achieving the color you are looking for. We suggest just adding in salt with no vinegar. Be sure to add in the fabric already wet and stir constantly as you did the first time until the color is achieved. Make sure the material has enough room to freely move around and that the dye is thoroughly dissolved in hot water if you use the powder again. One box will dye 1 pound or about 3 yards of fabric. One bottle will dye 2 pounds or approximately 6 yards of fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Erin

    I would like to dye my khaki pants black, is this possible? They are 60% Cotton, 35% Modal, 5% Polyurethane

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Erin, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, You can use Rit All Purpose for this type of material. They carry the black color, you can find instructions on how to dye here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ . Hope this helps.

      • Erin

        Thank you!

      • Erin

        My pants turned out purple, instead of black?

  • Erin

    So my pants turned out purple instead of black? Help

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Erin, So sorry to hear your dye project did not turn out as planned. We have e-mailed you some questions to further assist you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Melinda, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. Navy Blue can come out a purple hue if the water is not hot enough (160-180 degrees), if there is not enough agitation (30-60 minutes with no soaking), if not enough dye is being used for the weight of the fabric (1 bottle for every 1 pound when going from light to dark), or if the item has a special finish. Hope this helps!

  • RaeAnn

    Hi! I recently bought a cotton shirt that I love the style of, but the pale peach color is awful on me. I’d love to take it to a soft to medium washed out gunmetal grey (does that make sense???)
    Is that possible over the peach, and if so, what color formula can you recommend?
    Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Raeann, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using Rit Color Remover to reduce/remove the over all color prior to dying. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color and the dye will mix to create a new color. You can email us a picture of the color you are trying to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a recipe.

  • Jennah Wahab

    Hi Rit Dye

    I have a hunter green cardigan that is 45%cotton & 55%silk and its 5 years old and not so vibrant anymore. its in good condition, just faded looking. what should i use to fix it? thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jenna, Thank you for reaching out. This type of material you can use All Purpose dye, we have an array of colors in this dye line. If you could e-mail a better picture of the color you are trying to achieve here: colorformula@theritstudio.com we can try and match that color with a recipe made from our dyes. Hope this helps.

  • Emma

    Hi I have a red polyester dress (I suspect some trims are cotton too) and I want to dye it black.. I have purchased the ritdye more. Now I’m wondering should I dye it green first then black? I’m trying to achieve a true black colour so hoping adding green first will help, is this right?! Thanks for your help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Emma,
      Thank you for reaching out. With the dress being 100% polyester our Black will only go a dark gray not a true black. If you were to dye green 1st then black you would get the color from mixing gray and green together, more experimenting with colors. Due to the polyester itself you will not be able to achieve a true black only a dark gray. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amy, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the dye could potentially stain the tub, so we would suggest using another method. Hope this helps!

  • Rachel Rutherford

    Hello Rit Company. I have a linen blazer that is a very light tan color but would like to dye it a very dark purple. Is this possible? Every time I have dyed something light, trying to make it very dark, it hasn’t worked. I should say, all the ones before were like a polyester material, so that could have been the reason. Will a light colored linen dye dark?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Rachel, Thank you for reaching out. You are able to dye Linen material with All Purpose and achieve the dark purple over the light tan. The best method would be stove-top and you can find directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ . Polyester is very hard to dye and does not work well with All Purpose we came out with a synthetic dye in April, this probably is the reason why it did not turn dark before. Hope this helps.

      • Rachel Rutherford

        Thank you so much for the response!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sandie, Thank you for reaching out. Are you trying to achieve a darker denim color or a different hue all together?

  • Tom

    Good Morning Rit: I have a light blue dress shirt that has some small black ink stains on the bottom of the pocket. I tried to get it out with hair spray and rubbing alcohol and most of it came out. I took it to the dry cleaners to get the stain out and they cleaned it instead of trying to take the stain out. So now I have decided to stain it black to match the black ink. What dye do you recommend.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tom, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material?

      • Tom

        Its 100% cotton. I tried several times, once with one box of Black dye, then again with two boxes of black dye. I tried the second time because of a cleaning stain that i couldn’t get out. Is there something that will get that out. I don’t see the ink stain anymore

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Tom, Thank you for reaching out. You could try the Rit Color Remover. It may or may not be able to remove the stain. If it was caused by chlorine, it would likely not be removable. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Char

    Hi! I recently attempted to dye white cotton sheets grey in the washing machine. After weighing them and consulting the color chart (#527) I used about half a bottle of black dye and ended up with lavender sheets. I attempted to color-correct with half a bottle of yellow hoping that would neutralize the purple. Clearly this was a misguided call… I now have light sage green sheets. Any thoughts on how I might get these to some semblance of grey?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Char, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the lavender hue and then they can be redyed. We would suggest using Pearl Grey. You can use less dye and add more water for a lighter hue. The 500 color recipes are best used on small pieces of 1 ounce fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Shelly

    I want to die small white socks emerald green. I have the liquid dye, but I am unsure of how much salt to add to the mixture. The socks say cotton with some spandex.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shelly, We recommend adding 1 cup of salt. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Stefanieeann

    Hi! I have a 100% rayon dress that says dry clean only, however a lot of my clothes that say that we wash with cold water and hang dry it. If I dry the dress (its a lighter navy blue, not that deep in color) and I want to dye it black, if I do this and just wash is cold and hang dry will it ruin the dress or should it be okay? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Rit dyes require very hot water, 140 to 160 degrees, to activate. When a fabric care tag states dry clean only, the hot water required to activate the dye may cause shrinkage or damage the dress.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tom, The Color Remover is the strongest laundry treatment we make, so if the Color Remover did not work then the White Wash would likely not work either. It is hard to say how the dye would adhere to the stained areas to make it less noticeable. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tom, Bleach can be damaging to fabric, so once bleach is used we are unable to guarantee dye results.

  • Hazel Eastman

    Hi, i have a blue shirt made of chiffon material. I want to dye it a dark red color for a cosplay but i don’t know how to lighten the color so i can use the dye on it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Hazel, Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using Rit Color Remover, this wont lighten the color it will actually take out as much color as it can so you can start from scratch. Once the color is taken down or out then you can go ahead and re-dye the red you are trying to achieve. Hope this helps.

  • K Lu

    Hi Rit: I have a medium-grey cashmere scarf I would like to dye black. Should I add vinegar or salt to the liquid dye I purchased? Any other advice? Thanks so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, When dyeing cashmere, we recommend adding 1 cup of vinegar. Tips for dyeing black, black can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ You may want to check the fabric care tag to ensure the scarf can be washed in hot water. Also, the hot water required to activate the dye may cause some shrinkage. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Ivanna Ojeda

    Hi, I’m Ivanna. I really need help! I have a yellow dress that I’d like to change to blue. It’s 100% polyester and I was wondering how I could go about that. This is my first time trying anything like this so I really need help. Thank you in advance! Please help if you can!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ivanne, Since the material is polyester, the Rit Dye More can be used to change the color of the fabric. It is hard to say what would happen with overdyeing. Since you are starting with yellow, if you overdye with blue it could end up more of a blue-green. Here are tips on using Dye More: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ and the colors we have available: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this helps!

  • expatwannabe

    I have a light grey duvet cover that is easily soiled. I would like to dye it a darker grey. Do I need to remove the existing color or can I skip that step and go straight to dying.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Since it is a light grey you would not need to remover the existing color when dying over with a darker grey. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • expatwannabe

        Thanks for the quick response!

  • Seanyboy

    Does this dye work on suede ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If you are dyeing leather, we do not advise using Rit because of the high salt content. However, if you choose to dye with Rit regardless, be sure to “feed” the leather after dyeing by covering the item or items in hand cream or leather lotion. Salt can dry out the leather and make it crack so you would want to feed the moisture back in. Hope this helps.

  • Mike

    Hello, I am going to try to dye some very bright blaze orange clothing a more neutral color. They are very bright- all I am looking for is something that doesn’t stand out.
    The clothing is 100% cotton treated with a fire retardant.
    Any suggestions?
    Is there a color “path” that I can look up for future projects?
    I’d like to find a chart that has starting color, desired color, and then the dye(s) to get there.
    Thanks very much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mike, Depending on the special finish applied to make the clothing fire retardant, our products may or may not be able to penetrate the fabric. We would recommend using Rit color remover to try to remove the bright orange color. If the color remover successfully takes the clothing back to an off-white or cream color, you could then dye the clothing the color of choice. We have emailed you information on dyeing over existing colors using Rit’s all purpose dyes. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Norma

    Hello, l would like to dye a black wool blazer that l got from Talbots. The colour has become a little faded especially on the shoulder from the hanging in the closet. How do l accomplish that. Thank for any help received.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Norma, Thank you for reaching out. If there is a lot of fading on the shoulder, you would want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. If there is minimal fading, you can overdye the fabric with the black dye. Please keep in mind the hot water during the dye process can cause some shrinkage. Here are some tips on dyeing black: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Hope this helps!

  • Troy

    I have an Olympia Motorcycle Jacket that is 100% Nylon on the outer shell. It is Black with a High Visibility Yellow. I am wanting to dye the jacket to an all black, as I’m tired of the yellow. Is this possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Troy, Thank you for reaching out. The yellow would dye to black, but it is likely that the area starting as yellow will dye a different shade of black than the already black areas. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Troy

        Thank you for the quick response. I don’t have a problem with the blacks not matching. That may look better anyway. Do you recommend the DyeMore product or just the straight black dye? Also, do you recommend the sink or the washing machine, or does it not matter?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Troy, The all-purpose dye or Dye More could be used for nylon. Dye More is recommended on the stove top. Nylon dyes best at 180 degrees, so the stove top method would give you the best results if you choose to use the all-purpose dye as well. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Christine, It is hard to say what would happen if you overdyed the grey with yellow. If the material is a natural fiber, you can use the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the grey and dye the material yellow. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sara, Thank you for reaching out. Nylon is dyeable with Dye More or the all-purpose dye. We suggest the stove top method at about 180 degrees for nylon. You would add in 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of dye for around 1 pound of fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Kellie

    So I have some aquamarine colored scrubs for school but I am trying to go the cost efficient route and dye them to a gray color instead of just buying new scrubs. Is there a way to dye this color of blue-green to gray?? I was thinking of just mixing a small amount of black. Will that do the trick? Please help me!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kellie, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric you are working with? Once we know this we will be able to better assist you.

      • Kellie

        75% Polyester
        21% Rayon
        4% Spandex

        Thank you for getting back to me so quickly by the way 🙂

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Kellie, Thank you for your response. With the material of the scrubs you would need to use Rit DyeMore for synthetic material. Our Color Remover will not work on synthetic material so you would need to overdye with the gray, Graphite is black in this line but will only turn a dark gray on 100% polyester material. Hope this helps.

  • Kari

    Hi Rit! I am planning on dyeing some suede shoes that are currently light blue. I really want to dye them brown (cocoa brown) but I’m not sure if the brown will cover/look okay over the blue. Do you recommend trying the brown, or should I play it safe and dye them navy blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kari, Thank you for reaching out. It is hard to say what would happen when overdyeing. You would have better results overdyeing with the Dark Brown rather than the Cocoa Brown over light blue. Hope this helps!

  • Courtney

    Can you dye a gray fabric cream?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Courtney, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you are working with?

  • Dee C

    Hello! I tried dying a cordura fabric bag black using the black dye, and it turned to a navy blue! I have redyed it 3 times now and the blue just wont go away and the black doesn’t keep. What are your suggestions? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Dee, Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you some dye issue questions to your personal e-mail, please answer to your best knowledge so we can try and figure out whats going on and help. Thank you.

  • Dee C

    Hello, I tried dying a bag black and it turned a dark navy blue color. I have tried dying it 3 or 4 times now. Do you have any suggestions on how t o make it black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Tara

    Hi there
    I’ve never dyed anything before but purchased a baby carrier second hand. It is made of stretchy cotton. It is dark green and I hate the colour but was so cheap I couldn’t resist! I would like to dye it pretty much any colour but am thinking black might be the easiest. Can you please tell me how I can achieve this if I can at all?
    Thank you
    Tara

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tara, 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. If the fabric care tag states the fabric is cotton and you are able to remove the cover in order to immerse it in a dyebath, Rit’s all-purpose dye would successfully dye the fabric. Black would be the correct color to use to dye over dark green. We recommend doubling the amount of dye when dyeing dark colors. Tips for dyeing black can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with!

  • Sarah

    Hi Rit, I have a dress that is a baby pink color and is 95% rayon and 5% spandex. I really want to dye it black, is there any way that would work?

  • Stephanie

    Hi. I have a jean vest that is 80% cotton and 20% polyester. It is already a dark blue color (with some faded areas). I would like to dye it black. Will it work? Can I achieve a true black with Rit Dye? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. When over dying dark blue to black you will need to add in a 1/2 package of dark brown to achieve black. Where there are faded spots it will come out lighter than the other areas of the vest. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nicci, Unfortunately, you would not be able to achieve a solid black when overdyeing a pattern. We have e-mailed you some additional questions so we can further assist you.

  • alissad

    1) I have sage green 100% polyester curtains and was wondering if there was any way there was a dye more color that I could use to achieve a teal color?

    2) I have some Khaki color cotton shorts I would like to dye an army green if possible. Any suggestions?

  • Sandra

    Hi! I want to do a rainbow dip dye and the instructions call to use a magenta dye. I can’t seem to find anything but Magenta Purple…what color would be close to magenta that I can combine with yellow and aquamarine to get the rainbow spectrum? Also, is aquamarine a good choice? I could not find Cyan or Turquoise. Thank you!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sandra, Thank you for reaching out. Please send pictures of the colors you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create color recipes for you.

      • Sandra

        Thank you! Will do!

  • SA

    I have old lace curtains that I am looking to dye. I have never dyed before- any tips, suggestions, help would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Do the curtains have a tag? Do you know what the fabric content of the curtains are? We would be happy to help!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lindsey, Yes, overdyeing with Tan could also affect the darker colors by making them appear more of a muted shade. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • leah

    Hi i want to dye my shirt black or just a darker color in general. Its a bright pink almost neon possibly. The shirt is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. I was wondering how i could go about dying it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Leah, Thank you for reaching out. Since it contains so much polyester, the Rit Dye More would be needed to successfully dye the shirt. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ If you are looking for a darker hue or black, we would suggest using the Graphite, however, it may only be able to achieve a dark grey. Hope this helps!

  • Megan Page

    I have two white stained chef coats (65% polyester 35% cotton) that I would like to dye dark grey and one a wine color. Can I achieve this by using rit dye more?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Megan, Since the coats contain 65% polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. When dyeing over stains, there will likely be a noticeable difference in color where the stains are. There are 12 colors available in the DyeMore line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Graphite will dye 100% polyester a dark gray and other fabrics black. Due to the limited colors available in this new dye line, we do not have a color recipe to offer for wine. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Elaine

    I have a bright pink Carhartt jacket that I would like to dye. The pink is just too much. Would you have any suggestions on what dye color I could use to possibly get a darker brown possibly, I would hate to go black, and I do not like purple.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Elaine, 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, 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. Also check care tag for any special finishes or waterproofing if jacket has any mentioned.

  • Ashley Schwartz

    Hi Rit
    If I have a romper that is gray and is 60% cotton and 40% polyester and I want to get it to St. Patricks day green, will it work? and what would I need to mix?!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley, Thank you for reaching out. You may try using the all-purpose dye just keeping in mind it will only adhere to the cotton portion. Here is a link to some of our favorite color recipes https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf . If you do not see what you are looking for you can email us a picture of the color you are trying to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try and create a custom recipe. We also have a new dye line called Rit Dyemore which will work on both the cotton and the polyester that offers a peacock green. We would recommend using color remover to reduce/remove as much color possible prior to dying just keeping in mind again that it will only work on the cotton portion. Hope this helps!

  • Laura

    I see a lot of people asking about Ikea slip covers and saying they are 100% cotton. The website says 100% polyester. Will Rit dye work on 100% polyester? They are white and we want to go to brown/beige

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura, The Rit Dye More would work on the polyester slipcover, however, polyester requires very hot water and works best when dyed on the stove top. Since it would be too large, you would need to try a bucket method starting out with all boiling water. Make sure the fabric has enough room to freely move around or it would not dye evenly.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Stacey, The amount of dye would depend on the water amount. How much water would be needed for the fabric to freely move around?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Gianna, We suggest using Rit Dye More due to the polyester. The closest would be the Sandstone. Please keep in mind that chlorine and sunlight can cause immediate fading to occur.

  • mary

    I have an emerald green merino wool sweater . Can I successfully dye it navy charcoal or black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mary, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the existing color and then redye the fabric to the color you are looking for. Both the Color Remover and dye require hot water which could cause felting and shrinkage to occur, so if you decide to give it a try you want to keep the water as close to about 160 degrees as possible.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Justin, We would recommend e-mailing in a photo of the color you are looking to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we would be happy to try to create a recipe for you.

  • Morikins

    Hi! I just got a pair of gorgeous couches from Craigslist covered in high-quality wool felt upholstery. But they are faded from the sun! My thought is to remove the cushion covers and dye them in the washer, but I’m unsure about how to take care of the upholstered frame to ensure a good match. Also, any tips on wool felt? I’m a bit worried about shrinkage…

    Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We do not recommend using Rit Dye for upholstered fabric because after the dye is applied, the excess dye must be removed. This can be difficult to achieve with furniture and if the excess dye is not completely removed, it can rub off on clothing. Rit Dye performs best with fabric that can be removed from the furniture, such as slipcovers or pillow covers, and immersed in a dyebath. Then the fabric can be rinsed and laundered as directed to remove the excess dye. The frame would not be successfully dyed.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sophia, You can save the dye in an air tight container. Unfortunately, there isn’t a certain amount of time it will last in the jar. Since it is mixed with water, it can start to mold. Be sure when you reuse it to reheat it and stir it well. Keep in mind it will not produce the same color as the previous items would have absorbed much of the dye. Hope this helps!

  • Sean

    Hello, I brought a 100% cotton muslin and I dyed it to black. I use the stove top method which I brought a huge stock pot for this purpose. My muslin is about 2.5 lbs. I used two black RIT bottle. I follow the instruction and it work great. After the dyeing, I put the muslin in the washer with old towels and washed it in warm heavy duty cycle. It came out the color as I want it but it is slightly grey. Can I use RIT DyeMore to create a black on the muslin? the muslin is 100% cotton but I assume DyeMore should make it stronger black color on it. Will that help?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sean, Thank you for reaching out. During the dye process at any time did the item sit or soak? The material has to be constantly moving or stirred around for the dye to adhere to the material, if soaked then during wash color can be removed and turn out more lighter. DyeMore can also dye the cotton Black but being 100% cotton the material should have taken with Rit All Purpose, if you wanted to try again we suggest constant agitation and if needed longer time in dye bath. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ashley, Rit color remover would be required to try to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color prior to dyeing it dark green. Unfortunately, color remover would not be able to remove the dye from the lace if it is polyester or another synthetic fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi George, You can use a bucket method depending on what the pod pack is made out of. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Black has purple undertones and can turn a purple hue if the water is not hot enough (160-180 degrees), if there is not enough dye for the weight of the fabric (1 bottle per pound), if there is not enough agitation (30-60 minutes with no soaking) or if the item has a special finish. You might boil water on the stove to add into the sink/bucket to ensure the water is very hot. The hotter the water, the darker the black hue will be. If you want to try adding in some green to neutralize the purple, you can try Dark Green. The Black should overdye the purple without the green if the water temperature is increased. Hope this helps!

    • C A

      Thank you for you very quick response! What a great service for us dye novices!

      I will do what you suggested. Really hot water — a whole bottle of dye (it weights less than 1/2 lb but what the heck…) — and lots of agitation.

      After the 2nd time, it was getting closer. Let’s hope the 3rd time is the charm!!!!

      Thanks again!

  • raf muradas

    Hi ..I bought a pair of upholstered chairs that are a reddish color and would like to dye a different color. Is it possible to go from a semi darkish color to a lighter color?..i believe the fabric may be polyester or a blend. I wouldn’t mind going to black but was also toying with the idea of it being like a lime green.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We don’t recommend dyeing chairs if unable to remove the upholstery, this is because our dyes need to be submerged in a dye bath and rinsed so extra dye can’t bleed off. When dyeing chairs that can not be detached there are concerns for evenness due to not being submerged and bleeding since they cant be rinsed thoroughly. If material is polyester you would have to use DyeMore and this dye is best on stove-top or bucket method shown here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ , https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ . You would have to dye a darker color with material being polyester our Rit Color remover will not work on this type of fabric. Hope this helps.

      • raf muradas

        Thanks for the quick response…I have seen tutorials on youtube where the dye was sponged on and the results were favorable for the most part. Since I have already purchased these chairs and re-upholstering is not an option can you suggest what I could try? thanks again.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Thank you for the response. Unfortunately when using DyeMore the heat needs to be consistent, if you were to spt-dye or spray in bottle than the color would not be bold it will fade in shade due to the heat not being constant. If you choose to try and experiment with the dye and the outcome you can always find directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . We don’t recommend this but it would be up to you if you wanted to experiment. Hope this helps.

  • donna

    can i dye a purple gown green?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Donna, What is the fabric content of the gown you are looking to dye?

  • Angelina

    Hi, RIT company, is there anyway to make my pink chiffon dress into a blush color? Thanks a lot!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angelina, Thank you for reaching out. What fabric does the care tag on the dress state it is made from? Chiffon can be made from both natural and synthetic fabrics. Once we have this information we will be better able to assist you.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Nicole Rodgers

    How do I dye black pants that are a 54% polyester 44% wool and 2% Lycra spandex navy or can it be done

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nicole, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, due to the polyester content, the Dye More line should be used for best results. Dye More does not carry or have a recipe to create a Navy Blue at this time.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Stephannie

    I am trying to dye muslin zipper tape- I put the zipper tape straight into the dye and let it sit for over 24 hours- I took it out, rinsed it in cold water and it looked brown. I’ve put it in vinegar. Does something different happen if I use hot water to start off with? It seems to me that would dilute the dye.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Thank you for reaching out! When dyeing we recommend using the hottest water possible while still being safe for the fabric. The hot water is what “Activates” the dye. Using hot water (140-160F for All-Purpose Rit) for the dye solution is one of the most important factors in the dyeing process. Other factors that affect the appearance of the dyed fabric are using the proper amount of dye for the weight and color of the item you are dyeing. And, making sure the item or fabric remains in the dye bath for at least 30 minutes. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ryan, The liquid and powder dyes actually do not have a shelf life, so either one would last! Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Ashleigh Smith

    Hi, I have recently accidentally turned some white clothes pink. After copious amounts of color remover, and soaking in oxygen-based powder bleach solution for several hours, my clothes are still firmly light pink. If I wanted to dye my clothes light blue, since they refuse to give up the pink, what would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashleigh, It would be difficult to overdye from light pink to light blue as the light pink could still show through. The only option at this point would be to try overdyeing to see if the blue would successfully overdye the pink. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Ashleigh Smith

        Would there perhaps be a different color I could add that might cancel out the pink somewhat? I don’t necessarily need it to be a true blue, I just want them to not look pink or purple and still be a lighter shade. A grey-blue would be ideal. Could an aqua or a green-blue mixture work? How would I attain a light color as opposed to a full strength color?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Ashleigh, Royal blue and navy blue are colors that would successfully dye over light pink. If you were to send a picture of the grey-blue color you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com, we will try to create a color recipe for you. If you send us a picture, please advise what the fabric content of the material is that you are working with. Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well. Traditional Rit Dyes, or our core dyes as we call them, will work well on cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, nylon, silk or wool. Rit Dye More will dye polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, golf balls, lacrosse sticks, ABS plastics and poly based plastics beautifully. As an added note, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. These damaged areas may not dye. Let us now if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Virginia, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress you are looking to dye?

  • Stephannie

    Can I re-use dye once it is activated? I am using the liquid dye

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cheryl, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, since it is 100% polyester, the color could not removed. Due to this, the only option would be to try overdyeing and the existing color and color applied would mix to create a new color and may not be able to turn the material entirely blue.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Elizabeth, What does the tag on the dress say in regards to the fabric content? Chiffon can be made from a number of different fabrics.

  • Patti

    I am trying to dye faded floral patterned outdoor cushion covers that may be a sunbrella type fabric to a solid dark blue. I added 2 bottles of denim blue dye and 2 cups of salt to my washer, and the outcome has the floral pattern still showing through. Any further suggestions that may help?
    Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Patti, Unfortunately, the material would not be able to be dyed a solid hue. The print would continue to show through when overdyeing.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Olga,
    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.
    For every half bottle of dye we recommend using 3 gallons of water or enough water for the fabric to flow freely. There are instructions on the back of the bottle that give you different options for dyeing.
    For additional dyeing tips, please check out this link for the stove top method!
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/
    Hope this helps.

  • Cherrie

    How can I dye my polo
    Sweater black without dying my polo man black

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cherrie, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to protect the embroidery of the polo man on the sweater to keep it from becoming dyed. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • KP

    Hi RitDye folks ~

    I have two questions. First, I dyed a pair of white cotton pants with the Dark Green dye. This worked well, but I don’t like the colour. It seems more like a blue-green to me than a true green, & if anything, I prefer a warmer green. I am wondering if I overdyde them with Lemon Yellow or Golden Yellow, would that be effective? I am trying to see if I can avoid taking the colour out first.

    Second, I am going to take the colour out of some other items to start afresh. The colour remover package does not say how many pounds of fabric it works for tho’. So that is my question.

    Thank you very much!
    Kristalyn Pac

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi KP, It is hard to say when overdyeing, but you could try overdyeing with the Lemon Yellow. Golden Yellow has brown tones so the Lemon Yellow would be a better option. You can use 1 box of Color Remover on a pot on the stove or 2 boxes for a small/medium load, 3 boxes for a large load, 4 boxes for an extra large load in the washing machine. It goes by water amount, rather than weight. Hope this helps!

  • Angelina Lu

    Hi RIT company, is there any way to make my pink chiffon dress into a blush color? The dress is 100% polyester. Thanks a lot!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Angelina, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the material being 100% polyester you would have to use DyeMore for synthetic dyes. At this time we only have 12 core colors, you can view them here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . DyeMore needs to be done on stove-top for best results, you can add more water to try and delude the pink color we have in this dye line. You can also take an in seam from the dress or paper towel to dip in mixture and get an idea of the color before dyeing the whole dress. Find step by step instructions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ . Hope this helps.

  • KP

    Hello!

    I am wondering what is the difference between Scarlet, Cherry Red, & Flame? I can’t really tell by looking at the bottles. I want to know if any of them are a true red, if any have pinkish tones, if any have warm/orangey tones, etc, so I can know which to choose.

    Thank you so much!
    Kristalyn Pac

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kristalyn, Thank you for reaching out. When it comes to Cherry Red out of the three you are asking is more of a true red tone, Scarlet is a mixture of red and orange but more on the “red” side and Flame is a mixture but more on the “orange” side. To better see the shades you can look here: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/core-colors/ and just click the droplets to see those colors. Hope this helps!

      • KP

        This is perfect, thank you! That page is exactly where I looked before, but looking at the bottles, it is very hard to discern the colours. I suggest a plain big swatch for each, against the white background, & next to one another so you can compare. I know that is what you are attempting to do by displaying the bottles, but it is difficult to really see the colours, because the bottles are so small, & the writing on them adds to the challenge when they are already so small. Your comments are very helpful tho’!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          We will pass those suggestions along. Thank you for your feedback!

          • KP

            No problem. I am actually VERY impressed overall with your website & the customer service. You’re like the Fleetwood Mac song *You Make Lovin’ Fun,* but for you guys it’s, *You Make Dyein’ Fun*!!! 😉

  • Jen Ullman

    My daughter has a wedding coming up. She ordered chiffon skirts and they came in and emerald green. She would like them to be more of a lime green or a Kelly Green. Is there anything we can do to dye them to become those colors? The chiffon skirt says it is 100% polyester. Which I see is a nightmare to dye. Thanks for all your help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jen, In order to change the color of the skirts, you would need to be able to remove or lighten the existing color. Unfortunately, Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. If you were to dye over the existing color, the original color and the dye would mix to create a new color.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tonie,
    Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately we are not able to create custom recipes or mixes for the DyeMore line of dyes at this point in time.
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Get back to us with any other questions you may have.

  • Safiya Isaac

    HI Rit company, I neeeeed help ? I ordered a prom dress in burgundy but it came in red but it’s to late to change my colors .. My dress is polyester and I was wondering if I buy burgundy dye and do the same steps in the video will the burgundy catch ???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Safiya, Thank you for reaching out. Dye More would be needed to dye the dress since it is polyester. Unfortunately, we are unable to create a Burgundy hue with our Dye More like at this time. If you want to experiment, you could try Chocolate Brown and Racing Red. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Claudia

    Shoul i add salt or vinegar, or both to a 65% cotton 35% blend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Claudia, You would add in salt. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Kelly Bachi

    HI, I had a DARK blue jean jacket and I bleached it in the big tub, because I wanted a medium blue color. However all i got was a splotchy mess. Parts off it are light, blue and splotches of it are medium blue. Can i get the entire jacket back to a medium blue all over by dying it with DENIM blue rit dye? Or do i need to get all the splotchy out first? and how?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelly, Thank you for reaching out. Bleach can be very damaging to fabric so bleaching it and then dyeing it may not achieve the color results you are looking to obtain. If you were to dye over it as is, it would not dye evenly. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Katelyn, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress you are looking to dye?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Vicki Rosamond

    Hello RIT! I ordered a shirt online that was supposed to be black, but actually turned out to be navy blue. I love the way it fits, but I do not have anything navy to wear it with. It is 8.8 oz, made of 95% cotton/5% polyurethane, has already been washed. The pattern is a marbled look already so I do not care if it is “splotchy” looking, as long as it is black. I read that adding dark brown dye to the black dye will help make it look blacker. I have one 8 oz bottle of black and one 8 oz bottle of dark brown. I can dye either on the stove top or in a top-loading washer. Do you have any advice to help me get this shirt black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Vicki, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend adding in Dark Brown with the Black when overdyeing Navy Blue. The stove top will give you the best results. You can mix the bottle of black with about 1/4-1/2 cup of the Dark Brown. Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Vicki Rosamond

        Thanks for such a quick reply. I will let you know how it turns out.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Marissa, Thank you for reaching out. You will want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the existing hue. It can then be redyed. The fabric should be constantly stirred for 30-60 minutes with no soaking.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sherry, It is very easy to clean the machine. You would run it on an empty cycle with a cap of laundry detergent, hot water on the large setting and 1-2 cups of bleach.

  • Eileen

    Hi! I have a cream sweater that has yellowed in certain parts around the collar. Fabric content label says : 19% viscose, 20% polyester, 1% elastane, 79% viscose, 20% polyester, 1% elastane. Now I’m no genius, but that adds up to 140% on my calculator…. Not really sure how to treat this sweater when dyeing. I’d like to dye it a jewel tone, perhaps a rich green, black or sapphire blue or wine. Any advice on how to proceed or what might work best? Do I need to try to get rid of the yellowing? If so, how could I do that since it says No Bleach?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Eileen, We would recommend using Rit color remover, which will remove dye and try to remove stains from fabrics including viscose. It is not effective on synthetic fabrics. If the stains are not able to be removed, they would still be visible after dyeing the fabric. Rit does offer black, sapphire blue and wine dyes: http://store.ritstudio.com/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_campaign=ShopNow Simply click on the color droplets on the side of the page to view the various related colors available.

  • Lisa

    I have 3 garments that I wish to dye all blue. One is a 100% rayon dress,the other is 95% viscose top, and I have a dress that I’m not sure about, but I’m almost positive it is a cotton blend of cotton and rayon. I would like to dye these three things in a sink or bucket. I don’t care if they all come out a different shade of blue as long as they come out evenly. What type of dye should I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lisa, Thank you for reaching out. Your outfits are made of natural fibers so you can use Rit All Purpose, you can find the colors here: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/core-colors/ . You can also get step by step bucket method instructions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ . You just want to make sure there is enough room for material to move freely and not bunched, this will help with evenness. You want to make sure material does not sit, soak, or settle you would need to stir or agitate constantly for 30 minutes, this adheres the color to materials fibers. If you need any more help please let us know!

  • Seth

    I want to dye my convertible car top from the current color green to black. Can I just sponge on liquid dye and let it dry? Will the dye run when it gets wet driving in the rain?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Seth,
      Thank you for reaching out. Fabrics that contain a water resistant finish are not dye-able as our dyes are not able to absorb into the water resistant fabric. Sorry about that. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Seth, It can run if it is not rinsed in cold water until the water runs clear and then washed in warm water with detergent prior to drying. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Danitza, What is the fabric content of the scrubs and what color are you trying to achieve?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Anna,
    Thank you for reaching out. Shrinking usually only occurs if you agitate the wool, use warm or hot water to wash, then cold water to rinse. Agitation and a switch in water temperatures can cause shrinking. Rit Dyes do require agitation and high temperatures. We can not make any guarantees on weather the fabric will shrink or not. Hope this helps!

  • April

    I have a hot pink shirt I would like to dye purpel because It got washed with Chapstick and now has dark pink spots on it. Is this even possible? If so what color dye should I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello April,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the shirt? 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. Please get back to us at your earliest convenience.

  • Kimberly Ryan

    Hello I have a question. When dying a garment like a tiger sweat jacket just the blue needs dyed
    .Do or can I put all In bucket because letters ate white

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kimberly, Unfortunately, there is not a way to guarantee the white letters would not be affected by the dye as there is not anything that can be applied that would safe guard them from becoming dyed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Kimberly Ryan

    are

  • Lorena

    Hi! I have a Navy dress that I want to dye black! But it is made out of polyester and spandex, am I able to dye this type of material and if so how should I go about doing it? Could I use the Rit DyeMore?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lorena, Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, polyester blends, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. The darkest color available in the DyeMore line is graphite, which dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. When a synthetic blend contains mainly polyester, it is not possible to achieve black.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Lorena,
    Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately when a synthetic blend contains mainly polyester, it is not possible to achieve black. Let us know if you have any additional questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Gray, Thank you for reaching out. As long as bleach was not used to fade areas of the jeans, Rit dye should successfully adhere to the fabric. When dyeing fabric that has various shades, all fabric will take the dye evenly. For this reason, the shaded areas will still be a lighter shade. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

    • gray

      Thank you!

  • LA Elder

    Hello, I work for a medical school and we use various lengths of white rope (mostly cotton, I believe) to help the students practice and visualize in large scale, some of the suturing of skin skills.
    I need to somehow dye exactly half of the ropes black. I understand that I can just tie off and place only half of the length in a bowl, but am wondering if anyone knows a way to keep it from bleeding up past the halfway point? It cannot bean “ombré” effect,I need a sharp line….
    Thoughts?
    Many thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest trying a resist. The Crafter’s Pick Batik EZ Resist or the Elmer’s Blue Gel Glue (this is the only Elmer’s that works) can be used to try to cover an appliqué. Because the resist is water-based, it washes out easily so the fabric can’t be immersed in a hot dye bath for very long before you lose your resist. This would be the best way to keep the dye from passing but again it is tricky. Best luck to you.

  • Cody

    Hi I have a pair of gray sweats I tried to dye denim blue but it didn’t take the color! Would the denim blue take to the sweatpants if I try again or should I try another color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cody, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the sweatpants? Did it dye them at all?

      • Cody

        hi thank you for quick response the pants are 100% cotton and they turned to a darker gray.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Cody, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the grey hue of the sweatpants. You can then dye them with the Denim Blue. The stove top would give you the best results ensuring the water stays at about 160-180 degrees.

          • http://www.ritdye.com Cody Adeyemi

            ok great! Thank you so much !

  • Elizabeth Greenawald

    Hi,
    My sister ended up washing a blush shirt and skirt with her white clothes, assuming that the person who gave her them had already washed them so the colors wouldn’t bleed. Sadly that’s not the case. Her white WORK clothes are now a very light shade of blue, and I was wondering if there were any products that you had to help lift the pale blue from the fabrics? We have tried running them through the wash with bleach and while the color has lightened somewhat, I was just wondering if there was any way aside from soaking them in diluted bleach to get the white color back.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, We would recommend trying our Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color bleeding from the fabric. It can be used on the items as long as they are meant to be all white. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Linda

    Hi Rit, Spent the weekend dyeing some old clothes. Having a blast. Changed a cotton jersey shirt, what I thought was blue, but was an ugly gray to black. I will actually wear it now. Now my question is… I have a dress I thought I was buying online as red but is really an muddy maroon. I believe it’s 100% cotton. Want to turn it to something pretty. If I add blue, will that turn it purple? Or if I add red will that make it redder? At this point I was going to throw it away anyway so any advise is appreciated. BTW, bought the dye at Menards. Thanks for placing your product there!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Linda, It depends on the shade of red as to whether or not it will turn it purple. If you overdye with red, that would make it a redder hue. You can also use the Rit Color Remover if it is 100% cotton to remove/reduce the existing color and dye it another hue. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brandy, If the material is rayon, you can use the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the existing color and then dye it a blue hue. If color remover is not effective, the only option would be to try overdyeing again with the Sapphire Blue which would give you a blue-green depending on how dark the existing green color is.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi John, Thanks so much 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. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. 

  • Lisa

    Trying to help out a friend who has a wine red polyester skirt and wants to dye it dark blue. Is this possible? How would I help achieve success?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lisa, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the material being polyester you would need to use our synthetic dye DyeMore, the darkest Blue we have right now is Sapphire Blue. You can find the DyeMore dye colors here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ , they can be purchased at your local Hobby Lobby or Joann’s Fabric stores. Normally we would suggest using the Color Remover first before re-dyeing with blue but our product does not work on synthetics so you would have to over dye this color, you want to use stove-top method with DyeMore that gives you the best results: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ . Since color remover will not work you might get a result where the red is noticeable or mixes with the blue dye to create a different color, by doubling the amount of dye you can darken the color and the longer agitation stirring in the pot will also darken the outcome. Hope this helps.

  • cmikeb730

    please help!!! lol i want to tie dye my rose pink 100% cotton jersey sheet set denim blue, i was wondering if dying denim blue over rose pink would result in another color besides denim blue…the rose pink is very mild in color, but should i add a little black to keep the denim blue color denim blue? is there a color chart for this? any info would be helpful…

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The existing pink and denim blue color would mix to create more of a periwinkle blue type hue. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color and then dyeing the fabric the hue you are looking for. Be sure to wash the fabric prior to starting the color remover or dye process. Hope this helps!

      • cmikeb730

        would that be the same as bleach and water? what about adding a touch of black to the denim blue?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello,
          Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend using bleach as it damages the fibers of the fabric and can make it so the dye will not stick. Rit Color Remover will try to lighten the material to the same color before dyeing. Sometime deodorant, stains, and industrial dyes/coating on fabric can result in the dye not taking or making the dye a different shade.
          Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
          https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
          Hope this helps.

  • Lauren

    Hi I have a yellow dress that i would like to dye a light blue would that be possible or would it turn my dress green?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lauren,
      Thank you for reaching out. Please get back to us with what type of fabric your dress is made from so that we may better assist you.

  • JesikahBesikah

    Hello 🙂
    I have my wedding coming up within the next year and I have A LOT of jute burlap (40″ in width x 30 yards) that I need to have dyed in two different colors (Navy Blue and Evening Blue). I am wondering how many bottles of the liquid Rit Dye will I need if I do 1/2 Navy and 1/2 evening?
    Also I am planning to do this all outdoors and have never dyed jute burlap before so are there any ideas from people on how best to do this? Any and all ideas would be greatly appreciated 🙂

  • THE WISE 1

    I want to die my carpet with the Rit Tan Bronze for a red stain and a bleached stain. Will this product work for that situation?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, 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.

  • Kay

    Turning an olive green cotton jacket black … I used two packages of RIT color remover, following directions with hot water and adding even more time for my wash machine to agitate the jacket in the color remover. Nothing happened. No color was removed at all. I tried bleaching after washing the jacket (1 cup bleach and 1 hour agitating). Again, the color held firm. I want my jacket to be black, not the dull olive green it is. Is there a way to make that happen?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kay, Thank you for reaching out. We suggest looking at the care tag and seeing if there is a special finish or water proofing on the jacket, this will reject our Color Remover and Dye. We don’t recommend using bleach this will damage fibers in the material that our dyes stick to and may cause problems when dyeing. Once we know what the care tag label says we can better assist you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color applied. If it does contain polyester, there would not be a way to achieve a Navy Blue, however, you might be able to achieve a darker blue by using Sapphire Blue in the Dye More for synthetics line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • Michele

    Hello Rit Co… needing a little help. I have a 100% cotton, sunshine yellow dress that I would like to make a kelly green color. Is this possible? Thank you for your advice in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Michele,
      Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the fabric before dyeing. This will give you a even color that you can dye over with a color of your choice.
      Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      Hope this helps!

  • Muffie

    Hello, RIT company, I have a challenge. The dress for my son’s wedding requires some “shapewear” which is 69% Nylon and 31% Elastane. It is flesh colored but I need to dye it gray. I purchased liquid RIT gray and the instructions mention adding vinegar to dye nylon. Also, I don’t have access to a stainless steel sink… my sink is corian. Any tips for me?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Muffie,
      Thank you for reaching out. You wont have a problem reaching a grey hue when dyeing nylon. Rit dyes are heat activated and the vinegar is what helps brighten the color of the dye on the fabric. Any type of stainless steel or aluminum pot will do. You can also do it in your sink, in a bucket or in the washing machine. Its up to you. You can find the step by steps instructions for dyeing by these methods online under the “Techniques” tab. Hope this helps.

  • mrana

    I was wandering if this type of dye would dye a red 95% rayon dress to burgundy???
    Its for a wedding. If so how or what do i need to do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Our All-Purpose Rit Dye will work on Rayon. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover before hand. This will try to lighten the material to the same color before dyeing.
      Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      Hope this helps!

  • Katie

    Hi Rit company my name is katie and I have a hot pink dress but I would like to dye it white. do you think you could help?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katie, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress?

  • Mariah

    Hi RIT, I dyed onesies using the dark green color dye. They turned a light olive color even after using a lot of the dye and not very much water. I would like the green to be darker and more similar to the color on the bottle or like your Ultramarine green. Am I able to re-dye the onesies with some teal dye to get the desired color I want or do I need to remove the current dye on them first? They are 100% cotton.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mariah,
      Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using Rit Color Remover before dyeing. This will guarantee that you don’t come out with a different hue then what was intended from over dyeing the previous color. Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      Please remember that Rit is heat activated. For optimal results, the water should be at least 140-160F for Rit All-Purpose Dye. Just below a low simmer.
      Each bottle of Rit dye is good for 2 pounds of dry weight fabric. We recommend using at least 3 gallons of water per pound of fabric being dyed.
      While the fabric is in the dye bath, stiring/agitating for 30-60 minutes is what makes the dye stick. Stirring the fabric also promotes consistent exposure to the dye, resulting in “level dyeing” or even color. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Mary, Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like the others that turned a pink color is a synthetic blend or 100% synthetic because it should have taken just like the the curtain that did come out Navy. We suggest using our Rit DyeMore to dye the other curtains, DyeMore is for synthetic material. You can view the colors we have here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/, the closest we would have to Navy is Sapphire Blue. Hope this helps.

  • Kelly King Walden

    I need dye help. I am trying to dye my couch. It’s denim, light blue, and I want it to match the darker denim furniture in the same room. So I tried dying the arm covers with Evening Blue. The material took the dye great: intense with no unevenness. But the color is decidedly purpler than the denim in the room. It’s more of a blue-violet. Can I make the color bluer by adding green? If so, what green? How much would you recommend per bottle of Evening Blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelly, Thank you for reaching out. Is it a removable slip cover or the actual upholstery you are looking to dye?

      • Kelly King Walden

        The couch has removable slip cover cushions that I was planning to dye first, but the frame is upholstered. I was hoping to paint the dye on that part.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Kelly, We do not recommend using Rit Dye for upholstered fabric because after the dye is applied, the excess dye must be removed. This can be difficult to achieve with furniture and if the excess dye is not completely removed, it can rub off on clothing. Rit Dye performs best with fabric that can be removed from the furniture, such as slipcovers or pillow covers, and immersed in a dyebath. Then the fabric can be rinsed and laundered as directed to remove the excess dye. If you still want to give it a try here are some tips: https://www.ritdye.com/2016/03/28/how-to-dye-an-upholstered-chair-with-rit/ You can submit a photo to colorformula@thertistudio.com and we can try to create a custom formula. Please keep in mind we are unable to guarantee results on upholstery.

  • cmikeb730

    is there a color chart for shades of purple??? im trying to achieve purple and wonder what the red to blue ratio would be for different effects…

  • Amanda

    Hi! I want to dye my red, paisley colored couch pillows and seat covers. The seat covers and the front of the pillows are red paisley mixed with some tan & blue colors and are polyester. The back of the pillows are all red and are some type of velour, though I’m not as concerned with how the back turns out. Anyway, can you help me with some tips on how to dye these? I understand it may be differently toned because the paisley is multi-colored though mainly a red.

    I’d like to change the color but want to pick something that will turn out the best and would love your thoughts. Is a dark, charcoal gray possible? I’m assuming I have to go darker.

    Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, Thank you for reaching out. It is hard to say how the Graphite would affect the colors of the existing fabric as the pattern would not be completely covered to a solid hue. Graphite in Dye More will dye black on all fabrics except on polyester it would reach a dark grey. If you would just like to tone down the colors some, you could overdye it with the Sandstone. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, As bathing suits are usually made from nylon or polyester, Rit DyeMore may be your best option.  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. In addition, long exposure to strong sunlight could cause the color to fade quickly.

  • Tonya Robinson

    I used the pearl gray on several items but they all came out purple. They were all different materials so each has a different shade of purple but they were purple none the less. Why did this happpen? I needed them to be gray for a wedding next week.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tonya, Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you a personal e-mail with some questions, if you could answer those and get back to us we can try and help you figure out the problem and achieve the Pearl Grey.

      • j

        we are having the same problem where the gray came out purple.. can we over dye to get it more grey.. i’ve seen that adding black and green might help.. any suggestions.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Sara

    Hi! What an awesome thread to get questions answered! I have a sage green pottery barn anywhere chair cover (a child’s chair) I attempted to dye with Pearl Gray. Rookie mistake, it wasn’t dark enough to do anything but tint it. I’d now like to try a bottle of black and a bottle of royal in an attempt to get… you tell me! I’m going for gray and am fine with blue-ish tones. What do you suggest doing? I’ll be using a large plastic container. Material weighs .5 to1 lb. max. 32″x26″x25″. Thanks for any tips!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Bridgett

    hi, i want to dye a mauve color dark purple for an event i have coming up. The only problem is that it has black lace at the top and i would love for it to remain black. If i use the polyester dye will it also change the color of the lace?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bridgett, Thank you for reaching out. In most cases, since it is black it would not be affected by the Royal Purple, however, sometimes it can take on a purple tinge. If you have a test piece you can cut from a hidden seam you might run a test dye bath to ensure it will not change the black. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Oscar,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of material is the hat made from? Please get back to us at your convenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Shawnda,
    Thank you for reaching out. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric again, we recommend using Rit Color Remover as we can not guarantee that the fabric will still have your intended design. Rit Color Remover will try to lighten the material to the same color before dyeing.
    Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
    Hope this helps.

  • Matt

    I’m trying to dye the sides of my shirt and shorts like this but I have no idea how to go about that

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Matt, Thank you for reaching out. We don’t recommend using our dyes for projects like this for a few reasons, Our dyes need to be in very hot water and material submerged and stirred for 30 minutes in the dye bath. The hot water activates the color and the constant stirring allows dye to adhere to material, there is not a way to cover and protect the front and back to dye the sides only. If you were to dip the sides in and move around there is still a chance of the dye bleeding into the area you want to keep white and be uneven. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://www.ritdye.com R P

    Hello, I am conducting a shibori workshop and I have 20 students who will be dying their tied cotton clothes. Instead of having a dye bath I have squeeze bottles of different dye colors. Would this method of drenching the clothes work as well as the dye bath? I’m afraid I don’t have any other supplies to work with so any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Since they are currently red, you can overdye them. We would suggest overdyeing the fabric with the Cherry Red in our all-purpose line or Dye More Racing Red. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Crystal,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since your fabric is a cotton/polyester blend, we would recommend using Rit DyeMore to achieve a successful dye. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jack,
    Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using the liquid detergent as it helps the dye to move more freely in the water and move onto the fabric. Using it is at your own discretion though we do recommend it. Hope this helps.

  • Kat

    I used liquid Pearl Grey dye on white %100 Cotton fabric but it came out purple rather than the grey color that is on the bottle. I followed the instructions and used the hottest water possible and the proper amount of dye. What can I do to get it to appear more grey?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kat, Thank you for reaching out. So sorry to hear you had an issue with the Pearl Grey. We have e-mailed you some additional questions to further assist you.

  • Shemika

    I want to dye a dress that I have that is nude with a black overlay lace. I want the nude part to be a grey or silver color. How can I do that without messing up the dress? I want to wear it for a wedding in less than 2 weeks. Please help me….

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shemika, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress?

      • Shemika

        Its polyester and spandex. I like the black lace but i want the nude part to be a silver/grey color

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Shemika, You can overdye it with the Frost Gray Dye More: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ It should leave the black, however, sometimes overdyeing black with lighter colors can make the black appear more dull.

  • Tony

    Hi, I have a nice Burberry jacket which is – a light beige colour – shell is 100% cotton; resin coated; with a light grey 100% polyester lining (can only be dry cleaned). I`m keen to dye it navy blue. I`ve never dyed before. I understand that the polyester will not take the dye.

    My questions are:

    (a) I will much appreciate your guidance generally

    (b) what would be the likely colour outcome for the lining

    Many thanks in anticipation. Tony

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tony, 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 like to point out that when an item states dry clean only, the hot water required to activate Rit dye will likely damage the fabric. Should you decide to dye the jacket anyway, Rit all-purpose dye would not take the the polyester lining, but DyeMore would. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Whitney

    Hello I would like to know if I have a denim jean vest can I rit dye it to a pink color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Whitney, Thank you for reaching out. As long as the denim vest does not say “dry clean only” or have metal fibers you can use Rit Color Remover to try and take out as much color as you can before dyeing pink. This will let the pink show through, when over dyeing the pink would not show through because it will mix with the blue. Hope this helps.

  • Ashley

    Hello! I have a dark-ish green Cotten dress that I want to dye black. Tips???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the existing green and then it can be redyed to black. Hope this helps!

  • Cory Broad

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    I want to dye this as red as possible, how do you think it would turn out???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cory, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material?

  • Dani

    Hi, I want to dye a gown that is cotton, spandex and 29% polyester. Hopefully it will dye ok. But the game does have a pearl design along the neckline. I’m not sure if these pearls will die as well or if there is a technique that I can cover them so that they don’t turn a different color

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dani, Thank you for reaching out. Dye More would be the best option due to the polyester content. The pearl design could dye depending on what it is made from. Unfortunately, there is not a technique that would allow you to successfully cover the design that would not wash out during the dyeing process.

  • Corina

    Hello there.

    I have some maroons chairs and I will want to dye them to be dark grey or black. Can I even do that? Can you please advaie what color dye should I use? Thank you very much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Corina,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are the chair covers made from? Please get back to us so that we can further assist you.

      • Corina

        Thank you so much for replying so fast. The chairs are corton, regular waiting area chairs. I took a picture so you can see what I mean. I might need to spray the paint on them. Waiting for your advice. Have a great day!

  • Kaci

    Hey I was going to use both Scarlet and black on my white denim shorts, The problem is that they are 66% denim and 34% polyester, will I achieve a full black or will it be purple? Also will the Scarlet turn more orange or bright red?
    Thank you so much

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kaci, 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. Since the fabric contains 34% polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. There are 12 colors available: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black, so you will not be able to achieve a true 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.

  • Jackie Gales

    Hi, I want to dye a red/burgundy canvas boat cover black. Does rit dye well on canvas?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jackie, Thank you for reaching out. When it comes to boat covers its hard to say most of them are water proof and any waterproofing on the material will reject our dyes since they have to be mixed in water before applying. If you would like to try we suggest looking at the tag to see what type of canvas this is natural fibers such as cotton or synthetic material like polyester, acrylic. We have 2 different dyes All Purpose for the natural materials and DyeMore for synthetic. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tabitha, Thank you for reaching out. It would dye the white, pink and green areas different shades as the dye would mix with the color to achieve a different hue. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to protect the leaves from being tinted by the dye.

  • Shannon

    Hi Rit!
    I recently bought an ivory dress that has a 70% cotton 30% nylon lace layer on top and a 100% polyester base. The care instructions are cold water hand wash. I am wanting to dye it a light gray color. What is the best way to get an even color consistent in both layers?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Shannon,
      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. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we would recommend using Rit DyeMore to get a even color over all fabric types. Please keep in mind that Rit DyeMore requires a higher heat. For optimal results, we recommend using water that is around 180-220F. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Reem,
    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. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • http://cityguylove.tumblr.com/ DTLAGUY

    Dear Rit, I would like to dye these camouflage shorts a deeper darker green. I purchased Dark Green Rit Dye. Will that do the trick?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Dark Green would be your best bet in the all-purpose line if the material is anything other than polyester or acrylic. Hope this helps!

      • http://cityguylove.tumblr.com/ DTLAGUY

        they are 100% cotton.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Since they are 100% cotton, the Dark Green can be used to overdye them. Please keep in mind that the existing colors and color applied would mix to change the hue of each shade within the camoflauge pattern.

          • http://cityguylove.tumblr.com/ DTLAGUY

            Since my goal is to keep the camoflauge pattern, and simply deepen it a darker green color. Should I use one bottle or less of the RIT Dark Green? and soak time should that be shortened?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello, We would suggest starting with about 1/2 bottle and agitating for at least 10 minutes. You can keep a close eye on the fabric and remove it when it is a little darker than what you are looking to achieve as it will dry lighter.

          • http://cityguylove.tumblr.com/ DTLAGUY

            Fantastic! Thanks

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Reem, It likely would not cover everything if a darker color is used. A darker color would likely make those areas and spots more noticeable.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Therese, Thank you for reaching out. As long as it is a washable wool, it can be dyed. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Reem, You can certainly give it a try. For best results, we would suggest using the Rit Color Remover on the stove top to try to make everything as even as possible prior to dyeing.

  • Susan Reich

    I just dyed an old bathing suit (before on the left, after on the right). I am wondering how well the dye will hold up in a chlorinated pool, or will I come out looking like a Smurf? 🙂 I added vinegar to the water, and haven’t washed it yet, just rinsed and let it dry. Just curious about what to expect in a pool. Thanks!

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    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, You will definitely want to rinse in cold water until the water runs clear and rewash in warm water with detergent prior to wearing. Chlorine and strong sunlight can cause immediate color loss and fading.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Claire, Thank you for reaching out. If they are polyester or a polyester blend, unfortunately, an orange would not be obtainable.

  • Kristin

    Hello Rit! I have a white polyester blend dress that I would like to dye emerald green. I do not think the peacock green dyemore color is what i am looking for. Is there a blend of yellow and blue dyemore that would give me an emerald green?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristin, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not have a recipe to create Emerald using Dye More at this time. You might experiment by mixing equal parts of Daffodil Yellow and Sapphire Blue.

  • Alisha

    Hello Rita Doctor, I love have bright red sheers that I would like to tone down. If I use a dark brown Rite liquid dye can I possibly get a burgundy/wine color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alisha, What is the fabric content of the sheers?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sara, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the polyester content, we suggest using our Rit Dye More: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Rit typically is unable to fully cover over staining, it depends on the extent of the stain and the color that you choose. You would want to go darker to try to cover over it.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Kimberly,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes do not require soda ash to dye as our dyes are heat activated. As long as your fabric is rinsed clean and there is no residue left on the fabric, then it should not harm the dye process. Hope this helps.

  • J. Dreux

    Hi! I have a coral chiffon gown that I really want to dye black, but was wondering if the fabric could be dyed with Rit dye. Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the chiffon?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Monica, Thank you for reaching out. A neon yellow is not achievable with our regular dye line, however, a neon yellow is available in a 1lb container in our professional line: http://store.ritstudio.com/professional-line/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Tiff,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is a synthetic polyester blend, we would recommend using out DyeMore line of dyes. DyeMore is specifically meant for fabrics like your polyester dress. We currently have 12 colors for you to chose from. The darker the better when over dyeing a another fabric color. You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Wal-mart, JoAnn Fabric or online at Amazon.
    http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
    Hope this helps!

  • Carrie Fritz

    What color do I use to dye a for color dress pure

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carrie, What is the existing color and what color are you trying to achieve? What is the fabric content of the material?

  • Bananafuzzy2

    Hi RIT, I have a black pin stripe suit jacket that I want to dye all black. The jacket is 65% rayon and 35% polyester. I want to know if the pin stripes will still be visible if I dye it using the black RIT dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The pin stripes would still be visible.

  • Rush

    I recently ordered a skirt that is supposed to be coral, but got it in today & it’s really just pink. We are having a photographer do family pictures & I need it to be more coral to match other outfits. Can I use orange dye to make it more coral but still get smooth consistent color? The fabric is 95% Rayon & 5% spandex. Thank you ahead of time for any help/advice you can give me!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using Rit Color Remover to lighten as much of the existing pink as possible. You can then dye it the color of your choice. You are welcome to email us a picture of the hue you are interested in achieving. https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/request-a-color-formula/
      Hope this helps.

  • CassidyPage

    Hi Rit,
    I just purchased a large rug that was supposed to be purple and silver but of course it showed up purple and blue. To to dye over the blue part to make the whole thing purple should I use a red dye (to combine with the blue underneath to create purple) or if I should do purple all over? i wasn’t sure how the dye works over existing colors. also, can i just put the rug outside in my yard on a tarp and use watering cans to deposit the dye? the rug is made of viscose, which i think is the same as rayon so hopefully it picks up the dye. thanks! -Cassidy

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Cassidy, Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath of very hot water and constantly agitated for at least 30 minutes. How large is the rug and how much does it weigh? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Cassandra,
    Thank you for reaching out. Fabric only needs to be agitated in the hot dye bath for 30-60 minutes with the continual agitation. It is not recommended to let it sit or soak as it is not needed. Should you decide to let it sit, it will not harm the fabric. Hope this helps.

  • Belinda Walker

    I have a pink bed skirt that I want to make it a dark rose. I used red and it made the pink a deeper color. What can I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Belinda, Thank you for reaching out. You can use the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color and then dye the fabric the color you are looking for. Please send us a photo of the color you are looking to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a recipe for you.

  • Kathy

    Hi Rit People–I want to dye a pair of 100% Dockers khakis black. I tried yesterday with one package of dye (I followed directions and agitated the pants in a bucket for 1/2 hour) but the pants barely changed color. I didn’t use salt, though, so I wanted to try again with salt and two packages of dye. But I wondered if there was a stainguard of some kind on the pants that keep them from absorbing the dye.

    Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Lexie

    I have a cream dress that I’m trying to dye a lavender color. the shell of the dress is 100% polyester. I know you have said Rit dye won’t work on polyester so what do you suggest? I also read that Rit has a polyester dye? is that true?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lexie, Thank you for reaching out. Yes we do have a synthetic dye called DyeMore, you can find this at Walmart, Joann’s Fabrics, Hobby Lobby or online at ritstudio.com or Amazon.com. This dye works the same as our All Purpose just hotter water of 180-212 degrees, we only have 12 core colors so unable to create a Lavander at this time. You can view the colors here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . We do have a Royal Purple you can dilute with more water or less dye, you can test the color by dipping a paper towel in the dye bath to get an idea of overall color. Hope this helps.

  • keely

    Hello, I plan to dye canvas drop cloth to make into a bed skirt. I would like a teal color, but many of the reviews claim that “teal” came out much more like dark green. Could aquamarine and teal be mixed to create a lighter blue teal color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Keely, Thank you for reaching out. You can send us a picture of the color you are trying to achieve and we can try and create that color in a recipe using our dyes. If you wanted to experiment with colors on your own you can with Teal and Aquamarine, you can test the colors by dipping a paper towel in the mix to get a better idea on the outcome. Hope this helps.

  • laura

    I want to dye a very light grey chiffon dress to a maroon color. Can I mix two of your RitDyeMore colors to achieve this? Do I need to pretreat the dress. Pretty sure it is all polyester.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Laura, Thank you for reaching out. At this time we have not created a recipe for Maroon in DyeMore line, you can try mixing colors together to achieve the color you are looking for. You can cut a piece of in seam off to test the mixture of color before dyeing or use a paper towel to get an idea of overall color. You would not need to pre-treat the dress just have wet before putting into dye bath to help with evenness. Let us know if you have any other questions

  • Jane

    I have had great success overdyeing 100% felted wool ,
    using Rit tan to achieve a more toned down primitive color. Now I would like to achieve a more toned down primitive color from my 100% bright red wool jacket I’m using for crafts. What suggestions do you have ? Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jane, Thank you for reaching out. You can use the Tan to tone down the red also if that is what you are looking to do. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Theresa

    HI Rit,
    Can the dye bath be reused? I’d like to keep the dye in a container, reheat on the stove top and reuse at a later time. Is this possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Theresa, The dye can be saved in air tight, sterile containers. When you reuse the dye, you will want to heat it up and stir well. If mold occurs, dispose of the dye. You may also need to add in some additional dye when reusing as the first time it is used quite a bit of dye will be absorbed into the fabric and will not reproduce the same color when used again.

  • Marie

    Hello, I have a navy blue dress that is stained in patches from salt water (so patches where the colour has faded). What’s the best way to dye the dress in order to regain a solid, vibrant navy blue colour. Thank you so much for your help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marie, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress? We can better assist you once we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Marie

        Sorry. I forgot to mention it’s 100 % cotton.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Marie, For your best chance of an even color result, we would recommend using Rit color remover, which will try to remove as much dye as possible and take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Also, we recommend doubling the amount of dye used when dyeing dark colors, which would be 2 packages of powder or 1 bottle of liquid navy blue dye for up to 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.

          • Marie

            That’s very helpful. Thank you so much!

  • Kim Melenchuk

    I want to dye a fabric very dark purple, the purple dye I used on a previous cotton fabric(white) is not dark enough, how can I make the purple darker

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kim, Thank you for reaching out. There are a few ways your able to do this: you can double the amount of dye needed to get a darker tone, you can add small amounts of black to the mixture, or you can stir and agitate up to an hour in the dye bath, the longer you agitate the darker the color. If you are looking for a specific color you can send us a picture at colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try and create a recipe using our dyes to match. Hope this helps.

  • Sophie

    I have a swimsuit that’s 80% nylon and 20% spandex. It’s also plaid. Is it possible to dye at all, and if it is, will it dye unevenly because of it’s current pattern?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sophie. Thank you for reaching out. One thing to point out since the material has 20% spandex due to the very hot water needed for the dye bath may hurt the elasticity in the spandex. If you choose to dye knowing about the spandex we suggest using Rit Color Remover first to try and take the color and pattern down as much as possible, otherwise the pattern or colors can show through or blend with dye. Once you have used the Color Remover you can then dye the color of your choice. Hope this helps.

  • linda

    I have boat cushion covers that are a pastel pink or a mauve color. What color should I use to dye to get a different color . If I dye blue I will get purple ? If I dye red then what ? Is there a way to figure out what dye I add to the pink and what it will be when done ?

    Thanks Linda

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Linda, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the cushion covers and do they contain a water repellent finish?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • rp17

    Hello, I have a pair of black shorts I bought last summer that I love, but recently got ruined. I found the store still has this style of shorts available, but only in purple (it’s a medium-deep plum purple). They are 97% cotton, 3% spandex/elastane. Washing instructions call for cold water, gentle cycle, tumble dry. Would I be able to buy them in purple and dye them black? First, can I dye deep purple black? Second, I know dying typically calls for hot water and I don’t want to ruin the shorts.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      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. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Deanna, Thank you for reaching out. You would add in 1 cup of salt.

  • Shruti

    Hi there;
    I would like to dye 100% polyester chiffon fabric. The fabric is currently a solid light pink colour and I’d like to do an ombre effect with Red dye. Could you please guide me in terms of which product and technique to use. Any tips to achieve the best results will also be appreciated! thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi, 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. There are 12 colors available: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ When dyeing over an existing color the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ We have instructions for ombre dyeing using Rit’s all-purpose dye: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/ombre/, which you could refer to should you wish to experiment using DyeMore. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nicole. 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, polylester blends, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. Since the dress is 40% polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. Also, the stripes would still show. You might try dyeing over using DyeMore peacock green, chocolate brown or graphite. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Deirdre Haj

    I have several cushions covers which are a true white. Five cushions are about 23″ square, six are 23×14. The tag says simple polyester and they are marked as water resistant, not water repellant. I would like to dye them blue, and have two boxes of dye. Do I have enough? Can I dye them in a stainless sink? There are so many I cannot use a bucket. Advice please and than you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Deirdre, 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 would be the recommended dye to use and there are 12 colors available: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Since the fabric care tag states water repellent, we are not able to guarantee the dye will adhere to the fabric. Should you choose to experiment using DyeMore, you will want to make sure there is enough water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely and constantly agitate for at least 30 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Deirdre Haj

        It does not say water repellant, but water resistant. I can try with a pillow first. What do you suggest as a basin for so much material? Does the new formulation require salt or vinegar? And hot water?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Deirdre, DyeMore is a different formulation from Rit all-purpose dye and does not require salt or vinegar. 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. Sorry for the oversight, if fabric is water resistant, it also may keep the dye from adhering to the fabric. Hope this helps!

          • Deirdre Haj

            So one more question: if it works, can I use a kiddy pool? My concern is getting an even color among the covers if I do them all separately, and I am sure a bucket will not be large enough. Any other thoughts are welcome in terms of a container to dye them in…I have a laundry sink, but I get the impression it will stain the plastic of the sink.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Deirdre, You are correct that DyeMore would would stain your sink because it does dye plastics. Dyeing in a kiddy pool would be an experiment. It can be difficult for the dyebath to be evenly distributed when dyeing bulky fabric in a large amount of water, therefore, the color result may be blotchy.

  • Mark King

    Hi Dear Sir/Madam of Rit studio can a sartin fabric be re dye

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mark, Thank you for reaching out. It depends on the fabric content of the satin as satin can be made from a number of different fibers.

  • Katie

    Hello Rit, I have a blue denim jacket that i would like to dye black. I would like to have the jacket be as dark of a black as possible so i was wondering if i should bleach the jacket first then dye it? or not use bleach at all? Also should I use more than 1 bottle of the black liquid dye? Thank you!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katie, When dyeing black over a dark blue, we recommend doubling the amount of dye, which would be 2 packages of powder or 1 bottle of liquid per 1 lb. of dry weight fabric, along with adding 1/2 package of dark brown powder dye. Adding the dark brown to the black will help you to achieve a true black. We do not recommend using bleach as it is harsh and damages fabric. Tips for dyeing black can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Georgie, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, a wine hue is not achievable using Dye More at this time. If you wanted to experiment, you might try mixing Racing Red with Chocolate Brown.

  • J Lee Halpin

    Hello. If I use the same batch of dye water to dye several things (at different times) will the last item be the same color as the first one? For some reason I am thinking the more the dye water is used, the lighter the items become. Is that true? Thank you so much for your help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      HelloJ Lee, Thank you for reaching out. Yes you are correct, using the same dye bath for several items the last item will not be as dark or bold in color. If you want to use the same dye bath we suggest adding small amounts of dye back into the water before dyeing next item, you may need to add water depending on the items you are dyeing. Also it is best if water did not cool down and stayed hot the whole time. Hope this helps.

  • Jennifer

    Hi, I have a dress that is 63% polyester, 32% rayon, 5% spandex. It is a bright cotton candy pink. I would like to achieve a tie dye effect where the rings are pink and the rest is grey. Would a grey die work? Thanks very much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer, 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. Since the fabric contains 63% polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. DyeMore is recommended for use on the stove top due to the very hot water required: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Also, DyeMore frost gray would not successfully dye over a bright pink color as the original color mixes with dye being applied.

  • MeiejersRed

    Howdy Rit I have 2 xl bright red polo shirts in need of dyeing to a navy blue They are 60% polyester 40% cotton What is your recommendations Thanks in advance

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, a Navy Blue is not achievable with that fabric type at this time.

  • Susan Jane

    I am trying to dye white jeans a bright royal blue. I have mixed petal pink, royal blue and purple and come close to the shade I want but it’s not bright enough. Help? Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Susan, Thank you for reaching out. If you send us a picture of the color you are trying to achieve at colorformula@theritstudio.com we can try and create that color using our dyes in a recipe. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are the pants made from? Please get back to us at your earliest convenience so that we may better assist you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Martina, The Rit Dye More for synthetics would be needed and the blue and brown would mix to create a new hue.

  • Jeanne Gault

    I’m dying 3 king sized white microfiber flat sheets w Rit Dye More sand stone. Can I do them in the washing machine? All at one time? Two bottles of dye? Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jeanne, Dye More can stain the washing machine and a water temperature of 180-212 is needed which is a high simmer to boil. We suggest using 1 bottle of Dye More per pound of fabric.

  • Alverta Shackelford

    I havea pair of coral pants I wish to dye black. They are 54% cotton 27% polyester 18% rayon and 1% spandex. Will I be wasting my time?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alverta, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the polyester we suggest using Rit DyeMore for synthetic material, All Purpose is only for natrual fibers. DyeMore has the color Graphite for Black we have tested and found on 100% polyester the color will only turn a dark grey lead color. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sunny Hani

    Hello Rit. So there is this red shirt that I would love to dye a nice green color. It’s an old Bowling shirt- but I’m not sure what kind of fabric it is. Is it possible to dye a shirt from red to green? Please let me know!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sunny, Thank you for reaching out. You would need to first use the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the existing color and then it can be dyed the color you are looking for. Color Remover would not be effective on synthetics like polyester or acrylic.

  • Jenny

    I have a red dress that I want to dye emerald green, do I need to lighten it first?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jenny, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the existing color prior to dyeing.

      • Jenny

        Thank you very much for that information…should I only need to do this one time or will it take multiple tries

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jenny, If done on the stove top, it should only take one time.

  • Leizel Mae

    Hi I have a dark blue dress that I wanted to dye red. How can I achieve that color without messing my dress up. Its kinda cotton and kinda silk. I really need to know because our acq.party is getting nearer. Please answer thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Leizel, Thank you for reaching out. If it is cotton and silk and labeled as washable, you can use the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the existing color and then dye the fabric the red shade you are looking for.

      • Leizel Mae

        Thank you for responding. Only when I look at it, its silk but when I touch it its cotton. Or I really dont know how to explain. And no label at all. I hope it won’t look like violet or something.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Leizel, 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. Since you do not have a way to check the fabric content, we cannot guarantee a result. 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. Should you dye over the existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color.

          • Leizel Mae

            Okay got it. Thank you so much for your time 🙂

  • Braden Void

    Hi! I had a pair of red jeans that fit well but I never wore them. (I believe they are jean material, the tags dont list it, sadly.
    I’m planning on dyeing them black so I’ve bleached them, and I got them to a light pink shade.
    Will the black dye cover the pink? Would it come out solid black or a dark burgundy/maroon?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Braden, 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. The Black dye will cover the slightly pink color if the damage from the bleach is not that bad, if damaged by the bleach you could end up a different hue like grey or the dye may be rejected and not cover at all. This would be an experiment to try and dye to see what effects the bleach had. Next time you need to remove color we would suggest Rit Color Remover first and then dyeing.

  • stephanie rampersad

    Hi, i dyed a khaki pants green and then wanted it to be black so I purchased rit powder dye in black but the pants just got a darker green not black what should I do I really want it to be black. Please help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the green hue and then redye them using the black dye.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Din, Thank you for reaching out. Because the fabric is mainly cotton and viscose rayon, it is dyeable using Rit all-purpose dye. We would recommend dividing the fabric into more than one dyebath because dyeing fabric that weighs 10 lbs. at one time would likely achieve an uneven color result as it is difficult for the dyebath to be evenly distributed. Rit offers a color recipe for charcoal gray https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • SilverSkye77

    Hello Rit company, i want to dye a blue denim jean jacket a dark brown colour but im not quite sure what dye to use and how to go about it. any advice?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, When dyeing over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye. Since blue denim is a dark color, dark brown would not successfully dye over the existing color. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • SilverSkye77

        what if i was to bleach the jacket

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, 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, which is a sign the fibers have been damaged. Bleach damage often keeps our dyes from adhering to the fabric. Unfortunately, Rit Color Remover would not be recommended as the product is unable to remove the indigo blue dye from denim.

          • SilverSkye77

            oh okay thanks for the quick replys!!

  • seagrasser

    Hi, have a cotton item I want to dye a vibrant sapphire blue. Can that be achieved with your standard coloring palette?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If you send us a picture of the color you are trying to achieve at colorformula@theritstudio.com we will try and create that color for you using our dyes to match. Hope this helps.

      • seagrasser

        just sent the email

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Cori,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since your jacket is partially polyester, we would recommend using the DyeMore line of dyes. You can find the step by step instructions for use online. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/
    Hope this helps.

  • Padlock

    I would like to dye a snowsuit that is currently Fushia to a red color. It is made of polyester and nylon. Is it doable?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What are the percentages of polyester and nylon in the snowsuit? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

      • Padlock

        The shell is 100% polyester; lining is 100% polyester; The sleeve lining is 100% nylon. Right now it is fushia pink….. i would take it to any color that would be appropriate for a boy. Thank you

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Padlock, Thank you for the response. Due to the percentages of polyester we do recommend using Rit DyeMore for synthetic material, it will cover nylon areas as well. Rit Color Remover is unable to take the color out of synthetic material so your best option would be to over-dye the snowsuit with the color you choose. Keep in mind when over-dyeing an item the original color can blend or show through the dye. You can leave the snowsuit in the dye bath constantly stirring up to an hour, the longer you agitate the darker the color. You can find DyeMore colors here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ .Let us know if you need any more help!

          • Padlock

            Would you recommend a color that would work best with the current fushia it is ,that would be boy appropriate?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello,
            Thank you for reaching out. We have a couple colors that may work for you. You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Wal-mart, JoAnn Fabric or online at Amazon.
            http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
            Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello BK, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover.

  • Victoria

    I am wanting to dye a 3-6 month onesie how much dye and water would I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Victoria,
      Thank you for reaching out. Every bottle of Rit Dye is good for 2 pounds of dry weight fabric. You will need to use 3 gallons of very hot water (140-160F) for every pound of fabric. We recommend weighing your fabric to guarantee that you are using the correct amount of dye and water. Hope this helps.

  • Fran

    I purchased 11yds of beige ‘duck’ fabric to make a slipcover for my sofa. I have decided that I would like it whiter and a little softer. Is there a way to bleach my fabric. And how much would I use. Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Fran, We offer Rit color remover, however, it works very quickly to remove dye. It is intended for use to remove dye from fabric so that it can be dyed a different color. Also, we do not recommend using our products on 10+ lbs. of fabric because it is difficult for the mixture to be evenly distributed due to the bulk of the fabric and the color result is often blotchy. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jo, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can use Rit All Purpose on the cotton material you are working with. To get a true green or purple color we do suggest using Rit Color Remover to take the tangerine down or out so when you re-dye you get a true color with out the orange showing through. All Purpose has a wide variety of core colors, if you are looking for a specific color we can try and create that for you in a recipe using our All Purpose dyes. You can send a color match request to colorformula@theritstudio.com. Hope this helps.

  • Javi

    Hi Rit company, I would like to dye a pair of white cotton pants a sort of blood red perhaps, what are the requirements to achieve that particular color or as close to it as possible. I recently used “Scarlett” on a cotton shirt but after washing and drying it, it appeared more pink than red. I would really appreciate your help with this conundrum.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Javi, Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you a recipe for Oxblood Red to your personal e-mail address. If you need anything further please let us know.

      • Kim Watson Ramey

        I too would love the recipe for oxblood red. THank you!!

  • NamiChan

    Never dyed shoes before so I am not sure if Rit is able to dye suede heels? they’re a bit of a tinted nude color and I need it to be yellow. Do you have any sugguestions with suede shoe dying? and will the shoe from tinted nude turn yellow? Thank you for your time.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, 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. Suede can be man-made or made from leather. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that is off-white in color. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. If you are able to use the Rit all-purpose dye, most fabric shoes in good condition can be effectively colored by a brush-on method using a concentrated Rit dye solution. We have emailed you the instructions. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • NamiChan

        Oh I see. wow thank you for the quick response! Thank you!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the dress made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • Cheryl Shannon

    Hi Rit, I am trying to dye my husbands black casual dress pants black. They are black to begin with, but have faded with regular washings in cold water. I noticed on the directions to rinse until water runs clear and then wash with soap by hand or in washing machine on regular cycle. What kind of soap should I use. I have Tide with bleach and also have Woolite. Would either of these work?

    Thank you,

    Cheryl Shannon

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cheryl, Thank you for reaching out. We would not recommend using a detergent that contains bleach to wash the pants after dyeing as it may effect the color. In this instance, Woolite would be the recommended detergent to use. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jennifer, Rit color remover works very quickly to remove dye since it is intended to remove dye in order to change fabric color. If you want to use it to try to lighten the color of the dress, you will need to watch the fabric very closely and pull it out of the mixture as soon as you see it lighten. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. 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. Please get back to us with any additional questions. Should you decide to try and dye, we would recommend using a darker color then the fabric is currently. Hope this helps.

  • Shawn Link Mitten

    Hello Rit Company, I was hoping to get some suggestions/advice. I have a Grey Trench Coat that is 60% Cotton and 40%Polyester. I am wanting to dye it Black. I have a large pot for doing it on the stove top I was just curious as to how much dye should be used and what % mixture should I use of Cotton Dye and Polyester Dye? I will attach a Picture of the coat in the pot that will be used.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Shawn,
      Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using our DyeMore line of dyes. DyeMore will cover the coat nicely with no need to add the All-Purpose dye. Ever pound of dry weight fabric requires 3 gallons of hot water. Every bottle of dye is good for 2 pounds of dry weight fabric. Since you are wanting it to be black, we would recommend doubling the amount of dye and using 1 bottle of Graphite dye for every pound of dry weight fabric. Hope this helps.

      • Shawn Link Mitten

        Thank You I will give it a try!!!!

  • Susette

    Hi rit company, my name is susette I have a floral patterned dress that I want to dye black, but I am not sure if the pattern is going to affect the end result and I don’t want to ruin the dress, help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Suzette, 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. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. When dyeing fabric that has a pattern, the pattern would still be visible. We recommend doubling the amount of dye when dyeing dark colors. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Stephanie Statz

    I have a medium brown wool felt hat that I would love to dye a deep eggplant or plum or if purple is not possible a spruce or evergreen color. Is that possible? Which color would be more probable to be successful? Do I need to prepare it in any special way first?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. Since the material is wool you can use Rit All Purpose dyes to dye the item, instead of 1 cup of salt to dye bath you will add 1 cup vinegar for the wool. With All Purpose you can create allot of colors or use the core colors we have, If you have a specific color in mind and send us a picture we can try and create that color using our dyes to match. Also you do not have to prepare the hat in any special way all we ask is the hat is clean before dyeing and added to the dye bath wet not dry, this will help with evenness. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Stephanie Statz

        Thank you!

  • Brian

    I have a coverall that is a medium-dark brown. The outside is 100% cotton, the lining 100% nylon, and the filling is 100% polyester. Im not worried about anything but the cotton being dyed purple. The whole suit can be purple and that’s fine. My question is will the dye destroy/harm the lining or fill? The directions state not for polyester or nylon but is that only because the dye will not penetrate them (which would be fine). Thank you in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brian, 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. Since you are only concerned the outside of the fabric, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the outside fabruc back to an off-white color and prepare it for dyeing purple. If you dye over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. Since it appears this is a bulky item, you will want to wash more than once after dyeing to ensure the excess dye is rinsed from the filling. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • CJ

    Hi RIT Studio! I was dyeing a large piece of fabric using the top loader washing machine tutorial, and the color combination I was hoping for was Titanium (the one from your website with equal parts kelly green and black). I used the correct measurements and followed directions exactly, yet somehow the fabric turned out a dark olive green color. It is currently washing through another cycle and I’m hoping that will help tone down the green to bring it back to the gray Titanium color I was originally hoping for. Do you know why the green was more prevalent than the black, and what I can do to get the Titanium color on the website?

    Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi,
      Thank you for reaching out. We have messaged you at your personal e-mail address to further assist you. Please get back to us at your convenience.

  • Lindsay

    Hi

    I have dyed a new pair of pants black, they have turnedout fine, but stitching has come out pale blue, how can I get it to go black?

    Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi,
      Thank you for reaching out. Most threading on fabric is made from polyester. In order to get the threading to be black, you would need to re-dye the fabric with our Graphite hue in our DyeMore line.
      Here are the step by step instructions for using DyeMore.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/
      Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Kasey, Thank you for reaching out. The only way you could dye the shirt and not the logo is if you were able to take the logo off and re-attach once the shirt is dyed. Unfortunately since the material needs to be submerged in dye mixture of very hot water and for 30 minutes minimum there is no guarantee a cover up will work to keep dye from seeping through. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Adam G

    Hi, I have a blue denim jacket with a shearling collar. If I use your black dye would it be successful on both fabrics?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Adam, Thank you for reaching out. Shearling can be made from natural fibers such as wool but also synthetic, we suggest looking at the tag to see if it gives details on the shearling material. If it turns out to be natural than yes you can Black and achieve a true color on both, if the shearling is synthetic it will reject the All Purpose dye. Hope this helps.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Adam G

        thank you!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Cari Munzo

    Hello! I have a red cotton blouse I’d like to make maroon. Would adding brown dye to my blouse help me achieve this? Thanks in advance!

  • Mary Ann

    I have a light colored jacket that has a huge red crystal light stain on it so I want to try to dye it a dark color- dark brown or black. The fabric is multi-71% nylon,20%polyster and 9% spandex. What are your thoughts?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mary Ann,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is a synthetic blend, we would recommend using our DyeMore line of dyes. We have a couple colors that may work for you. You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, JoAnn Fabric or online at Amazon.
      http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
      Hope this helps!

  • Crystal Roby

    Hello Rit Studio, My husband has a thick denim vest that he wants dyed black. I purchased 2 bottles of your black dye to make sure it gets very saturated with the color. Could you give me a tip on how to keep the vest from “bleeding” in the rain ( My husband ride bikes in the rain…lol) Thank you so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Crystal, Thank you for reaching out. The best tip on bleeding is once the material is in the dye bath never let sit, soak, or settle to the bottom of the dye mixture. You want to constantly move around for the 30 minutes up to an hour, its the agitation/stirring that adheres the dye, with out constant motion the dye will not stick. Also we have a Rit Dye Fixative you can use to put on afterwards and that does reduce the risk of bleeding and helps make color last longer. If you need further assistance please let us know.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Crystal, Thanks so much 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. You can however try spot dyeing the areas, this will tell you if the area is too damaged or not to take the dye. You can find step by step directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . With the material of the pants you can use All Purpose Black. Let us know if we can help you further.

  • Louis

    Hi,

    I would like to dye these shorts much darker, to Navy if possible. They’re made of 97% Nylon, 3% Elastane canvas. What product and color would you recommend to accomplish this?

    P.S. Please disregard my prior comment where I forgot to attach the photo!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Louis, Rit all-purpose navy blue dye will successfully dye over the existing color. When dyeing a dark color, we recommend doubling the amount of dye. For 1 lb. of dry weight fabric, use either 2 boxes of powder dye or 1 bottle of liquid in 3 gallons of water or the low setting on a washing machine. Very hot water, 140 to 160 degrees, is required to activate the dye and achieve a successful dye project. Constant agitation is required for at least 30 minutes, up to 60 minutes for the darkest color result. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Louis

        Thanks a ton! You guys are awesome in this space – you respond so quickly!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Letty, 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. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • angela

    Hello, I have a silk taffeta table cloth that is about 130 inches round. It is currently a light pink color and is texturized with rosettes all over the fabric. I would like to dye it hot pink/fuchsia. What is the best way to do this?

  • Tony

    Hi!

    I have a pair of 65/35 poly/cotton navy blue coveralls that I’m trying to get to a faded charcoal. Do you have any tips or dye recommendations on how to achieve this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi, 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, polyester blends, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use due to the high percentage of polyester in the coveralls. When dyeing over a color, the original color mixes with the dye. Unfortunately, color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetics so that you can change the fabric color to a lighter color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Tony

        Thanks for the reply! My friend is actually fixing these up for me and said he was going to try putting them in a short bath of dark brown. In your opinion, what color do you think this combination (navy blue base/ dark brown) will turn out to be?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Tony,
          Thank you for reaching out. Since both colors are dark, there is no way to determine what the out come will be. Please keep in mind that wen over dyeing a pre-existing color, the new color and the old color may blend to create a unknown hue. We would recommend experimenting with a small amount of fabric or an inseam of the fabric to guarantee you will get the color you are wanting. Hope this helps.

  • Rachel

    Hey! I have a teal chiffron dress that i wanted to dye a bright red. I havent dyed anything before and have no clue what colors to get to make this happen. Any help is appreciated!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rachel,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the chiffon made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

      • Rachel

        I posted a picture of the tag since there is 2 parts to this dress

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Rachel, Thank you for the response. Since the material is synthetic polyester you would have to use Rit DyeMore for synthetics. With polyester being over 20% our Color Remover will not help you take the original color out or down to re-dye, you would have to over dye. Over-dyeing colors can be tricky since the colors will blend and mix together, this means if the dress is blue and you dye red you will get more of a purple hue than a true red. You can experiment with colors by dipping an in-seam in a dye mixture before placing the whole dress to figure out the best color for you. Hope this helps.

  • Heather

    Hi, I have a pair of corduroy pants that are a slightly faded maroon/wine color. I would like to make them a deeper purple shade. What color/amount of dye would I use to achieve this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Heather, 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. 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 working with natural fabric, please send a picture of the purple you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a color recipe for you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://www.ritdye.com Diane Stang

    I want to dye bright white jeans, linen shirts and sweatshirt to a ivory, natural, cream color. Not as dark as tan or khaki.
    How is best way to achieve that?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sandra Rice

    Hello Rit Company, My name is Sandra. I have an old Halloween costume (A Renaissance Dress and Cloak) that is black. I want to dye it red but I’m not sure I can. I’m pretty sure the fabric is a Rayon blind of some type. Is it possible to dye Rayon, and if so, how do I dye something that is black? I really want this costume to be red, but I don’t want to ruin it. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sandra, 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. Rayon is dyeable using the all-purpose dye, however, we would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. 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; however, 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. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Rebecca corrigan

    Okay guys I got a softball size bleach stain on my brand new black rayon pants and I directions on how to dye the stain by spot dyeing it can anyone give me useful instructions on how to that and I also already have a bottle of black rit dye that I bought

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Rebecca,
      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.
      Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • min

    hi…what is best way to dye a nylon lime green jacket to any shade of blue (except navy)…also part viscose…it is a dressy jacket from Chicos with a shine on the fabric Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Please advise the fabrics, along with their percentages, that are listed on the fabric care tag of the jacket. Also, since there is a since on the jacket, it is treated with any special finishes? Once we have this additional information we will be better able to assist you.

  • Amanda Burchette

    Hi, I have a lighter teal dress and I would like to dye it black. Is this possible? It is 95% polyester 5% spandex.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, 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 offers 12 colors: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Amanda Burchette

        My dress is 95% polyester, so it would become gray instead of black?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Amanda, 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 graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Unfortunately, we do not have a dye that will achieve black on polyester.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Susie,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the dress made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

    • Susie

      It is Polyester

      • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

        Hello Susie,
        Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes for synthetics. We do have a couple colors that may work for you. You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric, Wal-Mart or online.
        http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
        Hope this helps.

  • Serena Lynn

    Is it possible to dye a navy jacket purple?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Serena,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the jacket made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

      • Serena Lynn

        The jacket is 100% polyester

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Serena, In order to change the color of the jacket, Rit color remover would be required to take the fabric back to an off-white shade and prepare it for dyeing a new color. Unfortunately, color remover is not able to remove dye from polyester and other synthetic fabrics. Sorry for the inconvenience.

          • Serena Lynn

            Ok, thanks!

  • Duela Dent

    Hello to the folks at RitDye!
    A question for you concerning an article of clothing I’d like to dye if possible. (I’ve asked friends and got two conflicting answers, so I’m turning to the experts whose product I would like to use, being the trusted name that you are, if I can actually do this.)
    It’s a minty bluish green dress that I’d like to dye to something like a celery shade of green. Someone said to overdye the fabric (but then I’m not sure what color I would have to use to get the shade I want), vs. someone else said I would have to remove the color (and I don’t think I’d be able to do it at all then [unless there is another way to do this], as I noticed from some previous comments here that your color remover isn’t able to remove dye from polyester and other synthetic fabrics, and it’s a blend of 60% rayon/35% poly/5% spandex.)

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, 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. 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 a natural fabric, 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, color remover will not be able to remove the dye. Keep in mind that if the coat was a water repellent finish, this may keep the dye from adhering. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Jennifer Tschudy

    I have a dress that is chiffon with a silk type band . .. the color is a soft blush color but I need it to be grey . . . can I do this. I have a wedding in less than 2 months and I just found out I have to wear grey. Any advise is appreciated.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jennifer,
      Thank you for reaching out. What is the exact fabric content of the dress and what are fabric care instructions for it? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • Jack R.

    Question for RIT:

    If I had a large, 100% Cotton 10oz Canvas jacket that I wanted to turn Black, (like this one: http://blackhawk.com/Products/Apparel/Men-s-Apparel/Outerwear/BLACKHAWK-Field-Jacket.aspx) how many boxes of RIT would you recommend to truly get it as close to 100% black as possible? 2-3 boxes? Is more better?

    Thanks!

    • Jack R.

      Question #2: Concerning the above link options, which color would work best in your opionion to turn Black? Fatigue or Slate?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jack,
      Thank you for reaching out. Every bottle of Rit Dyes is good for 2 pounds of dry weight fabric. Every box is good for 1 pounds of dry weight fabric. When using darker colors, such as black, we would recommend doubling the amount of dye needed for a true deep dye hue. The link you sent did not go through. The lighter the color, the truer the dye results. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Camille, Rit all-purpose black dye would successfully dye the overalls black since the fabric is mainly cotton. When dyeing a dark color, we recommend doubling the amount of dye. You will want to use 2 packages of powder or 1 bottle of liquid dye per 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water or the low setting on a washing machine. Rit offers tips on dyeing black, black: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Rit all-purpose dye and color remover requires a water temperature of at least 140 degree Fahrenheit, 60 degrees Celsius, to activate. We would recommend using color remover prior to dyeing the jumper a new color. If you were to dye over a deep red using tan, the dark red would likely overpower the tan. Should you want to experiment dyeing over the red, we would 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.

  • Cm

    I attempted to dye a white and black polyester cow costume royal blue like benny from nickolodian. My outcome was a light purple. Is there any remedy?? Many thanks.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would have needed to use our DyeMore line of dyes using the stove-top method. Should you decide to dye again, we would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove as much of the purple as possible. Please keep in mind that since the fabric is polyester, you would not be able to remove the original color as it will only remove the Rit dye from the polyester fabric. Once removing the color, you can then dye it a color of your choice from our DyeMore line of dyes. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Chelsea Duncan
    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Chelsea, What is the fabric content of the material you are working with? Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well. Traditional Rit Dyes, or our core dyes as we call them, will work well on cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, nylon, silk or wool. Rit Dye More will dye polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, golf balls, lacrosse sticks, ABS plastics and poly based plastics beautifully. In order to see if we can create a custom color recipe, we would need to know the exact fabric content from the fabric care tag. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Joe, Rit DyeMore graphite will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. DyeMore will also dye cotton fabric. However, since the items contain 65% polyester, the items will not be able to achieve black. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Joe, Viscose is dyeable using Rit all-purpose dye. If the percentage of polyester in the robe is 20% or less, you should be able to achieve a black shade. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jennifer Olesky

    HI! Ive recently dyed some linen fabric with a variation of kelly green teal, but it just isnt as dark as I would like it to be. Would I have to remove the color and then dye again or can I just re-dye it if I am using the same variation of kelly green and teal?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer, Removing the existing color would not be required. You can dye over existing color using the same recipe to darken the color. When dyeing fabric, at least 30 minutes of constant agitation is required up to 60 minutes for the darkest color result. Hope this helps!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Lisa,
    Thank you for reaching out. Why type of fabric is the lace made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Mark,
    Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using Rit Color Remover to reduce some of the blue hue before dyeing. After lightening the blue, you can then dye it with our Black Rit Dye. Please keep in mind that Rit Dyes are semi-permanent. If the dye is not rinsed free from the fabric then the color may bleed when wet. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Mark, We would recommend checking the fabric care tag on the coat to ensure it can be washed in very hot water. When dyeing a dark color, such as black, we recommend doubling the amount of dye. You would want to use 2 packages of powder dye or 1 bottle of liquid dye per 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water or the low setting on a washing machine. It is important for the fabric to be able to move freely in the dyebath in order to achieve an even color result. The fabric should be constantly agitated for at least 30 minutes up to 60 for the darkest color result. In addition, when dyeing black over a dark blue color, we recommend adding 1/2 package of dark brown powder dye to the dyebath in order to achieve a true black. The very hot water along with constant agitation is what helps the dye successfully adhere to the fabric. If the proper steps for dyeing are followed, the dye would not bleed in the rain. In addition, you might consider using Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative, which doubles the retention of the dye https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Casey, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. We attempted to email you questions about your project that would allow us to further assist you, but the email came back as undeliverable. Please email us at inquiries@phoenixbrands.com so that we can gather additional information that will help us to better assist you. Thanks!

  • Jill

    I’m trying to make a Halloween costume for my son, “The Man in the Yellow Hat” from Curious George. I bought a pair of khaki pants from a thrift store and found a woman’s tan wool hat. My plan was to try to bleach both of them and dye them (along with a white button down shirt) yellow. Will the bleached fabric take the dye? And will I be able to dye wool? Thanks so much!!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Jill,
      Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend bleaching items. Bleach destroys the fibers in the fabric that the dyes hold onto. This makes it so that the fabric can not be dyed.
      Wool can be dyed with Rit as long as the instructions do not say “Cold Water” or “Dry Clean Only” on them. We recommend using Rit Color Remover instead of bleach. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing without damaging the fabric.
      Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      You can then dye over the lighten color.
      Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Amy,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the felt made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • Saranne18

    Hi Rit, I have a light grey 100% cotton sweatshirt I would like to dye red. Is that possible? And if so what colors would I need to achieve that? Thanks in advance!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for fabric that are white or off-white in color. If you dye over grey with red, the two colors would mix to create a different hue. We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric to an off-white color prior to dyeing red. Rit offers various shades of red dye: http://store.ritstudio.com/index.php?p=catalog&mode=color_search&color=Red If you have a different shade of red you would like to achieve, please send a picture of the color to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • cassi nolan

    hi! im trying to dye a swimming suit that is cotton, spandex with a nylon lining. to black. it was forest green, but i washed it and the color faded. thoughts? did my last comment post?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Cassi,
      Thank you for reaching out. Yes we did see your first commend and responded to it to get additional information. What are the fabric percentages of the cotton and spandex? What does the fabric care tag state? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

      • cassi nolan

        85 cotton
        15 spandex

        100 nylon

        typing with one hand.ha

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello Cassi,
          Thank you for getting back to us. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing, giving you a even color through out.
          Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
          https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
          You can then dye it using our Black dye. We recommend doubling the amount of dye needed to ensure that you get a true black. Please keep in mind that Rit dyes are heat activated and require a high amount of heat. Please check the fabric care tag to make sure that it does not say “Cold Water” or “Dry Clean Only” on it. Hope this helps.

          • cassi nolan

            ugh it does say cold water

          • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

            Hello Cassi,
            Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “Cold Water” or “Dry Clean Only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. Please get back to us with additional questions.

          • cassi nolan

            it was already thrashed. so its ok if it doesn’t work out.

            is it ok to use the same dye bath for linen? I have linen piece that i wanted to dye as well.

            In my experience some 100% linen pieces say dry clean only, and other say hand wash.

            Thoughts?

          • cassi nolan

            I should note the jumper is already black, but has faded.

          • cassi nolan

            The tag says machine wash cold.

          • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

            Hi Cassie, It would be possible to use the same dyebath for the linen. The important points to remember are: 1) Use double the amount of dye when dyeing black, which would be 2 packages of powder or 1 bottle of liquid for up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water or the low setting on a washing machine. 2) Make sure there is enough water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely. Rit offers instructions for dyeing black, which you might refer to: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Hope this helps!

  • Susan Flora

    Is it possible to dye a red lace to create a blush pink lace?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, Thank you for reaching. What fabric is the lace made from? Once we know the material you are working with we will be better able to assist you. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Depending on what the print is made from, it may be effected by the dye. Our color recipe for maroon calls for a mixture of wine & dark brown dye. If you would like to experiment dyeing brown over the current red color, we would 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.

  • disqus_6jLijQlSkr

    I have faux suede olive green pants and was wondering if it is possible to get them to a wine/burgundy color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, 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. Faux suede is a man-made, synthetic fabric for which DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. There are 12 colors available in the DyeMore line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Unfortunately, due to the limited colors, we are not able to offer a color recipe for wine or burgundy.

      • disqus_6jLijQlSkr

        If i just put red dye on it would it work the original color of the pants r a light olive green

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello,
          Thank you for reaching out. Please keep in mind that the original color and the new color may blend together. We recommend over dyeing it as dark of a color as possible to keep the fabric colors from blending and creating a unknown hue.
          Should you decide to try and experiment with the colors then we would recommend using the inseam of your fabric and testing it in the hot dye bath before introducing the full amount of fabric. This will help you guarantee that you have the correct hue that you are interested in achieving.
          Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Shelby, When a care tag states the item should be washed in cold water, the hot water required to activate Rit dye and successfully dye fabric could cause shrinkage. If you are not concerned with shrinkage, Rit all-purpose dye would successfully dye the fabric. 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. What type of fabric is the clothing made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Christine,
    Thank you for reaching out. We have sent your request up to our specialist and will get back to you at your personnel e-mail as soon as possible.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Melissa,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. You would need to dye the fabric darker then it is now or else the colors will blend, giving you an unknown hue. There is no way to prevent the dye from attaching to all of the fabric since it needs to be submerged and agitated non stop in the very hot dye solution for the 30-60 minutes of agitation. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Michele, Thank you for reaching out. If you used Rit all-purpose dye, this would be the reason the dye rinsed out of the fabric. 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 offers 12 colors: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ If you used DyeMore for dyeing your hat, please let us know so that can assist you further with your dye project.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dye. You may be able to over dye the fabric with a blue hue to get your purple shade however, there is no way to guarantee that since over dyeing polyester is very tricky and uncertain. Should you decide to try and experiment with the colors then we would recommend using the inseam of your fabric and testing the dyebath before introducing the full amount of fabric. 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, Wal-Mart or online.
    http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
    Hope this helps.

  • Stephanie

    Hi Rit- I purchased a purple jacket online for Halloween (5 days away). I just received it and it is fuschia! Totally not the right color for my Halloween costume and I don’t have time to return it. Can I dye fuschia to a plum purple color? It is made of polyester and I’m reading online that it can be tricky to dye. Please help! IF it can be dyed, where can I purchase your dye? My zipcode is 31407 if that helps.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, 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 offers 12 colors: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Unfortunately, there is not a way to produce a plum color when using DyeMore. You might consider using the royal purple. Retailers that carry DyeMore are Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in their craft section. 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.

  • Debbie Zyla

    I dyed a pair of denim bermuda shorts trying to achieve a dark red – the color was Cherry Red liquid. The results came out a rose color. How can I achieve a deeper red color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Debbie,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are the shorts name from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • vicki

    Hi.. Can someone please tell me how to change pale apricot blush to pink blush on a 100 percent polyester bridesmaid dress

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Vicki, 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 offers 12 colors: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Ideally, Rit color remover would be required to take fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color. Unfortunately, color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. For this reason, it would not be possible to change the fabric color from a light apricot blush to a pink blush.

  • Brenna

    Cream lace dress…bought cherry red liquid and the dress came out pink!? Not at all what I wanted. I followed the instructions word for word. What happened?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

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

  • Mikey

    I have a 99% and 1% spandex dress. I attempted the Color Remover for 30 minutes as instructed. Nothing. I mean absolutely nothing happened. Do you have any other suggestions? It’s a brighter pink and I’m only trying to lighten it several shades. I don’t need a true white.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Mickey, Rit Color Remover will remove or reduce the color on most fabrics. However, it may have a limited effect on polyester, depending upon how it was dyed commercially. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a different method to lighten the color. We do not recommend using bleach on fabric as it permanently damages fibers and often distorts color. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Jennifer Herrera

    I’m fixing to dye some soft, light-loft batting for a halloween costume. The material is 100% polyester, and I’ll be dyeing it tan. Which product/technique would you recommend using?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes that are specifically for synthetics. We currently have 12 colors available for the DyeMore line at this point in time.
      Should you decide to try and experiment with the colors then we would recommend using a paper towel or the inseam of your fabric and dipping it into the dyebath before introducing the full amount of fabric. 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, Wal-Mart or online.
      http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
      Hope this helps.

  • Sam

    I have a black and blue stripped dress I want to dye it red. Will the black strips also become red or just the blue?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Sam,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are you dyeing? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • Christopher Newland

    I have a HUGE canvas tent that I’d like to dye teal but I live in an apartment with no tub. Is there a place I could go to, to have them dye it for me? I’ve tried finding a place but with no luck.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Christopher,
      Thank you for reaching out. We are not aware of any particular place that would dye the fabric for you. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. We are so happy to hear that your project worked out! We always appreciate your feed back about our products and your projects. Thank you!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Susie, Yes, viscose can be dyed using Rit all-purpose dye. Black would successfully dye over the bright orange color. We offer tips on dyeing black, black, which can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • StarryEyed

    Hello! I have a khaki colored trench coat that I am thinking of dyeing burgundy or navy blue. The coat is 65% polyester and 35% cotton and the lining is 100% polyester. Is this project feasible? Thanks so much for your help.

    • 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. We have 12 colors available at this point in time. You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric, Wal-Mart or online.
      http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
      Hope this helps.

  • red_chair

    Hi I have a red ektorp chair cover from ikea (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30322259/ ) I would like to dye to a grey (or navy) color, really most any cooler color. it is 100% polyester. Any suggestions of how I take it from red to grey?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use since the fabric is synthetic. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. Due to the limited colors DyeMore offers, we would suggest using graphite to dye over the existing color. Graphite will dye 100% polyester dark grey 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.

  • Jaltum

    Hi Rit, I have a pink tshirt, 100% cotton, that I am wanting to dye either maroon or a dark purple. I have never dyed anything before so is that even possible? Also, it already has writing and other things on it like a logo, can I just put tape over it so it doesn’t get damaged?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Unfortunately, there would not be a product to apply that would ensure that the logo would not take on any dye. Should you decide to dye the shirt, Rit all-purpose purple dye would dye over the existing color. You can darken the color of the dyebath by adding in a small amount of black. The color of the dyebath can be tested by dipping a paper towel or clean piece of cloth in. The color would dry lighter. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Megan, 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.

  • ThatOneFemaleGamer

    I have some (light) brown plaid (with thin orange stripes) cotton fabric that I want to dye maroon. I got a bottle of the “wine” colored dye and wanted to see how I could dye it to match (or get as close to) the color of the fabric in the attached photo. I also have a couple packets of the color remover. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2765d714eea8c13966a159c88d3dc58f8cbf51d275b2bb8fbd2c16010b69be58.jpg

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color prior to dyeing. Please email the color recipe request to colorformula@theritstudio.com. Since there are various shades of maroon in the picture, please provide a picture the distinctly displays the color you would like to achieve. Also, include in your email that you are working with cotton fabric. Thanks!

      • ThatOneFemaleGamer

        I was wondering how I could dye it to that similar color, while keeping the plaid pattern. I’ll email the request soon, but thanks for the help!

  • Brent Shields

    Hello, can I dye a light grey 100% camel hair coat back to natural looking tan.? I am afraid the answer is no.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Brent,
      Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing. Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      You should be able to lighten the coat however there is no way to know exactly how it will come out. You may need to dye it a tan hue if it does not reach your intended hue after lightening with the Color Remover. Hope this helps.

      • Brent Shields

        I should point out, that I bought the jacket already the grey color. But since they are not any grey camels I am guessing it has been colored grey.?

  • Megan

    Hi! Okay, I love Rit and dye more. Have achieved black results with graphite on polyacrylic coatings for patent leather. Used dye more on stove for cellulose acetate plastic (was white) and it appears to be more of a brown.. how do I get a dark black?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Amanda, Rit does not offer a white dye or a fabric treatment that will take fabric to white. We do not recommend using bleach as it is harsh and will damage the fibers. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Russ

    Hi I was wondering if I could color my olive green joggers darker because they faded they are 97% cotton and 3% spandex.. also would you recommend the dye or powder?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Russ, Dark green all-purpose dye would successfully dye over the current olive green color. Rit powder and liquid dyes work equally well. There are 2 differences between the 2 types of dye. The powder dye needs to be pre-dissolved in 2 cups of very hot water prior to adding to a dyebath whereas the liquid is already pre-dissolved. One bottle of liquid dye is equal to 2 packages of powder. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Ashley,
    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. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Elisa,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are you working with? Please get back to us so that we may better assist.

  • Anthony Marshall

    Dear Rits!

    I bought this yellow Faux Leather jacket for my Mom. We went to a restaurant and I think someone may have spilled wine on it. It looks like the dye ran out at some spots. Please see picture. Could you please suggest a suitable dye and instructions on how I could dye it?
    MA https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c4d14bc8da2ee9404934463e7a1e71532cb98d7e1be6dec3af6fdc3ea2238ba5.jpg

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Anthony,
      Thank you for reaching out. What does the Faux leather Jackets care tag state in reference to the material used to create it and the care instructions for washing? Please get back to us so that we can better assist you.