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The Rit Studio: Stovetop Technique

How to Dye-Stain Wood and Wicker

Staining unfinished wood and wicker with Rit Dye creates beautiful, lasting results. Rit is a water-based dye and unlike some heavy oil-based color stains it allows the natural wood grain to show through, adding depth and texture to the finished project. Since wood and wicker absorb the dye, the colors won’t chip or peel like paint.
The number of coats of dye needed will depend on the wood being dyed. Pine, oak, cherry and walnut all dye beautifully but pine is a soft, absorbent wood and will require fewer coats of dye while oak and cherry are hardwoods and may require several coats.
And when you know how to mix dyes to create custom colors, you can stain wood and wicker to fit any occasion or match any home décor. Custom dyes can be stored indefinitely in jelly jars and reused several times so long as they’re reheated before use.

Prep, dye and clean up time: About 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • Unfinished wood or wicker
  • Rit Dye, liquid or powder
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Microwave safe containers for dye
  • Fine sandpaper (#220)
  • Steel wool
  • Tack cloth
  • Clear polyurethane
  • Foam and bristle brushes
  • Old cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Jelly jars (optional)

Step by Step

  1. Cover work surface with a plastic drop cloth.

  2. Sand unfinished wood lightly and wipe clean with a tack cloth, removing filings and dust. If working with finished wood, strip paint, varnish or wax from the item. Scrape and sand surface until smooth and wipe clean with a tack cloth.

  3. Wearing rubber gloves, shake all dye bottles before pouring into a container. Measure and mix ½ cup liquid dye or 1 box of powder dye with 2 cups very hot water; if using the immersion method, mix same amounts of powder and liquid dye with every 2 quarts water needed, depending upon the size of the project. Stir well. (Unlike fabric, dye-staining wood and wicker does not require salt and vinegar.)

  4. Test dye color on a scrap piece of similar wood or a hidden area of the item. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water. Dye will appear lighter when dry.

  5. During the wood staining process, keep dye hot to achieve better dye absorption. Cover dye with plastic wrap and heat on high in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes. DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED. Watch carefully to be sure plastic wrap does not melt.

  6. Dye-stain with one or more of the following methods. For a softer look, wet the wood or wicker and then let it dry for 15 minutes before dyeing.

  7. Brush-On Method:
    Best for dyeing large pieces of wood or wicker. Dip foam, bristle brush or old cloth in dye solution and spread evenly over surface. Depending upon the shape of the piece, all three may be used. Unwanted dye drips can be removed by sanding wood immediately. Let dry and reapply dye, if necessary, to achieve desired shade.

  8. Immersion Method:
    Best for dyeing small wicker or wood pieces and larger baskets. Dip or immerse item in dye bath for 10 – 20 minutes, turning occasionally. If dye bath is shallow, rotate items evenly.

  9. Rustic, weather-beaten look:
    Use two dye colors. Apply the lighter shade to entire wood surface; let dry. Apply darker shade over lighter shade; let dry. Once dry, lightly sand entire piece. Repeat applying dye coats; let dry between coats. When completely dry, rub lightly with fine sandpaper or steel wool to create light and dark areas.

  10. Stencil patterns:
    Tape stencil where design is to appear. Dip stencil brush into dye, then blot on paper towel until nearly dry. Beginning at outside edges, brushing dye toward center of stencil. Wait 1 to 2 minutes until dye is absorbed then remove stencil.

  11. Allow wood or wicker to dry completely.

  12. To seal dye-stained wood, apply one or two coats of polyurethane using a new foam or bristle brush. Lightly rub with steel wool, or use 220 grit fine sandpaper between coats and remove dust and filings with a tack cloth. For wicker, brush on one or two coats of polyurethane. It is not necessary to rub with steel wool between coats.

  13. For clean-up, simply rinse dye from paint brushes with mild soap and water. No strong chemicals are needed. To clean brushes from polyurethane, soak in mineral spirits.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Celine, Nylon buttons are dyeable with Rit. They have to be nylon based plastic though in order to successfully absorb the dye. Thank you for contacting us!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Panda Ferguson

    I’m having a bit of a struggle. I got a dress that I am dying to wear for my graduation on Wednesday. It was originally a darkish blue colour at first. I used Rit liquid dye on it the first go, I heated some water, put that water into a bucket, then placed my wet dress into the bucket and stirred it for over an hour constantly. When I rinsed it out it seemed that most of the dye just went down the sink. Once it was dry, you can tell that it got darker, but it’s still pretty blue. :T nIf I am to go at it again, would liquid or powder dye be best?nThe material is 97% Rayon and 3% Spandex.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Panda, nWhat color are you trying to achieve? We can better assist you. Thanks.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Harold Uhde

    Put the mulch down about 30 days ago and it’s already starting to fade. Got on line and found a lot of products called mulch colorant. Well being the cheapskate that I’am, I remembered “Rit” dye from the 70’s I think, lol it was the 70’s. So I’m thinking after looking at the other products that they have to contain some sort of dye or color enhancement, why not ask the real dye professionals, Rit. So here’s the question, can I use Rit dye to “dye” my mulch? I see wood and wicker on your website and mulch is wood. Also is there some sort of formula you would recommend, say 8ozs to 2 gals? Or would the professional line be better?. Waiting to go to work, not really but quite curious.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Harold, The dye would work to dye the mulch, but we do not have a specific formula on how to dye the mulch or how much product would be needed. You could give the basic bucket method a try using 1 bottle of dye to about 6 gallons of water. Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Harold Uhde

        Thanks for the response so quick, I will try this as soon as the winds “dye” down in Ohio, probably this weekend and will post regarding how this comes out. There really is a huge cost savings using a reliable product like yours and the benefits of the great looking mulch in the neighborhood.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Can’t wait to hear how it comes out. We love when people find new ways to use dye!

  • Dayvinia Mills

    I want to dye some flax. Have you any advice ? Thanks Dayvinia

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dayvinia, What is the item that you want to dye? We can better assist you if we know whether it is material or an item you are working with. Thanks!

  • denise

    Hi I’m going to dye a dress that is 92% acetate . what water temperature should I use? And do i add vinegar or salt

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Denise, Unfortunately, our dyes do not adhere to acetate. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet to see if there are any products available for acetate. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Debra

    Can you dye rip-stop nylon? I want to go from an olive drab brownish color to a much truer brown. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Debra, Yes, it can. Nylon is best dyed at a temperature of 160-180 degrees or on the stove top. Be sure to add in one cup of vinegar. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the olive drab color prior to dyeing brown. Hope this helps!

      • Debra

        Thank you so much for the quick response. I will probably give this a try and I will let you know how it works out.

  • Debra

    Can I dye my cotton curtains in the washer?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Debra, You can dye your cotton curtains in the washing machine as long as the fabric will have enough room to freely move around. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Brian

    I have a keychain that is made of metal and has a blue piece of woven rope. I would like to due the woven rope black without damaging the metal. Will the dye destroy the polished metal?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brian,nIt would depend on what the material is made of. Stainless steel is not able to absorb the dye and are easily cleaned. If the metal is made of aluminum, it can possibly be stained by the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

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  • marie

    i have unfinished wood bracelet can i use rit to die them different colors?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marie,
      You most certainly can dye an unfinished wood bracelet. When dyeing wooden jewelry, we would recommend checking out our directions for dyeing buttons and beads found on the following link: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/materials/buttons-beads/ Hope this information is helpful!

  • bev

    Hi. I am dying 20 white pillow cases that are a 60% cotton 40% polyester blend to a light shade of tan or light brown. I am going to do this in my washing machine since my water gets very hot. Do I need to add vinegar or salt? I was planning on mixing the Rit dark brown with the Rit tan. Any pointers before I get started. 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bev, We would recommend adding in 1 cup of salt to the dye bath. Dip in a piece of paper prior to adding the fabric to ensure it is the color you want. The recommended agitation time would be at least 30 minutes. Pull out to see if it is the desired color and if not let it agitate some more in the machine. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kathie, For an evenness of color, the jeans would need to be submerged in a dyebath. If you do not mind if the color is uneven, you might try Rit Color Perfect. Information on the product can be found by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/color-perfect/ Should you decide to use the color perfect to spray on the front of your jeans, we recommend also using Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative to help lock in the dye. For information on the dye fixative, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Robin, What are your crutches made from? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • larrissa

    I need to colour some craft wood numbers, will the colour bleed later when the numbers are added to water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Larrissa, They may bleed some when added to water later on. You could try a polyurethane finish to try to lock in the color and eliminate color bleeding. Hope this helps!

  • Marcus

    I have a large, red plastic enclosed sleigh that is heavily sun faded. Because of the size, submerging it in liquid is out of the question. It also has plexiglass windows that I do not want dyed. Will this product work? If so, what would be the best method of application?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marcus, What is the content of the material you are trying to dye? Are you trying to dye the plastic or is there material covering the plastic? It would depend on the fabric content of the material or the plastic on the sleigh on whether or not it may or may not work.

  • Aegisprncs

    If I dye a piece of furniture, will the dye come off when cleaning it or if it’s outoors in the elements? If so, can I protect it with poly or something?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      To seal dye-stained wood, apply one or two coats of polyurethane using a new foam or bristle brush. Lightly rub with steel wool, or use 220 grit fine sandpaper between coats and remove dust and filings with a tack cloth. For wicker, brush on one or two coats of polyurethane. It is not necessary to rub with steel wool between coats. Without sealing, the color will fade with regular wear or due to elements. Hope this information is helpful.

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  • Elizabeth Kirk

    Is it possible to dye a fabric 75% Rayon/22% Nylon/3% Spandex black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Since both Rayon and Nylon are both dyeable with our dyes, you can certainly achieve Black since the spandex portion is very small amount. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi KyleeAnn, It does not go bad after a certain amount of time, but the product works best while hot. You can get the wood wet or paint it on without wetting it. We would recommend following the directions under the wood and wicker technique for best results: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/materials/wood-and-wicker-technique/ Under the step by step directions it does give a method for brushing the dye on. Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Larry

    I am wanting to dye some nylon paracord. I want to dye 100 ft of cord and use 5 different colors. If I divide off the paracord using rubber bands and then pour the hot dye over the paracord will it absorb into the cord enough to color it or does it have to soak in the solution that is hot.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Larry, It will still dye for you, but you likely will not be able to achieve the color on the front of the bottle/box. Hope this helps!

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  • http://www.ritdye.com Sandra Fogler

    Hello Dye Doctor, I plan to use Rit dye to custom dye some white cloth napkins for my vineyard themed outdoor wedding next year. In addition though, I’m also making square wood chargers for under the plates. The chargers will be favors for guest to take home afterwards, and hopefully use as trivets or bread or cheese boards. I’d like to dye them with either cocoa or dark brown Rit dye, rather than conventional wood stains….then apply mineral oil to seal…..so my question is, will the Rit dye be safe for serving bread or cheese on the chargers in the future?

    Many, many thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sandra, Thank you for your question. While Rit is non-toxic, it is not a food-grade dye so we would not suggest it for dyeing the bread or cheese boards. Sorry about that. You might try looking for a vegetable dye. Hope this helps!

  • Sick_Pleasure

    I dyed a seagrass French market basket using a spray bottle and it came out looking brand new! I wish I had taken a “before” picture to send it in.

    I’m worried about the possibility of the transferrence of the new dye to clothing, for example light colored pants. Is there anything I can do to “set” the dye to avoid this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      You will want to make sure the basket dries thoroughly.To seal dye-stained wood, apply one or two coats of polyurethane using a new foam or bristle brush. Lightly rub with steel wool, or use 220 grit fine sandpaper between coats and remove dust and filings with a tack cloth. For wicker, brush on one or two coats of polyurethane. It is not necessary to rub with steel wool between coats. Hope this helps!

      • Sick_Pleasure

        Sorry, the woven grass on this basket is soft, almost like a thick fabric. Polyurethane is not an option for it. I looked at the instructions for your fixative and can’t figure out how to make it work. I can apply it with a spray bottle but there is no way to heat treat it. It is too big to fit in the microwave and has metal grommets.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Since Polyurethane will not work for you, the other option we could recommend would be to apply Scotchguard as it creates a barrier just as the polyurethane. Dye Fixative will not seal the dye into the fabric, it helps to reduce color bleeding and promote longer lasting color retention. As many people have used in the past, we have not found that salt or vinegar help set dye into fabric. We recommend they be used when dyeing certain materials to promote a more vibrant color. Hope this helps!

          • Sick_Pleasure

            Thanks! I will go with Scotchguard.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Robin, We do not recommend mixing Rit with anything other than water as the water temperature to properly achieve the colors is about 140-160 degrees. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jay, We would suggest trying our new Rit Dye More product. It may or may not achieve the desired results, but if you would like to give it a try that would be the best product in our line to try. It can be found online or in Hobby Lobby. Hope this helps!

  • Sherrie

    I need to dye a 40′ x 2′ white burlap runner pink. I’m afraid the washing machine is too rough for burlap. I wonder if I could do it without agitating?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sherrie,
      We recommend constant agitation throughout the dyeing process to make sure the dye is able to even absorb into the material. For dyeing the burlap we would recommend using our bucket dyeing technique. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ Since you are dyeing a large item, we may recommend a large plastic storage tote to use. Hope this information is helpful.

  • KK

    Hello! My mum sent me this link for dying/staining wood. This fabulous! Now I want to dye/stain my fence…lol The area I want to dye is approximately 32′ x 16′. If that works out then I will do the rest which is much larger. What procedure do you recommend? I like the spray bottle method that Sick_Pleasure posted. Will this work for the fence? Obviously the solution won’t be hot by the time I get it out there. Will it still work? I would like it resemble a cedar colour. What RIT Colours do you recommend to achieve this look? And I suppose once that is dry, it will need a sealant to keep the colour? Also, will RIT dye/stain concrete? I look forward to professional opinion/knowledge on this 😉

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The dye works best while the solution is hot. It will require testing in order to see whether or not the product will work for your project. Please send us a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can can try to create the cedar color you are looking for. We do not have any specific instructions for dyeing the fence. You will definitely want to use a polyurethane sealant afterwards to protect against the elements and the sun. Rit will stain concrete if it comes in contact with it. Hope this helps!

      • KK

        Thank you! I just sent the photo to the provided email address

  • rosie

    I have polyester curtains of a cream color that my daughter wants to turn a dark brown . I read that polyester doesn’t take on the dye . Has anyone had any experience with dying polyester here?
    I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t take on any color at all !

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rosie, Rit now offers 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. The new DyeMore line offers chocolate brown and can be ordered online at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/, or, we would recommend checking at Hobby Lobby locally. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Dave Jacobs

    Will Rit dye a PBI/Kevlar material?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dave, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the product would not be effective on Kevlar. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Dave Jacobs

        Do you have an idea of what process is used to dye Kevlar? I do find that some process is used to do so, and with enough washings it starts to come out and lighten to the original color, but that takes a lot of time and washings.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          I’m sorry we do not. If you would like to experiment, the Rit Dye More product would be the best to use. It can achieve results on polyester based items, but since kevlar contains special coatings/finishes we do not think the dye would be able to successfully penetrate the material.

          • Dave Jacobs

            I have some test samples I will work with. Some newer, and some old. I will let you know of my results.

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  • KLSSoCal

    Hi. Can I use a polyurethane spray paint to seal wicker furniture once dyed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Brush-on polys work best on flat surfaces where it’s important to build up a durable film. Brushes hold a lot of finish, so you can cover a wide area each time you load them up. Aerosol sprays require good technique to avoid drips, and extra prep time to protect surfaces from overspray. Their thin films aren’t as tough as the ones you brush on. For this reason, we would recommend using regular polyurethane. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Anouska

    Hello I was wondering what is the best technique to achieve maximum saturation with pine blocks. I’m hoping that if the surface of the wood gets worn, the colour will remain through the wood.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anouska, The dye will only color the outside service of the material. If you would like it to look thoroughly dyed, you could ensure the outside edges are dyed. The stove top or bucket method would be the best options. Hope this helps.

  • Ray Groover

    Hi, we had a Tiny House build and we wanted a eco friendly product to stain the walls so we asked the builder to use Rit. We love the look but he did not seal it and the purple comes off if you have sweaty hands or wipe something up against it. I know he should have used poly on it, but to do that now we would have to empty the house the stain is in the kitchen , closet , bathroom everywhere. is there anything else eco friendly that we could use to lock that color in. Thanks in advance Ray

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Ray, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not have any suggestions. You might try a paint store for sealant suggestions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Julie

    I want to dye cornstalks…any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Julie, Unfortunately, we do not have any specific suggestions for cornstalks. We would suggest experimenting with one to see how well the dye will adhere. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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  • Munro

    I’m trying to dye cheesecloth. I have the powder dye and I’m not sure how much to use since everything I read says 1tsp of liquid dye for every cup. I’m dying 3 yards if that helps too. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Are you looking at doing a specific recipe? If not, you would use one package per pound to 3 gallons of hot water or enough water for the fabric to freely move around. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lorraine, If you have a specific color in mind, please send a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a recipe for you. Hope this helps!

  • Elias Micheal

    I need to know about cleaning and if these bleed dye when cleaned with water or simple cleaners like fantastic? I can send photos for a dye recipe if you like but I would really like to know in general so that if we get custom orders we can create the colors from that without having to take up your time. It will likely be the dip method for the items I have in mind.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elias, The dye should not bleed when cleaned with water, but could bleed if cleaners are used. We suggest using a polyurethane sealant after dyeing. We have not done experimenting with the polyurethane finish and simple cleaners, so you might see if the polyurethane would not be affected by the cleaner. Hope this helps!

  • Phyllis Long

    I wanted to dye a white shirt and blouse to match my husband’s western shirt.
    here are some pictures. the skirt and blouse are pretty but they don’t match the shirt. If I got another bottle of dye would it dye it darker or is that just the color it is. I am trying to post a picture but it will not upload.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Phyllis, Thank you for reaching out. You can send us a picture to colorformula@theritstudio.com and will we create a custom recipe if possible.

    • Phyllis Long

      ok. thank you.

  • A.B.

    Hello. What if i dyed some sheets of wood and then painted a painting on it with acrylics or oil paints? Would the rit dye come off or would it need to be sealed before hand?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. After dyeing the wood, we would suggest rinsing it to rinse off any surface dye that has not adhered. You can then paint and seal with polyurethane. Hope this helps!

      • A.B.

        Thank you for the reply. What if I didn’t seal it with polyurethane. What would happen?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, If polyurethane is not used to seal the dye into the wood, it can fade quickly due to water and/or sun exposure. The polyurethane would also help lock in your design that is painted on. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Julia, Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. There are 12 colors available in this new dye line, which can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Unfortunately, due to the limited colors available, we are not able to offer a color recipe for lime green. Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries DyeMore, or, it can be ordered at our website. Hope this information is helpful.

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  • Mary Jo

    Can you dye finished bamboo or wicker?

  • Mary Jo

    The directions ont he website is for unfinished wood and wicker. The product I want to try the dye on is a finished wicker piece. So, again, can you dye finished wood and wicker products?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mary Jo, Wood and wicker finishes normally consist of wax, shellac, drying oil, lacquer, and varnish, which would keep the dye from adhering. One of Rit’s dye specialists offers instructions related to your project, which state the finish would need to be removed: https://www.ritdye.com/2013/09/18/dye-stain-wood-table/ Hope this helps.

  • Marc Dunker

    I have a canvas fish house that is white. Can I dye it black with a Rit product? It needs to be dark inside…any suggestions?


    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Marc, Thank you for reaching out. Is this something you can possibly submerge into a dyebath? Unfortunately for such a large area it could be difficult for our dyes to achieve as when spraying the dye on to fabric. Typically when the dye has been sprayed onto the fabric it requires heat-setting. Without the dye being heat-set, the dye would rub off and can stain items it comes in contact with. Has the canvas been pre-treated with a special finish already or is this something you are planning to do after?

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  • Marilyn Cordova

    how do I remove color from cotton and polyester blend sweatshirt before redying.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marilyn, Thank you for reaching out. You can try the Rit Color Remover to reduce some of the color on the stove top, however, it will only be able to reduce the color as the Color Remover would not be effective on the polyester. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Vanessa Ferda

    Can I dye 100% hot pink polyester curtains to a grey or black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Vanessa, Thank you for reaching out. Since the material is polyester you would need to use DyeMore our synthetic dye to dye the curtains, we only have 12 core colors you can find here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . Normally we would suggest using our Color Remover 1st to take the original color down or out before re-dyeing but our Remover will not work on polyester or synthetic material. You would need to over-dye with a dark color, Graphite will only dye a dark gray on 100% polyester not black and will allow the pink to show through. If you use any other color in the dye line keep in mind with original color being hot pink the color may show through or blend with the new color you are re-dyeing with. Hope this helps.

  • Lynn Chrestman Provine

    Can I dye white tulle?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lynn,
      Thank you for reaching out. Most tulle is made from nylon. Both our All-Purpose and DyeMore dye lines will dye nylon fabric. Hope this helps.

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  • joe

    I put wood dye on my front door I don’t want to use varnish is there something else I can use to protect from weather

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joe, We suggest a polyurethane finish when working with wood. Hope this helps!

      • joe

        Thanks want to keep its beautiful colour

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  • Flo Ronan

    How much dye do I need to dye 12- 10″ x 96″ pieces of lace, navy blue, and can all the pieces be dyed at the same time?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Flo, One package of powder dye 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 on the washing machine. However, when dyeing a dark color such a navy blue, we recommend doubling the amount of dye used. You will need to make sure there is enough water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely while being constantly agitated. If you were to use more than one dyebath to dye the fabric, each dyebath may produce a slightly different shade. For this reason, it would be recommended to dye all the fabric at the same time. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

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    How much black dye will it take for a pair of white pants

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  • Vanessa

    I am trying to dye my cedar blue or teal either way , it turns out green , i dont get it

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Vanessa, 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.

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  • Juan Pablo

    I need to dye in green some ceiling pine beans. What is the area coverage of the dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Juan Pablo, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not have a specific area of coverage when it comes to using the dye as it is all based on weight of fabric, so beads would be a bit different. It would require some trial and error.

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  • BigWelsh

    I’m working with pine and using Kilz primer followed by Rit black dye for a gray “weathered” look. Unfortunately when I use a water based polyurethane or polycrylic the dye turns purple or is wiped off. This is after 2 days of letting the dye dry. Any suggestions?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are water based, therefore, using a water based polyurethane product may be why the color is changed once applied. We would recommend trying an oil based polyurethane coating. Hope this helps!

  • LiAnne Montalbano

    How would i dye Basket Reed and Broomcorn?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi LiAnne, Thank you for reaching out. Rit offers step by step instructions for dyeing dried flowers, weed and grasses. We have emailed them to you to refer to. Hope this helps!

      • LiAnne Montalbano

        Thank you very much for your help.

  • Yama

    Could rit dyes color. Fabric 32% nylon 30% cotton 38% aramid fiber? Actually is a air force uniform I want to dyes it to black color.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using our Graphite color in the DyeMore line of dyes. It will dye most fabrics black, except for 100% polyester which will only be able to achieve a dark grey hue. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jamie,
    Thank you for reaching out. It depends on what type of color you are wanting to go towards. Pearl Grey or Tan may be a good place to start. Hope this helps.

  • Genevieve

    Please email me the instructions how to dye broom corn and basket reed? I saw you responded to

    LiAnne Montalbano by email.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Genevieve,
      Thank you for reaching out. We have sent a message to your personal e-mail with addition information. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Tracy, 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: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ DyeMore is not recommended for use in a washing machine because it will dye plastic parts. 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. If you use the bucket method, depending on the shade of brown you are dyeing over, it may effect the gray hue. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • MeMeMe

    Yes, I used denatured alcohol and fuchsia to dye a wood project. I was worried water would make the wood swell. The color was vibrant. Do not heat the alcohol and swirl the container frequently.

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    what colours would I need to dye wool to look like pine wood grain ?

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  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Rita, I recommend they get the shirt after washing and tie dyeing.

  • Kevin Cory

    Rit dye with Linseed Oil.

    I’m a fan of Linseed oil as a stain, preservative, and protectant for wood project. However, it has a very limited color pallet – Light Amber.

    Will your dyes work with Linseed oil to creat a stain and/or paint?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Preethi K

    Hi, I have dyed a batch of wood beads usng Kelly green Rit dye powder. While the beads were coloured beautifully, they have a whitish chalky appearance once dried and have lost the bright rich green colour they started with. What can I do to avoid chalkiness? Would sealing the beads help? If so, what are some good sealers that would work with Rit. Thanks. – PK from Australia




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