How to dye nylon

Written by justin obrien
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How to dye nylon
Nylon is not difficult to dye. (Urs Siedentop/iStock/Getty Images)

Dyeing clothing can make for a fun hobby. You can create some wonderful new coloured outfits from clothing that you may have otherwise thrown away. Most dyeing compounds are meant for natural products such as cotton. In order to dye synthetic products such as nylon, you will need to do an acid wash with the colour you want to dye the nylon. Dyeing nylon is fairly easy to do.

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Things you need

  • WashFast Acid Dye
  • protective eyewear
  • rubber gloves
  • 4.5 to 6.8 kg (10 to 15 lb) scale
  • pan of water

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  1. 1

    Buy your desired colour of WashFast Acid Dye online (see Resources) or from your local hobby and craft shop.

  2. 2

    Weigh the nylon item you want to dye. The ratio of powder dye to the weight of clothing capable of dying is 28.4 g (1 oz) of dye to 2.72 kg (6 lb) of a material. So use your scale to weigh your nylon item(s). Divide this weight by 0.095, and this will give you how many grams of dye powder you will need.

  3. 3

    Find a pan that the entire nylon item can fit in. Fill the pan 3/4 full with water. Bring the water to a boil on the stove and add the correct amount of WashFast Acid Dye powder to the water. Stir it for a minute. Turn the temperature on the burner down to a low heat.

  4. 4

    Place the nylon in the dye water. Stir it around every 15 minutes. Allow the nylon to soak for 1 to 2 hours.

  5. 5

    Remove the nylon from the pan. Wash the nylon on cold by itself in the washer. Let the nylon item air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear protective eyewear and rubber gloves while working with acid dye.

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