How to Dye Sunglasses

Updated June 05, 2017

Dyeing sunglasses allows you to add some pizazz to your eyewear. It isn't recommended for prescription lenses or expensive frames; however, it works well for ordinary plastic sunglasses. The lenses normally pop out of the frames, so you may dye the lenses and frames together or separately. In addition to adding coloured dyes to existing sunglasses, you may also purchase non-prescription glasses with clear lenses and convert them to sunglasses by using a UV tint prior to dyeing.

Mix the dye. Purchase dye made specifically for eyeglasses or use clothing dye. In each case, mix it with distilled water rather than tap water to avoid discolouration due to mineral deposits. Place the mixture in a pot and heat it to between 190 and 200F.

Wipe the glasses clean to remove all finger prints and any other build-up. Place them in the heated dye and leave them submerged for no longer than 30 minutes.

Remove the sunglasses from the dye using tongs.

Place the sunglasses on a towel and allow them to dry.


If you wish to dye the individual parts separately, remove the lenses before placing the sunglasses in the dye mixture. Reassemble the sunglasses after the parts have dried.

Things You'll Need

  • Dye
  • Plastic sunglasses
  • Distilled water
  • Pot
  • Heat source
  • Thermometer
  • Timer
  • Towel
  • Tongs
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Kelli Karanovich was internationally published for the first time in "Adbusters" in 2006. She teaches online at the Christa McAuliffe Academy and contributes to the blog Mama's Musings. Karanovich holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from the University of Georgia and a certificate to teach from Shorter College.