How to Dye PVC Without Harmful Chemicals

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How to Dye PVC Without Harmful Chemicals
PVC can be dyed for use in furniture and craft projects. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The standard way to dye PVC uses a combination of clear PVC cleaner and solvent dye. This combination creates brilliant colours, but uses harsh chemicals to penetrate the PVC. If chemical residue or vapour is a concern, there are other ways to dye PVC without using harsh chemicals. The down side is that the PVC will not be nearly as brightly coloured. The colour will also appear uneven, with dark and light spots throughout the PVC.

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Things you need

  • Large container
  • Hot water
  • Fabric dye
  • Rubber gloves
  • PVC

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  1. 1

    Fill container with hot water in multiples of 3 gallons.

  2. 2

    Add 1/2 bottle of liquid fabric dye per every 3 gallons of hot water. Use gloves to protect skin from becoming stained with dye.

  3. 3

    Submerge PVC into the dye. Stir the dye constantly to completely cover the PVC with fresh dye. Keep PVC in dye for a half hour or until desired colour is achieved.

  4. 4

    Rinse the PVC and allow to dry for 24 hours before use.

Tips and warnings

  • To best match colours, dye all your PVC in one batch.
  • Do not use a container that will absorb the dye unless you are willing to throw it away.

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