How to Change the Color of Nylon

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How to Change the Color of Nylon
Change the colour of tights, leotards or any white or light-coloured nylon fabric. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Nylon is a fabric that accepts dyes very well and can be dyed very easily. To dye nylon, you do not have to use expensive, time consuming or difficult to use dyes; instead, all you need is some acid dye, which can be found at any arts and crafts store. But for the best results, always start with a white or very light-coloured nylon fabric to get the truest colour possible.

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Things you need

  • Drain stopper
  • 3 gallons hot water
  • Rubber gloves
  • 1/4 cup liquid acid dye
  • Wooden spoon
  • Plastic tarp or garbage bag

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  1. 1

    Plug your sink's drain with a drain stopper, then fill up your sink with 3 gallons of hot water. Do not dye your nylon in a sink made of plastic or fibreglass as it will stain.

  2. 2

    Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from staining while "agitating" the fabric in Step 4.

  3. 3

    Pour 1/4 cup of liquid acid dye into the sink. Keep in mind that nylon accepts dyes very well; for this reason, do not add more than 1/4 cup of the dye to water as this can overdye the fabric.

  4. 4

    Place your nylon fabric into the sink. Agitate the fabric with your hands or a wooden spoon for the first 10 minutes of dyeing time.

  5. 5

    Allow the fabric to soak in the dye bath for 30 to 45 minutes or until you're pleased with the colour.

  6. 6

    Place a plastic tarp or garbage bag onto the work surface next to the sink. Remove the fabric from the dye bath and place it on the tarp/bag to cool down for several minutes.

  7. 7

    Rinse the nylon fabric under cool water to seal the colour in and remove excess dyes from the material. Dry the fabric as usual.

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