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How to Tint Your Glasses

Updated February 21, 2017

Tinted glasses offer your eyes relief from bright glare and irritating fluorescent lights. During daytime drives in highly reflective areas, such as the coast or the desert, tinted eyeglasses keep your eyes relaxed, moist and alert. While replacement lenses with the colour tint of your choice can be purchased, they are often costly. Having your standard lenses tinted can also be expensive. With some clothing dye in the colour of your choice, you can tint your lenses in the comfort of your own home.

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  1. Pour one cup of water into a medium sized pot and bring to a simmer on a hob.

  2. Add two tablespoons of black clothing dye and five drops of vinegar to the water. Reduce heat to the lowest setting.

  3. Apply even pressure with your thumbs to the inside of your lenses until they pop out. Support the frames with your hands as you perform this step to avoid cracking your eyeglasses.

  4. Place the lenses into the pot. Check the progress of the tint every ten minutes by lifting out the lenses with a strainer spoon.

  5. Remove the lenses from the pot once you achieve the desired tint. Place them on a paper towel and allow the dye to cure for 24 hours.

  6. Push the lenses back into their frames using pressure from your thumbs. The lenses should click audibly into place.

  7. Moisten a microfiber cloth with lens cleaning solution. Rub the lenses using a gentle circular motion to remove any fingerprints, spots or stains.

  8. Tip

    Refer to the instructions on your container of clothing dye, as dilution and mixing instructions may vary. Though the article calls for black dye, brown or amber will also produce pleasing results. Clinging tint film can also be used to tint your eyeglasses. Cut the film to the shape of your lenses, peel off the backing and place a piece on the inside of each lens. Rub the film with your thumbs to ensure a firm bond. Only plastic eyeglass lenses can be tinted using the method described by the article.


    Do not attempt to dye glass lenses. Avoid tinting expensive lenses that are covered under a manufacturer's warranty.

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Things You'll Need

  • Stove
  • Medium sized pot
  • Black clothing dye
  • Vinegar
  • Strainer spoon
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lens cleaning solution

About the Author

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.

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