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How to Dye Polyester Mesh Fabric ...tutorial...

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:44 pm    Post subject: How to Dye Polyester Mesh Fabric ...tutorial... Reply with quote

Here is a Mini Tutorial on how to dye the Mesh fabric which is a Polyester material. Hope it helps!

For those of you who are stuck unable to get the black Mesh fabric, you can still go the route of dying the fabric.

There are many types of dyes and it is important to get the right kind. A natural dye will have little to no effect on a fabric like the mesh webbing we use for these costumes. You will need to get Dye that is meant for 100% polyester fabric.
Scroll to the bottom of the page on this like to and you will see a variety of dyes to choose from. Polyester dyes are not rare and you should be able to get the proper dye at your local fabric store.

Note for people who are dying this webbing:

Before you dye any fabric you must remove any and all chemicals that are on the fabric first. This is a standard practice for anyone who dyes any kind of fabric and this is no different for Synthetic fabrics as well. To be honest all fabrics for any costuming project should be washed before construction to allow for shrinkage. Nothing is sadder than to finish a costume, and wash it later and then have it shrink on yah... *Facepalm*.

So... before dying mesh fabric… wash in HOT water, and use your heavy cycles with the most agitation.

Dry fabric completely before you start any dye baths to remove any left over chemicals or impurities.

Follow instructions on the Dye you buy... not all dyes are created equal!

Here is an example of dying a Polyester... on your stove if you don't wanna risk you washing machine.


Things You'll Need
· Rubber/latex gloves
· Apron
· Five gallon stainless steel pot
· Three separate steel pots, small to medium sized
· Disperse Dye (can be found at clothing and craft stores)
· Utensils to use in the dye that will not be used for cooking again
· Dye Carrier NSC
· Distilled white vinegar
· Synthrapol
· Dye activator

1 Make sure you have a well-ventilated area before you begin dyeing the polyester. Put on the latex or rubber gloves to protect your hands. Wash the polyester fabric in the 5 gallon pot on the stove. Once the water starts to warm up, add a small handful of soda ash and 3 ml Synthrapol per pound of fabric. Let the fabric boil in this mixture for about 10 minutes in order to remove dirt and oils from the polyester.

2 Remove the polyester from the pot and set aside. Next, in a separate pot, boil 1 cup of water and then add the dye to the water. The amount of dye you add depends on the brand of dye and color. For example, for light colors, dissolve 1.3 gm in the water; for dark shades, dissolve 8 to 15 gm. In another separate small pot, place 2 to 3 tbsp. of the dye carrier in 1 cup of boiling water.

3 Set the 5 gallon steel pot back on the stove top. For every 2.5 gallons of boiling water, add 2.5 ml Synthrapol, 10 tsp. white vinegar, the diluted dye carrier from the second pot in Step 2 and the dye. Add them in this order. Stir the water completely before adding each ingredient with the utensils.

4 Place the polyester into this large pot, and make sure it is brought to a boil while stirring. Simmer about 35 to 40 minutes (this all depends on what shade you want the polyester to be). Sift the utensil around in the pot, shifting the fabric so dye gets to all angles.

5 Bring a second pot of water to boil while your polyester fabric is simmering. It just needs to be large enough to hold enough water to cover the fabric. After the fabric is finished, immediately transfer the fabric to this second boiling pot of water. This is to help remove the chemical odors from the polyester.

6 Drain the 5 gallon pot with the dyed water carefully into a sink. Rinse out the pot, and refill it with water. Bring it to boil again and add 3 ml Synthrapol. Transfer the polyester back to this pot and stir for about 10 minutes. Remove the fabric, and rinse in hot water in the sink.

7 Dry the polyester as usual, whether it is a line dry or in the machine dryer.

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How that helps a few of you out.

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