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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:09 pm 
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Long story short, I need to get rid of some team affiliation on my cycling kits, and would rather just dye them if at all possible since I have a lot of them (almost all my cycling clothes). Buying 7 new kits would be a bit $$$ so dying would be perfect. Anyone know if this can be done?


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i looked into how to do it once, didn't in the end as it wasn't clear if it was going to work, and the simplest option i found used very hot water which would probably mess up the clothes:

dylon "multi-purpose" is claimed to do lycra, you can get it in small quantities but this link is to the big can, the instructions involve simmering for 20 minutes!

http://www.dylon.co.uk/product.php?alia ... nstruction

the instructions also say it's not colourfast, so it may not be dense enough to mask the previous colours

i think there are industrial dyes that work at lower temperatures, maybe around hand-hot which should be ok, but from memory some were toxic, and again it was unclear how successful they'd be


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:55 pm 
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I think that you sweat too much and cycling gear needs to be laundered. It would be messy.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:22 am 
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I guess I may have to just slowly get some new kits.


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Just cross it out with a permanent marker :)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:52 pm 
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BobSantini wrote:
Just cross it out with a permanent marker :)


I had actually considered that!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:43 pm 
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That actually works just fine...


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:36 pm 
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polyester needs to be ink dyed to be colorfast (if I recall correctly)... and that's not a diy process. There's not a whole lot you can do in this instance without it looking hokey... but then again, I'm all for experimentation so have a go and see what you get.

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