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Dyeing Nylon
Feb 9th, 2004 at 3:44pm
 
Does anyone here dye the nylon line they use, and if so how?
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Reply #1 - Feb 9th, 2004 at 5:02pm
 
Nylon, by its very nature, is not easily dyed. You could try boiling it in some RIT fabric dye, but don't expect intense colors. I buy mine precolored. Craft stores carry #18 nylon in many colors. In fact, I bought three different colors today.
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Reply #2 - Feb 10th, 2004 at 8:04pm
 
Memphis Net and Twine http://www.memphisnet.net/  carries seine twine in a variety of sizes.  I got some #72 there a while back and made the black and white sling in the gallery section from it.

Their nylon twine can be dyed.  I was told that if the dye calls for salt, to not used iodized salt.  Other than that, I was assured that the nylon would take the color.  It might take the dye less than cotton or other natural fiber, but it should be o.k.  After all, how do they get the dyed stuff in the stores all those nice colors, anyway?

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Reply #3 - Feb 17th, 2004 at 4:38pm
 
Jeff, sometimes solvents are used to assist dyeing. Also, with plastics, pigments can be added to the resin before it enters the filament extruder.
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Reply #4 - Feb 17th, 2004 at 7:19pm
 
Yes indeed the dyes are sometimes added to the liquid prior to extrusion.  In the case of many nylon twines, however, they dye them post extrusion.  This can be seen when one uses a twine and the color rubs off, leaving a white twine.  Poor dye job in that case.

Twines are available in so many colors over the counter, it seems a waste of time to dye them yourself.

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Reply #5 - Feb 23rd, 2004 at 11:52am
 
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Memphis Net and Twine http://www.memphisnet.net/  carries seine twine in a variety of sizes.  


Thanks JeffH I'll have to check that place out  Smiley
The places I know of I can get green in any size and pink and yellow only in size 18.  The one place says you can order other colors but you have to order a minium of 240 lbs at what could be close to $6.00 a lb  Shocked
OUCH! Way to much.
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Reply #6 - Feb 26th, 2004 at 12:02pm
 
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Memphis Net and Twine http://www.memphisnet.net/  carries seine twine in a variety of sizes.


I just requested a catalog.

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Re: Dyeing Nylon
Reply #7 - Feb 28th, 2004 at 7:09pm
 
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     Today I purchased some 1/8 inch braided nylon to make a sling with. Just for giggles I pulled out some old vinyl dye that was bought from Napa auto parts years ago. The stuff is "ox blood" color. I applyed some to the nylon by dipping it in, giving it some time to set and wiping the excess off. It did a very good job of dying the nylon, I then cut through the piece that was dyed and check for penetration. Seems that even the inside of the nylon "took" the dye. The end color was very pinkish, not really red and certainly not ox blood. If you can find vinyl dye cheap enough this may be a good option, but going for a very dark shade will most likely give the best results.
     It also got me to thinking that the clear PVC cleaner mixed with a rit dye may work also. I believe that the PVC cleaner is mostly acytone. So....getting a quart of acytone and mixing it with rit dye may also work, but I would sure be careful with the stuff, like all chemicals it can be nasty if not handled correctly.

Hope this helps, let us know if you have any success.


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Re: Dyeing Nylon
Reply #8 - Feb 28th, 2004 at 7:58pm
 
RIT dye is aniline dye. Bright colors. I'm not sure it dissolves in acetone. You may have to add a little alcohol first. 

The vinyl dye you speak of is really a thin wash of vinylized paint. I've used it, too. I'd look at making aniline dye work instead. In the long run I think people would be more happy with the results.  Dan
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