View Full Version : Dying bright blue wool and nylon coat to navy blue

12-04-2011, 08:58 AM
Hey! I'm planning on cosplaying Walter Sullivan from Silent Hill 4, and need some help with dying a blue coat to look more accurate to the character's coat. Here's a reference picture: http://images.wikia.com/silent/images/0/00/WalterSullivan.PNG

Right now, the coat is a bright blue color and I'm hoping to dye it a navy blue color. I purchased a bottle of Rit Liquid Dye (Navy Blue), but I'm unsure whether or not the dye will take to the fabric. The coat is 80% wool and 20% nylon. Also, 100% acetate fabric makes up the inside of the coat. The color of the acetate fabric is already a decent blue, and impossible to see when the coat is worn and buttoned up, so if the dye did or did not affect this fabric, then I really wouldn't mind.

So, basically, my question is: Has anyone ever had experience in dying fabric with the Rit brand, and if so, will it successfully dye wool and nylon?

I'd really appreciate anyone's input. I'd rather just know if the dye will completely destroy, do nothing, or work in dying the coat, before trying it out myself. If worse comes to worse, I'll just buy a new jacket or work with what I got.

12-04-2011, 09:34 AM
I haven't used the dye in queston, but because the majority fiber of your jacket is wool, it would most certainly absorb the dye without question. As long as you follow the directions, you should be fine.

12-05-2011, 10:31 AM
I don't know about the acetate, but for wool and nylon I'd suggest acid dyes (http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3257-AA.shtml?lnav=dyes.html) -- they're made specifically to handle protein fibers (wool, nylon, silk). I haven't used Rit in years thanks to some bad experiences early on, but quite like acid dyes and have had good results with them. If you can find them where you live, I'd suggest considering those instead of Rit.

Either way, good luck!

12-05-2011, 01:43 PM
Be aware that most dying processes require hot water (Rit certainly does; Jacquard Acid Dyes do as well) and hot water does not always play nice with wool. Your jacket may shrink. If there's any way you could dye a swatch first that would be good. Since it's a pre-made jacket, though, you might not be able to do this.