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Unread 08-29-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Rit dye on 100% Polyester?

I got Yellow rit dye (liquid) at Walmart today after getting a white skirt that I needed to dye yellow for a cosplay. But it reads on the side of the Rit Dye bottle that its not reccomended for 100% Polyester, which is exactly what the skirt is.

On the skirt tag it says "Color dye may bleed" which furthers my worries. BUT THE SKIRT IS SO DAMN PERFECT. I want to know if its possible for me to still be able to dye it but if there's like an extra step I'd need to take or something.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 05:31 PM   #2
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I read somewhere that it'll work if you use boiling rubbing alcohol instead of water. I've never tried it, though.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 06:02 PM   #3
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hi, i had this problem with my yuna side skirt and this is what i learned.
1) you can dye it in normal water.
2) it takes forever to dye it no matter what trick you do.
3) getting it wet will cause the color to go away.
4) BUT if the water is cold enough then you'll be fine/loose less dye.
5) if you touch it to much (from like... sewing it which i'm guessing you aren't doing) your fingers will change color.

Some good news is if you don't like how it turns out then you can wash it and start over. Because of all the problems I would recommend doing this by hand (wear gloves, i forgot. bad choice) and speed up the drying process somehow. The slower it takes to dry the more dye you'll lose. Hair dryers outside on hot days get the job done
good luck.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #4
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Polyester fiber doesn't absorb RIT dye, so any tint you get will sit on top of the surface like paint, and it will rub off and smudge and color anything else it gets washed or stored with. There are dyes for polyester (iDye Poly, carried by Dharma Trading). Even that dye isn't guaranteed to work on polyester; some fabric simply won't accept dye. But do use that instead of the RIT if you do still want to dye the skirt.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 06:57 PM   #5
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I wouldn't even bother wasting my time or dye. Save it for another costume. You are trying to dye plastic. I would try what Mangochutney said if anything.
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