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    Dyeing Gear Guide 12x12

    After having a local sheriff stop me on the trail and tell me to be careful because there was an "unstable" person with a gun in the woods. I started to rethink my bright WHITE 12x12 Gear Guide tarp. It kind of stands out in the woods from a distance. I wanted my bright white "light green" tarp to blend in a little better so I tried using Rit dye to dye it. I was going for a sort of tie-dyed look. It took me two treatments. Where as it still did not quite turn out the way I wanted. But, in the end I think it did meet my goal of making it less glaring in the woods.







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    That is fantastic!
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    Looks like it worked very well. I like the mottled look without a pattern. What color of dye did you use? Reminds me a bit of the camo that the rebels wore during the battle on Endor in the Star Wars movie.

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    Nice job. I bet that really disappears in the woods when the snow is gone. Very "stealthy"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detail Man View Post
    Looks like it worked very well. I like the mottled look without a pattern. What color of dye did you use? Reminds me a bit of the camo that the rebels wore during the battle on Endor in the Star Wars movie.
    I started out with a box of brown dye. That was too light. So I did another round with a box of forest green and black. I didn't do a great job with the "tie-dye". Rather I just sort of wadded parts up as I stuck the tarp in a bucket of dye.

    I am not sure it will be exceptionally stealthy up close. Most camouflage depends upon a strong contrast of lines and color. But it will do what I wanted, which is make it not stand out at a distance. It's better than is was.



    I hope to do some hiking/camping this weekend. I may get some pictures without the snow.
    Last edited by zugcat; 07-04-2012 at 03:07.

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    That looks awesome.

    Much stealthier than the white.

    The Guide Gear is a PU tarp right?

    I wonder if the same process would work with sil, spinn, or cuben?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendertoe View Post
    That looks awesome.

    Much stealthier than the white.

    The Guide Gear is a PU tarp right?

    I wonder if the same process would work with sil, spinn, or cuben?
    Yes it is polyurethane coated.

    I don't know about spinn, or cuben. But I suspect it would not work with silnylon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zugcat View Post
    But I suspect it would not work with silnylon.
    Dye works on the principle of fiber saturation. As silny is already saturated with silicon it is highly doubtful dye would work. However, if you dyed untreated nylon (not the easiest thing to do, but doable to an extent) and then did a DIY sil treatment it should work. The fiber does not absorb the silicon. Rather the silicon fills the weave and coats the threads.
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    I think it's a pretty **** good job. I can't imagine anybody seeing that easily 50 yards out within 3 hours of sunset or sunrise.

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    That looks really good. And love the Star wars reference!!
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