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    Dye and Nylon

    For all you fellow camo nuts out there. Has any one ever tried to "spot dye" nylon fabric? For example if you have a green BB and you use a paint brush and brown dye to splatter on the dye. Just to break up the solid green a bit.
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    The only stuff I know of is an acid die, but that is for unfinished nylon, no sylicone of other coatings. Here is a link that might help http://shop.skinboats.com/product.sc...2&categoryId=6
    Maybe you can try on a small piece of material just to see if it will work.

    I think the acid solution is vinager.
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    Untreated nylon and heat are your friends.

    I've been working (quite unsuccessfully) to get a tye-dyed sheet of nylon for Genuine Draft; she's a bit of a hippie. The stuff used around here has all been treated to one level or another, which makes it all but impossible to get any dye to attach to the fabric. Untreated ripstop (hard to find!) will take and hold the dye, but you've got to heat it up pretty good to make the transfer permanent. Not boiling water, but darn close.

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    The wife says she has dyed nylon with a usual hot water bath. However, It seems to me that I have heard of difficulty with nylon being non-absorbent. Make sure it _is_ nylon and not polyester or a polyester nylon blend. Ployester does not like to take dye and needs to be colored during the extrusion process. But according to the wife.. who has done this professionally for years, nylon will take dye. The temperature is a little more critical so you don't melt it. But it seems a hot water bath is the key.
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