Removing Color From Fabric ~ Any Ideas???

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by FERDALUMP, Apr 18, 2003.

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  1. FERDALUMP Jedi Knight

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    May 12, 2002
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    I am desperate--If you have any ideas--Please Post them :) PLEASE

    I found a fabric that is *Perfect* for a project I want to do--well, almost perfect. It is the wrong color :(
    The fabric is a Fushia Pink and I need it to be a light blue. The fabric was a remnant so I do not know the content--but I feel pretty sure it has some poly in it. I have always had sucess dyeing Poly--so I am thinking positve.

    So far I have used 2 boxes of Rit Color Remover and I have used a Store Brand bleach--No luck :(

    I tested a sample and the fabric dyes perfectly, but how can I take the color down so I can dye it a light shade?? When I dye it now it turns out a weird, dark color.

    PLEASE PLEASE offer up any suggestions you might have--I would *Love* to use this fabric, and I will try anything. Thanks in advance!!

    Ferd :)
  2. Jedi Girl of Corellia Manager Emeritus

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    Jun 23, 2000
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    Well you used the two suggestions I was going to offer... hmmm... I don't know what else you could use. I will discuss the topic with my textiles professor however.

    Of course my boyfriends(who suggested duct tape) roommate suggests hydrochloric acid. *rolls eyes* This is the last time I let them into such a sophisticated conversation ;)

    If you do find out what will work I would love to know! I'll check back in with what my professor said on Monday :)
  3. surlygirlie Manager Emeritus

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    Aug 1, 2000
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    Well, Ferd, while I've never dealt with them,
    Fabrics To Dye For has a whole page on discharge chemicals to help remove color from fabric.
    If nothing else, it might be worth giving them a call to see if they have any insights into your situation.

    Hope that helps!


    -sg
  4. FERDALUMP Jedi Knight

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    May 12, 2002
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    Thanks so much Jedi Girl and SG :)

    I will try to call them on Monday and see what they suggest.

    I tried Clorox Advantage (the thick concetrated bleach) and after soaking it for 4 hours--still NO CHANGE! AHHHHHH!!!

    Thanks for the tips, though. I'll keep trying...

    Ferd
  5. 1nsane_Sith Jedi Youngling

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    Apr 3, 2003
  6. Darth_Eagle Fanforce CR Singapore

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    Jul 19, 2001
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    She already used that.
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