Is it possible to tie-dye polyester?
> I have a question for you: Is it possible to tie-dye polyester? > I know that probably sounds goofy, but there's a good reason! > > I'm a runner, and cotton is simply not that great when you're > sweating a lot. Instead, most runner's singlets (tank-tops) > are made out of Cool-Max (polyester) because it wicks the > perspiration off of you and drys very quickly. Unfortunately, > most singlets are very dull looking (solid colors mostly). > I thought it might be nice to get some white singlets and > make some colorful alternatives.This question is now answered fully by Dyeing Polyester with Disperse Dyes, from the About Dyes section of this site. Many sports fabrics have finishes added to increase their wicking ability. Unfortunately, any finish applied on top of fabric will interfere with the dye's ability to get to the fabric, but of course the last thing you want to do is remove the finish first (Prochem gives instructions on the removal of permanant press finishes.) Please let me know whether or not you have success in dyeing CoolMax.
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