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« on: August 30, 2010, 01:53:55 PM »

While this is not directly related to parenting, I know some parents using clothing dye so they might be able to answer my question.

My cassock is turning gray, but it is otherwise in fine condition. A new one would cost me upwards of $200, but I would like to try and dye it black again instead.

I picked up two packets of RIT dye (the dry kind) and used the hot water and the salt. It had basically no effect on the cassock whatsoever.  I believe my cassock is cotton but it might have some other material blended. I am not sure how to tell, I'm sorry to admit.

Have any of you had any success with a more commercial-grade dye? I actually asked around at some cleaners here in North Carolina and was told that no one in the area does professional re-dying anymore.  So I am just hoping someone here can recommend to me a brand of "industrial strength" dye I can buy to make my cassock go back to jet black.

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2010, 02:41:37 PM »


I have heard that "Dylon Permanent" brand black dye is an excellent cold water dye.  However, use more than the recommended on packet to dye a larger article of clothing.  It can never get "too" dark of a black.

You can purchase Dylon dyes at craft stores like JoAnn Fabrics, etc.  It is also sold on Amazon.

It's a permanent dye and should not "wash out", however, they also sell Retayne Color Fixative which if used "ensures" the fabric won't bleed.  You can get both for less than $5.
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2010, 03:22:59 PM »

Father,

The materials used in cassocks are sometimes 50% cotton/50% polyester material.  The Mothers at St. Syncletike in Farmingdale, New York might be able to offer further assistance.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2010, 03:54:48 PM »

I've had decent luck with RIT's liquid dyes but not the powdered variety. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2010, 04:10:24 PM »

If your cassock has polyester fiber you will need to use a special type of dye. Here is a link to the type of dye you need and a place to buy it, if you have a high end art supply store in your area you could possibly find it there as well.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/jacquard-idye/?wmcp=cj&wmcid=feeds&wmckw=01312-2610-10365&AID=10495307&PID=1910599
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2010, 04:11:19 PM »

You could also utilize a service to dye it for you;
http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/find_a_custom_dyer.shtml
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2010, 04:17:20 PM »

I know that a large amount of cassocks are not a poly blend, but it really is worth the extra $ to go for wool if you can. Wool isn't as stuffy as many think it is. It is a highly breathable fabric and if you treat it like you should (e.g wool wash instead of regular detergent and the occasional lanolin treatment) the fabric will last nearly a lifetime.
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010, 10:11:56 AM »

Thank you for your helpful suggestions, all.  I will be trying some of them out, and will report back with the findings.
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