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Old 02-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Can I dye sunbrella???

The used boat I just bought has a navy blue soft top that I hate

I'll be taking it off to do some welding and i got the idea to try and dye it black with rit dye.

I doubt it has any water repellency left in it.

I wonder if anyone else has ever attempted this?
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It is not going to take the dye. But if were are going to replace it give it a try and see what happens.
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You might end up with a mess after a rain.
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I have a helm chair cover of the same fabric that I would experiment on first. If the material beaded water I would not even try.

I have always had hardtops so I have no idea what a new one would cost if It dosent work.

Its approximatly 5' wide x 7' long, any guesses what one would cost?
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I wanted to dye my red T-Top cover to black. I caled Sunbrella after my local canvas guy said it wouldn't turn out good. Sunbrella told me the same thing my local canvas guy told me. I would turn out blochy and would be a blend of both colors, basically it would turn into a mess. As much as I wanted a black canvas on my T-Top I took the advice of people that know better than me.

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The used boat I just bought has a navy blue soft top that I hate

I'll be taking it off to do some welding and i got the idea to try and dye it black with rit dye.

I doubt it has any water repellency left in it.

I wonder if anyone else has ever attempted this?
There are spray paints for materials like canvas. I haven't used them but it might be worth a shot.
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Jfresh is correct. Due to the nature of Sunbrella fiber, the fabric will not absorb a dye.
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Then how do you color it at the factory?
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I just ordered Sunbrella material from a local shop to make a dash cover for me. It's $24 a yard and that's a 60" width, so 3' x 5' piece for $24.
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Then how do you color it at the factory?
The color is made into the fabric
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The color is made into the fabric
Yes. It was on Shipshape TV not too long ago. A tour of the factory.
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The used boat I just bought has a navy blue soft top that I hate

I'll be taking it off to do some welding and i got the idea to try and dye it black with rit dye.

I doubt it has any water repellency left in it.

I wonder if anyone else has ever attempted this?
You can have a new one made in your choice of colors.
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Popgun, Sunbrella is not dyed in the conventional sense that most of us think of dyeing. In fact, we do not use dyes at all. Highly UV resistant pigments are mixed with the fibers in a liquid state prior to extrusion. Fiber is then cut, baled, blended, spun into yarn and woven into fabric. The best way to think about it is to use our old standby, the carrot vs. radish analogy. Conventional dyeing is like a radish. If you cut it, you find that the color is only on the outside. Sunbrella is like the carrot. You cut it, the color is the same all the way through.
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That is a great answer, thank you.
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I just ordered Sunbrella material from a local shop to make a dash cover for me. It's $24 a yard and that's a 60" width, so 3' x 5' piece for $24.
Try Sailrite on line.
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