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Can I dye the upholstery on my furniture?"
Probably not. If you want to dye your upholstery, these are the questions you need to consider to use any of the dyes we carry:
Is the fabric a natural fiber AND not treated with stain resistant? The dyes we carry are for natural fibers (and certain man made cellulose based fibers, like Rayon and Tencel). Any stain resistance will also resist dye.
Can you remove it from the frame and the cushions AND be able to submerge it in a dye bath AND know the fabric will not shrink during the dyeing process? The basic dye process requires lots of water: for prewash, dye bath, rinse and wash out of excess dye. Submerging the entire piece of furniture would damage it. Taking off the fabric is labor intensive and shrinkage is no good for fitting the fabric back on the furniture. You can use Versatex Air Brush Inks to spray, paint them on. It may stiffen the fabric somewhat, but if you use the Versatex no-heat fixative (which requires air-drying for 4-6 days), you can get good results. You have to really, really, really want to do this to tackle such a big project. Meanwhile, why not dye some of our Bull Denim, or 10 oz. Cotton Duck to make a throw cover?
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