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Paints and Dye To Use On Synthetic Fabrics 

Working on polyester, acrylic, spandex, and other synthetic fabrics can be a little tricky if you aren't careful to use the right product. Most dyes that we carry will wash off, except Pigment Dye (stains almost anything) and iDye Poly or Industrial Poly on Polyester, and Jacquard Basic Dye on acrylic. Nylon is a synthetic fiber that was made to imitate protein, so Acid dyes work on it!

Our fabric paints that work on natural fibers also work on most synthetic fabrics so long as they haven't been treated with anything or have an oily finish which will keep the paint from adhering! Most paints are fixed with heat and you must make sure high temperatures will not melt your chosen fabric. TEST TEST TEST! Pigment "Dye" works well on most synthetics and is nice because it leaves no feel or "hand", but can only be painted or sprayed on. If you want to dye your polyester fabric all one uniform color, iDye would be what you use, in a bath according to instructions. Make sure you select the iDye Poly, not the regular iDye for Cottons and natural fibers!

iDye for Natural and Poly Fabrics

Pros: Quick, easy, economical for small dye jobs, don't have to buy extra chemicals, don't have to handle powders, behaves like Deka L, additional 8 colors for Polyester and nylon! Results are even and not streaky.
Cons: Needs hot water, less brilliant and long lasting, may fade more than "professional" dyes, less color selection.

Industrial Polyester Dyes

Pros: Inexpensive, fast, easy way to dye large quantities of polyester and nylon clothing, towels, rags, etc.
Cons: Results are not as bright, long lasting or washfast as more professional quality dyes.

DecoArt Ink Effects

Pros: You get multiple transfers from one painting. So soft you can't feel it. The bright colors are very opaque, provide good coverage.

Cons: Not available in larger sizes.

Jacquard Basic Dye

Pros: Dyes hard to dye substrates like Acrylic, wood, reeds, straw, hemp, potpourri, wigs, buttons, shell, bone, dried flowers, bamboo, and more! Can mix with alcohol and use like a paint too.

Cons: ! More toxic to work with than other dyes - use care handling the powders! Require a lot of heat for setting. Not very lightfast or washfast. 

Allure Adhesive Paint

Pro's: It's a somewhat stretchy dimensional fabric paint that can be used on any fabric including Lycra®, nylon and hosiery, comes in lots of tones including glitter, and a line of Puff colors for the 3-D effect. Non-toxic. Glue based so sticks to almost any surface. Kids love it!
Con's: Leaves a bit more texture on the fabric. 

DecoArt SoSoft Opaque Fabric Paint

Pros: The softest ‘hand’, or feel, on fabric of all our opaque/metallic fabric paints. Requires no heat setting, and still holds up to washing very well. Colors are very opaque, provide good coverage. Non-toxic.
Cons: Not available in larger sizes.

DecoArt Dazzling Metallics

Pros: No heat set required, excellent coverage, water-based acrylic, easy to clean up, many colors to chose from

Cons: Not available in larger sizes, a littl stiff

Jacquard Textile Colors

Pros: Economical, easy to use, lots of bright colors, leaves a soft hand.
Cons: None we could come up with!

Lumiere and Neopaque Fabric Paint

Pros: The shiniest, most luminous metallic colors, the best coverage on dark fabrics, also works great on leather, wood and paper.
Cons: Expensive, but worth it!!

Setacolor Fabric Paints By Pebeo

Pros: Has different consistencies for sunpainting (Transparent Colors) or painting over a dark color (Opaque colors), or enhancing with a metallic (Pearlescent Colors)
Cons: None

Setasilk - Silk Paint

Pros: Bright colors! Easy to use, water-based, non-toxic thin paint that can be an alternative for dye, heliographic (can be used full strength for sun painting)
Cons: Not available in larger sizes (250ml max)

Dye-Na-Flow Fabric Paint

Pros: Versatile, thin flowable paint for silk painting and many other uses on most fabrics, even untreated leather. Easy to use, non-toxic, very economical, comes in various sizes, great for teachers
Cons: We couldn't think of any!

Versatex Printing Ink

Pros: Our softest screen printing ink, economical, water cleanup, non-toxic, also great for block printing and stenciling
Cons: Doesn't set well if it gets frozen when shipping it in the winter

Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Ink

Pros: Soft, easy to use, bright intense pigment, non-toxic, water-based, water cleanup, great for stenciling and block printing as well.< br /> Cons: Couldn't find any.

Speedball Fabric Block Printing Inks

Pros: No heat setting, doesn't freeze, high pigmentation, good smooth coverage, leaves a soft hand, oil based but cleans up easy with soap and water.
Cons: Not available in lager sizes, limited color selection, slight odor, long drying time.

Dharma Pigment Dye

Pros: It's a concentrated (so economical after dilution) pigment system that feels like dye instead of paint, is easy to use for all kinds of techniques, is concentrated, non-toxic and works on most synthetics as well as natural fibers
Cons: Limited color selection, colors fade with washing the first time (typical of "dyeing" with pigments) - you have to like the unique "stonewashed" look

Glow In The Dark Paints 30ml.

Pros: Glows well in the dark after exposure to light, sticks to lots of surfaces, water cleanup, non-toxic
Cons: Limited color selection, small sizes, very thin and transparent, so doesn't look like much in the daytime.

Dr. Martin's Craft Fabric Stamping Ink 2oz. Bottles

Pros: Perfect for very finely detailed stamping and printing; leaves no hand on the fabric; Acid free and archival. More lightfast than dyes.
Cons: Must be used with stamp pads for stamping. Transparent, so doesn't work on dark fabrics. Needs heatsetting for max. permanence.

Dr. Ph. Martin's Spectralite

Pros: Great for marbling, leaves soft hand on fabric, very concentrated pigment
Cons: Needs the addition of a catalyst to make it permanent, either a heatfix catalyst, or an airfix catalyst.

Lumiere 3D Paint

Pro's: It's a glue based dimensional fabric paint that can be used on any fabric and almost any other surface! Comes in gorgeous metallic colors and gives a 3-D effect. Can be used as a beautiful, classy embellishment in its own right, or as a decorative glue.
Con's: Leaves a bit more texture on the fabric.

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