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 fabric paints work on all fabrics, so this is what a lot of folks use. Most dyes that we carry will wash off, except Pigment Dye and iDye Poly.
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 synthetic 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!
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.
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)
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!
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
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.
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.