How To Dye Clothes Without Dyeing Logo

Tie-dye t-shirts are a fun job. There are natural dyes, and acid dyes and you can find powder dyes and dye fabrics as well. You can have desired color and patterns after a successful dye.

But there will be a problem if the dyeing item has a logo on it. You don’t want your logo changed after dyeing. To avoid dyeing your logo you can use vaseline or paint it with hot wax before starting. The interesting thing is there’s no guarantee of this trick works 100%. So you better learn how to remove rit dye from logos.

In this article we will discuss dye types, how not to dye logos, and if it’s done how to recover. So let’s dive into the process.

Facts To Consider

1. Using dye remover

We wouldn’t recommend using color remover on a printed image or logo if you’re hoping to eliminate all traces of fabric dye.

So, when you apply an excess dye, the dye you choose will interact with the color already present in the fabric to create a brand-new shade. As an alternative, color-combination rules remain the same.

2. Dye and color combination

It’s important to consider how a fiber-reactive dye or rit dye choice will interact with the other colors in the tie-dye pattern. For example, if you used a blue dye on white fabric with a pink flower pattern, the flowers would turn purple since blue and pink together generate the color purple, while the rest of the fabric would remain white.

The patterned area of the garment may still look lighter even after being overdyed with a dark color. The reason for this is that the design distracts from the color.

3. Specialized dye

Use a cotton-specific dye, such as Procion MX or RIT, to color a cotton shirt. Most logos won’t fade over time if they’re plastic iron-on decals. Rayon thread is the material of choice for practically all embroidered logos.

Logos printed on rayon will be a mashup of the original color and the dye, as rayon is chemically indistinguishable from cotton and will absorb the dye bath in the same way.

How To Dye Clothes Without Dyeing Logo

How To Dye Clothes Without Dyeing Logo

You have to accept the reality that you have no control over the outcome when you tie-dye an already-finished shirt. It is possible that the sewing thread will not absorb the dye or will not tie the dye up consistently, which would fall under the category of unanticipated outcomes. White stitching in a design may be present on a vibrant color garment.

1. Vaseline

The plan, as far as we can tell, is for you to apply vaseline to the logo so that the dye won’t stick to it. We think there is a good chance it would be unsuccessful. Honestly, we can’t think of a single way we could make such a bold claim; are the logos sewn on, or printed? 

In the same way that you should know what the logos are made of, you should also know what the shirts are made of. Only natural textiles such as cotton can take the powder and liquid dye well.

  • Printing on the logos makes it more likely that the dye will not stick to them.
  • Don’t bother trying to color them, even if they are polyester embroidery.

For example, the synthetic stitching on these jackets is impervious to the dye and maintains its original color.

2. Dye remover

Dye remover repellent (with help of a spray bottle) spray outside into the lid to accumulate a pool of it for the front and back of the emblem and the bleached spot can be “painted” onto the symbol and bleached mark until saturated with a small paintbrush.

Dyeing Process

  1. Let it dry for a full 24 hrs. before bleaching, using no detergent or mild detergent until you obtain an even lightening. If the dye remover is removed, at least you will have given everything a thorough final rinse.
  2. Only once the spot has been washed to your satisfaction should you wash as usual. Be especially careful not to add too much-rit dye remover on your brush or q-tip so you stay within the spot margins, keeping in mind that the liquid bleach solution can flow if you have your brush or q-tip too full.
  3. To get the feel of it and see how much bleed into the non-bleached portions surrounding the q-tip or brush size, try it out on a rag or densely folded paper towel first.
  4. Think back to the amount of bleach that you likely used in a washer load that originally bleached it. And the bleach’s current temperature. Was the bleach added to a dry shirt or a wet one? Do some serious contemplation first.
  5. Perhaps it was only a drip that happened to form. When it happened, did it happen at full force, or was it an accident? When using a diluted solution, it is best to make a mental note of the approximate mixture/dilution and then apply the same formula and temperature/time once more.
  6. Only a uniform hue, like the spot, should be expected. The worst-case scenario is having to dry the entire shirt, reapply bleach or vinegar to the affected area, and try again.

Hand Washing

  1. Use a double boiler with warm water at the bottom to melt transparent paraffin wax.
  2. Use the wax to paint over your logo. See to it that the wax completely soaks into the fabric (you should see it on the back of the cloth).
  3. Whenever the wax is applied, the dye cannot follow.
  4. Wait for the wax to cool down.
  5. Don a pair of latex gloves.
  6. Create your own inks and dyes by following the instructions provided by the maker. If you want to prevent the wax from melting onto the fabric, use cold dyes.
  7. Tie-dye the fabric. Put it under water for around 20 seconds.
  8. In order to get rid of any remaining dye, rinse it in cold water. If you want a darker shade, give it another dyeing.
  9. Dry it naturally by suspending it.
  10. Scrape off the wax, or iron it off between some paper towels and newsprint (this can be done while the fabric is still wet).

Final Words

When applying vibrant colors to black shirts the results might not always make you happy. But you must choose the right dye according to the dyeing fabrics and apply mild detergent or vinegar to the unwanted dyed areas to have better results in removing them.

And you can dye an entire shirt without staining the logos. But it is easy and less time-consuming to dye logos and removing them with rit dye remover.

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