Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

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Re: Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

Post by Psychlonic » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:18 pm

A lot of times, an acidic additive is needed to dye nylon based equipment. I've read that a lot of people just use white vinegar for this with great success. One should also wash a dyed article afterward once or twice to remove and excess dye, lest it possibly ruin other clothing or equipment if it gets wet and bleeds.
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Re: Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

Post by Xanatos » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:25 pm

I use dye for cotton and spray paint for everything else. You can also try brown dye for ACU to get a sort of desert/dead vegetation colour scheme.
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Re: Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

Post by Psychlonic » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:14 pm

Shattered wrote:^I did try a vinegar dye-bath, but it still wouldn't soak in. Perhaps it needed triple the dye concentration. Oh, well.
Yeah I don't know the exact formula for success, I dyed a pair of ACUs myself a long time ago and that was the end of my dyeing adventures. I know it can be done but I don't know how much of what you need to use.
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Re: Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

Post by Xanatos » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:19 am

I usually try to avoid dyeing synthetic materials. Even with proper polymer dye the stuff never completely washes out and you always wind up with darkened skin as a result.
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Re: Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

Post by mib » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:40 am

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Re: Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

Post by Xanatos » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:50 am

If you were going for a subdued urban look on the black one, I suggest only using half the amount of dye to 'darken' the shade rather than completely obscure the pattern. Did that with my Australian pattern and it turned out great.
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Re: Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

Post by Xanatos » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:24 am

Subdued urban? Looks like solid black to me.
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Re: Repurposing ACU / UCP Gear

Post by Xanatos » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:41 pm

I can kinda see the pattern, although it's so subdued it's practically black anyway.
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