Can I dye Polyester rope??
  • I'm new here and I'm totally new to trying to dye anything! I want to start making some items for horses. Rope, halters, lead ropes, rope bridles, etc. Upon looking for "Double braid polyester rope", I'm seeing it only seems to come in a few colors, like blue, green, red or black. I would love to do Neon pink, neon blue etc. Paracord comes in every color but is too narrow. Does anyone know if I can dye polyester rope, what kind of dye I would use, and have the color not wash out or bleed on the horse? Thanks so much for any help you can give me!

    Joyce
  • Hi Joyce,
    You can use iDye Poly to dye any polyester, including polyester rope (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/idye.html). It is easy to use. The most important part to remeber is that you must use the dye on the stovetop at a rolling boil. Simply drop the disolvable dye packet into a pot of boling water, add your rope, and stir for about 30 minutes. Also remember that dyes are transparent, so for best results, you'll want to start with white rope.
    Unfortunately, we do not currently offer iDye Poly in flourescent colors. (We will soon, so keep an eye out!). We do offer flourescent dyes for cottons, if cotton rope is an option? We also offer flourescent paints, which would probably work well on polyester rope (although this would be a more superficial coloring). If you want to go this route, I'd suggest doing some tests first, to see which paint works best for this application. I'd start with Dye-Na-Flow (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/dye-na-flow.html) or Textile Color (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/textile-color.html). You'll also probably want to use Airfix (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/airfix.html) so that you won't have to worry about heat setting the paint...
    I hope this is helpful. Let us know if you have any other questions. And good luck!
    Asher