Sealer for paint on dog collars
  • Hello!

    I have been painting on nylon dog collars with Jacquard paint and other fabric paint. My dilemma is that after the dogs romp around a bit, the paint comes off.

    Any suggestions for a sealer or different application for durability? I am concerned about a non-toxic sealer in case the dog chews the collar!

    Thanks very much.

    Janet
  • Have you tried our Acid Dyes? That is generally the colorant used on nylon and they work great? As it is a dye it penetrates into the fabric so you won't have any problems with it wearing off. Below is a recipe to use them as paint. You won't need to use any sealer with them.

    As for a sealer for the paints. Any non-toxic clear acrylic spray will seal them but may also make them stiff.

    Acid Dyes for Painting:
    Add 8 oz. (1 cup) of very hot water to one .5 oz. Acid Dye Powder. Stir until dissolved. This will yield a very concentrated dye solution. Most colors require further dilution. Note: every color has a different solubility. Some colors are difficult to dissolve such as 605 and 618, but most are easily dissolved. The final concentration of the dye solution for painting should be between 4 and 8%. Start by adding 4 oz. (1/2 cup) of water to the 8 ounces you already have, test the color and continue adding water until desired shade is achieved. Keep in mind that the color intensity really develops in the steam setting process. Most colors will remain stable in solution for a long period of time. However, some colors will fall out of solution upon cooling or from sitting for a matter of weeks. To restore them simply heat them on the stove. A small amount of alcohol (about 1 tablespoon) can be added to the dye solution as a wetting agent.

    Steaming instructions
    Placement of steamer: Place the steamer across any typical gas or electric stove. Add water up to, but not covering, the steamer baffle near the bottom of the steamer. Water may need to be added between steaming to prevent the steamer from running dry. There is no need to add more water while steaming.
    Rolling Fabric: When steaming fabric, it is important to prevent back staining and permanent wrinkling or creasing. Rolling the fabric with unprinted newsprint or a similar uncoated paper should solve back staining every time. A layer of paper between rolls of fabric keeps fabric from touching itself, thus stopping back staining. Keeping the fabric smooth while rolling will insure there will be no permanent creases or wrinkles. Lay the fabric flat on your work surface, taking care to smooth out wrinkles. Next, place a sheet of paper, wider than the fabric itself, on top of the fabric (length is not a concern, as sheets of paper will be over lapped while rolling). Roll fabric onto pole provided using a smooth light touch. Continue rolling until all the fabric is on the roll. Finish by wrapping an extra two layers of paper around the fabric and secure the roll with tape. Place roll in the steamer and you are ready to start.
    Steam Time: The length of time required to set the dyes depends on the type of dyes and the amount of fabric on the roll. Generally, steam time will range from 20 minutes (once water boils) to 45 minutes. A longer steam time is necessary if the roll is big. Note: Prolonged steam time does not increase permanence or brightness - the colors are either set or they are not set.. Likewise, those dyes that require relatively long steam time do not necessarily give better colors or better light fastness than dyes that set quickly. There is no advantage to over steaming, but it will not hurt anything either. However, excessive steaming increases the possibility of back staining. We suggest that you begin by steaming small pieces first for 1 hour. Then cut steaming time to 30 minutes. Compare and adjust the steam time based on the results.