Heat setting Tee Juice markers on Lycra bodysuit
  • I'm new here and thought you might be able to help. I'm making a body suit to mimic the robot on the Beastie Boys Intergalactic video. My daughter will be ice skating in it so some of the areas I paint will be getting wet (knee slides, Flintstone Flop, etc) so I'm thinking I should definitely heat set it but I've never done that with lycra... anyone have any advice? Or is there another type of dye/paint I should be using?
  • Very cool project! I'd be happy to help. The melting point of lycra is 450F, with a sticking point of 350F. You are right in thinking this a little low for heat-setting. You have a few options. Whatever you choose, I'd recommend doing a wash test first if possible...
    1. You could use Tee Juice pens and heat set them at a very low temperature for a very long time (use a hair dryer or dry iron on low setting). While this won't be as good as a high temp heat set, it will be better than nothing and will probably be sufficient.
    2. You could use Tee Juice and simply NOT heat set. Allow 3 or 4 days for it to air cure. This will probably be sufficient. Definitely do a wash test though.
    3. We have a product called Airfix that chemically sets paints, making heat setting unnecessary (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/airfix.html). If you are using the large Tee Juice pens you could pop off the tip, introduce some Airfix, put it back together, shake and draw. Then heat setting wouldn't be necessary.
    4. You could use Airfix in any of our other paints. Dye-Na-Flow is a lot like the ink in the large Tee Juice pens (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/dye-na-flow.html). Textile Color might offer better control (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/textile-color.html). You could put the paint in an applicator with a fine line tip and it would be almost like using a pen (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/small-applicator-bottles.html).
    Good luck! Let us know how it goes and if you have any other questions.
  • Fantastic! Thank you so much! I tested a bit out on a scrap last night so I'll let it sit out for a few days and see what happens. I'll also try the blow dryer method... I'll make my daughter do that lol. I will definitely try the airfix as well seeing as the pens will be the easiest for me to use. She's 9 and super wiggly, it's torture for her to stand still for more then 3 mins at a time. I will be doing this while she's wearing it (with a layer of Cellophane protecting her skin of course) so the easier the better. I'll keep you posted and let you know how it turns out. She will be performing at Rockefeller Center in March so I'll be sure to post some photos after the event.
  • One more question. I bought a small bottle of air fix along with a few small jars of textile paint. The directions say to add 1 tsp per quart but if I just want to use a little bit of paint at a time should I just use a few drops? Thanks!!!
  • Yes, a few drops of Air Fix to a couple of ounces of paint is about right.
  • Thanks! I'll experiment with it tonight!