Frequently Asked Questions

What is dye made of?

Modern dyestuffs are of a synthetic nature and are usually derivatives of coal tar.

What effect do dyes have on the environment?

The quantities used in a domestic situation have minimal concentrations and produce no adverse effects on the environment. They are quite safely disposed of down the drain.

Are dyes toxic?

TINTEX dye have a low toxicity (serious injury is unlikely unless large amounts are consumed). Dyes must not be inhaled or taken.

Will containers used during dye process stain?

Containers will generally not permanently stain. If residual colour remains, wipe out with a weak bleach solution. Nylon bowls and wooden spoons may retain some colour if used.

How do you remove dye from hands/skin?

Always wear protective gloves. If dye does stain skin wash with soap and water or remove with light bleach solution (colour will fade).

What are the differences between Tintex High Temp & Low Temp Dye?

High Temp Dye requires the introduction of heat to set the dye into material. Low Temp Dye works as a chemical reaction caused by the addition of setting agent. They are a different dyestuff.

Which dye is most suited to individual fabrics?

High Temp Dye is most effective on Cotton, Rayon, Hemp, *Nylon and *Wool (*with the addition of vinegar). Low Temp Dye is designed for cellulose fibres only. They are suitable for Cotton, Rayon, Hemp and Tencil)

How many colours are in the TINTEX range?

The Tintex High Temp range comes in 53 colours and the Low Temp Dye is available in 33 colours.

Can dye be mixed to obtain individual colours?

Yes! All of our dye is fully blendable within the individual ranges. You cannot mix High and Low Temp dyes together.

Are Tintex Dyes colourfast?

All garments fade with exposure to UV light and long-term washing; however when instructions are correctly followed dyed fabrics will exhibit normal colourfastness.

Can dye cover bleach marks or stains?

Bleach attacks the fibres within the garment and effects the way it will absorb dye in this region. Normally the patch will appear lighter. Depending on the type of stain the dye absorption may also be inhibited. Always prepare garments before dyeing to remove stains.

Why would the dyed garment appear streaked or blotchy?

The two most obvious reasons for this occurrence are 1) lack of agitation during dyeing process causing pockets or folds of colour; 2) finishes on garments that inhibit dye absorption e.g. waterproofing, scotchguards or size. Always thoroughly wash garment before dyeing even if new.

To increase depth of colour can I use less water?

To a degree this will work however you must always use enough water to allow garments to move freely in dye bath. Extra dye will increase depth of colour.

What does adding salt achieve?

Salt opens fibre to assist dye absorption, this is especially important in low temp dyeing.

When is vinegar used and what does it do?

Animal fibres such as wool, silk and nylon (synthetic wool) require acid to make the dye fix to the garment. Vinegar is the most readily available acid.

How does setting agent assist Low Temp dyeing?

Setting agent produces the caustic reaction that makes the dye set in the material.

What does Tintex Stripper do?

Stripper may be used to remove stains and prepare fabric for dyeing. It will also remove High Temp Dye (for re dyeing). Not recommended for Low Temp Dye.

Can coloured fabrics be over dyed?

Yes, however the original garment colour will always affect subsequent colour. Original colour will need to be even, light and stain free.

Why are dyes permanent?

Dyes are permanent because a chemical bond forms between the dye and the fibres.

Why did the colour come out lighter than indicated?

There are three obvious reasons why this can occur.
1) Not enough dye for weight of fabric or quantity of water used.
2) Incorrect water temperature – high temp dyes, in particular the dark colours, require boiling to produce a strong colour.
3) Recommended amount of salt or vinegar was not included in dye bath.