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Bleaching Fabric to Get a Gray Color?

I'm trying to figure out what color(s) of fabric would turn out gray when bleached? I've had some experience, on purpose and on accident with bleaching, but I'm really looking for gray and hoping someone can help!

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January 16, 20170 found this helpful

This process, called discharging, will work on black natural fabric like cotton or wool. It won't work on synthetics like polyester. Put bleach in a spray bottle and spray on the fabric directly.

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January 22, 20170 found this helpful

You can buy RIT grey dye. Comes in both liquid and powder. Good Luck.

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January 16, 20170 found this helpful

You will need 3 large storage bins. Combine 1 part chlorine bleach with 10 parts hot water in the first bin. Fill the second bin with cold water. In the third bin, mix a chlorine neutralizer with water, following the manufacturer's instructions. The neutralizer stops bleach from continuing to fade fabric.

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Run fabric under hot water. Then submerge the fabric in the first bin; watch it closely, keeping in mind that it will look brighter when wet than it will when it dries. The fading process takes anywhere from 10 seconds to 15 minutes. Add a little more bleach if you don't see results after 15 minutes.
Submerge the fabric in the bin of cold water, and swish it around, rinsing thoroughly. Wring it out.
Transfer fabric to the bin of chlorine neutralizer, and soak according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Launder the fabric and dry it in the dryer.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

Is this just an experiment or are you actually wanting to bleach a certain material that you have?

Almost any type of bleaching carries dangers of changing the final color to a different color according to the type of dye used to make the original color - and also the different methods of "making" the original material.

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In other words - take 2 pieces of blue material in different types of cotton; put them in a "bleach bath" and most of the time you will end up with 2 different colors.

If you want something gray it would be much easier to dye a white material with something like iDye in a nice silver gray; so easy to use and usually works great.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

well, I would imagine black would do it well.
maybe dark browns/blacks as some material is colored..

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

this woman had great effect using Rit Grey dye, but she preferred the result through using a product called iDye in Silver Gray - www.lovelyetc.com/.../

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this is the link for the successful grey dye - www.amazon.com/.../ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp... (Affiliate Link)

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