Using Rit Dye Fixative on Tie Dyed Shirts?

Will using a dye fixative work on tie dyed shirts that have already been rinsed, or is it too late? Either way, how exactly is it done?


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June 25, 20180 found this helpful

It works best if you apply it immediately after you dye something

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June 26, 20180 found this helpful

It seems that it can still help "fix" the dye but not as well as if used immediately after dyeing.

  • From the Rit website:
  • Commercially dyed items and previously hand-dyed items can also be treated with ColorStay Dye Fixative before laundering for the first time.
  • However, the results may not be as apparent or long-lasting as when used after your own Rit project.
  • Here is information from Rit on how to use this product:
  • NOTE - this information is from another "dye" website:
  • "Sometimes people try Rit Dye Fixative with Rit All-Purpose Dye for tie-dyeing, but this is not a good idea.
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  • Rit Dye Fixative doesn't work for tie-dyed garments that have been dyed in multiple colors, which require a completely different kind of dye. Since Rit Dye Fixative cannot be used without immersing your garment in water, it is suitable only for pieces that have been dyed a single solid color. If you try to tie-dye multiple colors with Rit dye and then fix with Rit Dye Fixative, your colors will bleed together.
  • It's important to use fiber reactive dyes, such as the dyes in good tie-dyeing kits, if you want to tie-dye; if you use fiber reactive dyes, you will not need to use a product like Rit Dye Fixative, because the dyes are permanent without it, when applied according to the instructions."
  • There are several videos on YouTube about using dye fixative (Google How to use dye fixative).
  • Here is a link that has a lot of information but it is a long "read".
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