Clear Sequins Have Turned Yellow?

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How do I get the sequins on my dress clear again? They have turned yellow.

By S Johnson


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December 11, 20110 found this helpful

If they are on your dress, then their might not be much hope. It's just probably aged. I guess you could dry bleaching it.

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February 13, 20190 found this helpful

This might well be too late, but I was looking for a solution to your problem and the came across your post.

Consider painting those yellowed sequins.

Hopefully there are not too many to manage.

1-Make a stiff cardboard bodice, or dress shaped frame. Cover it with a plastic bag and tape so the frame is stable and waterproof. Insert your frame into the dress bodice. Clip it into place along the top and both sides with clothes pins or the type of clamp as shown on the Say Yes to the Dress wedding dress backs.


2-Next select a few different small sequin sized brushes or foam dabbers from your stash or your favorite craft store.

3- Buy several different craft paints, gel paint and maybe some clear and colored nail polishes, even glitter paint and or nail polish. Take the dress with you to help you make the best selections. Use the back or original color sequins to pick your front or yellowed sequin colors and the front or yellowed sequins to pick your back or original sequin colors.

4-Then clear coat your sample sequins with nail polish or a clear acrylic sealer to protect them form being dissolved by your paints.

5- Consider painting a light coat of gesso or other light solid base coat to help get the color right.

5-Next sample paint a few out of the way sequins on the side of the dress and see how you like that. You can even get some very light gold tones to make the clear/white sequins blend with the yellowed ones if you like that effect.


6-Consider mixing and matching your painted sequins to get a good all over color blend rather than going after an overall even tone. It will break up the pattern and fool the eye into believing better. You can even buy and work in a few more sequins to make it more convincing.

Costume designers are known to paint costumes for effect such as was done in the Shakespeare in Love costumes. The sides and waist are often painted slightly darker to make the waist appear trimmed for instance.

Maybe paint can be a solution for your dress, too. Post your final solution for us. Best luck!

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