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    Hi All

    Ive a couple of ivory DT4Fs that I would like to dye brown or green - Ive tried before and failed on a line - do all line dye, and what can I use to do it.

    PS I dont want to colour it in with felt pens !

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    I think you will struggle as the color is in the pigment of the lines and added when in liquid form and manufacture.
    To get good dye color hot dying is best and I don't know what that will do to a line.
    Think your stuck with perm marker but just do the first 10 foot.
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    Lines can be dyed with standard veniard dyes.

    I think the best way to do it is heat the dye bath up and insert the line once the bath has cooled. below 20o. Leave for a few minutes and then remove and peg out across your garden, and leave to hang.

    I've done this with two lines and it works fine. If anything, it actually made the one intermediate more supple!

    This may not be the correct way but it certainly worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjenkins View Post
    Lines can be dyed with standard veniard dyes.

    I think the best way to do it is heat the dye bath up and insert the line once the bath has cooled. below 20o. Leave for a few minutes and then remove and peg out across your garden, and leave to hang.

    I've done this with two lines and it works fine. If anything, it actually made the one intermediate more supple!

    This may not be the correct way but it certainly worked for me.

    Kieron
    Same here. Dylon hot water dyes used to work really well, but they've changed the format now and I don't know how well the new type will work. Also, a lot of modern lines have a glass-smooth surface finish which doesn't take dye very well. The old Aircel Supreme ivory line was perfect for dyeing.

    I used to dissolve the dye powder in half a pint of boiling water, add salt and allow to cool to about 50 degrees Celsius. At this temperature it is hot enough to fix the colour but not so hot it will harm the line - though it does has some effect on it, as like Kieron I found dyeling the line made it more supple and less prone to memory.

    To dye the line, wash it in mild soapy water, rinse and immerse in the dye for an hour or so. Remove line from dye, rinse thoroughly and away you go. You can also dye monofilament in hot dye quite safely.

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