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06 Feb 2009 - 13:0410480
Colour be gone!
So I have this Czech military surplus jacket... it's quite green at the moment, and I want it to be beige, but I'm not sure how to get the colour out. I tried putting a sample of the material in UNDILUTED (domestic) BLEACH and it didn't really seem to do anything ._.

I don't want to get a new jacket, as this one is /ideal/ in every other aspect.

Does anyone know anything on colour removal? Or if there are any products that'll allow me to paint/spray it a lighter colour?

Thanks in advance!

06 Feb 2009 - 13:1410482
What's the actual fabric that it's made from? If I recall, natural fibres are dyed and absorb the colour which is why you can bleach and strip the colour out using dye stripper.

Synthetic fabrics are made from plastics, so the colour is actually part of the fibre itself so it's harder/not possible to remove it.

That's just the theory though, I've never actually stipped dye from something before so I can't offer any more advice.


06 Feb 2009 - 13:4010483
Thanks for the response!

I'm not actually sure what it's made out of... being all military as it is, it doesn't really have the same amount of information on the labels as a normal jacket. It looks like some kind of canvas material, though.

07 Feb 2009 - 01:4610515
It's quite expensive but try Dylon's Pre-Dye. It strips the colour out of fabric so you can re-dye it to a lighter colour. Obviously it may not get lightened as much as you like but it's worth a shot! And like what Tab said there is the possibility that it's a synthetic fabric, in which case that's probably why the bleach didn't work!

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07 Feb 2009 - 03:0410517
Dylons pre-dye doesn't always remove all of the colour, but it's definitely worth a try, I use it to change the colour of most of my edited bits of costume and it works fine if you don't go OCD over the colour being 100% spot on.


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07 Feb 2009 - 09:0410518
Okay! I'll give that a go and let you know what the outcome is. Thanks!

07 Feb 2009 - 14:0810524
dylon also do a color stripper as well as a pre dye,

08 Feb 2009 - 11:4810549
Oh, excellent, thanks. I think I'll be taking a trip to the fabric store tomorrow =D

09 Feb 2009 - 18:3610592
Just to update, I got myself a box of dylon pre dye and the results were... disappointing. In the end, it turned the threads white, but barely touched the material itself =/

I may have to head back to ebay...

09 Feb 2009 - 19:4810593
ebay never fails:


from my experience pre dye fails but this stuff (if u can get your hands on it) is the bees knees on anything not made of purely synthetic materials,
obviously i've not stripped colour from every fabric in existance so i cant say for sure how your jacket will take to it

good luck

09 Feb 2009 - 22:5110601
Oh, awesome! Thanks!

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