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 Flight Suit and Ritdye

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Flight Suit and Ritdye
« on: Jan 26, 2012, 07:35 PM »
Okay so I needed to start somewhere and I was driving past an Army Surplus so I stopped in and they had flight suits for $39 which I thought was a steal because I've seen them for a lot more so I picked up a tan one.

First official part of my kit is bought, now it's going to be a journey to figure out and get the rest but at least I made that first step :D

My goal is to make this tan flight suit into a black flight suit. And since they only had OD Green and Dessert Tan I figured tan would be the best color to dye.

So I picked some of this stuff up


Never used it before in my life and I have no idea if it'll work or if I'll get a nasty color since the flight suit is a nylon texture.

Here is the flight suit




Have any of you done this before? What was the outcome or do you have any tips on getting this sucker black?

Thanks for the help Vode

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Re: Got my Flight Suit today, question about dying.
« Reply #1 on: Jan 26, 2012, 08:07 PM »
Vode, you are in luck. I have the same flight suit and I followed this tutorial: http://www.gbfans.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=5038
Our problem is removing the flame retardant coating on it. I found a box of 40 fabric softener sheets at the dollar store. For only a $1, I threw every one of the sheets in with my flightsuit and rain it though at the highest setting twice. It fixed the problem you are talking about.

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Re: Got my Flight Suit today, question about dying.
« Reply #2 on: Jan 26, 2012, 08:16 PM »
Sweet man, thanks!


*heads to the dollar store*

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Re: Got my Flight Suit today, question about dying.
« Reply #3 on: Jan 26, 2012, 08:31 PM »
Sweet man, thanks!


*heads to the dollar store*

That's what vode are for. Now I didn't need it with the grey color I used, but if you want it to stay a deep black, you may want to try a Dye Fixative such as this one:


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Re: Got my Flight Suit today, question about dying.
« Reply #4 on: Jan 26, 2012, 10:03 PM »
I have to admit I got a child like feeling putting in 40 dyer sheets  :laugh:

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Re: Got my Flight Suit today, question about dying.
« Reply #5 on: Jan 27, 2012, 06:13 PM »
I have to admit I got a child like feeling putting in 40 dyer sheets  :laugh:

So did I! It's great because you know it's overkill, but it was only a $1. I believe it's good to go " Hog Wild " every now and then. So I also enjoyed ripping out all of those sheets and throwing them in! How did it work for you and are you going to use a Dye Fixative this time?

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Re: WIP - Eeto Vox Soft Parts
« Reply #6 on: Jan 28, 2012, 12:50 PM »
I love surplus stores. They are a great source for ... well just about everything. I certainly hope you forgive the untimeliness of this bit of information. However, I found dark grey flight suits at this site 
http://www.sportsmansguide.com in their military surplus section. Granted after you pay shipping the price might be comparable to what you spent on the suit and dye. I do like the flightsuit you chose though.

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Re: WIP - Eeto Vox Soft Parts
« Reply #7 on: Jan 28, 2012, 03:51 PM »
For dark colors, I've found leaving it in longer is better. I'd say about an hour should be perfect. Good luck.

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Re: WIP - Eeto Vox Soft Parts
« Reply #8 on: Jan 28, 2012, 05:17 PM »
For dark colors, I've found leaving it in longer is better. I'd say about an hour should be perfect. Good luck.

Yeah that's what I'm figuring to. Since I can't use the washer I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to rinse this thing once I dye it without getting black all over the place. I don't think the sink or bath tub will work so I might just hang it above the bucket I'm going to dye it in. it's like 25 degrees in the garage and since the water needs to be hot I have to do it in the house and we have nice carpet so I'm just figuring all this out. 

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Re: Flight Suit and Ritdye
« Reply #9 on: Jan 28, 2012, 10:43 PM »
A large tote may work. Put the bucket down in it so you can transfer directly then rinse in the tote. Once diluted the dye won't discolor as much. & comet with bleach will clean it right up in the tub. I had dark green in mine.

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Re: WIP - Eeto Vox Soft Parts
« Reply #10 on: Jan 29, 2012, 01:59 AM »
So it's in the washer right now. The tan one came out great, so I went back to the dollar store and got a box of 50 dyer sheets. I figured "eh, if 40 was good 50 should be better"  so we'll see how it turns out.

HA HA HA ... overkill can be so fun!

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Re: Flight Suit and Ritdye
« Reply #11 on: Feb 02, 2012, 01:51 AM »
Thank GOD for this thread!! I was about to make the exact same one!

I found the exact same flightsuit at an army surplus store near me (except they told me it was COTTON and charged me $99 -.-).. Its a sort of tanish green.. 

Over the last two days, Ive soaked it in diluted bleach (for an hour before I wimped out and pulled it) and TWO packets of Rit Color Remover..  Neither had any effect at all! Not even on the stitching! O.O!

NOW I get it, it has that coating on it! How on earth do I get rid of this coating? Ive never heard of dryer sheets and I dont own a dryer...?

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Re: Flight Suit and Ritdye
« Reply #12 on: Feb 02, 2012, 02:17 AM »
Nice one, this just made my mind up to dye mines  :D

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Re: Flight Suit and Ritdye
« Reply #13 on: Feb 02, 2012, 04:16 AM »
Over the last two days, Ive soaked it in diluted bleach (for an hour before I wimped out and pulled it) and TWO packets of Rit Color Remover..  Neither had any effect at all! Not even on the stitching! O.O!

I put one of these suits in a 5 gallon trash can, water, whole gallon bleach, and 4 packets of Rit Color Remover. I stored it in the basement and then forgot about it when I found out my Uncle Mike was dying from pancreatic cancer. It was over a month, maybe over 2 months before I checked on it. The zippers and other metal looks like it came from the Titanic, but the fabric looks the same,

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Re: Flight Suit and Ritdye
« Reply #14 on: Feb 02, 2012, 04:28 AM »
JR- thats reassuring *lol* so it works okay if you take off the flame retardant first..?

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