Substituting Dye Colours

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Have a colour problem? The solution is often using core Tintex fabric dyes. Sometime while dyeing you may need to substitute one colour for another. The Dye Colour Guide has more information about making new colours.

Using a smaller amount of any darker dye from the same colour family can create a lighter colour or even pastel that can be close to what you need for your project. You can also make bolder colours by using more fabric dye.  The choose is yours.

You can also mix a couple of colours together to make the shade that you need. If you don't have access to forest or kelly green fabric dye, just remember that blue + yellow = green (example: royal blue + brilliant yellow = green) you can use any of the Tintex blues in any amount.  The more blue you use the more blue-green the result will be. You can make your own custom colour on the fly using dyes that you already have at home.

Of course you can access all of the Tintex core colours online 24/7 at the dye shop. It is good to have a dye kit containing basic primary colours and/or neutrals. If you have primary colours (example: royal blue, brilliant yellow and scarlet red) and neutral dye colours (example: black & brown) you will be able to make almost any colour at home. 

Grey Sweater

If you wanted to dye a sweater grey you colour either use charcoal grey or black to get the same dark effect.  A small amount of black will create grey. It is always ideal to test fabric colour before dyeing a large amount of fabric.

You can use a small piece of fabric from an unseen area or even a light coloured piece of paper towel to get an idea of the dye colour.  You can also start lighter and add more dye if needed to intensify the colour.  

Colour Remover can be used at any time after dyeing to lighten the base colour back to ivory or off-white. You will always get results that are closer to box colour when your fabric is white or ivory to begin with.

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  1. Jacques-Rene Kuyena February 15, 2019

    I am looking for the grey colour but can’t find it in either Canada tire or Dollarama. Please let me know where can I get it. Thank you!

    Best regards!

  2. Tintex February 07, 2018

    Hi Noreen,

    If you are okay with the possibility of a slight green undertone you could over-dye with ‘charcoal grey’ or substitute a smaller amount of ‘black’.

    Black or charcoal fabric dye will darken an existing fabric colour, but the original colour may still show through a bit (depending on your fabric and/or dyeing technique).

    It is good to use double the usual amount of dye for the dry fabric weight when you want a darker colour result (the stovetop dyeing method is ideal for the most vibrant or deep colours).

    You could lighten the existing dark green with Colour Remover until it is off white or cream (or even just a much lighter green) and than dye the fabric charcoal grey.

    Tintex Fabric Dye

  3. noreen belot February 06, 2018

    going from dark green to a darkish grey what dye do i use

  4. Tintex July 23, 2016

    Hi Alison,

    You can overdye your rayon fabric with a little midnight blue (or another blue dye colour like royal or navy).

    The blue dye will make your fabric look more blue-grey. If you use less blue the fabric will look more grey; if you use more blue the fabric will look even more blue. Adjust amount of dye as needed.


    Tintex Fabric Dye

  5. Alison July 18, 2016

    I have a mid grey coloured rayon fabric and I want to make it more of a blue-grey colour. How do I achieve this?
    Thanks for any advice