is a synthetic fiber that is also labeled as polyamide. It can be dyed with
two different dye classes:
Both these dye types need application of heat for fixing dye to nylon. But
some surface fabric treatments may prevent nylon from 'taking' dye. With
nylon other than as a textile fiber being also used to make solid objects
like Frisbee discs as well as lacrosse stick heads, this solid nylon can be
dyed using same dye type as used in nylon fabric.
These dyes are concentrated, powdered, hot water dyes producing most
vibrant results possible on protein fibers like wool, silk, cashmere,
feathers and most nylons. With nylon as a synthetic fiber, its unique
chemistry allows it to be easily dyed.
All purpose dyes:
These multipurpose dyes contain two kinds of dye that are mixed together:
- Direct dye
- Leveling acid dye
Its best to use pure acid dyes on nylon that allows you to can see clearly
what color you will end up with.
With many natural dyes being acid dyes, these work well on nylon if heated
in dye bath with acid like vinegar or citric acid. Here, Turmeric as a
natural direct dye dyes nylon nice medium golden yellow.
Dyes in nylon should not be discharged with hypochlorite as the fiber
itself will be severely damaged. A good choice for discharging nylon is
chemical sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate.
Dyeing nylon like polyester:
Nylon can also be dyed with same disperse dye used for polyester. Acid dyes
are more wash fast on nylon in comparison to disperse dyes.