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Thread: Are color catchers, Synthrapol and Retayne used for different things/times?

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    It doesn't attach new dye, it makes the fibers clean and receptive to dye. The dye/urea/salt mix attaches itself. Synthrapol is like sort of like Brillo. It removes loose things...chemicals, dirt, loose dyes, and over time, even some not-so-loose dyes I suspect (iow, it will fade fabrics).
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    Gotchya ....... I think!

    Sooooooooo ..... if one were to think of tea dying some fabric, synthrapol first to brillo it up ..... and then the tea? And then retayne to keep the tea on it? Or is that a subject for another thread? If so, tell me .... I'll start one!
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    The analogy that came to mind:

    Using Sythrapol before dying fabric - similar to scrubbing/cleansing one's face before applying makeup

    ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    The analogy that came to mind:

    Using Sythrapol before dying fabric - similar to scrubbing/cleansing one's face before applying makeup

    ????

    Good one .. I guess Ghostie and I, Brillo our faces!
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    While we are discussing these products, I am looking for some tea dye product that can be placed in the washer. I do not want to use regular tea or coffee. I thought RIT made a product called Tea Dye but can't seem to find it on the internet or in a store. Can any one offer a suggestion? I have a rescued vintage quilt top that has some red (very very faint) that I would like to disguise with a tea dye.

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    I've read on here different things, but never used any of em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Good one .. I guess Ghostie and I, Brillo our faces!
    Eewwwwwwwwwwww!! Gotta get that picture out of my head!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Eewwwwwwwwwwww!! Gotta get that picture out of my head!!
    ha! but I thought your Brillo description was perfect .... I had visualizations of teeny-tiny-itty-bitty people in there with scrubbing away with little brillos!!

    Any further comments about the tea dying etc.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkcastle View Post
    am think about overdyeing some fabric that I have, so I have been reading up on Retayne and Synthrapol.
    If you are overdyeing with Procion MX dyes, it is NOT the Reytayne that "sets" these dyes, as mentioned as per Paper Princess. Procion dyes are set with soda ash. If you are thinking of dyeing/overdyeing, a good source is Paula Burch's website. She has a lot of information. Good luck.

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