My current theory is to not waste any time or resources and use only some of the RIT dye remover .... maybe 1/4 of a box or less and remove enough of the black dye to turn the suit grey. Has anyone tried this method?
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If I'm not mistaken just using remover alone will yield a reddish color because black dye is a mix of blue and red. That's why most people use a combo of black and navy dye since Charcoal gray is on the purple side.Yes, that's the issue. "Black" dye isn't just black; it's a combination of pigments to create black, and some pigments are more colorfast than others. Bleaching or using color remover (similar processes and results, but the remover is gentler on the fabric) will leave you with a reddish-brown color. The green offsets that red color and the blue brings it around to a cool shade of grey that's consistent with the screen appearance of the suits.
Black dye is the way to go for belts. I've never been a fan of the Pearl Grey that everyone seems to love, especially when you get such a great shade of cool grey from a quick bath in black--and you use less dye, too.I agree; I'm not overly fond of the RIT Pearl Grey. I did two belts with it and it's grey, but there's also a hint of purple to it, depending on how the light hits it. Doesn't show up (that I've noticed) in photographs, but in person you'll see it if you're looking for it. Maybe I didn't use enough dye, but one pack per belt seemed like plenty.
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