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Old 12-02-2012, 08:46 PM
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Temp or age impacting my shaving cream dye?

It's been a while, but am doing a few dyes. I have several dyes (iDye and RIT) that I have been storing in 2-liters in the garage. The dye is 6-9 months old. I've noticed it doesn't have the same potency as the past. For example the black iDye poly left on both proton and star plastic for 36-48 hours is coming out gray.

I shook the bottles pretty well. I painted the discs and let them sit inside (garage may have gotten down to 40 overnight). When I mixed the shaving cream and dye, it was done at "garage" temps. Anyone have any suggestions or thoughts?
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:58 AM
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Probably more temp than age. While I haven't used idye I have several bottles of rit that I have been useing since I started dying 3 years ago.They all still work fine.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:49 AM
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Temp is definitely an issue. if it sent out in the garage at 40 degrees that's like dying in your refrigerator, and your results will be lackluster. I have had RIT DYE go bad. lime green turned puke yellow, brown turn purplish, and my orange got really splotchy
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:34 PM
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i have some iDye blue that i mixed straight with some shaving cream in a little square disposable plastic container. after using a bit to paint, i left the rest out and forgot about it until a day or so later. what was left was a dried up 'brick' of hardened dye/shaving cream. it felt exactly like the water color paints in the plastic trays you'd have as a kid. for kicks i put a few drops of water in it, mixed it a bit with a paint brush and it came right back to life. it seemed to be no worse for the wear as far as potency goes. i think i've stumbled on a great way to store it! i don't have much in the way of long term storage though, as i haven't tested it past a couple days.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:40 PM
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Temp is definitely an issue. if it sent out in the garage at 40 degrees that's like dying in your refrigerator, and your results will be lackluster. I have had RIT DYE go bad. lime green turned puke yellow, brown turn purplish, and my orange got really splotchy
Thanks - could you tell the dye went bad in the storage containers, or did you have to wait until you applied the dye?
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:45 PM
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Thanks all, will try to bring up to room temp....
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:14 AM
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Unfortunately it was a surprise. Even when I poured them down the drain they looked completely normal.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:27 AM
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Could it be from storing the dye in a plastic bottle versus a glass jar?
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:14 AM
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Could it be from storing the dye in a plastic bottle versus a glass jar?
This is possible, I dyed with my black dye after leaving it in a quart container that was plastic. It came out smokey looking. Yes it looks cool, and I like it, but I was expecting just black.

Also, could this be effected by the color intensifier packet?
idye poly.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:15 AM
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After enough uses all of 'em will go bad. I'm on my second batch of iDye black and Rit scarlet and third batch of Rit black (I have dyed a lot of discs ). They'll take longer and longer to get the color intensity you want until they eventually need replacing. I do store in plastic but I don't think it's an issue, they rinse out pretty clean so I don't think the plastic is sucking any dye outta the mix.

But for the OP, I also suspect temp was your biggest issue. Do your dyework wherever you want but then put that disc in a closed container and move it to someplace nice and warm.

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