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 Post subject: What is the procedure for dyeing and cleaning WSF?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:45 am 
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This is the first time I'm ordering a puzzle in WSF (benpuzzles should know what this one is), and also my first time working with WSF. My previous experience with BSF led to messy powdery insides, so I assume that WSF must be cleaned off as well? Is there any generally accepted way of cleaning WSF?

Also, has anyone had any experience working with Jacquard IdyePoly? It was the only nylon dye I could find.

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 Post subject: Re: What is the procedure for dyeing and cleaning WSF?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:00 am 
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My wife says such procedure doesn't exist, at least not in our kitchen :lol:
Anyway, maybe this thread helps.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:08 am 
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There are many discussions on these forums about dyeing WSF but basically:

1) Prepare the parts by lightly sanding any imperfections (or use a metal bristled brush) if necessary.
2) Wash the parts in hot slightly soapy water to clean off any dirt or grease. You can leave them soaking for several minutes if you want.
3) Clean the parts (including insides) with warm fresh water to remove all traces of soap.
4) Prepare the dye bath. I use Rit dye with added distilled (white) vinegar to make an acid solution. The concentration of dye depends on how many pieces (and so the surface area) you are dyeing and your final colour requirements e.e deep black or pastel shades.
5) Add the parts and bring the solution to as close to boiling as you can (if it boils it can bubble over and create a LOT of mess). Make sure that all parts are fully submerged and moved around so as to ensure an even dye coating. The dyeing time depends on your colour requirements, but for a nice deep black I use 20-30 mins.
6) Remove and clean off the parts using warm fresh water, leave to dry et voila!

I can't help with your Jacquard IdyePoly question, but it is mentioned in the link above.

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 Post subject: Re: What is the procedure for dyeing and cleaning WSF?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:53 am 
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Ok, I have dyed the puzzle and it's dried off, but something strange happened. Whenever I touch the pieces, there are black stains on my hand. This worsens when my hands are wet. Is the dye rubbing off? Has anyone had this happen?

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 Post subject: Re: What is the procedure for dyeing and cleaning WSF?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:18 am 
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If the dyeing has gone correctly, after drying there should be no black residue on the pieces. Is there any dye left inside the pieces? Did you clean them out with fresh water until there was no black run-off? Was there any unused powder left inside the pieces before dyeing which is now coming out?

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 Post subject: Re: What is the procedure for dyeing and cleaning WSF?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:32 pm 
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actually, if you use Jacquard iPoly dye, you need to clean the pieces very well after dyeing, otherwise the color will transfer...
I scrubbed with dish soap and soaked for over 24 hours after I removed them from the dye bath... It was this that lead me
back to using RIT dye...


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