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    • SandraScarlett
    • By SandraScarlett 26th Nov 18, 4:01 AM
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    Restoring faded black jeans
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    • 26th Nov 18, 4:01 AM
    Restoring faded black jeans 26th Nov 18 at 4:01 AM
    Hi, I have several pairs of black jeans, that are in great condition, but very faded. Does anyone know of any products that can restore the colour please?


    And should you do this in a washing machine, or each item individually in a bucket?


    Thank you.
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    • kippers
    • By kippers 26th Nov 18, 6:10 AM
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    I buy one of the dyes you can buy for approx £5 from wilkinsons and use that and it works a treat.i dye two pairs of jeans using one packet of dye. I also now use the dye that you dont need to add salt too as its easier.....basically you put it in your eashing machine drum and put your jeans on top and put it on a 60 degrees wash. You then wash it through again with washing degergent and you are left with jeans that look new.
    I always put my washing machine on a boil wash empty afterwards with powder just to make sure its completely clean, but the instructions on the pack dont say to do this...its just me being careful.

    Hope this helps: https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/dylon-wash-dye-velvet-black-350g/p/0228002
    Last edited by kippers; 26-11-2018 at 6:13 AM.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 26th Nov 18, 7:38 AM
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    • 26th Nov 18, 7:38 AM
    I buy one of the dyes you can buy for approx £5 from wilkinsons and use that and it works a treat.i dye two pairs of jeans using one packet of dye. I also now use the dye that you dont need to add salt too as its easier.....basically you put it in your eashing machine drum and put your jeans on top and put it on a 60 degrees wash. You then wash it through again with washing degergent and you are left with jeans that look new.
    I always put my washing machine on a boil wash empty afterwards with powder just to make sure its completely clean, but the instructions on the pack dont say to do this...its just me being careful.

    Hope this helps: https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/dylon-wash-dye-velvet-black-350g/p/0228002
    Originally posted by kippers
    How long does it last for?

    I buy cheaper jeans (usually TU) because of the fit and these tend to be dyed and fade quickly. When they no longer look "fresh" I tend to relegate them to the pile that gets worn around the house only, and then my walking pair (I walk 5 miles a day so they do get worn) before finally being for the garden. So for the £15 or less I spend, I do get a lot of use.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 26th Nov 18, 7:58 AM
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    I redye my black clothes about once a year. I can redye a pair of jeans, some T-shirts, and underwear easily with just one packet of dye. I make sure the next load of laundry I run in the machine is a dark one.
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    • Shropshirelass
    • By Shropshirelass 26th Nov 18, 8:05 AM
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    I do this regularly too. Have used black and dark denim blue shades. Also dyed bed linen 'beige' when it got too sad looking, mostly successfully, though one sheet looks more 'burnt biscuit', but I would have recycled it anyway.

    Would recommend machine dyeing rather than in a bucket.
    • kippers
    • By kippers 27th Nov 18, 5:43 AM
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    I do this regularly too.

    Would recommend machine dyeing rather than in a bucket.
    Originally posted by Shropshirelass
    I always use the 'washing machine ' dyes too as its so much easier.

    The dye lasts as long as the dye in a new pair of jeans does
    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 27th Nov 18, 8:15 AM
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    I Dylon mine too. I tend to buy a pair of fairly good quality jeans and they'll last 2-3 years with me wearing them at least twice a week. Ditto with DH. We then chuck them in with a Dylon about once a year and they come out like new.
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    • By PDC 27th Nov 18, 8:52 AM
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    The Dylon stuff does work but I find it just leaves things a flat colour which doesn't wear or fade - great if you want that, less so if you don't. Also it often doesn't dye the thread in the seams/stitching, as I presume this is a different material.
    • SandraScarlett
    • By SandraScarlett 27th Nov 18, 11:09 AM
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    • 27th Nov 18, 11:09 AM
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    • 27th Nov 18, 11:09 AM
    Thanks for all the posts and PMs too. Will get Dylon Velvet Black, and dye 2 pairs this weekend, and will take the advice of running through an empty cycle afterwards.


    Will report back on the result!
    • Dark Star
    • By Dark Star 27th Nov 18, 12:53 PM
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    Do watch the weight of the clothing as more clothes = a lighter shade of black. The dye info will advise what weight to use per packet.


    This also works well for re-dyeing black T shirts with a print on e.g. T shirts from a rock gig which do fade but can be brought back to life. The dye does not affect the "plasticky/rubberised" print as that remains bright. But do ensure it is that special sort of print that goes flaky & peels off when tumble dried.
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    • maman
    • By maman 28th Nov 18, 11:04 PM
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    Won't help OP but I use a dark washing liquid which helps. Woolite, Surf or Waitrose own brand.

    I have got a great pair of black jeans from Asda. They're called Stay Black but they've been discontinued Maybe if they read this they'll reintroduce them
    • SandraScarlett
    • By SandraScarlett 4th Dec 18, 8:35 PM
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    A massive thank you!
    I finally got round to dyeing my jeans today - and I'm thrilled! I used Dylon Velvet Black, and, as per weight instructions, dyed 2 pairs.


    I washed them first, and then dyed them damp. After the dyeing, and prior to the recommended washing cycle, I wiped the rubber seal several times, as this seemed very badly stained. I also used an old rag to ensure that I mopped up the water in the reservoir, that hadn't drained away.


    I then washed them, and again wiped the rubber seal, and then ran an empty hot wash. I will certainly take the advice given to do a couple more dark washes, before any light washes.


    I left it till today because I was actually quite nervous! However, I am so pleased with the results, and would like to thank everyone for their helpful suggestions and advice.


    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
    • kippers
    • By kippers 5th Dec 18, 6:29 AM
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    I finally got round to dyeing my jeans today - and I'm thrilled! :


    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
    Originally posted by SandraScarlett
    Really glad you are thrilled.....a new pair of jeans for a fraction of the price!

    Merry Christmas to you too XXX
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 5th Dec 18, 6:55 AM
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    Well done on your successful mse dyeing, Sandra Scarlett :-)

    It's a good idea to turn black, navy or slogan and imprinted things through before laundering.

    Dry them similarly.
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    • beedeedee
    • By beedeedee 5th Dec 18, 8:14 AM
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    Glad you managed to dye them successfully .....
    When they need a wash, I'm a great fan of Woolite......it's in a black container amongst the Liquid wash stuff. Wilko's definitely do it and it's great for anything black or very dark.
    • SandraScarlett
    • By SandraScarlett 6th Dec 18, 6:30 PM
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    Glad you managed to dye them successfully .....
    When they need a wash, I'm a great fan of Woolite......it's in a black container amongst the Liquid wash stuff. Wilko's definitely do it and it's great for anything black or very dark.
    Originally posted by beedeedee

    I've made a note of that, and will definitely use this - thank you too for this suggestion. MSEers are such a knowledgeable lot and I am so grateful for all your help.


    I know some people just buy new jeans, but these are now discontinued, and they are soooooo comfortable. They fit above the waist and I call them my Harvest Jeans, because All Is Safely Gathered In!
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