Dyeing Nylon Rings and Sliders


I wrote about nylon vs polyester sliders a few months ago and how polyester slides are impossible to dye. For this reason I have switched to stocking nylon sliders so my customers can dye to match their other notions. Plastic findings can be the most difficult to dye and sometimes you might give up on them too soon. Here’s a few tips on how I dyed the slides in this picture. I used RIT Lemon dye and they came out fairly true to shade. But they took longer to take up the dye and a little bit of special handling.

I’ve done a lot of testing with dying these sliders with acid and RIT dyes. They are 100% nylon plastic not nylon coated metal. The secret to getting the color that you want is acidity and time. I recommend dying all your notions as usual but once you’ve taken out your fabric, elastics, channeling and hook and eyes out of the dye bath add more acid (vinegar) to the dye bath. Increase the heat to a slow boil and continue to heat them until they are the shade you desire. It will probably take longer than you want it to. Adding extra dye to the bath at this point helps also. If using RIT sometimes adding salt can help encourage them to take up the dye.

By using this method I’ve been able to get all the white rings and sliders that I stock to dye evenly. I’ve switched to stocking only nylon rings and sliders for this reason. This is the method I’ve developed through trial and error and your mileage may vary


3 thoughts on “Dyeing Nylon Rings and Sliders

  1. colormusing says:

    I’ve tried dyeing these (from another supplier); they were described as “nylon-coated metal”, and specifically said they were dyeable. I have quite a bit of dyeing experience, particularly with acid dyes (which work on nylon), but even after extra citric acid and heat-processing for 2 hours (4 times the usual) and leaving them in the dye overnight, they still only picked up a pale version of the color I wanted. Guess I should have left the heat on even longer?


  2. Natasha Estrada says:

    See those are two different things. These are 100% nylon plastic rings. The nylon coated metal ones are different in how they dye. I feel like there is not enough nylon in the coated rings to pick up the color but that’s just my hunch


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