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Dylon multi-purpose dye in small tins

Dylon tins

None of the major dance shoe manufacturers makes shoes in all colours of the rainbow. That would an impossible task, so the shoes are simply made in white satin and you have to dye them yourself.

For the best results we recommend Dylon multi-purpose dye, which you can order here.

All colours - £5.95 per tin excl.VAT

Multi-purpose dye is a powder that comes in small tins. It is a hot water dye used at the simmer. One tin of Dylon Multi-purpose dye will dye up to 250g/8oz dry weight fabric (3-4 pairs of shoes). In either case the results are not colourfast.

All colours are fully intermixable increasing the number of possible shades that can be achieved. Mix colours together and create a new shade to match an existing outfit!

Doing that for the first time may seem frightening, but it is much easier than you think! See step by step instruction below:
Dylon multi-purpose colour chart

Step by step guide to dyeing satin shoes
(with hot water dye)

Ingredients needed:
  • White satin shoes (please note: leather shoes are not suitable for dyeing)
  • A loose piece of satin for testing the colour (always provided with satin shoes)
  • A pot (which you are not going to use for ordinary cooking any later)
  • An old spoon or other tool for mixing the dye
  • Multi-purpose dye (very small quantity will do)
  • Clean sponge or a brush (ideally a new one)
  • Multi-purpose household gloves
  • Water
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Your costume available nearby to compare colours
  1. Pour 0.5 litre of water to the pot
  2. Bring water to a nearly boiling state
  3. Wear the gloves (or you will dye your hands too)
  4. Add a pinch of dye to the hot water
  5. You can (but do not have to) add a small pinch of salt (some say it helps)
  6. Mix everything thoroughly
  7. Repeat until the color is right:
             Using the sponge apply liquid to the testing piece
             Compare its colour with your costume
             If testing piece lighter than costume
                      Add more dye powder to the pot and mix again
                      Go to step 7
             If testing piece darker than costume
                      Add water to the pot and mix again
                      Go to step 7
    // At this point the colour of your mixture should be right!
  8. Using the sponge apply the liquid to the satin side of your shoes evenly
    // Note: Do not panic if the color does not look very even or looks too dark.
    // It will look much lighter and more even after the shoes dry out
    // You may repeat step 8. twice or 3 times for better colour
  9. Leave the shoes for 24 hrs. to dry out
  10. Clean the pot, spoon and any other tools you used immediately (it will be much harder later)

Hints from Dylon:

  • Ensure shoes are clean and free from stains before dyeing
  • Pack shoes with tissue paper
  • Please note: the dye may stain
  • Starting at the back seam apply dye with with brush. Do not saturate shoe with dye.
  • Immediately after first coat, light re-apply dye to whole shoe
  • Allow to dry away from heat and direct sunlight
  • Darker shades can be achieved by applying more coats of dye
  • For lighter shades the dye should be dilluted with water

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