Thinking of dyeing your wetsuit? Here is all you need to know
Dying on a wetsuit is a thought that has crossed the mind of a lot of wetsuit owners out there.
After buying a wetsuit that must have looked outstanding at the time.
Like many things we own we sometimes get tired of how it looks, this would be the color to be precise.
Or your wetsuit might have this glaring stain on it that has disfigured its beauty and you must not take it anymore.
You might just be tired of your wetsuit, or whatever your reasons may be, but rather than spending a significant amount of money to buy a new one you might want to dye it instead.
Can You Dye Your Wetsuit?
The answer is yes, you can.
But it is not recommended as wetsuits are made of neoprene, which is a kind of rubber material that is buoyant, stretchy, and flexible.
And this will make it hard to dye a wetsuit because most dyes are not compatible with neoprene material.
Lots of people have tried dying their wetsuit and it hardened, cracked, chipped some even melted.
However, certain types of dyes can work and a process to dye your wetsuit, you just need to remember that you cannot dye a wetsuit that is of a dark color to a light one, it won’t come out good at all but you can only go from light to dark.
How To Dye Your Wetsuit
To dye your wetsuit, you have to search for a rubber-based flexible paint like this one* to dye your wetsuit, but this has a 50-60 percent chance of working.
Since the original color of your wetsuit has already been bonded with the neoprene material from scratch while it was being manufactured, you will need a water gel coating like this one to prevent the dye from robbing off when you use your wetsuit in the water.
Another process you can use to dye your wetsuit is the use of powered dye and boiling water; no, you cannot use warm water to carry out this process as the result would be very poor.
After boiling water to about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, put the powered dye into the boiling water and apply it to your wetsuit by the dipping method for about 30 minutes.
And that is all there is to know about dyeing a wetsuit, advantages, disadvantages, and the best way to go about it.
There is no guarantee that you would successfully dye your wetsuit on your first trial, you might have to try over and over again to get the whole wetsuit completely dyed.
It is not also guaranteed that the dye would stay on forever on the wetsuit.
That is why we recommend buying a new wetsuit if you are tired of the color of your old one.