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Lightening a Black Jacket?

JoolanderJoolander The Most Handsome / Best Pilot of the BunchRegistered User regular
edited May 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
I recently found a black spring/field/casual/whatever-you-wanna-call-it jacket in the back of my closet

It actually fits me, I'm just thinking I'd like it better if it were like a medium grey. is there any way to lighten it up that doesnt use bleach?

If it matters, the shell and lining are 100% cotton, and theres trim at the collar and cuffs that the tag says are 100% polyester

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  • Aurora BorealisAurora Borealis Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Rit sells a dye remover alongside their dyes, you might try that.
    Black dye is tricky though. It *may* lighten to gray. It is just as likely to lighten to a brown or a green or a weird purple color.
    It is unlikely that the cotton and the poly will react the same way no matter what you do. You may not be able to change the color of the poly at all.
    Is there visible stitching on the jacket? That is also unlikely to react the same way as the cotton. Most industrial threads are a poly or a poly blend and are meant to stay whatever color they were spun in forever.
    I would advise against lightening it unless you are prepared for the possibility that the experiment could go horribly wrong.
    Best case scenario, you get a grayish jacket with darker grey stitching and trim on it.
    if you really think you'll never wear the jacket unless it's some other color than black, then go for it.

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  • JoolanderJoolander The Most Handsome / Best Pilot of the Bunch Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    yeah I guess I can get used to the black. plus it'd probably look all splotchy and junk even if it did come out the right color

    not worth it, unless someone can think of a better way. thanks for the advice :)

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Washing it repeatedly and sun exposure?

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