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Making lighter gear darker?

Discussion in 'General Gear Discussion' started by ntdxc1878, May 18, 2017.

  1. ntdxc1878

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    This may be an odd question, but I have an orange tarp and a mostly orange sleeping bag that I would very much like to keep.

    The problem is, bright orange isn't very stealth. I'd rather it be black, a dark gray or blue, just not orange.

    I was thinking about possibly trying to get some black spray paint, but i'm not sure if that'll fuck up the gear or not.

    What's the best way to go with this?
     
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    Uck, well the orange might be a bit hard to deal with, but in general I'd say just draw on it. Swirls, crosshatch, whatever - use two different colored paint markers and overlap a bunch of lines and shapes all over it.

    Enough black and brown crosshatching might tone down orange.... I did it with a too-bright green tent and it's super camo now, and my blue backpack, but those are easier colors to work with....

    Don't know if spray paint really weakens the waterproofing, but that is what I've been told.
     
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    I'm not sure how well it would work on the tarp, but maybe try stitching pieces of black/brown fabric and patches on the sleeping bag. It might take a while, but then at least its reversible if you ever want the orange back.
     
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    You can find fabric dye at most craft stores, it's relatively cheap and comes in a little pouch with instructions. The dye comes in variety of colors. It should work just fine for the sleeping bag but the tarp might be a little more difficult. What I've heard is that spray painting a tarp causes the material to stiffen thus causing it to crack more easily.

    Maybe using an oil based brown stain or paint might be more long term effective? I'm just spit balling theories here; it might easier to just pick up a newer brown tarp.
     
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    Wow, I didn't even think about the paint markers. That definitely may be the way to go with the bag at least. The tarp will definitely be difficult, I'll have to look for other options.
     
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    yeah, I really like the tarp cause its real light and folds up nicely, but if I cant get it darker I may have to get a new one unfortunately. Dont really want to use a bright orange tarp...
     
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    Spray paint can dissolve or break down certain fabrics.
     
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    Rit type dyes only works on certain fabrics, and it will come off in damp conditions. You have to get special, hardcore dyes from serious manufacturers, especially for your fabric.