Vinyl Sulphon Liquid Reactive Dye Concentrate

Vinyl Sulphon Liquid Reactive Dye Concentrate
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USE FOR: Silk painting, Dyeing, Devore dyeing, Silk Screening/Printing (thickened), Shibori, Tie-dye, Scrunch dye, etc.

USE ON: All natural fibers (especially silk and wool - but works on cotton and other cellulose as well)

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Jacquard has come through again with a better, yet much more economical replacement for Procion H liquid Fiber Reactive dyes (discontinued as ingredients are no longer available). Jacquard's Concentrated Vinyl Sulphon Dyes (a Remazol type dye) are permanent liquid Fiber Reactive dyes for hand painting or printing on any natural fibers. Or they can be used in a hot dye bath. They work even better on wool than Procion H did, so they're great for warp painting, etc. Just leave out the baking soda in the instructions when working on wool. They exhaust better so there's less wash out, and they are even more stable than liquid H was over time. They also have outstanding light and washfastness. They are ideal for the production artist on silk or wool who requires economy as well as deep shades, and who enjoys mixing color.

These dyes are very concentrated (same concentrations as Procion H was) and should be diluted. Since they are way less expensive than Procion H was, they can be quite economical for the production artist! Steam setting of color for 30-45 minutes on silk and wool is required to produce brilliant permanent colors. They can be batched with Soda Ash on cotton and other cellulose fibers (at warm temperatures), and are handy for folks who are sensitive to the Procion MX type powdered dyes and want to work with a liquid. A medium shade is produced by adding one part dye to 10 dilutant (1 oz. to 10 oz.). To dilute dye for painting, add the Concentrated Vinyl Sulphon dye to our print base/painting kit or chemical water mixed from bulk chemicals. Thicken dye if desired with sodium alginate. See more complete directions below.

Warning: Because they are so concentrated, eye contact may cause permanent eye damage. Do not spray; because they are fiber reactive dyes, mist may cause allergic reaction by inhalation, ingestion or skin contact. Breathing vapors may be harmful.

Conforms to ASTM D4236.

Shade Mixing Chart

Mixing shades for: Bright Yellow, Golden Yellow, Red, Bordeaux

ShadeChemical WaterVinyl Sulphon DyeBaking Soda
Pale 4 oz.
(125 ml)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp
(1.25 to 2 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)
Medium 4 oz.
(125 ml)
1/2 to 1 tsp
(3 to 5 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)
Dark 4 oz.
(125 ml)
2 to 3 tsp
(10 to 15 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)
Deep 4
(125 ml)
4 to 6 tsp
(20 to 30 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)

Mixing shades for: Magenta, Turquoise, Blue, Navy, & Black

ShadeChemical WaterVinyl Sulphon DyeBaking Soda
Pale 4 oz.
(125 ml)
1/8 to 1/4 tsp
(.7 to 1.25 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)
Medium 4 oz.
(125 ml)
1/2 to 3/4 tsp
(2.6 to 3.5 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)
Dark 4
(125 ml)
1 1/4 to 2 tsp
(6.8 to 10.2 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)
Deep 4 oz.
(125 ml)
2 3/4 to 4 1/4 tsp
(13.6 to 21.25 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)
Dark Black 4 oz.
(125 ml)
5 to 6 tsp
(25 to 30 ml)
3/4 tsp
(3.75 grams)

Dye Properties

ColorConcentrationDischargeabilityLight Fastness 600 Bright Yellow
(Yellow GL)
25% Fair/Good Excellent 601 Golden Yellow
(Yellow 3R)
25% Fair/Good Fair 602 Red
(Red R2G)
25% Fair/Good Fair 603 Magenta
(Red 3BSA)
50% Fair/Good Poor 604 Bordeaux
(Bordeaux B)
20% Excellent Excellent 605 Turquoise
(Turquoise GA)
50% Fair/Good Poor 606 Blue
(Blue RA)
50% Good Fair 607 Navy
(Navy RGB)
50% Good Fair 608 Black
(Black N)
40% Good Very Poor

Jacquard Vinyl Sulphon Liquid Dye Instructions

Primaries: Bright Yellow, Magenta, Turquoise, Black


ON SILK AND COTTON (or other natural fibers):

To use this dye, you would normally dilute the concentrated dye with chemical water (also use water softener if you have hard water) to the strength of color you desire. To make chemical water, dissolve 3/4 cup of Urea in 1 quart of hot water. Some folks also use 2 tsp Ludigol (a mild oxidizing agent that helps prevent dyes from decomposing during steaming when deep shades are required on silk), and 1 tsp. Water Softener (if you have hard water). This wil keep indefinitely at room temperature. If thickening is desired, (as with screen printing) use Sodium Alginate. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1-1/2 teaspoons into chemical water, depending on thickness desired, then stir constantly until smooth. Let the mixture stand for up to 1 hour to thicken. You can store this mixture refrigerated for about 3 weeks.

Or, instead of making your own chemical water, use our Print Base Kit to which you just add water, and a tablespoon of baking soda if necessary (**see below). Please note, the Print Base kits do contain Sodium Alginate, which thickens the solution for printing and painting applications.

To dilute the dye, use 2 parts chemical water to 1 part concentrate for very deep shades, 10 to 1 for medium shades. Most folks also add baking soda to the mix at this point**(see below). Paint, print or apply to fabric. To fix, let the fabric dry thoroughly, then steam in a steamer 30-45 minutes for silk, longer for thicker fabrics (up to an hour). Some folks have even experimented with microwaving as an alternative to steaming, for small pieces, especially with tie-dye or scrunch dye effects. Rinse under running tepid water until the water runs clear, and then wash in hot water and Synthrapol or our Professional Textile Detergent.

**Sometimes when steaming, the fabric does not get hot enough, or isn’t steamed for long enough, causing less dye to fix to the fabric and wash out. In this case, adding baking soda to your chemical water, 1 Tablespoon per quart of chemical water, can aid in fixing the dye, giving deeper shades of color. Add the baking soda at the same time you dilute your dye with the chemical water. We think the dye does better on cotton and other cellulose fibers with the baking soda. On wool, Jacquard recommends no baking soda. Wool does not like alkalinity.

Some folks have said they dilute the dyes with just water. Depending on the circumstances, we feel the dyes are not going to reach their full potential, but you will get color. It is up to you.

ON COTTON (or Rayon, other cellulose fibers):

If you don't want to steam, or can't, you can use Soda Ash Fixer as a direct substitute for the baking soda in the chemical water instructions above and cure the fabric damp just like you do the powdered Fiber Reactive dyes - 12-24 hours. Rinse and wash out as above. We don't think Vinyl Sulphon dyes come out as brilliantly on cotton as powered Fiber Reactive Procion MX dyes, but it is a great alternative for folks who can't or don't want to work with powders.


Follow any of the instructions above. The advantage of Vinyl Sulphon dyes on these types of protein/cellulose fabric blends is that it will dye both types of fibers the same color, which is not always the case with Fiber Reactive MX dyes. Acid dye will only dye the silk and barely stain the Rayon.

Storing dye stock solutions

Dye and chemical water (leave out the alginate thickener and baking soda for longest storage!) can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to a few months. Thickened chemical water, or dye solution can last for about 3-4 weeks if stored in a cold, dry location.

Color Mixing Guidelines

All the Jacquard Vinyl Sulphon Dye colors can be mixed together to create other colors and shades. In order to reproduce exact colors, careful notes need to be kept on precise amounts used. We encourage you to take the time to test sample color mixtures before starting a large-scale project so you can gain a better understanding of how the colors react when mixed together.

Use this chemical kit with Procion Liquid H or Procion MX powder dyes to print, stencil, or paint with the dyes. Contains premeasured amounts of Calgon, Urea, Ludigol and Sodium Alginate Thickener.

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I use this on cotton--it's the best pure black almost shiny.
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After 5 years using this line I'm switching to another brand. Obviously I have gotten decent results. However I have to agree with other reviews: these colors are not as brilliant as other brands. In the bottle uncutunmixed the golden yellow turns brown relatively quickly. I've never been able to reliably mix a dirt brown or grass green I get purply-brown and pine-green. I'm going to try another line.
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9 of 10 users found this review helpful.

I had problems with the red dye in the old procion H label--but this works SO much better! The dyes exhaust a lot better (not as much color run-off after steam-setting) and the Red is a much richer fuller color.
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8 of 9 users found this review helpful.

takes some getting used to compared to Procion MX but very convenient without the exposure to powders.
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8 of 8 users found this review helpful.

I love these dyes. I have been using them and the previous H dyes for over 17 years when I shibori and always get brilliant colors on silk. Less bright but still beautiful colors on cotton and wool. The steam setting is worth the extra effort. I mix the darkest formulas then add more water when needed for lighter colors. What I love most is that I only have to buy 3 or 4 different basic colors and can use them to mix 100's of other colors hence keeping my inventory low.
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