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Discharging denim

raven2run | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello~Am trying to find the best way to discharge denim besides bleach.

Getting the dye out with Rit color remover doesn’t do it. Have learned denim is essentially indigo (vat) dyed and there can’t be anything harder to remove. Have a project with denim jackets of shiborie tying, discharging, over dyeing etc etc and can’t get past the first step.


  1. rekha | | #1

    I have used Rit's Fast Fade http://www.ritdye.com/store/fabric_treatments.asp

    and found it extremely effective.

    1. raven2run | | #2

      "extremely effective" is what I wanted to hear. Oh you've made my day! You have no idea the battle I've been in trying to do this. Thanks for the link. Have ordered some to try out.

      Edited 12/21/2005 3:22 pm ET by raven2run

      1. rekha | | #3

        Actually someone on the forum suggested it but Rit don't export it to the UK. Someone sent me some I don't know the identity of; I wish they'd sell it in the UK

        1. raven2run | | #4


          Rit color remover is dry Sodium Hydrosulfite..that's all.  If you do a search I'm sure you can find it to buy. Its used for all sorts of things (is an ingrediant for instance in indigo dyeing) and is easily avaiable. If you are interested in the Fast Fade I will tell you the ingrediants when I get mine. I can't seem to find them online. As I will likely be using it alot (if it works the way I need) will be looking for a resource to buy in bulk, as I'm sure little packages from Rit are more expensive.

          Edited 12/22/2005 5:59 pm ET by raven2run

          1. raven2run | | #5

            Just to report back. The Fade Fast WORKED!!!!! Thank you so much!

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