Author Topic: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!  (Read 1514 times)

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I've never had a splash this bad before and I really want to save the jumper - but this particular acrylic gold (Kuretake) just does. not. wash. out.

Should I just say farewell to the top, and offer it as a sacrifice to the calligraphy gods? I must have offended them by my absence for so long ...

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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2014, 03:35:49 AM »
White spirit? Or save the top for calligraphy practice and see if it washes out over time.... but the calligraphy Gods probably want that top!

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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2014, 04:28:11 AM »
Mr Unhelpful here suggests that you should keep the top on the off chance that appliqué comes back into fashion.

Sorry Moya, there are a few suggestions if you Google, but I fear that if my experience with aluminium primer is anything to go by it'll be staying put.

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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2014, 09:09:32 AM »
You might try the process here:
http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Acrylic-Paint-off-Carpet

However, first try these products on a an unobtrusive spot to see if they would degrade the fabric. I'd probably skip the glycerin, as this ink is probably dry by now and proceed directly with the acetone, but that's just me. Paint thinner might also work.

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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2014, 09:41:48 AM »
What is the "jumper" made from, wool or acrylic?  If acrylic, you may be out of luck.  If wool, maybe some sort of oil you use on hair might ease it off?  You can always embroider a snowflake or something over the spot.

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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2014, 01:20:11 PM »
It might be too late for Moya's sweater, but here's a suggestion for acrylic ink that at least worked pretty predictably when I used to paint with acrylics a lot back in college.

If you get acrylic on your clothes or other fabrics, IMMEDIATELY get that fabric completely submerged in clean, cold water.  When I say "immediately," I mean like, you stop what you're doing and get undressed as soon as the spill / splash happens.

Prioritize getting the stain wet.  Leave the garment under running water in the sink or bathtub while you prepare a bath for your garment in some sort of vessel, like a bucket, giant bowl, plastic bin, or bathtub, depending on the size of the object.  If you are using one side of the sink as your vessel, just put the stopper in and let the water run over the stain until the sink fills.

Submerge your garment.  Once your garment is submerged, if you need to, weigh down the fabric with something heavy like a rock, or a heavy drinking glass - something rust-proof, so no metal.  You really want there to be a lot of water in relation to the size of the garment.

Soak, agitate, and scrub.  Leave your garment submerged and soaking for at least several hours, of even overnight.  Swirl the water and your garment around in the container every now and then.  Gently scrub the stain itself with a clean toothbrush maybe once an hour, for not more than maybe 60 seconds at a time.  You do not want the stain to dry out AT ALL!  I usually just scrub the garment under the water's surface and leave it submerged.  Once you're done scrubbing, put the garment right back underwater.

It's better to be patient and wait for the soaking to be successful than to be overzealous in your scrubbing.  Overscrubbing your garment, or scrubbing too forcefully, can put too much stress on the fabric in that one spot, resulting in a worn or faded section that can't be fixed.

It may take a day or two - or even longer - of soaking and scrubbing, but the stain should come out completely.  If it was quite a large amount of acrylic, you may need to replace the water with clean water a few times as the acrylic dissolves.  Don't leave your garment soaking in dirty water.  If you don't see any progress at all in stain removal over 3 or 4 days, then it's probably not going to come out.  You should definitely see progress with this approach, though!  I've never had an acrylic that I couldn't get out, as long as I got the garment soaking IMMEDIATELY.

Since acrylic is water-based, water is it's "enemy," and water is the tool that will have the best chance at removing it.  The trick is to get going on the stain while the acrylic is wet, and let the water dilute the acrylic until it's basically dissolved and gone.  Acrylic dries very quickly, so you must act quickly.  Once acrylic dries, it's basically plastic and will be terribly difficult, if not impossible, to get out of fabric.
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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2014, 05:35:44 PM »
Alas, I did it at work, so stripping down immediately wasn't an option - serves me right for playing with messy ink at my desk!

Thank you all for these resources, though.  From my experience the jumper is a write-off now, but I'll work through all the options just in case I can save it ... maybe it's just one down to the calligraphy gods, and it means I need tomake more time for practice at home ;)

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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2014, 11:20:35 PM »
If it doesn't come out, maybe soak the sweater in gold ink, and just turn it all gold!   ;D
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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2014, 12:01:38 AM »
If it doesn't come out, maybe soak the sweater in gold ink, and just turn it all gold!   ;D

I wish I could 'like' this suggestion ten times.  GOLD!

One of my colleagues suggested in all seriousness that I just needed to spatter it a bit more - it's a deep maroon jumper and the gold looked quite nice ... but I still have hopes of salvaging it instead :D

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Re: Bright gold acrylic ink + viscose/nylon sweater = plea for help!
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2014, 12:29:36 AM »
This sounds strange but if nothing else works, let it dry and then try a Magic Eraser (very gently).  :)
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