Sunday, 23 September 2012

DIY Acid Wash (Clothing) and Advice.

As you know, when acid washing a shirt, denim, cords, or any material, you’re going to be using a significant amount of bleach. Now here’s a tip, instead on flailing your bottle of bleach all over your item of clothing like a crazed maniac, use an old paint brush or two. It gives it more thought, compassion, and makes it look all pretty. 

Caution- This post focuses mainly on shirt material.
So, to get started you will need:
Household bleach
Distilled vinegar
Latex gloves, rubber gloves, gloves with any form of protection for your hands 
Old clothes, in case things get messy
Paint brush 

 Start off by dampening your shirt with cold water.
 *If you want to dip dye do make sure to use an old bucket and ruler. If it’s for decorating all over, I’d recommend placing it outside on newspaper. 

The next bit is the fun part, you can decide to either:

  • fling the bleach about, carefree. Ensure surfaces are covered.
  • use stencils by placing it over part of the material untouched by the bleach, then bleach over it
  • GO INSANE! MAKE A WILD MESS! (which looks super cool IMO) but don’t accidentally attack anyone in the process…
  • make pretty patterns (hand prints, animal patterns, writing)
  • use a spray bottle- effective for the ‘stone wash’ look
  • tie dye  

Next, leave your items of clothing the time it takes to reach the shade you desire. I left mine for about 10 minutes tops. 

Here’s the main advice:
First off, remember to rinse your item of clothing in distilled vinegar after you’re done to STOP the bleaching process, otherwise it’ll be a weird off colour in the morning (unless that’s yo’ thaaang).  
And secondly, unless you’re a tard like myself, DO NOT leave your paint brushes in your jug of bleach over night as they WILL dissolve. Like this- 


Finally, you can either hand wash your shirt, using plenty of washing liquid. Or you can simply throw it in the washing machine on it’s own for a cycle. And hey presto, it’s done!

Jack Daniels tee from Reef Clothing, Preston

And remember guys, cherish your paint brush’s life. They have souls too.