Today was a beautiful hot sunny day so I decided to do more sunprinting testing. A week or so ago I did some testing with Dye-na-flo paint. Since then I ordered some Setacolor Soliel. I wanted to test red and blue, heat setting vs not heat setting and 2 types of heat setting. Here are the results.
The codes are "S" for Setacolor and "D" for Dye-na-flo
1 = control piece, jsut after sunprinting, 2 = heat set with iron and washed, 3 = heat set in the dryer and washed, 4 = not heat set and washed.
The washed samples were washed in hot water.
- The fabrics were painted full strenght, directly from the bottles
- Both have to be heat set with ironing, the dryer had no effect
- Even with ironing, both paints have some fading
- I think the Setacolor faded more on the samples that were not heat set
- The Setacolor has a stronger odor - I had to wear a mask while using it.
Both work equally well even though the Setacolor is sold as being specifically formulated for sun printing. I would use Dye-na-flo going forward because of the odor to the Setacolor. If you have any allergies to chemical smells, stick to Dye-na-flo.