Anyway to dye white canvas tan?

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For a few years now I've thought about trying to dye (or stain, I don't know..) my 12'x12' pyramid tent a tan or soft brown. I'm just wanting it to blend in a bit with surroundings instead of being stark white. Curious if anyone has done this type of thing or if it's just better left as is.
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I'm guessing that tent is not plain canvas but sunforger or vivatex treated, at any rate any treatment/ waterproofing flame retardant etc.. will likely inhibit dye setting. Attempting to dye it may also result in reduced life of the product.
 

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lend it to me. . . . .I can't get from the house to the car wearing a white shirt without getting a stain on it that will NEVER come out.

Kidding aside, I think it will mellow with age, nearly all the Wall tents in Elk camps I have been in, pick up a grayish yellow from sun, smoke, dust and dirt. You could camp in Moab for a week and have a nice pinkish hue to your tent.
 
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For a few years now I've thought about trying to dye (or stain, I don't know..) my 12'x12' pyramid tent a tan or soft brown. I'm just wanting it to blend in a bit with surroundings instead of being stark white. Curious if anyone has done this type of thing or if it's just better left as is.
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Probably best to leave as-is and let nature take it's course; over time it'll dull out. Nice tent!
 

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Nature won't take it's course, except perhaps to keep it just about as white as it is.

IF it's water resistant, you're done. :confused:

IF it's not...., you should look into about a dozen boxes of RIT brand brown dye, in a large machine at a laundromat, and don't get caught. The RIT won't chemically harm the fabric as walnuts might. Soaking it in a plastic 55 gallon drum would probably work better than the industrial machine at the laundromat.

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Thank you guys. All good points/great ideas and I appreciate all the input. It is sunforger canvas so maybe it is what it is. Maybe I'll try and smoke it and see what happens. I'm thinking I could set it up without the stove but open the stove flap and put a small fire inside and see what happens. If it works, set it up inside out and repeat.
 
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I wish you luck; it's a BIG (12x12) thing to work on. The old-timers were not as interested in the "camo" look as us modern guys. I bet they just let it get as dirty as it would thru normal use and re-use.
 

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Smoke and time, will darken it somewhat.

I don’t think I would try dying it, it seems it would be hard too keep it uniform.
 

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My Panther Bay pyramid acquired a genuine 'olde timey tan' after a couple rendezvous. The smoke of nearby campfires was probably the reason. Suggest you just let it be to age naturally. Especially since you have an indoor stove set up.
 
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The old timers may well have used tents of hemp canvas, which would have been a grayish tan and less stark than modern white cotton canvas. So the camo look may not have been on their minds they nevertheless had camoed tents.
 
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