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16-Dec-2003, 12:20 PM #1
Dyeing felt...
Ok, my pool table is pretty bad, and has definitely seen better days...

It's not worth buying new felt for, BUT, the current felt is discoloured, and stained.

I was thinking I could maybe remove and just dye it to cover at least partially the stains (it doesn't have to be perfect, I'm just looking to make it look a little better)

Any suggestions on how I can do this?
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16-Dec-2003, 12:45 PM #2
Gib,

I would be very careful of removing it and dying it!

It could well shrink.

Might be better to dye in place, using a water based cloth dye (in the UK they used to be called "Cold Water Dyes") and probably, re-stretching it once it's dry.

All depends on what the "Felt" is made from: probably synthetic.

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16-Dec-2003, 01:03 PM #3
Sometimes I felt like dyeing too. Especially after a night of overdrinking.
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16-Dec-2003, 01:05 PM #4
No clue what the felt is made from. And if it shrinks, I'll just throw the table out...seriously. I paid $25 for the table, so I'm not to worried about it.

I'm trying to figure out how. I've found sites showing how to die wool/yarn, but not actually dieing felt.
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16-Dec-2003, 01:05 PM #5
Maybe you spend the bucks and just re-felt.... it made a night and day difference on my old Pool table.

Sorry I don't know the cue lingo so well... but when we first got the table it had new felt (but the lower quality felt...) we promptly had some one tear it up and lay down the new quality stuff.... wow what a night and day difference.

EDIT: Just read you last post.... If the table itself isn't good quality, then re-felting is a just a waste.
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16-Dec-2003, 01:06 PM #6
That's probably what has caused the stains on the pool table, GTDude!
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16-Dec-2003, 01:08 PM #7
g, the table REALLY isn't worth new felt. It's CRAP. It's not slate, the pocket covers are missing, the sides have some nicks and cuts in them, it's alltogether not a good table.

But I won't be able to buy/build a new one for a couple years yet.

Yes, I might build one, that way I can have a GOOD slate table alot cheaper than buying one.
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16-Dec-2003, 01:18 PM #8
Or use a very sloppy mix of cement and fine sand, get the table level and pour...................... cheaper too!

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16-Dec-2003, 01:19 PM #9
I was thinking a little more professional looking than that Paq.

When I'm ready, I'll buy the slate, felt and bumpers, and build the rest.
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16-Dec-2003, 03:07 PM #10
Well, it seems there's a special FELT CLEANER, but sound like yours may be too far gone for that.

Our detailers use a spray dye to touch up carpets and upholstery. Don't know how it would work on felt.
The one they have now is AutoMagic Vinyl and Carpet Spray Dye. You can probably find something similar at most auto supply stores. Nasty fumes on the ones I've seen used, so good ventilation would be a must.
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16-Dec-2003, 03:22 PM #11
Yeah, mine is pretty bad...it wasn't too bad until I had my plumbing leak all over it
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16-Dec-2003, 03:59 PM #12
Plumbing... That's a new term for it...
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16-Dec-2003, 04:24 PM #13
It's what follows the Mooseheads, when you're making like Minnesota Fats!



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16-Dec-2003, 04:25 PM #14
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...it wasn't too bad until I had my plumbing leak all over it
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Plumbing... That's a new term for it...
...Young guys and their timing, eh?
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16-Dec-2003, 04:28 PM #15
Ouch!
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