View Full Version : Restoring colour to lantern balls!?

12-13-2016, 05:49 AM
Hi folks, Iím hoping someone out there might be able to suggest a way of restoring the colour to some lantern balls. I have a string of lights, which have little balls fitted over the bulbs. We let a friend borrow them and they were left out in the rain for a few months. The colour has now faded from the pink ones and the green ones. I think the material is some sort of acrylic fabric. I tried leaving them in a bucket of water with food colouring in, but it didnít work. Could anyone please suggest something else I could try please?!! Photos attached. Many thanks in advance

12-13-2016, 01:47 PM
I can think of two options.

1. regular fabric dye. Comes in lots of colors. You can get liquid or fabric paint pens.

2. acrylic paint. Thin it with a bit of water and brush on. Let dry thoroughly.

The dye may be better for the outdoors - in case they get rained on again.

12-20-2016, 01:31 PM
I would use a wash of acrylic paint (thin to just barely thicker than water). Then spray them with Scotchgard or another fabric sealer to protect them.

12-23-2016, 12:49 PM
thank you very much to both of you - I have ordered some acrylic paint. I'll let you know how I get on!