Usage, Advantages, and Limitations of Basic Dyes!

Different types of industrial dyes are used for different purposes. However, basic dye which is also known as cationic dye and is a class of synthetic, still remains as the most common and reliable industrial chemical. It has a color base that is not water soluble, but can become soluble when treated with alcohol. To change basic dyes into their colorless leuco compounds, they are reacted with a reducing agent.

Usage and advantages:

  • Mainly these substances are suitable for coloring paper, dyeing of leather, cut flowers, dried flowers, and acrylic fibers.
  • These chemicals can be purchased at affordable prices, as compared to other available dyes.
  • They are available in wide ranges to suit the needs of all buyers.
  • Brightness shown by these products is matchless, especially when used on wooden items.
  • It has high tinctorial strength and moderate substantivity.
  • Their solubility in water is just perfect, and has a high strike rate as well.
  • These products are easy to use, and can be used for various dyeing and printing tasks.
  • They are used for making inks, typewriter ribbons and for dyeing leather as well.
  • One of the best features of this product is that it’s powerful coloring agents and their strength with colors is matchless.
    For dyeing acrylic fibers, some special and improved cationic dyes are available in the market.

However, despite of their valuable features, these products also have some limitations. The following are some of them:

  • Poor shade stability
  • Poor lightfastness.
  • High Acid Content
  • Colored Backwaters

This dye is toxic in nature, just like any other die. Therefore, it is extremely important to make sure that safety precautions are always followed, before buying and using these dyes.

It is also suggested that you should purchase them in liquid or paste form, if possible.
Your supplier should be able to provide you with the adequate information about such products, in order to make things easier for you.


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