Not sure which forum to put this in-it probably could have gone here, refurbs, or even canoeing.
Has anyone ever messed around with trying to dye or stain standard, 3-strand nylon, marine rope before? I read a paragraph in a book about rigging canoes for sailing (my project for NEXT summer) that mentioned using wood stain (e.g. Minwax etc.) to stain new white nylon ropes to make them look more historically accurate (i.e. hemp or manilla rope) on more traditional woodstrip or wood and canvas canoes. I don't care about any historical accuracies, etc., but I would like to dye or stain white nylon rope to match the color scheme of the boat, which is flat tan camo (duck/moose hunting boat).
I'm told that those rit brand dyes you buy at the fabric shop or Mal-Warts won't work on nylon material; the dye doesn't adhere to the material well, and it washes clean in a few weeks. But I wonder how well wood stain (stain only, not the stain plus varnish stuff) would work, and, more importantly, what effect would it have on the strength and durability of the rope.
Has anyone ever heard of this, or tried it? Does anyone know of other ways to change the color of rope?