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How to Vintage a Tee Shirt | Customize Clothes

You just can't beat a great vintage tee shirt. Aaron Marino of alpha m. loves his vintage tee shirt. Alpha describes how to make a new tee shirt and add the 'vintage' yourself.

Watch the video as well as see the steps below the video. If you try it, let Alpha know how it works out!

Supplies needed

  • 1/4 c sodium carbonate washing soda
  • 2 c salt
  • 1 pack fine-grit sandpaper
  • Tee shirt (one size larger than typical to allow for shrinkage)


Note about the process

The salt is an abrasive to make the tee shirt look older. The soda breaks-down the tee shirt’s outside layer. The dryer heat weakens the fibers while the sandpaper ages the plastisol logo.

 How to do it

  1. First, mix together the soda and salt.
  2. Second,  set your washing machine at the highest temperature and place the tee shirt(s) in. Put the mix (soda + salt) mix into the wash with your typical detergent after the water comes up beyond the tee shirt(s).
  3. Third, after the wash is done, high heat dry the tee shirt(s).
  4. Fourth, create another mix (soda + salt) and repeat the process 3 to 5 times.
  5. Last, use sandpaper to softly wipe the logo on the tee shirt. Use a circular and uneven motion.
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