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The Difference Between Nylon and Dacron

Dacron and nylon fabrics are widely used in our lives, but most people do not know the difference between them. Currently, the clothes on the market are mainly made of dacron and nylon, so we have to learn what is the difference between them, thus we can buy high-quality goods.

Dacron is a kind of synthetic fiber and is the raw material of chemical fabrics, which itself is not a fabric. Dacron is the former name and its scientific name is polyester and full name is polyethylene glycol terephthalate, which is the commodity name of China’s polyester fiber. Chinlon is nylon, polyamide fiber. The advantages are high strength, high-wearing feature, good anti-chemical property, good deformation resistance and aging resistance. The disadvantage is that it feels hard.


1. Sensory difference

The material with a relatively bright glossiness is nylon, which feels more smooth; the material which looks darker than nylon and rough is dacron;

2. Burning

The simplest way to tell the difference between nylon and dacron is burning! Dacron gives off very thick black smoke while nylon just emits white smoke. Another is to see the residue after burning. The residue left by dacron can be crumbed while what left by nylon is plastic! The price of nylon doubles that of dacron.

3. Scrape with nails

Another way is to scrape with nails. After scraping, if obvious traces left, it is dacron. If not, it is nylon. But this method is not as intuitive as the first and not easy to distinguish.


Which is better, nylon or dacron?

Nylon generally has better elasticity! Dyeing temperature is at 100 degrees! Neutral or acid dyes are usually used. It withstands high temperature worse than dacron, but its strength is better and more anti-pilling! If burning, nylon emits white smoke. In contrast, dacron gives out black smoke with floating dark ash when burning. Dyeing temperature is at 130 degrees (high temperature and pressure), by hot melting, generally baked under 200 degrees! The main feature of dacron is good stability. A small amount of dacron added into clothes can be anti-wrinkle and plastic, but easy to be static and pilling. However, now the improved dacron can overcome these shortcomings partly.



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