70 Chevelle Conv. Dyeing Cloth Interior? Or Replace?
Looking for a little help here. I have been looking at replacement of my bench seat in a 70 Chevelle convertible. It has been a tough grind trying to find red wool material to replace the center panels. Vinyl is no problem. Anyone have a source of fabric?
A thought did occur to re-dye the cloth and vinyl seats as they are in excellent condition for the 10 + years they spent in the Tucson sun except for the sun fading as seen in the picture. I thought of using SEM products to dye the vinyl and the cloth, but will the SEM product stand up to the test of rubbing, sweat, and sliding in and out, over time.
Has anyone used SEM to dye cloth on a seat?
Looking at the pictures, what would you do with these seats in order to keep them the same look?
Dye or not dye
Dont paint or dye the fabric will still rot and split anyways. there are origional fabrics still avialble, just google SMS fabrics , i think their in washington, also Rex Pegg fabrics in Washington probably have an aftremarket look alike. Do it right:nono:
Dyeing won't fix 40 year old fabric, only make it a different color. Don't try to replace just the cloth inserts, because the rest of the vinyl is not going to be in that great of shape after 40 years either. Rex Pegg doesn't sell original vintage auto fabric, but SMS does. SMS Auto Fabrics is in Canby, Oregon, and would be the best place for the fabric, but they also make seat covers. Give them a call and tell them what you are looking for. www.smsautofabrics.com I agree with duh57, replace the seat covers.
I talked with Doug @SMS last Monday and after a couple of emails back and forth of pictures of the cloth, he came up with a few samples that he is sending out in the mail. Should be here early next week. Looking at using a 82-2413 Corvette wool material based on the pictures Doug sent.
I was going to order 3 yards of the material and pickup the vinyl local. Red is not a popular color as it once was and my thought was to dye a similar weave of the fabric in red, but finding a wool material that will accept and hold a dye again is not to common as it once was.
Once I receive the fabric sample, its the matching up to the existing interior panels to the material that are going to be the pain. Just look at the difference the door panels can be altered using a camera flash and fluorescent overhead lights! Same goes with the seat vinyl.
Doug suggested that the red material for the bench seats might have been a custom cloth, as convertibles were usually always all vinyl. Trim tag says it is a 787 red interior.
Thanks for your assistance.
Whatever you do, don't pick out vinyl to match your fabric in anything but outdoor daylight. You will get a much better match that way. Your last picture would match Spradling's Islander Crimson to a "T" as far as color, but not the grain. I like Islander because it is a marine vinyl. I took this picture outside, but it looks a little darker in person. You can still get GM vinyls in the correct grain patterns and colors. Your car would have used a Madrid grain. http://www.yourautotrim.com/madrid.html
Thanks again for your help, Dan, your a class A guy.
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