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Old 01-18-2011, 09:41 PM
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Dying Seatbelts

My seat belts could use Rit type dye, back to the vibrant color. What dye do you use ?

Does the old Rit dye from store work ? Boil in water with rit, soal belts, and hang them to dry. Wash once to keep color from transfering.

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You will find that seat belts are made of nylon and won't dye very well. There are all kinds of places on the internet to buy new complete belts, or just the webbing. Like this place: SEAT BELTS or this place: CLICK HERE
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Fwiw...

We used to dye solid white nylon RC car suspension parts by soaking them in boiling, salted Ritz fabric dye.

The color deepened w/longer soaking and was permanent.
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I don't know anything about nylon RC car parts, but if the color was permanent on nylon seat belt webbing, nobody would have to ask how to dye it after it got faded by the sun.
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I would think that if the webbing had been exposed to enough UV etc. that the dye had faded, that there could also be degradation to the webbing and/or the stitching. Or does UV not affect seatbelts?
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Of course UV affects seatbelt webbing, that's why they fade. Yes, the UV will weaken the fabric itself and the thread, but only very slightly. Seat belts have to be sewed with size 138 nylon thread, which is less color fast than polyester. Nylon fabric is less color fast than polyester, that's why you see very little boat cover fabric made from nylon, it's usually polyester or acrylic.

My point was, and still is, that it's hard to dye anything that is synthetic and has no cotton content. You never know what color a 100% synthetic will come out when it's dyed, whether it's nylon, polyester, etc.
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Thanks for the link! I was looking for replacement belts for my sons 89 chevy truck this may be an option!

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You can use rit dye to color poly gun stocks, plastic spoons, vinyl, a whole bunch of other things you would not think. Not seatbelts? Cause why again ?

Looking online one suggestion states laQUER THINNER SOAK Then while wet paint with enamel spray paint. That is the worst idea.
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You can use rit dye to color poly gun stocks, plastic spoons, vinyl, a whole bunch of other things you would not think. Not seatbelts? Cause why again ?
I know RIT dye will color plastics, etc. I also know from experience that it's a crap shoot what will happen when you try to dye any kind of 100% synthetic FABRIC, like your 100% nylon seat belts, with RIT dye. There's a really good chance it won't do anything that will last to the seat belts, or worse, rub off on your clothes. Why did you ask if you already had your mind made up? Do whatever you want to do, but personally I tend to go with what I know will work the first time, which will save time and money. Make sure and take pictures of how they turn out and post them.
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That is my current best idea. Not that my mind is made up.

Many times has an idea here, been far better than my limits of though.

To say it will not work cause the synthetics is not serious. Rit dyes synthetic poly , and their blends, very well. From experience the stuff works. Tie Dye Tee shirts were big. Then womens nylons and tights.

Somebody has to have tried it outside. A cauldron atop a flaming grill boiling away, with a semi bald hunch back, stirring the pot of seat belts.

If it rubs off, you may end up with a ghostbusters style body ban. That is why you rinse.
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I have used rit dye before on seat-belts. And it looks good from a distance but when you get looking at them you will see the different color down in the webbing. JMO buy a new set would be the best thing if you want it to look right .IMHO B


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I used RIT dye for some white Fruit of the Loom tank tops. I choose black abd followed the instructions to a Tee. I even let it soak longer than suggested. They came out blueish purple - never again.
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I used RIT dye for some white Fruit of the Loom tank tops. I choose black abd followed the instructions to a Tee. I even let it soak longer than suggested. They came out blueish purple - never again.





Same with me and the seat-belts don't think i will be doing that again.


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I used RIT dye for some white Fruit of the Loom tank tops. I choose black abd followed the instructions to a Tee. I even let it soak longer than suggested. They came out blueish purple - never again.

Did you say you followed the directions to a tee, or that you did something not suggested.

Want to see some gunstocks and shirts in which rit worked well?

My actions were leaning toward buy new, but now you all need to see the power of RIT. Bow before it , as you will know the glory. Of those hues which hath fade, we renew again to Bristol Beaumonx Xanadux's sweet breasts' sheen. Color trading, shadow shading, and multi prizmatic painting.... Yada yada, that is Rit Color Dye for $1.99.
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Did you say you followed the directions to a tee, or that you did something not suggested.

Want to see some gunstocks and shirts in which rit worked well?

My actions were leaning toward buy new, but now you all need to see the power of RIT. Bow before it , as you will know the glory. Of those hues which hath fade, we renew again to Bristol Beaumonx Xanadux's sweet breasts' sheen. Color trading, shadow shading, and multi prizmatic painting.... Yada yada, that is Rit Color Dye for $1.99.
I had 2 batches set up. One I let soak longer than what the instructions said. Both came out looking the same. I did this because I was told once that it's performance is not uniformed.
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