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Old 08-11-2005, 08:52 PM
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Fabric Dye

I know this is probably a newbie question, but I need some advice.

I'm redoing the interior of my '72 El Camino. The shoulder seat belts never get used and they are faded from black to gray from the sun. I would also like to touch up a couple areas on the carpet.

Can someone recommend a fabric dye?

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Old 08-12-2005, 05:04 PM
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Searched some other boards and came up with some ideas. I went to Advance today to look at what they had to offer and got talking to the manager. He recommended going to a fabric store and buying some fabric dye. So...I bought a bottle of RIT black fabric dye. I mixed some with hot tap water and sprayed it on the carpet with a spray bottle. It seemed to work!! Carpet looks pretty good.

Tomorrow, I'll try it on the seat belts.
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Old 08-12-2005, 05:21 PM
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Marhyde makes interior dyes for vinyl, cloth and plastic. I sprayed some vinyl door panels from blue to black once and it help up years and when I sold the car looked good as new.

Seat belts would probably last forever.

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One thing to consider about seat belts is that is the dye MUST be correct to the material. If you dont the stuff will come off on your clothes or your passengers and that is a real drag.

Belts are usually a hybrid nylon blend and it is hard to dye as the filiment stands are very dense and densely woven to make each thread and the actual webbing has a very tight weave of these threads. So getting color into it can be a real challenge.

I wish I could recommend a dye to you but it is a no no in my opinion since I am always concerned that by the time you need to dye them the could have experianced dry rot or a dye could adversely effect the thread strength.

Belts are designed to have a small amount of elongation to slow you down as it obtains your full body load. And uv fading can be a sign of material "dehydration" and loss of elongation.

We dye show belts to match show car colors on a rare occasion but tag them as non-structural and they see no use after.

If you can find a reproduction set that has the FMVSS tag near the anchor it is wiser than dying in my opinion. If you dont want to go this route hopefully someone else can recommend a dye but stock fabric dye may not "set and be colorfast"

I agree with rich on the vinyl dye on the carpet I have used it along with a stiff horse hair brush to spray in the color on and massage the Nap of the fibers to the carpet doesnt dry in a clump.

Sorry I cant help more than that

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I appreciate the replies.

Where can I buy this Marhyde?

These shoulder belts have been hanging, folded behind the seat for the last millenium (sp). You remember the kind that were separate from the lap belt. They even have a cutsy clip for the buckle. I've thought about just removing them, but for originality I thought I'd just make them look good and let them hang for another bzillion years.
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