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Old 02-02-2011, 09:26 AM
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interior paint? or new?

0.k., i have seen online and at the local auto parts store that you can basically get a fabric spray paint for the interior of your project car. now i was wondering if anyone has tried this or is it even worth the risk? wouldn't it make it all hard? would it look horrible? i was considering trying it in my 1980 Chevy Malibu, the seats and carpet aren't all tore up or anything but i was getting the car painted and now it doesn't match, im trying to get away from an expensive custom job, and don't know how it's going to be before i can afford all new interior. would this work for now? or should i just wait it out?

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I would probably just wait it out IMHO If or when DanTwoLakes sees this he can tell you more on what you are asking. If you are talking about spraying the seats and headliner and carpet i just don't think it would be worth it or would look all that good for very long JMO again I have dyed some interior parts before but not all those things.


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Cole is right. I've seen the YouTube videos on this stuff and it is not getting very good reviews from anybody that's used it. You'd be better off finding some decent salvage yard seats. You may get away with spraying the headliner, but I wouldn't trust it on seats.
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hey

u should wait because iv heard bad things about it
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0.k., i have seen online and at the local auto parts store that you can basically get a fabric spray paint for the interior of your project car. now i was wondering if anyone has tried this or is it even worth the risk? wouldn't it make it all hard? would it look horrible? i was considering trying it in my 1980 Chevy Malibu, the seats and carpet aren't all tore up or anything but i was getting the car painted and now it doesn't match, im trying to get away from an expensive custom job, and don't know how it's going to be before i can afford all new interior. would this work for now? or should i just wait it out?

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I have used the SEM line of dye on a 2nd. gen f-body, for kick and sail panels and the dash pad. I went from blue to black and it worked really well in those applications- enough so that I wouldn't hesitate to use it again.

But for seats or fabric I don't have any experience.
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You are right that SEM will work fine on vinyl and plastic and leather, but he's not talking about dyeing those things, he's talking about dyeing fabric. There isn't anything that will do a good job of that, and especially in a spray can from an auto parts store, which is what he's asking about. This has been discussed in the Interior forum before.
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0.k., i have seen online and at the local auto parts store that you can basically get a fabric spray paint for the interior of your project car. now i was wondering if anyone has tried this or is it even worth the risk? wouldn't it make it all hard? would it look horrible? i was considering trying it in my 1980 Chevy Malibu, the seats and carpet aren't all tore up or anything but i was getting the car painted and now it doesn't match, im trying to get away from an expensive custom job, and don't know how it's going to be before i can afford all new interior. would this work for now? or should i just wait it out?

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Check the archives and look for my story about when my friend did this to his seats.
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As I said- I have no experience using SEM on seats or fabric. Add leather to that, so I wouldn't have a comment either way other than for the things I mentioned:

dash pad
sail and kick panels

The OP mentioned using "fabric spray paint" on his "seats" and "carpet". I suppose that by that, it could be taken that his seats are also cloth.

I know the seats in MY '80 Malibu aren't cloth; I also know that cloth was available. Despite this, I personally still would not use SEM dye on carpet or on a seat (fabric, cloth, vinyl, leather or whatever).
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I rebuilt the interior and used SEM products with great results on all plastic and leather parts. The door panels of this vette have a 6" carpet strip at the bottom. Used the rattle can SEM on the carpet strip. It died the carpet ok but like any paint product it gets kinda hard and is not soft like original carpet feel. I would not die seats because I think there will be too much wear and the die will wear off. But overall the sem product is holding up very well. This interior was tan.



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As I said- I have no experience using SEM on seats or fabric. Add leather to that, so I wouldn't have a comment either way other than for the things I mentioned:

dash pad
sail and kick panels

The OP mentioned using "fabric spray paint" on his "seats" and "carpet". I suppose that by that, it could be taken that his seats are also cloth.

I know the seats in MY '80 Malibu aren't cloth; I also know that cloth was available. Despite this, I personally still would not use SEM dye on carpet or on a seat (fabric, cloth, vinyl, leather or whatever).
I wasn't trying to criticize what you said, only to clarify what SEM works on.

SEM products work great on vinyl, leather and plastic. SEM claims that their Color Coat dye works on carpet and velour fabric, but they only recommend it to enhance the color you already have. In other words, you can touch up your red carpet or velour with red dye, but you can't change the red carpet or velour to any other color. I'm sure it would work to change tan to black, but definitely not the other way around.

In their words: "Color Coat is recommended only to enhance the color of carpet and velour, not to drastically change its color. Trying to do so may adversely affect the texture of the carpet or velour. Color Coat is not suitable for long nap, shag carpets."
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hey spike, you did a really good job from what i can see in the photos you provided, however, i know my luck isn't that good when i comes to paint, im better off under the hood, so when it comes to my interior i think i'll just trust you guy's and wait it out. by the way, my seats are all cloth, and an uncomfortable ride on hard painted seats doesn't sound to appealing, that's for the advice everyone, im just going to wait it out and try to find a salvage interior or someone that can do me a custom job, after all, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right the first time right?
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hey spike, you did a really good job from what i can see in the photos you provided, however, i know my luck isn't that good when i comes to paint, im better off under the hood, so when it comes to my interior i think i'll just trust you guy's and wait it out. by the way, my seats are all cloth, and an uncomfortable ride on hard painted seats doesn't sound to appealing, that's for the advice everyone, im just going to wait it out and try to find a salvage interior or someone that can do me a custom job, after all, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right the first time right?
Thanks a bunch. I cant take too much credit on the interior die. The center consoles are new aftermarket parts but I did recolor the dash, door panels and all the plastic part for the windsheild suround, headliner trim ect. Sem satin for all leather and plastic parts and krylon satin for steel parts. The sem is really easy to apply. Just use the prep spray and clean the hell out things before appling. Of course all the parts where out of the car for the application. Find a dealer that sells ACC carpet. They make complete kits for almost all older cars. You might check a local upolstry shop for prices on recovering seats, sometimes these folks can really be competitive on pricing. Good luck
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You can get ACC (Auto Custom Carpets) directly from them. Here is their web site: www.accmats.com
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My old man back when I was a kid kept breaking his seats in his challenger@the drag strip so he got some old van seats &my grandpa who painted cars&built bikes for a living got him some kind of dye&he sprayed the seats down with that &it lasted for as long as I can remember...but Im too young to remember what it was just remember my old man saying it was expensive.You might wanna call around my grandpas interior guy charges an arm&a leg to do the whole inside of a car but before my gpa passed they traded work but he told me he would do my back seat in my monte for 100 bucks.I tryed a can of dye that was laying around in our barn on a piece of junk carpet I ripd out of a mustang&after it dryed it was nasty feeling.New carpets only cost about 100 120.Good luck let us know what ya decide
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thanks guy's, i'll let yea kknow what i decide to do and how it turnes out.
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