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Old 11-21-2004, 05:38 PM
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Vinyl dye

I ordered some seats for my truck, Ford Excursion. The only color the wide version (yeah yeah I am a fat ***) of the seat came in was black so I am going to cover the center jump seat in the same cloth but the top is a vinyl and it is grey. Can this be dyed and made to look good and last? If so what product should I use?

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Old 11-21-2004, 06:00 PM
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Vinyl Dye

Use SEM brand vinyl dye. Get the SEM soap to clean the surface and then use the SEM adhesion promoter to the area you want to dye. Then spray your surface the color you want. SEM dye lasts forever and looks great. You can buy it in a spray can or have it made up to spray thru a paint gun. Most good auto body supply shops keep it in both versions. Wear a mask when spraying it, it's some strong stuff.
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Old 11-21-2004, 07:42 PM
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Thanks for the info.
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SEM is great stuff. It is lacquer based, so pretty easy to spray. One thing to be carefull of is if your seat has vinyl cording (piping)....it is quite commonly made from polypropelene plastic and not vinyl. No paint (dye) will stick to it without poly. primer and then is not the greatest. Paint will tend to just flake off it.

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What I have is a fold down arm rest, the seat is all cloth it's the back where I rest my arm when folded you know it is also the cover for the storage area?

I am going to try it on a scrap if I can find some, I want to make sure it does not scratch off and such.
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It should work on all vinyl, even the molded vinyl. I have used it on armrests and molded center console covers with excellant results. Make sure you clean it with a good vinyl cleaner and then just before spraying it use a good plastic prep to wipe it. Then just lightly tack it and spray. You should use 2 coats with good flash off time in between. Make sure it dries overnight before putting together and letting it rest against anything else. It is not completely dry until overnight dry.

PPG also has vinyl paint in it's specialty line, but not in the spray bombs like SEM.

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Check out a thread titled vinyl and plastic trim from 03-09-2004. It has some good suggestions. I don't know how to post a link to the thread so you'll have to do a search for it. Sorry

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