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I've never had much luck with vinyl dye on a car's interior. It always seems to flake or took uneven. Is there some secret, or is it not even worth trying?
 

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we've used the carpet dye on the interior..works good for a few months then needs to be redone....try it out on an area that won't been seen easily to get the technique down for it to look even...
 

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If you are talking about changing the color of your interior, I have tried the dye and find they fade quickly. However I have the solution.

Go to a local paint place, not like Home Depot, but one of the little ones that specilizes in custom paints. Tell them you are repainting the interior of your car, and need a vinyl spray paint. Even bring in an Ecklers Catalog and show them the spray paint in Ecklers. They have the same stuff for like two dollars less a can. They will recomend to get some surface cleaner, and get the mildest one they recomend, it helps the pain adhere, which gives it a nice even look.

Now here is the fun part. I do not recomends painting the pieces when they are in the car, since it is spray paint, also you will need to do alot of taping on the doors. It will take about 3-5 hours to take all the vinyl and plastic interior pieces out. Once out here is the easy part. Paint the pieces. You will need about 3-4 coats on but don't worry the paint dries in like 5 minutes.
It will also take 3-4 cans to do the whole interior.

Then put all the pieces back in.
 

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We have a 1978 Silver Anniversary Vette and the leather wheel was getting a litltle shabby. It is Oyster white, I bought some matching dye from Corvette Central, followed the directions and the steering wheel looks brand new and has lasted over 8 months. I had some left over and also got some plastic promer and did the backs of the seats and the seats. its not that expensive and I was totally shoked at how well it worked, I was getting ready to remove the wheel and send it off to be done, glad I did not. good luck !
 

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The trick to getting the paint to stick well is to get the surfaces clean and free from oil grease and other contaminants. First you should clean the vinyl with a spray cleaner like 409. Dry them very good and then take a rag dampned with lacquer thinner and wipe them down using a clean rag to wipe off the lacquer thinner. Don't soak the rag with thinner, just make it damp. Once the material is prepped like this spray the vinyl on with light coats until you get the coverage you want. Heavy coats will not stick well and will cause problems. I redyed the entire interior of my car and it's lasted for quite a long time. Good luck.
 

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vettfixr said:
The trick to getting the paint to stick well is to get the surfaces clean and free from oil grease and other contaminants. First you should clean the vinyl with a spray cleaner like 409. Dry them very good and then take a rag dampned with lacquer thinner and wipe them down using a clean rag to wipe off the lacquer thinner. Don't soak the rag with thinner, just make it damp. Once the material is prepped like this spray the vinyl on with light coats until you get the coverage you want. Heavy coats will not stick well and will cause problems. I redyed the entire interior of my car and it's lasted for quite a long time. Good luck.
:agree: Well put....best advice on this thread yet!:agree:
 

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I redid the Oyster interior and the "dye" went on smoothly and wore well. I did ,however, remove the items and put extra effort into cleaning with Dawn dishwashing detergent. I allowed at minimum of 24 hours drying time before "dying".
 

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When you do this painting. Remember what these guys have said, clean first then clean again. The first time I painted my door panels, I didn't clean them very good and the paint bubbled up unevenly. The bubble spots are from the oil and dirt that's under the paint. Do it right and do it once.

Shaggy :excited:
 
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