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<BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">From: Jpinkowish@aol.com Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 16:25:08 EDT Subject: Dyeing cloth seats -- anyone have experience? To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hi Folks, Has anyone tried dyeing their cloth seat covers to restore the original color? I'm toying with this for the gray cloth covers in my '85 4ksq. Does anyone know what fiber(s) are used in the seat covers -- nylon, polyester, nylon/polyester blend? --product(s) used? procedure(s)? --covers on/off the seat foam? --results: uniformity of coverage, removal of excess dye, rub-off? Is this foolish idea? Jan Pinkowish '85 4ksq Bristol, CT
<BR> It works very effectively. A variety of colors is available at auto supply stores. I prefer SEM Products, it is what the pros use. Seriously, they have a traveling road show to keep dealers up to date. They also have a website. The content of the fiber is not really important. As with vinyl "dyes", it is essentially a lacquer. Scratch any color dash pad and you'll find it is black underneath.
<BR> As with most products, preparation is everything. I would clean the upholstery thoroughly. Stains are not necessarily blotted out and will show through, unless you change to a much darker color. Most manufacturers make spray especially for fabric, but the vinyl stuff will do. I recommend removal and partial disassembly of the seats. This is not necessary but aids in uniformity and the ability to get into crevices. I had so much luck with this that I recently changed the color of the two leather sofas in my living room.
<BR>Tom Faust</FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="arial" LANG="0"></BLOCKQUOTE>
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