Q: Vinyl Dye
The original interior of my 1968 convertible is in great shape except that it is discolored – – it was originally stock Parchment, and is faded to ‘off-white’. I’m considering dyeing it white (my top is white), as that fits into my ‘Master Plan’, which is an Autumn Bronze paint job, white top and white interior, the colors of the 1968 bird that I had from 1968 to 1975. I’d appreciate pointers and suggestions from anyone who has done this.
Also, I notice that the vinyl dye ads in the catalogs say that the dye is good for door panels, armrests etc., but the ads do not mention seats. Is the dye suitable for vinyl seats?
A: I’ve used vinyl dye several times. I don’t bother with the spray bomb cans but instead, go to the local automotive paint supply store and have them look the code up in a book. I’ve also taken in samples and had them match the color. I use a conventional paint spray gun.
The dyes has a lot of pigment and covers real well in two coats. Read all the instructions and follow their recommendations for pre-clean and prep. It will amaze you how new your interior will look. As far as seats, the dye will work just fine. I would be more concerned if you were trying to cover a dark color with white but with parchment you shouldn’t have any problems.
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