Let's for a minute assume that ns may have a heat on a pretty rare Miata inner (everything other than the seats) and also the carpet on the package shelf is quite faded.

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None that the usual suspects share this details carpet, therefore to restore it I'd probably finish up having actually to redye the package shelf carpet.

Does anybody have any type of experience through redyeing automotive carpet so it feels choose automotive carpet afterwards? I'd quite not rattlecan it

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Yes. I supplied RIT dye diluted through water in a spray bottle. Works an excellent and doesn’t make the carpet above stiff.


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My buddy offered the Plasti-coat or VHT or everything Vatozone to be selling 20 years ago come dye environment-friendly Charger carpet the he put in his 68 Roadrunner. Dyed that black. It's still black today.


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Appleseed said:

My buddy used the Plasti-coat or VHT or whatever Vatozone to be selling twenty years ago to dye environment-friendly Charger carpet that he put in his 68 Roadrunner. Dyed the black. It's still black today.

I supplied that stuff to revolve the stained tan carpet in the E30 black. Took number of coats and lots of to brush in between to acquire the stuff down between the fibers, however the result looked good. No talk about longevity, though, together I offered the car before I ever really offered it.


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I've provided SEM vinyl dye blended at the regional paint save shot through a repaint gun. Brush one direction therefore fibers space all encountering one direction & shoot light coat, brush at 90 levels & shoot, repeat, repeat, let thoroughly dry, vacuum & reinstall carpet.


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I’ve SEM painted the trim carpets that weren’t easily sourced. It came out 85% perfect... I favor it however glad it’s detail bits no the whole thing.


Thanks for all the suggestions.

I forgot to ask, what do civilization like to usage to repaint interior plastics? In this case, a colour readjust would be necessary.


I usually use PPG DBI because that nice jobs. The DBI is a single stage because that interiors which doesn't require clear coat. Here's a color adjust on '71 door panels. Interior had been spray bombed a couple times previously in addition to using sheet absent screws v door cards etc. Soda blasted the old paints off, repaired cracks & holes, adhesion promoter, SEM structure spray for initial appearance, PPG DBI paint. Be cautious doing anything with original interior panels since there's a high probability someone at some time offered Armorall or a similar product on the plastic and also it's imperative the you acquire it perfectly removed.

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John - the looks amazing! What'd you perform to fix it?

I've provided the rattle deserve to duplicolor vinyl dye on mine old 86 Rx-7's grey plastic inner to revolve it black. Prefer John mentioned, ns scrubbed the crap outta v alcohol to eliminate the old junk and also clean that up prior to doing it. It held up well for the 3 years prior to I marketed it, though several of the high-wear items (like the plastic running board under the door the gets stepped on) began to rub off a bit. I just hit it v a bit much more to touch the up and also it was fine again.

Edit: ns should add that if you're trying to re-dye an early Miata's "Camel" tan, the referral is to usage SEM's Camel #15173. I have actually a can, yet I haven't obtained to the inner restoration part of mine 91 BRG, so ns can't personal attest come it.


WonkoTheSane said:

John - that looks amazing! What'd you perform to fix it?

I execute plastic repair (interior & exterior) reasonably regularly for this reason I have actually a bunch of different tools and products most human being wouldn't keep on hand because of cost. Started doing much more plastic fabrication so ns recently acquired a resistance heater so I deserve to bend pieces as much as 4' vast and at some point want to acquire a nitrogen welder. I commonly work ~ above 60's-80's cars for this reason the plastic is old and interior pieces have often been gouged, cracked, screwed, and also burned up by the sun bring about chalking. Additionally some have actually "screw tabs" that need to be repaired or changed so they need to be make from scrape sort of.

Before act anything with any type of plastic,vinyl, endura etc. It's very important to clean it extensively to remove any traces that wax, dirt, grease, tar, almorall or other species of contaminants that can prevent adhesion of fix or paint materials. Lacquer thinner, wax & grease remover, dish soap, and also other things deserve to be used depending on the material the item is do of. I usage wax & grease remover last before any kind of abrasives or repairs are done . Put it on v a small very wet rag and also use a dried one to remove it.

Materials, tools, and techniques supplied vary depending upon the certain piece & damage. Various other than typical hand devices a warm gun and also a warm stapler are regularly used. For off the shelf products I typically use panel bond, 3M soft plastic repair, 3M tough plastic repair, assorted SEM textures in spray cans, adhesion promoter, PPG K36 v toner offered as a sealer, PPG DP48L epoxy primer, PPG K38 primer, PPG Omni primer, and every as soon as in a while I use a Eastwood vinyl repair kit that comes with around a dozen different sheets of assorted grains to match certain vinyl textures. Here's a couple of pics that stuff

Hot stapler which have the right to be used with several various sizes, thickness, and also shape staples. I likewise use it when making new screw tabs because that bumper consists etc. Second pic shows staples offered to stich a civic bumper cover where reinforcement bar finish ripped through, warm gun also required come reshape damaged area prior to stapling. ~ stapling 3M versatile repair material then prime, paint.

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I took a bunch of pics of a project I walk repairing wheel flares (hard plastic) spoiler (soft plastic) and also a Endura (rubber) bumper because that someone therefore here's some pics native it. Ns didn't have the car, the parts were shipped to me so I had the guys at the regional paint suply shooting a item with their camera for shade match. Customers wife took a pic that them as soon as he to be installing lock to show me the color match looked nice. Interior panels have the right to be repaired the same means but usage thinner hot staples.

Hard plastic repair of wheel flares.

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It's more time consuming IMO. As an instance there's over 40 hours total in the Trans to be bumper ns showed. Also the civic bumper covering in the first couple pics wasn't yes, really worth fixing. On the actual project for that auto I used an aftermarket bumper cover since it was cheaper than the time crucial to fix. I only fixed it when I had a bit of free time therefore I could take repair pics and then sold it (at a loss) top top CL in primer to cover some of the time & materials used resolving it.

Materials are also an ext expensive than you'd usage on fiberglass and also metal also. Utilizing the very same Trans to be bumper as an instance there's around $75.00 in fix materials prior to paint top top a bumper many would've called excellent to start with. I supplied a little bit over a cartridge the 3M flex repair material and also the Endura bumpers can not it is in primed with traditional high to fill primers therefore to element & block a pair times it essential to be done with epoxy primer.

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Sanding the various materials can take some trial and also error testing for those that aren't supplied to plastics like urethanes and rubber favor the Endura. Where you'd most likely use 180 grit to knock down bondo type fillers on steel you'd uncover 120 ~ above the EZ sand 3M flex filler works better. You'd be frustrated for hrs using 180. Blocking epoxy inside wall takes patience and also a finer grit than continual high develop primers. Usually end up making use of 320 to block it flat then gray scuff pad.