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Dyeing seats
Posted by: Johnnya101 ()
Date: August 11, 2019 11:48AM

Has anyone dyed their seats back to an unfaded color? My EM Monza has very faded red seats that are now splotchy black and gray with red patches. They have no rips and are very soft, like new, so Id like to save them.

Can anyone link me to a product they used? WHat will I need t dye the seats? Id like to do both front buckets and the rear fold down.

Ill be doing a full carpet install with new seat bumpers and socks with various other interior stuff soon, so may as well do it all together.

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 11, 2019 12:28PM

Go to your local AUTO Paint Supply... they'll have several, and tips on using them!

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: August 11, 2019 12:30PM

[www.smsdistributors.com]

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: August 11, 2019 03:27PM

SEMS is the only one that I would ever recommend. There are some newer brands on the market, but SEM has been around forever, and makes the best products, hands down!

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: August 11, 2019 04:04PM

I second SEM vinyl sprays, work well and very durable

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: Johnnya101 ()
Date: August 11, 2019 04:44PM

I ended up ordering VHT which seems to get the same praise (or even a little better in recent years) as SEM. It does not seem to need the added clear coat as SEM does as well. Ill try it out. Im not looking to paint the seats a different color, just looking to revive the red look.

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: August 11, 2019 04:54PM

I painted a pair red that were blue. They held up great for three years of daily use. This was a convertible with the top down much of the time as well. Held up really well.

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: August 11, 2019 05:57PM

SEM on boot, new Clarks seats

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65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: August 12, 2019 01:28PM

Johnnya101 Wrote:
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> I ended up ordering VHT which seems to get the same praise (or even a little better in recent years) as SEM. It does not seem to need the added clear coat as SEM does as well. Ill try it out. Im not looking to paint the seats a different color, just looking to revive the red look.


Clear coat?? SEM Color Coat for vinyl needs no clear coat.

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: firevair66 ()
Date: August 12, 2019 02:06PM

Clarks has exact colors and work great.

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: August 12, 2019 03:39PM

TerribleTed Wrote:
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> Johnnya101 Wrote:
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> > I ended up ordering VHT which seems to get the same praise (or even a little better in recent years) as SEM. It does not seem to need the added clear coat as SEM does as well. Ill try it out. Im not looking to paint the seats a different color, just looking to revive the red look.
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> Clear coat?? SEM Color Coat for vinyl needs no clear coat.

A couple of years ago I tried the SEM Vinyl Clear Coat over their vinyl color coat based on their suggestion it would make the the finish more durable - a HUGE mistake as it turned into a sticky mess that never dried out. I see SEM now makes a "TAC FREE" vinyl clear coat.

So I'm no longer so keen on SEM products.

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Re: Dyeing seats
Posted by: Johnnya101 ()
Date: August 12, 2019 04:08PM

Yup, 66 has it correct. Nowadays at least SEM doesnt SEEM to be what it used to be, and VHT seems to be like the old SEM>

I saw the clarks stuff but it said best to not use on seats.

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