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dyeing carpet
Posted by: William Pierson ()
Date: March 23, 2020 08:37AM

Need suggestions on dyeing carpet. My convertible carpet is good, but faded. My trim shop says regular dye does not work well on today's carpet. Any ideas?

Bill Pierson

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Re: dyeing carpet
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: March 23, 2020 08:42AM

I have always used the liquid RIT dye in a spray bottle diluted with water. Spray the carpet like you are paining and then let it dry in the sun. While it will not last years it will last at least for the summer and maybe longer.

Ken Hand
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Re: dyeing carpet
Date: March 23, 2020 11:36AM

I used RIT powder dye on my spot faded original 1966 carpet. I mixed with hot water, then added hot white vinegar and applied using a spray mist bottle.
Let it sit in the sun several times over a few days to dry and dissipate the vinegar odor.

worked great!


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 Corsa 140 Coupe ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Convertible Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza Spyder Convertible ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 CoupeEvening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: dyeing carpet
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: March 23, 2020 11:39AM

I have dyed carpet black a couple of times.

Most recently (last week) I dyed some greenish Clarks Carpeting Black, using RIT dye (powdered).

For the front carpeting only, I used 2 boxes, which was not near enough. Its blackish - but could be darker. Its for my autocross car, so its ok.

The last one I did, for my previous 66 Corsa, I used something like 10 boxes in a giant Rubbermaid tub, and did each rug separately.


Eric P.
DeWitt, IA

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Re: dyeing carpet
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: March 23, 2020 11:56AM

William Pierson Wrote:
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> Need suggestions on dyeing carpet. My convertible carpet is good, but faded. My trim shop says regular dye does not work well on today's carpet. Any ideas?
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> Bill Pierson


What color is your carpet?

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Re: dyeing carpet
Posted by: William Pierson ()
Date: March 24, 2020 04:10AM

It is medium blue.

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Re: dyeing carpet
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: March 24, 2020 04:21AM

GM used to have reconditioning products, and carpet dye was one of the items. I have some of the GM black, but no other colors. Sorry, I can't help..

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Woodstock CT... Located on the Connecticut / Massachusetts border, approximately 6 miles from the center of Southbridge MA. About 45 minutes from Hartford CT. 1 1/2 hours West of Boston MA. Woodstock CT to Los Angeles CA 2,937.1 miles. 1 Mile as the crow flies to Big Bird's nest.

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Re: dyeing carpet
Posted by: mikeycee ()
Date: March 24, 2020 06:10AM

1966-Corsa-GT-180 Wrote:
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> I used RIT powder dye on my spot faded original 1966 carpet. I mixed with hot water, then added hot white vinegar and applied using a spray mist bottle.
> Let it sit in the sun several times over a few days to dry and dissipate the vinegar odor.
>
> worked great!


What is the purpose of the vinegar? confused smiley Mike

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Re: dyeing carpet
Posted by: aircooledairhead ()
Date: March 24, 2020 01:47PM

Duplicolor makes a fabric and plastic spray. I used to use flat black spray paint on my 66 Monza which had black carpet and it worked well. I'd touch up the high wear spots every few months.

I tried fabric spray once and it left the carpet more flexible but took a lot longer to dry.

If you can find a color match for your medium blue carpet either approach might work. I would use a piece of cardboard as a shield to avoid spray on seats, dash, etc.

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