Vinyl Dying No Hocus Pocus, Just The Facts!

Vinyl Dying No Hocus Pocus, Just The Facts!

Postby Randy_W » March 28th, 2009, 7:48 am

I've been dying vinyl for a long time and thought I would share my system with you. First and foremost, be patient, don’t rush and don’t skip steps!! Try to pick a relatively dry day, humidity will cause most dyes to blush (develop a white hazy appearance). Try to work in temps between 60 and 80 degrees, if possible. Use good quality products There are many custom mix products but for those that want to use the rattle can method, Duplicolor will work fine and SEM has more solids so it covers better.
1. Clean everything with detergent and water and dry thoroughly.
2. Sand everything lightly with 400-600 grit sandpaper.
3. Wash everything down with a clean paper towel and lacquer thinner and allow to air dry and wipe with lint free towel or tack rag.
4. Apply 0ne very light coat and allow drying time of 5-10 minutes.
5. Follow with 3-4 light coats, allowing drying between coats, until good coverage is achieved. Do not use heavy wet coats!
6. Follow with 2-4 light coats of clear, allowing drying as above, use the gloss that is appropriate for the job (flat, semi, or gloss).
This system will work on seats, dashes, metal, plastic, vinyl, I’ve used it on steering wheels and it does a great job! The keys are good product, patience and common sense.
This method takes a little time but is well worth it in look and durability. I've developed this system over the last 30+ years in my shop and it works very well.
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