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    How does one change the color of a padded dash? Last time I did one was maybe 30 years ago in school, and consisted of a spray-on paint. It came out well, but then the car was gone; so I don't know how well it held up.

    Anyone have experience with this? I hear people talk about "dyeing" them; is this really a dye (that penetrates the vinyl), or is it a spray-on paint?

    I'm "dyeing" to find out the answers!

    Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
    Parish, central NY 13131



  • #2
    Use vinyl paint, it holds up well and even Studebaker used it. Just make sure the vinyl is cleaned real well with vinyl prep or enamel reducer.

    JDP/Maryland
    64 R2 GT cost to date
    $59856.52
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    63 Lark 2 door
    59 Scotsman
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    • #3
      I've had good luck with "SEM" brand vinyl dye, they have a "vinyl prep" that you should use if this is the first time you're dying a particular piece. I did a lot of parts on my '62 with it (NOS was available but not in the colors I needed) and it turned out great.

      nate

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      • #4
        I'm with N8N. I redid an entire leather interior with SEM dye. It held up like the original. It had been dyed previously and needed a repair, and the new leather didn't match, so ...

        Anyway, critical to the success was using the cleaner that SEM sells also.

        Warning: Don't breathe that stuff ...

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        63 Avanti R2, 4-Speed, 3.73 TT
        Martinez, CA

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        • #5
          I had a guy color a tan Avanti II glove box door to match my fawn dash which had a already repaired crack it in but was too far gone to repair again.

          Anyway, he has a mobile service and does work for new/used car dealers fixing blemishes. He airbrushed dyed/painted (or whatever) it in 15 minutes, got a perfect match and it cost me abouyt $30. Not a bad deal. See if someone in your area does similar work.

          63 Avanti R1 2788
          1914 Stutz Bearcat
          (George Barris replica)

          Washington State
          63 Avanti R1 2788
          1914 Stutz Bearcat
          (George Barris replica)

          Washington State

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          • #6
            I just had a pint custom mixed to match the slightly metallic, light green for the GT's arm rests. it cost me about $30, but I have a lot left. I sprayed it on with the nifty Eastwood tools sprayer that has a bottle and a replaceable gas spray canister.




            JDP/Maryland
            64 R2 GT cost to date
            $60,222.25
            63 GT Hawk
            63 Lark 2 door
            59 Scotsman
            54 Starlight
            52 Starliner
            51 Commander
            39 Coupe express
            39 Coupe express (rod)

            JDP Maryland

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            • #7
              Looks good, John. Thanks all for your help!

              Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
              Parish, central NY 13131


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