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    Icon7 Dyeing automotive "carpet" (Parcel shelf)

    OK, I've scored an unbutchered parcel tray for the 405.

    It's faded to a pale grey, in quite obvious a manner. Does anyone know from experience or observation, whether fade resistant wood dyes can work on this type of polyester?

    The dye's solvent contains methanol and acetone, but I know nothing about the filaments (other than they are probably drawn from coloured plastic feedstock). Wondering how much - if any - "bite" the dye will have.

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    I'm not really wanting to use a $20 spraycan; I have bulk materials of a high quality and it would be smart to use them if they will work.

    Cheers, Adam.

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    If you're wanting your carpet stained permanently black, just tip a pint or too of the sh!tty sludgey water that comes out of the bottom of a domestic radiator onto it. Nothing will shift it. Ever.

    I've a 17 year old trainee here who could pop over and do it if you like. You'll recognise him when he arrives, he'll be sporting an extremely thick ear.



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    i ve just done the "parcel shelf" on an old w123 230e MB...used buckskin colour as ivory was to light...turned out superb...felt a bit "dry" initially but after a good brush and vacum it looks and feels excellent ...will post some pics tonight...I used the VHT dye...I really like this product...and considering the environmental abuse this area cops...I wouldnt stress to much about it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post

    I'm not really wanting to use a $20 spraycan; I have bulk materials of a high quality and it would be smart to use them if they will work.

    Cheers, Adam.
    Suck it and see, Addo.
    If its faded like you say, its probably rooted anyway so what have you got to lose???

    Its not like its an origional GTHO with 12k km(miles) on the clock.

    I'm obviously not as precious about what products i use.
    For example, there was a big bleach stain the size of a fried egg on my rear carpet, probably from battery acid.
    Nothing a permanent marker couldn't fix.Instant detail in a pen.

    The same permanent marker gets brought out when I detail the flatties ute, as the undercoat is orange and the top coat black, so any stone chips show up orange.


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    Given you have bought this replacement.... why don't you try the die on the parcel shelf currently fitted to the car ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    Given you have bought this replacement.... why don't you try the die on the parcel shelf currently fitted to the car ??

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    Some years back a friend dyed or re-coloured the carpet of his Volvo with Estapol paint. It looked a treat.
    Yes, follow Double Chevron's tip of testing on the old cover.

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    I used some black acrylic in a spray can once, did the job ok.

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    Default Rats!

    I just swore - found this snippet online:
    Polyester fibers are resistant to acetone, carbon tetrachloride, dichloroethane, and other solvents.
    That certainly suggests it needs a coating - not a dye.

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    Unfortunately current upload limit doesnt allow for larger resolution...but it does look good...Only a very close inspection of the carpet fibres reveals that they are coated with "paint"...
    I ll be selling this car soon...so ultimate quality wasnt critical...most people wouldnt have bothered...but the rear parcel carpet had turned almost gray and very pale in central regions...note I ve also dyed the first aid lid...has come out very good..just need that first aid sticker...



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    ok..i ve stuffed up the upload size of previous pics...but I think you get the idea...above demonstrates reasonably well
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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    I just swore - found this snippet online:That certainly suggests it needs a coating - not a dye.
    mmmmm acrylic paint maybe....

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    I just swore - found this snippet online:That certainly suggests it needs a coating - not a dye.
    addo, seems to me that is exactly what you want - the intended article to be NOT affected by the solvent. surely it is when the article IS affected by the solvent that you have a problem?

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    Well, seeing as I'd just today given someone else a lightweight chewing-out along the lines of "You get nothing if you do nothing" - here's a before and after:



    I used Craftsman (Wattyl) spirit dye cut 50% with acrylic lacquer thinners, and added shellac solution (clearest grade) at <5%. The idea was my shellac additive promoted adhesion - whether this works will be proven in due course, no doubt.

    Shelf is still wringing wet, so no ideas if it has been a success!

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    Seems to be drying up OK. The final oily elements are taking a while to evaporate; it's still marginally "sooty" if you rub it hard enough.

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    This is what you need Addo!
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    I dunno; "Just for Men" might be better.


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