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Instructional on How to Dye your Interior

Discussion in '1994-2004 V6 Mustang Appearance & Entertainment' started by Zer0Morph, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. Zer0Morph

    Zer0Morph Go Colts!!

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    I've noticed the "Dye" thread has come back into popularity, and since somebody seems to ask about once a month on how to dye their interiors, I thought I'd just make an Instructional about it. Hopefully this helps and if you have any questions on something I didn't cover, please feel free to Private Message me, email me at [email protected], or find me on MSN Chat and IM me at fwguy1979.

    Materials you will need
    SEM Vinyl Dye (Can be purchased online for approx. $10 per can, also called SEM Color coat, don't be confused by this, it IS the vinyl dye. People here have used VHT dye as well and seemed to have great success with it, though I have never actually used it, you can give it a shot.)
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    Paper Towels
    Painters Tape(Blue painters tape, can be purchased at Autozone as well)
    Regular White Notebook Paper(Legal or letter sized is fine)
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    Total Approx. cost = $50.00 Tops :thumbup:
    (Note: For the parts I dyed, I only used 3 cans and still have a 1/2 can left over :D )
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    This is a bit of a long story, but designing the perfect interior for my mustang has not been easy. I looked and looked at different mustang interiors and after a long search I finally found the one I liked. So here's the plan, I needed to dye the top half of my interior including doors completely black, and I wanted Larry (my body/paint guy) to re-paint the red paneling to match the color of my car which is Dark Shadow Gray. Lastly I need to get rid of those flames on my gauges but I like the white faced w/ blue lighting, so later I will buy the exact same gauge but without the flames (Nu View gauges makes them).

    Background - At this point in the story I had already dyed both my doors and the pillars/air vent of my dash. In the pictures below I'm about to dye the top half of my dashboard (which turned out to be the hardest and most time consuming).

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    Taking apart the dash - The next few pictures below I took to show you the insanely awesome job the SEM dye did for my doors. Its nuts how long and the patience you need to make this look great, but its totally worth it in the end. The pictures directly below those are shown so you can see how I took out the interior paneling of my dash.

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    Taping it off - This is by far the hardest and most time consuming part of dying. By this time I had already dyed both doors, along with many smaller removable pieces, and taping it off is my most dreaded part. I know it wouldn't seem like it, but this next part took me 2 hours to do. The more time you spend taping it off in the beginning, the less time you will spend repairing your screw-ups later (Trust Me)!!

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    Time to shoot it!! - I know I didn't show this part, but I thought it would be pointless for me to take pictures of me cleaning the dash with break cleaner. Here's how I did it though, its actually very simple, just fold a section of paper towel off, spray it a little with break cleaner and wipe down the dash. The break cleaner dries REALLY fast which is nice.

    After that came the actual spraying part, which in the past was pretty easy but the dash was much tougher because of all the little nooks and crannies. I basically sprayed 5 light coats letting it dry at least 10 minutes between coats. Doing this is crucial if you want an even non drippy looking dash, and don't worry if your first coat looks like @ss, its supposed too. Every coat after the 1st will start looking better and better, until about the 5th coat it should look VERY solid and smooth. My best advice is shoot THIN coats, did you hear me I said THIN COATS!! Don't be in a hurry and DO NOT spray another coat until the 10 minutes is up or it will look chunky and rough. Also make sure to spray in a garage where there is a roof, no direct sunlight and no wind. Also try to spray on days when its dry and not raining, moisture can make it bubble up. Also don't spray when its cold out, spray in at least 55 degree weather. Spraying should take at least 1 hour for this part.

    WARNING!! One thing that I neglected to mention. Some of you might have noticed that in some of the pictures you see me wearing a mask. I bought this mask at Walmart for 5 dollars and it was worth every penny. PLEASE O PLEASE wear a mask guys, the fumes will seriously mess you up. When I did the driver side door I thought I'd save a few bucks and do it without protection, boy was that a mistake. I was dizzy, felt nautious and my muscles twitched for a couple hours after I did it. I couldn't concentrate on anything for about 24 hours, it seriously scared me. I vowed never again would I spray without a mask on. So please, save your lungs and your life and buy a mask, preferably like the one I'm wearing with a vent in the center and not a cheap 2 dollar mask.

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    Lets see how we did - This is by far the most fun part of it, SEEING YOUR NEW INTERIOR!! Basically after letting it dry for about 30 minutes, take off all of the newspaper, notebook paper, or whatever you used to tape it off. You might find little parts of overspray, drip marks, or crooked lines. The best way to repair this is to use Q-Tips and dip it in the break cleaner, use one side to take up the dye and the other to wipe and dry. For larger sections of over spray, just reclean those areas with paper towels again, like before. To make crooked lines even, sometimes you can use a sharp knife to shave off small parts of dry dye.

    I'm happy as hell at how this turned out. Unfortunately I can't put my dash panels or the dash vent back on until the drying time is up. This would be a good time to tell you, MAKE SURE YOU LET IT DRY FOR 4 DAYS!!! If you spend 5 hours dying your dash like I did then touch it before 4 days I'll come over there and kick your ass!! Seriously though, the oils from you hands will make the dye come off later on down the road, so let it dry, breath, and adhere to your dash for 4 days minimum!! You may need a second car to drive during those 4 days, fortunately for me I've got a crappy old '94 Dodge Spirit as a winter car, and for weeks like these. Well, lets see how I did...

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    The Finished Product - Ok here it is after letting my interior dry for 4 days. I'm pleased as hell at how it turned out, better than I ever thought. If you look closely the bottom of the center console bezel is still that elephant brown color, I won't dye that black until Larry Elam paints the panels Dark Shadow Gray. I've poked, prodded, and messed with it and so far nothing has come off, I think letting it dry and breath for 4 days made it stick REALLY well!

    Tips: After your 4 day dry time, take a clean cloth like an old soft sock or t-shirt and just kind've go over it like your sanding with sand paper. It helps smooth out the excess dye and makes it nice and smooth. Not only that but then you won't have black soot looking stuff on your hands or clothes. If you ever have any questions or just want to talk dye, contact me via email or Instant Messenger, Good Luck!! :)

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    What it looks like today!! - This tutorial was actually made about 2 months ago so all the pictures you just saw are relatively old. Most of you are probably wondering by now "After 2 months how is the dye holding up", let me tell you guys, the dye has NOT scratched, faded, cracked, chipped, anything what so ever. It is by far the best mod I could've ever done for my interior. On a scale from 1-10, I vote this mod a complete 10!!! If you followed my instructions to the "T", you won't have any problems with it later on down the road. Even in the intense heat of the summer sun it has stayed in tact just fine, as the heat from the sun makes the dashboard expand the dye expands with it, amazing stuff!!

    About 3 weeks ago Larry (my body/paint guy) put on my Roush Stage 1 kit/ Stalker side skirts, he fixed my door, and repainted my panels. Here are the pics of my interior today. I can't express how much LOVE I have for my interior now, in my opinion I now have the perfect interior for my car. The Dark Shadow Gray panels matching the exterior looks so freakin sweet and really ties the car together. The little shiny silver specks in the paint are absolutely gorgeous when the sun hits it. My only interior mod left is to get rid of the flames on the gauges and I'll be set. Good Luck guys, message me for any questions!! :D :thumbup:

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  2. mikeystang

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    AWESOME!! im converting my interior to all black... and have a couple of questions

    1. my interior is grey/black - if i painted only the gray parts, would the paint match up to the factory black or should i just redo everything
    2. does this paint wear off easily because i would have to do it on my steering wheel also
     
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    and what paint should i use for the plastic pieces to make those match the rest of the black? satin black maybe?
     
  4. Zer0Morph

    Zer0Morph Go Colts!!

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    I bought my dye from a website called www.msitrt.com. Here is a color chart and the website address so you can see all the different dye colors that SEM offers http://www.msitrt.com/SEMchart.htm. There's actually quite a few different blacks to choose from, like Landau Black, Gloss Black, and Satin Black. I'm not sure about the others but Landau gave a semi-gloss look to my interior making it appear slightly shiny, but not overly shiny like Gloss Black would give. The parts I sprayed actually looked better quality and newer than the biege color of my interior, so I ended up cleaning the biege parts with break cleaner too so it all matched.

    I haven't seen the interiors of the pre99s, but I've seen the gray/black interiors of a 99+ and I can guarantee that the Landau Black won't match with year stock black if you plan on only painting the gray parts. It won't look bad necessarily it will just look like some parts of your interior are really new and clean (SEM), and some parts are old and need refurbished (Stock).

    I spent 4 hours on each door, 5 on the main dash, and 3 on the pillars and misc. parts over the span of 4 Saturdays, so if I were you I would dye the gray parts first then let it dry for 4 days then see for yourself. If it doesn't look right to you, then buy more and dye the rest, shipping only took 3 business days and msitrt resides in New Jersey and I live in Indiana.

    Big word of caution, PLEASE let it dry for the full 4 days, even if it looks done DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! Try to find another vehicle to drive during those days if you can, and let it dry where nobody will disturb it. I complained alot when I first tried the dye because I was only letting it dry for 2 days then I got mad when it came up real easy. Its just like painting your exterior and it needs time to breath and adhere properly. And whatever you do, DO NOT sand it down, you want your dash to have a natural stock look to it when your done. SEM dye is more expensive than most dyes including VHT because it has the adhesion promoter already in it so there's no need for prepping or using adhesion promoters (of course you want to clean everything with break cleaner first).

    Hope this helps guys! I really want to see the progress you make with LOTS of pictures if you can, I want to know that I helped at least one person. I'm sure its going to look awesome when your done. Anymore questions just ask. :D :thumbup:
     
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    how hard is it to do this to the steering wheel? I'm also gonna do my whole interior black and make all of the pieces that you painted red/gray I'm gonna make red to match my car (mines the dark red) and then I'm gonna get all of the chrome pieces (door locks,curse control, etc.)
     
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    btw what color black to you use?
     
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    GOD I miss my tan interior!
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  8. Zer0Morph

    Zer0Morph Go Colts!!

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    I wouldn't think spraying your steering wheel would be too difficult, except you would have to watch for overspray so taping it off would be VERY time consuming. Post pictures of your black/red w/ chrome accessories when your done, I'd like to see what that looks like!:thumbup:

    I used SEM's Landau Black color, it gives a real rich and deep black with a slight gloss making the car appear clean and new, but not wet. Its a fantastic black to use, I recommend it for anyone who wants a non-faded black look.

    Don't think SEM can really help you there. Spraying a dark dash board with significantly lighter dye wouldn't be a good idea. You would need ALOT of dye and there's a chance the darker stock dashboard could still be seen. Going light to dark is easy, but dark to light is MUCH tougher, sorry. :(
     
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    that's what i was thinking.
    stupid grey!
    so pretty much, i have to piece together an interior from salvage yards. :thumbdown:
     
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    God Dam it.... Your Going to make me Dye my Tan Interior now.

    But man Its look good This needs to be a Sticky
     
  11. Zer0Morph

    Zer0Morph Go Colts!!

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    I feel for ya bro. Send me some shots of your interior, along with some exterior pics and I'll see if I can come up with some ideas of what you could do to spruce up your interior a bit. I know what its like to not like the interior of your car, and unfortunately when your driving it, thats the only part you get to see...:(

    If we put our heads together I'm sure we can work with what you've got and come up with something. :D :thumbup:

    Thanks BJ!! Any help I can be just ask, I really want to steer people in the right direction. I stressed myself out for the first 2 weeks of trying to dye my interior and I learned what NOT to do before I learned WHAT to do, so I want to save you guys the pain. It sucks but I scoured the internet on a "How To" and never found one on dying your interior, so I decided to take a butt load of pictures and document every little thing I do so others don't have to go through the hell that I did.
     
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    you and me both!
    and i agree, this should be a sticky.

    will do!
     
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    looks awesome man glad everything turned out good,
    great write up btw i was tempted in writing one but was too lazy lol
    overall good job :thumbup:
     
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    Looks good. I'm just to afraid to attempt dying anything. Kinda makes me want to do the top of my doors and rear interior quarters panels the same.
     
  15. Zer0Morph

    Zer0Morph Go Colts!!

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    Actually Casper you should pay yourself on the back as well, your the one who inspired me to do this shindig. I was afraid to dye my interior until I saw what you had done, so THANK YOU!! :thumbup:

    I was afraid to dye my interior too at first, but seriously, if you follow the instructions you will do GREAT!! Any questions what so ever just ask, and my suggestion that when you do dye it, test a small piece of your interior first and make sure your comfortable. If you decide you don't like it, the break cleaner will take it right up no problem. :thumbup:
     
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    matthews.stang Well-Known Member

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    Yea but I'm afriad of it a few years down the road. Plus I'm not sure how it will turn out when I use my NZXT interior shine stuff. :lol:
     
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    np bro :cool:
    btw keeping original seats, or going with new ones?
    www.arizenracingsports.com take a look at these seats you can probably order some 2 tones to match your interior.
     
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    nice writeup...not too fond of the tri-tone thoe
     
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    Those look really sweet.
     
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    ill probably try this during the fall when ill be home for a few days and wont have to drive the car.