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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-15-2003, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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The seat belts in the 69 are shot, I am thinking of re-dying them, should I put the whole lot in a bucket of dye solution with all the hardware, or take the hardware off. Also, after the dye dries, what are the chances of it rubbing off on peoples clothing, I would hate to have someone wearing white with a black stripe across there lap.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-15-2003, 01:22 PM
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If you can get the hardware off fine. But not to worry if you can't. Get a big pot of boiling water going, then dump in a box of "RIT" clothes dye available at most grocrery stores. Read the package directions for the amount of water to be used with the box. If you have more than a couple of belts to dye , you might want to use two boxes. Throw the belts into the boiling dye water then turn off the heat and let the belts set for about an hour. After that, take them out and rinse them in cold water, then hang them up outside to dry. seat belts.
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...but bear this in mind: I contacted the Rit when I was buying new shoulder belts from Andover. (They don't sell them in the color I originally wanted.) I asked both Rit and Andover how successfully I could dye seatbelts, and if it would rub off on my clothing. I was surprised when both replied telling me they advised against it. Apparently, the dying process will weaken the seatbelt material.

I suppose it's different if you're preparing a set for show duty and all they're used for is looking good on the seats.

At any rate, it was enough to scare me off from doing it.

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I used RIT long ago and it faded quite quickly, within a few months. Recently sent a set of 68 deluxe belts to Ssnake-oyl. A bit pricey at $60 a set, but they came back new, total restoration. I think its a bit less for just webbing replacement. They may just sell webbing and you could stitch it yourself if you have access to a mondo-sewing machine.

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The seat belts are nylon. Nylon does not dye very well. They may look good for a while, but I'm guessing won't last if you plan to use them much.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2003, 11:07 AM
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I agree. I tried the RIT dye and it did not do very much on my faded red nylon belts.

Do you think a light coat of vinyl dye would hold up?

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