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Old 02-27-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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Question Fabric paints....found some. but how much do I need??

for the time being, I'm gonna be working on the interior of my car.... that ugly gray just bugs the crap out of me and shouts "economy!"

it goes as follows:

I already know how to do the vinyl/plastic parts,

-silver gauge cluster (the part with all the little holes, look at the cluster of an ST to see exactly what I mean)

-silver radio surround, and also the stock radio bezel, and that little piece where the lights switch is.

-silver vent rings, and also the triangular (defrosters?) on the sides of the dash

-silver shifter surround on the console (just that part)

and I belive that's it (though I don't know for sure)

now for the rest, cause silver and gray make me

black dash and pillars, though that half part of the pillar that's lighter and goes up to the headliner will remain the same color, as will the headliner.

I found that "Simply Spray" stuff that is non-dye stuff for upholstery, that is permanent and when dried & vacuumed is soft like normal fabric

question is..... each 8oz. can (aerosol spray) is supposed to cover 17 sq.ft. now I have NO idea how much that is, and I really don't want to think about it...

these cans are $11 each, so not so cheap, but I want to do it.....

black seats, (lighter down the middle, so held from farther away and less layers) black carpet, and also that carpeting in the back by the window.

I was thinking maybe 3-4 cans, but maybe I'm WAY off? (goes on fairly dark from the video, so maybe only 1-2 layers )


oh, 2002 sedan....

and any help greatly appreciated


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Old 02-27-2009, 05:36 PM   #2
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A ton dude.

When I did mine, I kept going back to different auto stores and buying them out.

I would say roughly 10 or so cans for the headliner, A, B,C pillars, lower half of my dash and floor mats. And about 5 or so cans for the seats.

Especially with light gray, it'll probably take more since you don't have any kind of base coat. Mine was dark gray so it may have taken less than if it were light gray. Plus you have to let it soak in.

Don't be fooled by how much it says it covers. It takes several coats to get it the color you want.

On another note, if you have cats and OCD's like me, the seats are going to drive you nuts. So nuts in fact that you'll end up buying racing seats and deleting your back seat to get rid of the annoying build up of lint and hair your seats are about to accumulate. It makes them stiff as hell, even after brushing them with a fabric brush (found at auto stores also in the cleaning section). And where you get in and out of your seat, it'll wear off real quick.

Additionally, be careful painting any contact points like where the dash meet the doors. It'll wear off. And also be prepared to touch up the paint quite often. The paint contains an adhering agent but still, paint comes off. Like on the lower section of my dash, it gets scratches from my coffee mug hitting up against it.

Be careful not to build the paint up more than you have to. When it comes time to ever remove anything, like the stereo bezel, it'll chip real easy and that's no fun to fill in and repaint, building the paint up even more. I bought almost entirely everything that I've painted so that I can start all over again. This time I'm taking it to teh shop and having my friend paint it professionally with a high flex agent like on front bumpers.

Not trying to discourage you, but inform you for whats to come. I just wrote all this on a whim so let me know if you have any questions at all. Plus I'm at work so I can't read into that much....lol. It is a fun project and I do have to say I love having an all black interior. (keep a microfiber towel in your glove box to clean it regularly).
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:50 PM   #3
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i used 1/2 a can on my visors...
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:18 PM   #4
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damn lol.... that's ok then, thanks Mr.Bergner.

hmm, so I'm only painting the pillars and the dash, door panels and console with that widely available paint.... so at least it'll be cheaper

but so for the carpet and seats, probably like what, maybe 8-10 cans then?

ah here's the link to that stuff....http://www.simplyspray.com/upholstery.html

oh get this, you're supposed to rub it in as well
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SEM Colorcoat is the shit. Look for that, they have a wide range of colors and doesnt flake, fade, or peel.
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When I had my black MOMO seats in the front of my Focus I used VHT fabric dye to make my daughters Grayco car seat match. Let me warn you about paint transfer. We went on a long road trip, about 4 hrs. By the time we got to our destination her legs were dyed black. Let me tell you that this stuff transfered to skin better than it stayed on the fabric. Be forwarned not to wear white or light colours in you car again if using an aerosol fabric dye.

Here is what I did.
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Yeah that job is problematic.....the last time I did it on some worn carpets, it constantly came off on my shoes, and anything else that rubbed on it. I don't remember the brand of the dye, but I followed directions, brushed it after it dried, etc. It always felt stiff also.
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Why not find a wrecked sedan at your local junkyard and buy stock parts there? It would look much cleaner IMO.
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^^ true, it would...... but someone won't let me buy anything...

that simply spray says it's not a dye though....but I dunno.
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