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Anyone tried dyeing interior carpets?

Went up to a breakers near Burnley on Saturday. They've been breaking a black sports pack. I've had the wheels , interior - its the black one instead of the 'orrible grey on in mine, spoiler, downpipes, steering wheel and a few other odds and sods. 375 for the lot.

The interior's a bit grubby but it looks like it'll scrub up well. The only problem is the carpet is, well, fecked. I've put a note on the wanted board, but If I can't find and anthracite carpet I'm considering dying the light grey carpet thats in the car at the moment. Has anyone tried this or does anyone know where I can buy some dye from? I haven't looked in to it, but foilatec perhaps?

I'm a little sceptical myself because the last thing I need to be doing is traipseing into the house with black feet (+ beige carpet = )eveytime it rains.
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Sorry, never tried dying a carpet...wouldn't like to try....I'm bound to dye everying within a 20yard radius !!!

Out of interest though which breakers is breaking the 155 and what model it is.... parents live in nelson and I'll be up there at the weekend..?...after aircon bits off a V6 !

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Hi chris155,
Chears 4 sending engine manual still havent got camlocks
You might have trouble dieing carpet as most car interiors nowadays have coating like Scotchguard, die dosent seem to stick.
Tried dieing frount +rear seats acouple of yrs ago with die you put in washingm/c (dont tell mrs,she was at work ) seat couvering came out same colour they whent in instead of black as intended Doah!!
What I did use in the end was Vinalcoat spray sell it at wilco ect the spray U use to colour door trims +dashboards "bonds at a mollecular level" worked fine good result , material was slightly harder after application . not sure how would turn out on carpet,can U try on a scrap,offcut,hidden bit or beige lounge carpet
Anyway good find at the breakers ,wot's left?
Wot U doing with old interior??
Im looking 4 widebody grey interior to retrim escort cosworth recaro's 4 frount of mine....
all the best Narlo.....
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DJ, yeah I'm afraid I'll end up dyeing everything apart from the car . The breakers details are at home (in work at the mo) I'll post them later. They were at Gaydo handing out leaflets - which is how I found out about them. They've got, I think, the black 2.0 sports pack, a skinny V6 and a skinny 1.8. The sports pack does have climate control so it might be worth a look. I've had the the controll unit but the rest is still there. Don't know if the V6 has A/C.

Narlo, Thats alright. You still haven't had the cam locks???? eek! . I'd be knocking on the door of my dealer by now demanding they loan you a set. Tell them your're a big wig on this site and you'll be slagging them off if they dont! Like I said theirs a couple of other 155's there. They all look like they've been laid up for a while though. As for my interior, I'll probably try and sell it with the wooden rim steering wheel complete for 180. Its in good nick. The carpet is worn by the cluch rest but other than that its purfeck. PM me if you're interested.
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Chris, VHT do a Penetrating Colour Dye in a spray can:

"VHT PENETRATING COLOR DYE for vinyl and short nap carpet is a unique one-step dye that restores and/or changes the color of vinyl surfaces and low pile carpets. Ideal for use on stiff or pliable vinyl, tanned leather, plastic and short nap carpets. Will not change the texture or flexibility of the application. "

"For use on low pile or short nap carpet only. Hold can 10-12 inches from surface to be dyed. Spray in long even strokes in one direction. Brush freshly dyed surface with a stiff, nylon brush to separate fibres in all four directions. After brushing, immediately spray surface in the opposite direction, then brush again. Repeat this process (in all four directions) until uniform coverage has been obtained. Allow 24 hours to dry. Before use, test with a soft cloth for remaining wet spots. Vacuum thoroughly before use."
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Cheers Justin. I found a red 1.8 at chesire car components in the end with a perfect carpet and mats. 20 squid was all it cost so I'm a happy bunny again.

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