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Old Feb 10th, 01, 9:50 PM
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Anyone know of a way to turn my faded black seat belts back into black seat belts?
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Old Feb 11th, 01, 1:20 AM
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Marhyde makes a spray dye for nylon carpets, etc. that works well on seat belt webbing too. Note that this is different than dye for vinyl upholstery. Good luck!

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Old Feb 11th, 01, 1:24 AM
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Do you know where I can get ahold of some of this?
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Old Feb 11th, 01, 5:19 AM
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I know where you can get it in North Jersey, (which of course is no help to you...) Why don't you try www.bondomarhyde.com/ I bet they can put you in touch with a local distributor- (I've used their Hi-temp paints, very durable)

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Old Feb 11th, 01, 9:38 AM
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I have picked this up at the chain auto parts stores. Its called Marhyde Fabric Color, and the item # is 2150 in black. Its for carpet, velour, & upholstery (not vinyl or plastic), essentially items made from nylon or similar material.

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Old Feb 11th, 01, 9:47 AM
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I have used the Rit fabric dye successfully for black belts. It is available in most grocery and hardware stores. The dry powder stuff works pretty well; I have not tried the liquid type. Cost is about $1.50 per package.
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Old Feb 11th, 01, 9:56 AM
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The previous owner of my car used that spray on dye stuff on my belts. After a few years, it had faded unevenly and made the belts go stiff. I had to buy another set of used ones. The new one were faded, too, but at least they weren't stiff.

I wanted to dye them, but do it right. I bought some of that Rit stuff at a fabric store, but the instructions weren't very clear, especially for nylon. I called their customer support 800 number, and talked to their engineer/chemist and asked how to dye seat belts. He laughed, and said funny I should ask, he used to work for DuPont in the seat belt group, and knew exactly how to do it.

I am sorry don't remember the details, but there is a process he told me and I used. It was something like mix the dye in water (precise amounts), then bring it up to some exact temperature (like 180 degrees). Then, chuck the seatbelts in, and cook them for so many minutes. At the end of that time, remove the pot from the heat, and stir in an amount of vinegar. Let them sit for so long, then take them out of the solution and put them in cold water.

It worked fantastic, they really do look like new. Again, sorry I don't recall the details, call the dye company and see if you are as lucky as I was to get routed to the right guy.
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Old Feb 11th, 01, 9:46 PM
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please be very carefull about doing this stuff. nylon weeken's with age from UV exposer. a seat belt could save your life! i would replace them! you can't be too carefull! keep the original one's if you want to show the car or something...but use new belt's in it for driveing and such.

i was a M.P. in the army, seat belt's save live's. i investigated only one accident where the seat belt helped kill the driver, it was an off road misshap with a jeep that went off a clif, the drive could not jump free cause of the seatbelt. it would not relese, acording to the passenger that lived.
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