How To Paint or Dye Vinyl and Leather

Changing the color of your interior can be done in several ways, and in this video, we show you how to paint vinyl and leather. With just a few bucks for a can of paint, painting your seats, door panels, or other interior pieces can be pretty simple. By following a few simple tips and tricks, the final product can look good and last a long time. On the contrary, if some of these are not followed, it will look like a pile of trash and not last long at all.
Changing the color of carpet or cloth (velour) seats can be done with a Dye like RIT, which can be sponged or sprayed on. However, for this occasion, we’re dealing with changing the color of a vinyl console cover. Leather will be treated the same way as we do the vinyl.
First, as with just about any procedure, cleanliness is next to Godliness. Make sure the surface you are treating/painting is free of dirt, debris, and contaminants. Warm water and dish soap is always a great general cleaner. Once clean, ensure that the surface is thoroughly dried. Be sure to tape off any areas that you don’t want to be painted. As a final prep before painting, wipe the entire area with a Wax & Grease Remover (this can be purchased at a paint supplier), or you can use Isopropyl Alcohol as well.
Now that you’re ready for paint, I can’t stress enough that you have to use light coats. You’ll be tempted to cover everything with paint right out of the gate, but don’t do it. Make the first coat a very light dust coat. You’re literally just building tack coats for the next coats to stick to. In fact, it may by 3+ coats before all the area is covered. Let the coats dry to a uniform color before applying the next coat. We applied at least 5 coats to this console cover, and we achieved great uniform coverage and something that will last for years without rubbing off.

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