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Dying your carpet with Rit Dye


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 866872 posted 01/19/10 11:12 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
In this writeup I will explain how to dye your carpet using Rit Dye, instead of using Duplicolor in a spray can.

The reason for using Rit Dye instead of Duplicolor is:
1. No streaks!!
2. Less time consuming!
3. Cheaper!
4. No smelly carpet!

You can buy the dye at Wall-Mart or probably any craft or hobby store. There colors are somewhat slim, but if your looking for more colors than the stores carry check out their website click

The first thing you will need to do is pull the carpet out of the car, so you are able to clean it. I recommend cleaning it with a pressure washer. Pressure wash the carpet until the water that comes off the carpet is clear and clean.


Once its clean you will need a big enough container to fit your carpet in. I bought a 30 gallon plastic tote from Wall-Mart for $10.00.


Next you will need the Dye. I wanted my carpet to be a very dark black, so I purchased 6 bottles of Rit Dye. The bottles are suppose to dye 2lbs of fabric or about 3 yards. The dye also comes in a cardboard box in powder form, and only dyes 1lb of fabric or about 1.5 yards. There is about a dollar difference between the two.




Put the dye into the tote and add water, but do not fill it over halfway at first. You will need to fold the carpet and place it in the tote, then fill up the tote the rest of the way.Get a few heavy rocks or something you can weigh the carpet down, because it will want to float to the top. If you want you can put the lid on to keep crap out.

I would recommend letting the carpet sit for a few hours. The longer the better!!

After a few hours, pull the carpet out of the dye and unfold it to let it dry. If you do not let it dry completely, dye can and will rub off on your feet and/or hands.

This is what it should look like depending on the color you chose, and how long you let it soak.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 867379 posted 01/21/10 08:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Great idea and awesome write-up. Thanks for sharing.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 894798 posted 04/30/10 01:49 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
This is so tempting!

How does the carpet feel? Just like stock?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 897334 posted 05/09/10 01:34 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The carpet feels normal.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 934396 posted 09/25/10 09:02 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Did you wash it again before install?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 957610 posted 12/14/10 06:25 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
So its been a year, how is it holding up?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 960480 posted 12/29/10 06:08 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Yes, you do rinse/wash it out before you reinstall it.

I dyed mine before this thread was created. It is still holding the dye just fine.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 960484 posted 12/29/10 06:34 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Thanks for the update!

Got any pics?

How does it hold up in the high wear areas?

How's it look under the mats?

Pictures, we want pictures!



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