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Vinyl Dye vs Vinyl Paint
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:21:42 PM »
Is anyone familiar with vinyl dye - vs - vinyl paint?  I have been to car shows and seen demo setups, but generally looking for mechanicals..., I paid little attention.  I have some interior parts that are  soft, pliable (rubber, vinyl???) that I need to change from gray to black.

My experience with vinyl paint has been ok except that I find the painted surfaces seem to stick to each other (like headliners to sun visors) even years after painting.  My hope with the dye was that the "stickiness" would not be present.  Especially since this is for a hinged, console arm rest where two treated parts would be pressing into each other. The other aspect of the dye was that it seems to penetrate the vinyl and not fill in crevices like paint.

Any input regarding experience, products (and where to buy) would be appreciated.

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Re: Vinyl Dye vs Vinyl Paint
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 12:26:26 AM »
I can't really answer your question with any authority, but I have had excellent results with SEM products and have never experienced the stickiness you described. 
 
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Re: Vinyl Dye vs Vinyl Paint
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012, 11:15:20 AM »
I think the difference is in the name. Some people call it vinyl dye, some call it vinyl paint. Someone feel free to correct me if I am wrong. I have used the dupli-color and like Dwayne with the SEM I have never experienced any stickiness.
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Re: Vinyl Dye vs Vinyl Paint
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2012, 12:04:54 AM »
Thank you everyone for the input. I'm finding that there are cans of colorant called "dye" but in the end it is basically some form of "paint." And, that includes the much revered SEM products. I have a couple of new cans of Rustoleum black vinyl paint I got at the Habitat for Humanity store a while back. I quickly sanded a flexible vinyl ruler, sprayed two light coats (it covered bright yellow very well) and 15 minutes later I bent it, scratched it rather hard and saw no cracking, scuffing or paint removal.

So, at $3 a can I'm going forward with it. I'm sure the SEM products are good, but with all their cleaners, preps and paint it was going to be about $60 to paint a console I bought for $12 and U-Pull Parts.  I hope to paint the console in a few days. I'll report back.

Tom