The stitching on your car can be dyed if the following conditions are met:
White, grey and other light colors are used in the original stitches.
A leather or non-absorbent fabric is used near the stitches (e.g. not Alcantara or cloth).
If so, you’re in luck. The first thing you need to know is that you should not use a paint marker or a regular sharpie for this.
The “Fabric pen” is what you need. There is one called “Stained by Sharpie” that can be found at craft stores for just $2.50.
How To Dye Thread On Car Seats?
The dye is easy to apply. If you want the dye not to dry on the surrounding surfaces, you must be careful and quick. Wipe the excess dye away from the vinyl/leather surface immediately after applying it in short sections over the thread.
Here’s how it works:
Dust and grease should be removed from surfaces and stitches
Using a back-and-forth motion, apply the dye to the stitches
About 50 cm is a good length to start with
The leather around the stitches can be cleaned with a clean microfiber cloth
To get the dye absorbed into the stitches, it is important to leave enough time on the leather without keeping it too long. That’s why 50 cm is a good distance before wiping.
Continually repeat the process until all stitches are complete.
One FabricMate marker is sufficient for four seats and four doors.
In order to achieve the M-power look, red and blue pens can be used to complete the look.
This process should be repeated several times in order to ensure that the threads are saturated while leaving the vinyl/leather intact. Despite its simplicity and low cost, it is a very effective modification.
Follow Instructions on Fabric Softener Bottle
If you have a stain on your car seat, follow the instructions on the fabric softener bottle to dye it. Use a small amount of liquid and apply it directly to the stained area.
Allow the fabric softener to work for about 30 minutes before rinsing off completely with water. Do not use any other type of cleaner or scrubber; just rinse with water until all traces of color are gone.
Test an inconspicuous section first to make sure that the dye will not run when you wash your car seat in hot water later on.
Use Appropriate Amount of Fabric Softener
When washing your car, it is important to use the correct amount of fabric softener in order to keep the threads from breaking and creating a mess. If you are dyeing thread yourself, be sure to use the right type of fabric softener as this will help prevent any staining or fading on the material.
It is also important not to over-wash your car as this can strip away natural oils that protect the fibers and lead to future damage. For best results, always test a small area first before committing the whole garment to launder; especially if you have delicate fabrics like cotton or silk involved.
Finally, never leave items inside your car on very hot days as they can generate condensation which could cause water spots on your paintwork.
Rub Gently with Circular Motion to Absorb Color
Use a circular motion when dyeing thread on your car seats to absorb the color and avoid any rub-offs or streaks. Make sure all surfaces are clean before beginning, including the fabric of the seat and floor mats.
Apply heat if needed with a hair dryer before starting to dye; this will help set the color faster. Be patient while working, as mistakes may be difficult to fix. Test a small area first to make sure you have achieved desired results – once you’re happy, go ahead and apply more coloring throughout the entire area.
If Colors Don’t Match, Try Again With New Dye
If you’re having trouble getting the colors to match on your car seats, try again with a new dye. Depending on the fabric, different dyes may be more effective than others.
There are a few different ways to dye thread on car seats, and it really depends on what you want to achieve. If you just want to add color or textural interest to your seat, using embroidery floss is the easiest option.
Using a needle and thread will be better suited if you need something more permanent, like for a fabric art project.