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Projects New life for old car shirts

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by raymay, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,417


    I like to wear car T-shirts and try to buy colored ones but sometimes they are only available in white. What I have learned over the years is that white shirts and me do not get along very well. I usually manage to get involved in something that will get them dirty. I also do the guy thing and wash all my clothes in the same load. The end result is that my white shirts end up looking crappy and do not last as long as the colored ones.
    Several years ago I found a way to bring new life to my old white T-shirts. I simply dyed them a different color. The dye only reacts to the white cotton fabric on the shirt while the printed image maintains it original colors. You can control the color depending on how much dye you use and how long you soak the shirt.
    Now if I can solve the problem of the tiny holes I get from grinding and welding, I could extend the life of my shirts even further.

  2. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,764


    Hey hey , cool idea....
  3. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
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  4. Tjames
    Joined: May 26, 2013
    Posts: 48


    When I'm done with my hot rod shirts my wife sews them into a quilt
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  5. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,627


    That's why I mostly buy black shirts when I can.
  6. ...................................Then of course, there's the "slimming" effect of wearing Black.:D;)
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  7. good idea. never thought of that.
  8. Mostly wear black jeans and black t-shirts to hide the daily filth because it's not easy being a Fat and Greasy Metal Mangler Extraordinaire. Every once and a while I'll wear a white t-shirt to repulse the wife and neighbors and to keep the bugs and mosquitoes away but at least the dogs still love me.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015
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  9. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,172

    1. 1940 Ford

    LMAO ........ Don you nailed it again
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  10. crazyblindjoe
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
    Posts: 86


    another idea to try with t-shirts that will not fit you anymore
    makes a great dust cover
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  11. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,925


    I need to do that...great idea...thanks..
  12. I like the idea. Just last week, my white Stromberg shirt self-destructed when I took it off.
  13. Great ideas, fun thread.
  14. old T shirts make good seat (back) covers for bucket seats too. sorry no pics, sold the car.
  15. fourtogo
    Joined: Jan 4, 2011
    Posts: 94

    from long beach

    All my old Car BikeT's I have kept . Going to by a new bike cover and Have my wife sow them on the outside of the cover.
  16. What is this? Pintress?
    Just kidding. Great idea.
  17. Dchaz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 481


    I gave my daughter a few of my old white rod run shirts from the 80s. She tidied them. Now they are he favorite shirts.

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  18. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,417


    That is a cool idea. I had a few I liked that became too small. They ended up as small pillows.

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  19. partssaloon
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 496


    Got 4 quilts myself and also made a bedliner quilt for the pickup with the shirts
  20. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,856


    How about a headliner? Seat covers?
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  21. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,036

    from California

    I'm at the point where I need to find someone to take two old shirts and sew them together so they fit me.
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  22. ............................................Because they shrunk, right.;):rolleyes:
  23. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 3,309

    Model T1

    I don't have to dye my white car and bike shirts. Over time they turn odd colors on their own.
    If it wasn't for souvenier shirts I wouldn't have anything to wear to weddings, funerals, or for fine dining!
  24. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,846


    Tune in for next weeks show, Martha will discuss the correct thread count for a car cover.
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  25. Kronik66
    Joined: Dec 10, 2014
    Posts: 4


    I've cut the sleeves off a couple of old rod t-shirts and use them as seat covers in my daily pickup truck......
  26. shadams
    Joined: Mar 16, 2011
    Posts: 1,491


    Great minds think alike. I dye all my old tighty whities brown to give them new life.....
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  27. I had thought of this but I think that the dye does little to blend in the black grease stains. Maybe soak them in grease and they will be one color...:rolleyes:
  28. Some of mine end up here. tshitrart.jpg
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  29. crazyblindjoe
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
    Posts: 86


    i have also covered the speaker grille on a friends stereo speaker to brighten up the gameroom a little

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