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painting seatbelts?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jay.S, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Jay.S
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 370


    Im looking to paint the seatbelts in my 51 chev. They are brown and I would like to go either black or white. I was just wondering if there is some type of paint I could use on the fabric instead of having to find new belts? can I just use any oil based spray can or will thay ruin them?
  2. Buy new ones.
  3. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,331


    Spray paint will look bad and feel bad. You can dye them. It would be easier and not much more expensive to just get new ones.
  4. X2. any paint that would work would weaken the fabric. They are there to save your life. Not the place to cheap out.

  5. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,343


    dye them or replace.
    Rit has been used, you gotta use hot water and dye a couple times.
  6. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    They have ghettos in Saskatoon - Who knew?
  7. Fordtudor37
    Joined: Jan 5, 2011
    Posts: 273


    You can't "paint" cloth because over time it will chip off due tothe flexing, but you can "dye" the clotha darker color or put it in pure bleach to remove color.
    Be sure not to keep it in the bleach too long and it eats away at the belt material.

    Buying new is safer and easier in the long run.
    Look for sale deals at Speedway Motors, Summit Racing, Jegs or Juliano's in Ellington, CT.
  8. R Frederick
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 2,660

    R Frederick
    from illinois

    Besides, if you do dye them - you'll always wonder if the dye is going to rub off all over your bitchin new T-shirt you just bought.
  9. dye or buy, don't bleach
  10. JJTF
    Joined: Jul 18, 2011
    Posts: 104


    I've tried both in the past with bad results; this time I just bought new/different ones.
  11. 91bluecamaro
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 78


  12. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,191

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    SEM dye works well, doesn't leave them crusty. Can't go lighter, go black.
    Me? I'd just replace them. Juliano's has them, meets gov't specs.
  13. RustyNCA
    Joined: Feb 18, 2009
    Posts: 406


    I used SEM dye on the belts in our Olds, they were tan, we changed them to black. It's been probably five years since, they now are black with a slight hint toward dark grey.
  14. I have successfully dyed grey seatbelts black with RIT fabric dye
  15. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Did the dye to lighter colored belts to dark (black)
    but never dark to light
  16. overspray
    Joined: Jan 14, 2003
    Posts: 1,232


  17. Rob68
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 495


    thanks for that link. I will be getting some for my 58 and the best part is they
    are MADE IN THE USA.
  18. Drive Em
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,748

    Drive Em

    ....and don't modify or weld on a chassis, steering components, brakes etc. Also, never add more horsepower than your car came with from the factory, and never drive above the speed limit..........
  19. bill s preston esq
    Joined: Feb 1, 2011
    Posts: 315

    bill s preston esq

    correct me if i'm wrong, but i've always heard that bleaching weakens fabric.
  20. Mayor of G-Vegas
    Joined: Nov 10, 2010
    Posts: 507

    Mayor of G-Vegas

    Seats belts (esp. lap belts ) are prob one of the cheapest parts of a build and something I would def want new. Step away from the rattle can and the dye and order you some new belts. - Mayor
  21. YES it weakens!
    Buy new.
  22. swissmike
    Joined: Oct 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,297


    if you go black you never go belts that is ;-)

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