How do I dye my cloth car seats?

My Volvo has cloth seats, which have become stained and ugly over the last few years. I decided it's time to dye them to help them look new again. How do I dye my cloth car seats?

Matthew Macgugan · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
You can dye your cloth car seats with a trip to the hardware store and a few hours of work.
Instead of
running to a mechanic
, try and dye them yourself. First, head to the hardware store and buy:
  • a can of black upholstery dye
  • grab upholstery soap
  • a sponge
  • a hand brush
  • some rubber gloves
  1. Back at home, make sure you’re wearing gloves. The dye could leave your hands black for weeks.
  2. Then, mix the dye and upholstery soap in warm water and apply it to the seats with your sponge.
  3. Finally, use the hand brush to smooth it out and make the dye uniform.
Now, all you need to do is let the dye dry. Drying can take hours. Use a vacuum to speed the process along if you’re in a rush.
Anytime you update your car, it’s always good to let your insurance company know. Dying cloth seats might not seem like a big deal, but some car modifications do change the value of your vehicle. It’s always a good idea to let your insurance know so they can adjust their records accordingly.
If you’d like help working with your insurance company, the free
app can help with any paperwork your insurance company may ask you to fill out. Some modifications even change your insurance rates, but if you’re concerned about any rate changes, Jerry also helps you find the best rates from the top companies.”
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