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How to paint shifter boot?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by austinramsay, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Jun 27, 2012 at 1:33 AM
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    austinramsay

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    Hey guys im looking to paint my shifter boot flat black but i dont think taking just taking regular spray paint to it would be a good idea would it? Any advice on how to do this?
     
  2. Jun 27, 2012 at 1:43 AM
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    I think rustoleum has a vinyl dye you can use on it. Madjik Man may chime in, I believe he has done it.
     
  3. Jun 27, 2012 at 1:49 AM
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    Thanks! Yeah i saw that when i searched so i pm'ed him. Just wondering if normal spray paint will work though? If not ill just go get some of the vinyl dye, but i still need to know how to prep it and everything so it lasts. :)
     
  4. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:32 AM
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    It's super simple.

    I used Duplicolor Vinyl & Fabric Dye (you choose flat or gloss black).

    Lots of people swear by SEM paints too (they have a vinyl dye as well).

    At Oreillys in the paint section there are Duplicolor surface prep wipes. I think they were $1.50 for one large wipe. Get that, wear gloves, wipe down the shifter boots and let it dry.

    Then apply the vinyl dye. I did three or four light coats. The more dye you use, the stiffer the vinyl will become. After 14 years my boots were very well worn in, right after the dyeing, they were kind of stiff. But now a couple of months later after use, they broke in nicely.

    Here's my ghetto rig for dyeing my boot(s)

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    Let me know if you have any more questions.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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  6. Jun 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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    Perfectly.

    The dye is permanent and gets absorbed into the vinyl.

    It's not like spray painting plastic or metal where you can scratch it off if you please.

    You'd tear the boot before you ever scratched off the dye.

    It holds up just fine to cleaning too (spray 303 aerospace on a microfiber towel and wipe down the surface)

    Same goes for the shifter knobs themselves.
     
  7. Jun 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM
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    I worked at my dads upholstery shop for years, we used SEM on the parts we needed to dye, but it all works, the key is surface prep, there can't be any armorall or wax or grease on it for the product to work, if there is anything like that the dye will fisheye and then it has to be re-dyed. Nice work Madjik
     
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  10. Jun 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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    Thank you.

    I am very pleased with how it turned out using the Duplicolor product.
     
  11. Jun 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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    Just did it tonight :thumbsup: was pretty simple! Thanks
     
  12. Jun 28, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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    And so it begins...
     
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