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    Faded Seatbelts

    47 years have taken their toll on my black seatbelts. Has anyone tried to dye them? If so, how did you do it.

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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    Most folks will tell you nylon webbed seat belts won't take a dye. All sorts of "never work" discussions.
    Read this:

    https://www.g3gm.com/t5945-dyeing-seat-belts

    Acid dye...your dye mixed with vinegar.

    https://www.jacquardproducts.com/acid-dye.html

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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    Might want to replace them as they are 47 yrs. old. They might not hold up to some texter hitting you.
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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryK View Post
    Might want to replace them as they are 47 yrs. old. They might not hold up to some texter hitting you.
    I agree; 47 years is too old to trust. Can you replace just the webbing?
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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    You can, but that wasn't the original question. The links I put up, one mentions a place that does that...cost him $139 for one shoulder belt.
    All things are possible with Jaguars once you understand their appetite for one hundred dollar bills.

    One of the discussions I read on faded belts is, maybe they are weaker, but at 1% who cares.
    Probably the sheet metal they bold to is thinner, too, and will fail long before the belt does.

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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    Seems there was a place named, "Snake Oil", or something like that, that rebuilt belts. PJ

    OK, the name is spelled -Ssnake-Oyl!

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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    Tried using rit dye on seat-belts before, and it only looks great from a distance. Your best option is to get a new one.

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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    Quote Originally Posted by stefanh6 View Post
    Tried using rit dye on seat-belts before, and it only looks great from a distance. Your best option is to get a new one.
    Apparently reading what is posted is too difficult.
    So, I will re-post it (from above) and it will explain why Rit doesn't work. We know that. Acid dye will, so here is the re-post:

    Most folks will tell you nylon webbed seat belts won't take a dye. All sorts of "never work" discussions.
    Read this:

    https://www.g3gm.com/t5945-dyeing-seat-belts

    Acid dye...your dye mixed with vinegar.

    https://www.jacquardproducts.com/acid-dye.html

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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    I ordered lap belts from this firm:

    https://www.seatbeltsplus.com/

    Very vintage looking, came with all hardware, $17 per set.

    Unless you trying to preserve some distinctive period buckles, new belts probably make more sense that trying to restore the old ones.

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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    Well it's 2-1/2 years later and I still haven't done anything about this. However I just stumbled across www.safetyrestore.com, who can re-web new belts using the original hardware and buckles. Wondering if anyone has had any dealings with them.

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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    There is also "Ssnake-oyl" who will rebuild antique seat belts. I am sure neither place will be inexpensive. I inquired once with Ssnake-oyl and remember their prices being around $150 per belt... but that was well over a decade ago.

    Link to Ssnake-oyl website:
    https://www.ssnake-oyl.com/mm5/merch...tegory_Code=RS
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    Re: Faded Seatbelts

    I used safetyrestore on a wreck rebuild I did to reset the airbag module and seat belt tensioners. I have not used them for replacing the webbing but have seen peoples cars who did change the webbing for a different color and the work was well done. They had a fast turn around and the workmanship with my stuff was well done.

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