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Carpet Redye using Leatherique Dye - Ferrari 328 GTS
The areas of carpet in my 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS that had been exposed to direct sunlight over the years, had become very faded.
Except for these faded parts, the carpet was in very good condition, so I decided to look into redyeing the carpet in order to bring it back to its original colour.
The colour of the carpet is Castoro 172 (Brown Beaver) which was a factory colour from Ferrari for the 1987 year.
Removing the seats and centre console revealed the original colour underneath.
The difference between the original colour and the sun faded colour was quite dramatic.
I had previously used Leatherique products to redye my leather interior and having had such great results with these products, I decided to use Leatherique for my carpet redye.
I took one of my carpet floor mats, which had retained its original colour, to Leatherique to see if they could match the colour.
Rob, from Leatherique, was able to match the colour perfectly.
Having previously removed the seats and centre console for my leather redye, the carpet was easily accessible for the carpet redye. As I was only redyeing the faded areas, I masked the areas near the carpet edge to avoid getting any dye on the adjacent surfaces.
The procedure I used to redye the carpet was as follows:
1) I vacuumed all the carpet thoroughly. Using a cloth, I gently rubbed the entire carpet with warm/hot water, to ensure it was thoroughly clean and then I let it dry for 24 hours.
2) Having previously redyed the leather of my car, I used the same technique for the carpet. I poured some of the dye into a small container and stirred thoroughly.
3) I used a small, bunched cloth to make a flat surface and then dipped the cloth into the dye and "dabbed" the cloth onto the carpet, starting with the passenger side and working my way around the car, gently dabbing the cloth on the carpet as I went. I changed to a clean section of the cloth as it became used. You have to constantly keep stirring the dye in the container to avoid it settling & separating. This is very important.
4) Once all the carpet was dabbed by this method, I let it dry for about 40 minutes & then I went over it again with a circular rubbing motion to ensure all the fibres deep down had been dyed.
5) I left the carpet to dry for 24 hours and then looked at it to see if any areas needed touching up. It did not need any touch up, so I then vacuumed the entire carpet to ensure there was no dye residue left.
6) As a final step, I gently wiped over all the carpet with a clean, damp, warm cloth in order to pick up any excess surface dye and to give it a uniform look.
I must say that the end result was very pleasing and the colour match was perfect to the original carpet colour.
All in all, I would definitely recommend a colour redye of your existing carpet using Leatherique Dye, in order to restore it to its original factory condition.