FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Will Vinyl Dye Work On My…..(Plastic, Leather, Vinyl Item/Product)?

Almost certainly. Vinyl dye will work on almost all leather, vinyl or plastic. Because there are 1000’s of types of these products, nobody can say 100% it will work, but we have many, many happy customers, and we actively encourage our customers to report back with both problems and successes. Take a look at the photos all around the website.

What's the difference between Brillo and TRG Brands of Vinyl Dye?

Nothing so far as we can tell, but let me explain. They are different manufactures of Vinyl Dye, both products work fantastically. You may choose one over the other to get a better colour match. Some people prefer TRG to Brillo, and others Brillo to TRG. For instance wardrobe and movie set designers / wardroab departments prefer Brillo, car and boat restorers prefer TRG

The Item I Want To Re-Colour Is Outside In Direct Sunlight, Is That OK?

While the manufactures of all our dyes assure us this is perfectly OK, we have through our customers experienced many hundreds of projects, and would recommend the TRG brand for items that will be heated or in direct sunlight over the Brillo brand.

Will Vinyl Dye Work On Metal Items?

No, only materials that can be ‘melted’ by the dye, such as plastic, textiles, vinyl and leather, including faux (fake) leather, canvas, fabric, rubber, carpet.

Will Vinyl Dye Work On Wooden Items?

Yes but. So yes it will colour the wood, but you wouldn't set out to colour a lot of wood using our sprays. If you happen to have some leather/vinyl/other material item, and some wood and you want them exactly the same colour, then this is great, use the sprays and that's what you'll get. If you're doing an art project and really want the wood grain to be visible but a different colour, then great use our sprays. But if you just have a large area of wood and nothing else, then use wood paint!

How Does Vinyl Dye work?

Vinyl Dye actually bonds and melts on a microscopic level with the material, you can’t see this with your naked eyes! So it must be plastic, leather, vinyl or some plastic derivative (many carpets), or some other porous material, such as wool or cotton, rubber. This allows the colour to merge with the item, so doesn't come off when the item is flexed somewhat. 

Do I have to Prepare the Surface?

You must make sure the surface is clean and free from grease; we highly recommend Cilit Bang as this destroys & lifts off grease, you can even just use soapy water; use the greed side of a sponge scouring pad. Then, you'll want to 100% completely remove the residue of the cleaner you used. The best way to do this is using a cleaner that will evaporate completely, such as our Universal Cleaner. This will essentially leave you with a completley clean, grease and residue free surface ready for spraying. 

If the material has a ‘sheen’ on it, or some other thin layer of ‘other’ material on top, for example many TVs are sold as Piano Black, these have a sheen on top of the plastic, this must be removed. Simply wear this down with ‘wet and dry’ or some other abrasive / sand paper. See the full How To Use Vinyl Dye here.

How Do I Apply / Use It?

Simply spray very fine coats of the colour onto the item after masking off areas you don’t want re-colouring. The coats should be so fine that your first coat only produces speckles, continue building up the speckles to completely cover the area with colour, this usually takes 3-5 applications with just 15 minutes to dry between. It is recommended that you spot test an inconspicuous area first, allow that to dry completely to a final finish. See the full How To Use Vinyl Dye here.

How Long Does It Take To Dry?

A single very fine application takes about 10 – 15 minutes to dry in a well-ventilated area, so you can get a few coats done in less than an hour. Then allow 24 hours for it to fully cure (especially if you're removing masking tape, let it dry properly!). See the full How To Use Vinyl Dye here.

How Much Will 1 Can Cover?

A single 150ml will cover about 1 square meter completely. That is say from Black to White colour. If you're going from say a cream to white, then you'll find you use less as you won't notice the odd missed part at all, but if it were black you will. See the full How To Use Vinyl Dye here. This can vary and you tend to get less coverage on fabric compared to vinyl/leather.

Do I Wash It Off Like a Clothing Dye

No, once the layers of colour are applied, they are fixed, unlike clothing dye.

Could You Send Me A Colour Chart?

Yes, but perhaps you'd be better sending a sample, or could send us some photos? Take a look at the ways to Get Your Colour here.

What Is Your Returns Policy?

We are happy to accept returns within 30 days of you receiving the order. Please post the items back with your name, address & invoice/order number. The items must not be used in any way and must be in their original condition. We will refund you the full amount, less the actual cost of postage, or the amount you paid for postage, whichever is greater. See the full info here: Returns

So Can I Order More Than I Need And Return What I Don’t Use?

Yes. We suggest for time sensitive projects to order more than enough, and simply return what they don’t use, this way you can complete your project without having to wait for additional orders.

Vinyl Dye Sprays FAQs
What finish does Vinyl Dye dry to? A Matt, Satin, Gloss?

First of all, you can have any finish you want, we have every product you need available to produce the exact result you want, and we've tested them all for compatibility too, so rest assured, if you buy the products from us, on our website, you're in good hands.

Most of the time Vinyl Dye Sprays dry to a satin finish. Rarely, but it can, change depending on the object being sprayed. As such we always recommend spot testing to completion to check you're 100% happy with the finish. 

If you want a matt finish, ideal for Car Dashboards and making Vinyl Door Cards have their original finish. Adds extra protection too. Use our Matt Spray that we've tested to be compatible with all our Vinyl Dye Sprays here.

If you want a high gloss ginish, ideal for boat seating and many other settings, it adds a super shine and extra protection too. Use our High Gloss Spray that we've tested to be compatible with our Vinyl Dye Sprays here.

What Coverage is Achieved?

This does vary depending on your from and to colours slightly. For example, if you're going from Black to White, you'll get less coverage just because you'll really want to cover every microscopic part covered equally since you'll notice the underlying colour.

If you're going from a Beige to White, or from White to Red, it will take less, just because if you miss a part with one of your mist layers, you won't really notice, honest, we've done hundreds of projects, so it does make a difference.

So take these guides as a 'worst case' to 'best case' coverage and that should explain the differences.

A single 150ml can, best case scenario will cover up to 2.5 squre meters in a situation where you're touching up the colour for example, or just moving from white to an off white. 

For most situations you should think a single 150ml can will cover up to 1 square meter completely to the standard that will last many years and remain flexible and durable.

Taking the same explanation from above, a 400ml can will cover up 2.5 square meters completely, or around 6 square meters of touch ups or similar colours.

400ml cans are available in a small selection of colours including Black and White click here to see them.

Can you send me a colour chart?

Yes we can for the TRG branded items. 

Click here to get a Colour Chart Quick.

Can you match a colour?

Yes we can certainly tell you the closest colour match.

Click here to see The Five Ways To Get Your Colour.

Don't forget, Include your email and or moble phone number, we'll email or text you the results and assist any way we can.

What's the difference between TRG and Brillo branded Vinyl Dye Sprays?

There is no real difference between the two brands of Vinyl Dye spray. They both produce fantastic results. We only have both brands since sometimes their colours differ, and other times we can supply greater quantities in one compared to the other depending on import delays etc.

For your information, we've been supplying Vinyl Dye sprays for oever 10 years now, and noticed that people with Car and Vehicle related projects prefer the TRG branded Vinyl Dye. Where as Movie, Wardrobe and Prop designers prefer the Brillo branded Vinyl Dye. Although universally, people choose the colour first, brand second.

What is your returns process? How to I return items?

Full returns details are here; essentially just send back any completely unused items back in a resalable condition within 30 days. You can send items back within 100 days but there are some small restocking fees involved.

I'm not sure if my item is Vinyl, will your Vinyl Dyes work?

Our Vinyl Dye Sprays work with fantastic results on vinyl, leather, many plastics, most rubbers, canvas and most carpets. Our Vinyl Dye Sprays will also colour wood and fabrics, but they will change the texture. Whatever you colour, even Vinyl, we highly recommend a spot test regardless.

When deciding to complete your project, thinking what your alternatives are, usually leads to Vinyl Dye being your best option. Paint wont flex when dry, so will certainly crack and standard clothing dye can't penetrate. 

This makes Vinyl Dye your highest, most likley chance of succeeding with your project; especially when you are not sure what exactly the material is. It's also inexpensive, quick to spot test and has a great range of colours too.



Will your Vinyl Dye work on exterior car parts like hood and tonneau covers?

Our Vinyl Dye sprays have been used to renew and recolour many 1000's of hood and tonneau covers, not just for cars, but lorries and even canal boat hood covers. Each one with fantastic results and ended with a super happy customer.

Take a look at the examples below, each one from a past customer, each one called 6-12 months later to check how it's wearing, and each one saying something along the lines of "exactly the same as the day I finished spray". One gentleman called 5 years later for an extra can to touch up an area he repaired; he was thrilled with the longevity and insisted had he not ripped this part, it would last many years to come more.

An example of a roll up roof recoloured using our Vinyl Dye sprays. This folding roof was originally beige, then completely coloured in our Grey, followed by our Scarlet, White and Blue Vinyl Dye sprays.

An example of a car tonneau cover completely recoloured using our Vinyl Dye sprays.

A canal boat hood restoration example from one of our past super happy customers after using our Vinyl Dye sprays.

canal boat hood restoration


Do you supply a 'brush on' Vinyl Dye?

Many customers have requested this and they have resolved it by decanting the spray into a glass jar and then gently dabbing the dye onto the item.

As an example see this 1938 Austin 7 Ruby seating. Here one of our super happy customers needed just the piping on a seat dying to match the brand new vinyl they just had fitted. (They were also astonished to find the piping was white!)

If you're dying a real leather item, then please look at our Easy Dye Kits which are sponge on liquid dyes. 

If you're simply restoring the colour, such as a faded patch, of real leather and not changing it, our Universal Cleaner then Leather Balms are best. These leather balms are wipe on and buff off. See here.

For Vinyl, or if you're not sure if it's real leather, then our Vinyl Dye sprays are really the best choice, even if it means dismantling the item, you'll end up with a long lasting, durable, UV resistant waterproof and flexible even when finished colour. As you can see in the above example, they can also be dabbed on, just be sure to spot test your approach and make sure you're happy with the finish and durability before undergoing the entire project.

Can I use masking tape? Can I get stripes?

You can use good qulity masking tape and you will achive perfectly clean lines with our Vinyl Dye sprays. Some customers have also used 'line tape' for larger projects. Take a look at this great example, where the grey base, red, white and blue are all sprayed onto of this flexible vinyl roof to wonderful effect.

You can also construct a template to achive the same, many people have done just this. Take a look at the below example where the lettering is from a template.

Tip: You'll need to leave the dye to dry for 24 hours if you are applying masking tape to an already dyed part. i.e. putting the tape on wet spray. After 24hours you can put tape on a sprayed area and it will not impact the finish at all.