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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.