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RESTORING COLOR TO FADED CARPET AND CLOTH UPHOLSTERY

 

1.        PREPARING THE MATERIAL

 

A.      Vacuum the area very well to remove any large particles of dirt from between the fibers.

B.       For new dye to be cleanly and evenly applied, a clean surface is necessary.  LRP Prepping Agent is formulated to remove grease, dirt, trapped in the fibers.   Pour the Prep into a large bowl, and clean the area well with a soft brush.  Rinse well.  Allow to dry fully before recoloring.

 

RECOLORING

 

WITH AN AIR COMPRESSOR AND GUN

You will need air equipment, air brush or larger type gun sprayer, adjust your equipment to a fine, almost dry mist, with sufficient pressure to penetrate into the fibers, not float on top.  Thin dye with water to reach proper consistency, clean up shop rags.

 

Set carpet or door panel flat side down in spray booth, or inside a large open box to collect overspray.  Spray 2-3 almost dry, mist coats aimed directly at the project, so spray does not just settle on top, but penetrates into fibers.  Allow the dye to penetrate and dry.  Re-spray if project remains faded.  After use, clean up with soap and warm water.

 

WITH A SOFT BRUSH

 

You will need a soft, acrylic brush, dye, a large mouthed container to pour the dye into, clean up shop rags.

 

Set the project on a smooth surface.  Saturate the brush well, and using even strokes, apply the dye.  Do not stop in the middle of the project and re-start.  Complete the entire piece.  Be sure and apply the dye evenly.  Do not allow dye to puddle in one area.   Do not attempt to redye the carpet while still in the car.  Remove to a flat location.

 

CLEAN UP

 

Clean all brushes and air equipment with soap and water.

 

After your project has dried thoroughly, keep it clean with regular vacuuming.  Wipe any spots immediately, and clean with Ivory Bar soap and water.

 

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