The vinyl and fabric of a great old car can become worn with age – but if the car is worth keeping, it’s worth restoring. Reinvigorating the interior of your pride and joy is as simple as applying the right products the right way.

What you'll need
  • Wax and grease remover
  • A brush
  • Vacuum
  • Duplicolor Vinyl and Fabric paint
  • Safety gear
Tips and warnings
  • Ensure your work space has good ventilation and that you’re wearing a face mask, particularly when you’re tending to areas inside the car
  • When prepping your vinyl or fabric, take extra care to ensure it’s clean which may mean using fabric cleaner, steam cleaner or air compressor to get the best results
  • Although Duplicolor paint contains an adhesion promoter, paint does not bond as strongly to older vinyls and fabrics as it does to newer ones. If you are restoring a very old vehicle, we advise also applying an adhesion promoter after the prep spray

Before you start

It’s important to start with a clean surface because with older cars, comes even more years of dirt. Use a brush and vacuum or air compressor to get every bit of dirt out of your vinyl or fabric surface.


Step 1 – Remove any adjustable panels or parts

Take off parts of the car that can easily be removed like the lower dash cap or even car seats if you’re up to the challenge. This will allow you greater access to areas that are difficult to get to.

Step 2 – Apply wax and grease remover

To clean off any of the grease, grime and dirt, shake the wax and grease remover for one minute and apply a light coat in even sweeping motions - then wipe off.

For fabric, vacuum the surface to remove dust and dirt. A steam cleaner may be required for exceptionally dirty fabric.


Step 3 – Apply vinyl and fabric paint

Use the same even sweeping motion to apply the Duplicolor vinyl and fabric paint. Make sure you overlap your spray pattern and apply from both nozzle directions, particularly with fabric to get into all the fibres. Allow a minimum of 24 hours to dry, then return removed parts to the vehicle and your car’s interior will look as good as the day you bought it.

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