I removed the bottom plates from each and discovered their original color was a shade of gold and had been previously dyed black. I broke the surface of the dye with a scuff pad and gave them a generous rub-down with lacquer thinner. Eventually, I got through a majority of the old dye. I was most interested in just removing any dye that might peel off later so I could get back down to a good base for my own dye job.
After I was satisfied with the finish of the vinyl, I used my heat gun to heat and stretch the creases out of the fabric and underlying foam. I then scuffed the old dye overspray off of the posts and wrapped them in masking tape. Finally, I gave them each four coats of NPD's 68 light parchment vinyl dye.
Then came the difficult part, not labor difficult but mentally difficult. Getting myself to cut a slice in each of the freshly upholstered seat tops. Gritting my teeth, I located the center of the metal headrest guide that I'd previously installed in the seat backs, inserted my trusty razor, and drew the blade through the vinyl until it reached the far edge of the metal guides. I then painted the plastic headrest bevels with NPD's 68 light parchment interior paint for plastic and metal and inserted them into the slots. Finally, the headrest posts were inserted into the seat backs completing the installation.
|Original 69 Cougar headrests. Previously dyed black.|
|The bottom plate removed exposing the true color of the headrests.|
|Headrest with much of the old dye removed and the post wrapped in masking tape.|
|Freshly dyed headrests.|
|Ouch! Slicing the seat backs to get to the guides.|
|Plastic headrest bevels in position.|