Coloring that blinding white thread on your interior
I wanted to share this quick video and some tips for anyone that has leather interior and wants to color the white stitching in the seats, steering wheel, wherever.
Is this time consuming? Yes, initially it is but after the first time, it's much quicker because you can color over the stitches and not worry about getting in between as much. After the first time? This needs to be done again? Yes, this isn't a one n done job unfortunately, at least not the way I did it. I color it 2-3 times a year because I use non permanent marker (mostly) so it won't stain or mark the leather. The sun really seems to fade it so spots that see direct sun are the spots that need attention. Lower sections on the seat maybe twice a year for me. Note, my car doesn't sit outside a lot.
What I suggest, is treat the leather with a conditioner. This will lubricate the leather and make the ink easier to wipe off when you get it on the leather. I use Meguires.
First use a fine tip permanent marker to get in between the stitching. You can see how I do it in the video. Be careful not to get this on the leather. This part is a one and done job, I just missed some spots on the top back of the seat and since I have the seats out its easier to see. Once the in between pita part is done, you can use a non permanent marker to color each thread. The permanent red was so dark I chose not to use it.
Originally I colored 6" or so at a time before wiping off the excess with a paper towel for fear it would dry on. Now I'll do one side or 1/2 a seat before wiping it off. I tried to show in the video that you shouldn't have to worry about getting ink on the leather. As you can see in the video, I used several brands of markers, all of which worked. Dry erase markers do not work well and a fabric pen was too thick, it just coated over the thread, didn't soak in. Another note, when coloring thread in cloth on the lower side, I found the marker darkens the fabric but fades with time. Finally, I do this when I know the ink will have a couple hrs or overnight to dry.
So there it is, yeah you gotta want to do it and maybe I'm nutty. If you have any thoughts, share them, I know you will anyway!