I'm willing to bet that the majority of you guys have faded door panels. Well, if everything but the color of yours is in good shape, it seems kind of dumb to shell out $150+ for a replacement set. Here are the steps I took to restore mine:Dyeing Door Panels
1. "Wine" color RiT fabric dye - Wal-Mart
2. Old wash cloth
3. Faded door panelso
Picture - Materials:
1. Clean door panels. Don't want to trap any dust or other trash.
2. Fold the wash rag into fourths and using your index and middle finger put the rag over the dye and tilt upside down for a split second so that a little bit of dye stays on the rag. The spot of dye should be about the size of a quarter.
3. Using the same two fingers begin to apply the dye to the very top of the door panel (right at the window felt). Use a circular motion so that the dye is applied to all sides of the material. This amount of dye is good for about 3-4 columns (in between stitching).
Picture - application:
4. After you've applied dye to the top, move down about an inch and use the same circular motion. DO NOT REAPPLY DYE unless the fading is so severe that it goes down further. In this step we are blending the dye because it is not a 100% perfect match.
Picture - progress comparison:
5. Continue to work slowly, blending as you go.
6. Be sure to wipe off any dye that gets on the trim piece for the window felt.Results:
As it dries it lightens up and blends much more evenly.