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I wanted my interior stitching to match the car, so I bought a "Stained by Sharpie" Fabric Marker and went to work on the stitching. Of course, I used yellow, but there are a variety of colors available: Stained by Sharpie Fabric Markers | Brush Tip Fabric Marker

UPDATE: Some going with yellow have indicated that the Stained by Sharpie yellow fabric marker leaves a green tint on their stitching. Others have suggested using the yellow fabric marker that Marvy makes and have indicated that it does a better job and shows more true to yellow. Here is a link to the Marvy markers: http://www.uchida.com/p-267-fabric-marker-chisel-tip.aspx

ANOTHER OPTION: I tried a new option, the ZIG Fabricolor Twin, and found that it matches Velocity Yellow the best. There are other colors, of course. You can view them here: http://www.markersupply.com/zigtema1.html#.VW0zLkb5GXo

It took about two hours to transform the stitching. The process involved staining a 4-6 inch section then wiping the excess off the leather with a dry rag. There were no issues at all and it really looks great (the pics really don't do it justice).

Here are the pics (the first pic is of the passenger seat BEFORE being stained).











 

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Well done looks good..Best mod for under 5bucks.:cool:
 

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Did you do the dash as well?
 
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How do you make sure you only stain the stitches and not the leather?
 
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Thanks, everyone! To answer the questions asked so far...

Yes, I did the dash and the steering wheel. Every stitch! :)

The fabric pen I used has an extremely fine point on it. At first, I was very careful not to get any on the leather and just mark each thread. But as I progressed, the tip started to spread out a little. I had read somewhere that the fabric ink would wipe off the leather, but didn't trust that at first. But then, as the tip spread out a bit, I allowed some to get on the leather, then wiped it off. It came right off! From that point on, I did several inches at a time in a much quicker fashion, wiping the leather as I went. No problems at all!
 

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This was/is a very common practice on the Camaro forum. I did this on my 2010 Camaro that had white stitching and I changed it to red. Took a while as we had a back seat to do as well. :)
 

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Nice job! I didn't get red interior because I think it's too much red IMO. I like subtle accents.
 

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Be careful, VA Buckeye. Your crystal red will not be easy to match to a marker color. If you find one that matches really well, tell us about it, so we can use it, too. :)
 

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Be careful, VA Buckeye. Your crystal red will not be easy to match to a marker color. If you find one that matches really well, tell us about it, so we can use it, too. :)

Yeah, I'm aware. The plan was to buy every dark red color they have to see if I can get it close. I am still on the fence about this because of leather and wiping the ink/paint off of it. The leather in my C7 is very different than what was in my Silverado and what is in my Yukon. Both of those vehicles had "harder" leather surfaces which everything wiped off easily. My C7 has the Napa leather which is softer and feels more like a fabric to me and I'm not confident that the ink will wipe off that easily. I will let you know when/if I decide to do it and what color I go with.
 

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Yeah, I'm aware. The plan was to buy every dark red color they have to see if I can get it close. I am still on the fence about this because of leather and wiping the ink/paint off of it. The leather in my C7 is very different than what was in my Silverado and what is in my Yukon. Both of those vehicles had "harder" leather surfaces which everything wiped off easily. My C7 has the Napa leather which is softer and feels more like a fabric to me and I'm not confident that the ink will wipe off that easily. I will let you know when/if I decide to do it and what color I go with.
Great, thanks! After you color match to determine which marker to use (can you just use an old rag to figure out which marker will match crystal red best?) I think I would first intentionally mark on the Napa leather with said marker, wait several seconds and then try to get it off. Maybe you can use a small exposed Napa leather surface down under the seat where no one will see it if the intentional trial mark does not come off? Please let us know what brand/color works if you try it, and if you can get the trial mark off or not. Then I will know what to do when mine comes in. Thanks!
 

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Great, thanks! After you color match to determine which marker to use (can you just use an old rag to figure out which marker will match crystal red best?) I think I would first intentionally mark on the Napa leather with said marker, wait several seconds and then try to get it off. Maybe you can use a small exposed Napa leather surface down under the seat where no one will see it if the intentional trial mark does not come off? Please let us know what brand/color works if you try it, and if you can get the trial mark off or not. Then I will know what to do when mine comes in. Thanks!

Will do. How much longer do you have until you get yours?
 

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Haha... Based on my number in line at the dealership, and the average number of allocations which get released to him each Thursday, I will get an allocation assigned to my order in one week from this coming Thursday. I put my order in the Monday before Christmas.

However, when the call comes to finalize my order, as of right now, I will have to pass and say I still don't know what transmission I want. Well, I know I want a manual, but the wife can't drive (oops, I should have put the phrase "a stick" there to finish the sentence, but it seems it is already accurately finished without adding any more words). :D

She keeps hinting that an automatic would make a lot more sense in case she needs to drive it, and since it will be my daily driver and San Francisco traffic is terrible, and... what were her other reasons?
 

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Oh, I should say that at my dealership, when you get to the front of the line, you can pass when they offer an allocation to you on some Thursday, and you stay at the front of the line for the next Thursday.
 

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Jag, I love this. I'm seriously considering doing this in my Torch Red C7. Even though my interior is all black (with white stitching), I think this detailed touch would look nice and give my interior a tie-in color to the exterior.
 

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