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I was wondering how to go about reconditioning or restoring my seat belts. The belts are in my 67. They are in fair shape but, the belts could use a good washing. The belts are dirty and stiff.

Didn't want to buy new ones, if I could restore my orginials. Thanks for any help. Roger
 

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I've cleaned a bunch of belts over the years. Best to use hot water and a lot of soap. Sometimes I've let em soak in a bucket full of hot water and some Oxyclean. Other times I've filled the bathtub up with hot water and some dawn dishwashing soap . Then took a stiff bristle brush and scrubbed each belt individually really good on both sides from one end to the other. Then turn on the hot water and rinse them real good one at a time. You'll be suprised at how dirty they really are. Take and hang them out to dry if its nice warm weather outside. It might take a while for them to dry completely, usually a couple days.
Then you can mask off the metal ends and spray some good quality vinyl dye on them to bring the color back to life, if they are faded.
 

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The best way is to use a mild laundry soap and a soft brisle brush. This is how we use to clean aircraft seat belts and safety harnesses
 

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I cut the threads loose on the belt ends, removed the buckle and washed in the sink with soap and water and a soft bristle brush, changing out the water often, you will be surprised how dirty they really are, I then let them soak in some water with fabric softer restores the pliablility to the belt, I then take the buckle apart and detail it the best I can, once finished I put them back together and take them to my local upholstery shop to have the ends sewn, about $5.00. They look like new and pliable.:)
 

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I've soaked my black ones in a bowl of fabric dye (after cleaning) to bring back the sun faded color. Actualy took them from green to black. Never knew there was spray-on stuff though.
 
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