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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-27-2018, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Seat Belt Refurbishing - Retracting Springs?

I'm interested in having my seat belts refurbished, but not necessarily focusing on the material color. I cleaned them about 10 years ago when I swapped them from my wrecked 9C1, and they're in decent shape.

The retracting springs on a few of them are pretty weak, and require them to be manually assisted back to the resting position.

Does anyone have experience with anyone who does this, and had this done in addition to cleaning/coloring the material?

If so who?

I haven't contacted anyone, and thought I'd post this here first before I go looking.

Thanks y'all!

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Jr. I haven't tried these folks but they are who I'm going to send mine to. When the time comes for that part. https://www.seatbeltplanet.com/

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If the belts are not great, AND the retractors are not working well, the best solution is to simply swap in better used belts. If you have good retractors with bad belts, it is easy to swap a good used belt on your good retractor.

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If the belts are not great, AND the retractors are not working well, the best solution is to simply swap in better used belts. If you have good retractors with bad belts, it is easy to swap a good used belt on your good retractor.
Jay, I agree this is one way to handle this situation. One BIG but here. Look at Junior's car and his mods. His meticulous care of his car. Swapping out old belts for old belts might not be the solution. The company in the link I shared will reweb, in the color of choice, transfer the original tag and rebuild the rewind mech. All this for about $75 per belt.

BTW Kudos to your sig.

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I had very successful, painless and reasonably priced experience here:

https://www.safetyrestore.com/

After using this place retractor repair is one of the few jobs on a car I will not bother trying to self-perform again. I wish this outfit manufactured optis. lol

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Guys,
Thanks for the quick replies! The material of the belts is not in question whatsoever, it's just the retraction on a few (2) actually of the 4, are not up to snuff.

I am planning on removing the trim pieces and SEM painting them black to match the carpet, so maybe I'll plan on changing the belt color as well to black.

I've got options...Like GBHS72 wrote, I'm overly meticulous and anal retentive about everything I do with my car & truck(Hell, I get paid to be that way!), so I'm all about perfection and doing it right the first time.

I'll investigate the sources y'all listed, and report back.

Unfortunately (2) of my local yards ~just~ got rid of a few 93-96 caprices, so I couldn't use those as donors.

I may have to seek out finding a loaner set of driver's belts so I can get mine done since the junkyard dogs have gone to the scrap yards.

Anyone have just a driver's set I could borrow while mine get refinished?

Thx!

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I have used Leather /vinyl dye . this is water based . the dye does not damage anything.

I have used this on my vehicles seats and dash . UV resistant and will not peel off .. this dye locks on ..

the major dye job I did was the Impala dash .. removed it washed it down .. then used denatured alcohol to remove any surface contamination .. put on 5 coats of this dye then 24 hrs later buffed it down with a soft cloth .. this was several years ago .. you can also tweek the dye color to your exact match .. I used Lt gray color but there is a KIT to tweek the colors ..

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Since the belts are good, just swap to good used retractors. You CANNOT let the retractor re-roll when you pull the belt all the way out to swap. It's easy.

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I haven't used their service but I have bought from them. https://www.ssnake-oyl.com
Have heard about them for years, just never inquired if they would dod the service I want.

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