What's better, water based or lacquer based dye?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by F1Ace, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. F1Ace

    F1Ace F1 Rookie

    Mar 15, 2004
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    On a previous thread this issue was touched on but not expanded on, so I'm wondering if George or others would like to comment on this topic.

    It seems like most cars came with lacquer based dyes, yet several are touting water based dye as somehow better. Does anyone have an idea what the benefits of each are/were, and why one would now choose one over the other?

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  3. Mike C

    Mike C F1 Veteran
    Lifetime Rossa Owner

    Aug 3, 2002
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    OLD Ferraris had lacquer-based dyes... the new ones are all water-based dyes. Would you paint a good pair of leather shoes with LACQUER? Of course not... it would make them lose some of the softness and the leather would no longer breathe.

    Today's technology with water-based dyes (and paints) is much better than in the 70's and 80's. Re-dye with water-based.

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