Am here in Thailand and finally remembered to bring my old Lotus hat. Thanks, in part, to hot Baltimore Grand Prix weather several years back, it became discolored from sweat and sunblock.
Doesn't look that bad in the photo; but if you look closely, you can see stains all around. I wanted to do something about it.
In our neighborhood here, there's a guy who rides around with black dye and you can flag him down if you have something that you want him to renew. I had used him before to redye a faded black hat back to black and it looked great. I wanted to try it with the Lotus hat.
And here he is above with his motorcycle/scooter and side cart! Here, I already gave him the hat and he's got it in the hot dye. You can kinda see the steam.
Above, he's taking out the cap and repositioning it within the dye container.
Above, closer look at how he's heating the dye. Yup, he rides around with a full-on, piping hot wood stove!
Above, after only a few minutes, the hat is ready.
Above, the hat is wet and drying. Initially, I had it resting nicely on one of my wife's plates. But I quickly decided that was a bad move and swapped out the plate for a plastic bag.
And, above, here's the hat dry. Looks good! And, although the dye didn't completely stick to the logo, it left the logo darker (looks even darker at certain angles) and I think it looks cool.