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Another estimating materials question

Well, I'm getting ready to re-do the interior of my '78 Trans Am, and am trying to figure out how much material I will need to order for the job. It's currently got the original all-black vinyl upholstery, and I've decided on doing it in black vinyl with red vinyl inserts/accents - slightly custom, but not drastically different than stock - and I'm planning on doing it in Spradling's "Rogue" line of vinyl (Crimson and Black).

My plans are to upholster the 2 front bucket seats, the rear bench seat, both door panels, sun visors, and other smaller accents (console glovebox pad, shifter boot, etc). I had replaced the carpet a couple years ago, and the previous owner had the headliner re-done so both of those will not need to be touched. So with that in mind, does anyone have any ideas as to the amount of vinyl I need to pickup? I was originally thinking 3 yards of Crimson and 5 yards of Black, but reading some other posts makes me think that might not be enough. Would 4 yards Crimson and 8 yards Black be a better option (the Crimson will be used as inserts and accents, with Black being the main color)? I'm also factoring in a bit extra just in case I flub up somewhere.

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5 yards of black would not be enough. The 8 yards of black will be plenty, and you can stick with the 3 yards of red, that will be plenty also. Remember, you're not buying square yards, each yard will be 36" by 54".

Spradling Rogue is kind of a stiff vinyl, are you sure you don't want to use something softer?
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Thanks Dan!

The couple samples that I've got don't seem any worse than the marine-grade vinyl I've been practicing with (Spradling as well, from my local Jo-Ann's), but I haven't had any large pieces to see up-close yet. The choice is based on a couple factors - 1) I like the mottled coloration that it comes in, and 2) This car needs a lot of body work in the near future and I'm leaning towards changing the exterior color once that is completed, which would mean re-doing the seat covers. I would love to use something like Synergy suede or even Sensuede for the inserts along with a similar-quality companion material, but I can't justify that for this application (high cost and potential replacement in 2 or 3 years).

Course I notice that "Your Auto Trim" has Boltasoft Rogue, would that be any different that Spradling's?
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Boltasoft's Rogue is almost exactly like Spradling's. It is a little softer, but not much. You see this a lot with automotive vinyls. There are a bunch of vinyl makers who make the same look alike vinyl patterns like Sierra, Rogue, G-Grain, Heidi, Wallaby, and Oxen. This is because the auto manufacturers want more than one source to buy from.
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