Originally Posted by staleg
I know bycast leather isn't actually real leather.
But it cost a fraction of leather hides, and I have good experiences with bycast leather on my living room furnitures.
Have any of you made up a bycast leather car interior?
I already have a couple of used leather car seats. I'm planning to dye these dark brown and make the rest of the interior from dark brown bycast leather.
The car is a '34 Roadster with rumble seat and that will be made with bycast leather as well.
How many square feets should I order for such a job?
Recast leather, also called Bycast, Bicast or PU leather, is very popular right now, and there are hundreds of different colors and grains available. It is nothing more than fabric with a 100% polyurethane face ( like Ultraleather) with a backing of recycled actual leather. It comes in a roll, just like vinyl, so you order it by the yard, which is 36" wide and 54" tall, not by the square foot like real leather. As long as it's a roadster, you should only need about 5 or 6 yards, and that will be more than plenty. I'm hearing some complaints about Ultraleather seating not lasting very well. The rumble seat should be fine, but I'm not sure I'd do a driver's seat with it.
Here are pictures of some re-cast leather.