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Old 08-08-2003, 08:25 PM
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fair price for upholstery

I have a pair of '85 Fiero seats in my Model A coupe that need to be recovered. I have considered replacing them, but they fit me and the car and they are pretty cool with the speakers built in to the seat tops (I'm replacing the speakers with good aftermarkets,too.) They are vinyl sides with cloth inserts, which I plan to duplicate. I took them to my friendly neighborhood auto upholsterer who told me he'd charge >$400 per seat. Then another guy who has recovered some of my household furniture and does a lot of boats told me he charges for the material at cost and then $15 per hour(he's mostly retired) which comes out to about $250 a seat. There's a guy on the 'net offering leather covers plus a video for $400 ( I can't believe it's very good leather), So what's a fair price? I won't be doing this until winter when I can take the seats out, so I have time to look around.

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Old 08-08-2003, 09:44 PM
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We charge an average of about $400 to $450 a PAIR to recover bucket seats, plus materials. Fiero bucket seats take a bit more time to do, they have these kind of weird 1" thick foam pillows that can be a pain in the *** to sew.
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Thanks. there is a guy on the net-mrmikes.com- who offers Fiero replacement covers in leather,plus an installation video for about $400. Have you ever heard of this guy or have a general opinion? Thanks.
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Old 08-12-2003, 06:50 PM
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Never heard of him, the seats look decent. But i would be VERY leery about the leather used in the kits. Enough of a good quality leather to cover two seats cannot even be bought for $400, let alone the labor in cutting and sewing, the sew foam, and so on.
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Thanks. That's what one of the upholsterers I checked with said, too. He showed me a hide he said would cover one seat and it cost him over $250. Guess there is no free lunch.
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MrMike sent me samples of his leather-I took them to a local show repair place that said that the samples were l"upholstery quality" leather. MrMIke says his quantity buying and automated manufacturing keep the cost down. I'm conflicted, I really like the seats he shows on the website, but the price is a lot of money to spend on a pig in a poke. Like most of us,I wasn't born yesterday, but I sure wish this was on the up and up.
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