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Old 08-25-2003, 07:10 AM
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new interior coverings?

Working on my new projects and just wondering... what's gonna be the 'NEW' interior covering? We went through fake fur, velvet, vinyl, tweed and leather and all the exotic leathers like ostrich and snake....even ultra-suede.... what's next? I personally have seen how leather cracks, wrinkles and comes unglued after a year or two in the BIG $$$$ cars and don't think I'd like it in my 'drivers'... (especially for the price...)I'm building an open car and redoing another with the old crushed velvet interior that looks really cool yet, but.... is a little outdated!!!!! Can any interior gurus 'predict the future' for me and say what is the 'ultimate' covering coming into trend? I'd like something that looks neat, subtle and refined, yet can wear like iron and put up with numerous cleanings. Thanks for any advice or options!!!

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Old 08-25-2003, 08:03 AM
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HI been thinking somewhat of my project too,I guess to me just a good standard everyday interior goes just as far as anything you can still do designs,and have a good life in it,don't feel like your trapped in something that is to far out. ( if that makes sence).
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Old 08-25-2003, 08:08 AM
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There are fads that come and go as you have described but good old velour is still the staple of custom upholstry. It's been around since the first cars and is still going strong.
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Old 08-25-2003, 10:01 AM
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NEOPRENE

THE wave of the future is here now.
looks good, wears good, fits like a glove, takes washing well, only thing i can forsee, is uv light degradation...... but i can combat that.......
back to the laboratory.....
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Old 08-25-2003, 10:34 AM
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Hi zonk- hope we can get a good response to something new and cool that wears as well as stuff from the past- willys- you're probably right-my old velour in the '50 still looks decent but is so outta style...and larry... neoprene, huh??? I'm just imagining the feel of my backside when sliding into the car at 100 degrees with 95% humidity.... well, maybe NOT sliding...!!! I suppose it 'twould be nothing to just hose it down to clean...!!!
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Old 08-26-2003, 04:15 AM
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Wow ... I never thought about that -- velour. Ain't nothin' like the tried and true! And as far as looking "old style," I think that all depends on what you do with it.

I think we've seen enough of the embossed flames, eh? You've got me thinking about what can be done with velour ... colors ... layers ... patterns that make a design original and tasteful enough to be timeless.


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By velour, I am referring to all the cloth upholstery material with a short nap. See it in it seems half the cars at a rod run - the ones that don't have cracked leather!! Don't know the proper names of cloth!
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Thanks willys36

I was thinking vinyl up to now ... 2 colors. But you brought up a very cool point ... so, when I go looking, I may still decide to go with vinyl, but I'm gonna look closely at the cloth stuff, too ... at least give it some serious thought.

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Well, for my 'gasser' I wanted a traditional pleated vinyl interior but I didn't want the sweating and skin damage that goes along with it so I compromised and did the entire interior in my lovely pleated vinyl with complementary plaid cloth inserts in the seat cushion and back where me touches it.
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Old 08-26-2003, 09:18 AM
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Got any pics of that?

I bet cloth is easier to shape than vinyl?

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Old 08-27-2003, 07:25 AM
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Cloth is so much easier on the machine if you're sewing than leather or vinyl- ( and my wife doesn't yell at me as much since I'm not swearing as much!!!)-It is easier to mold and glue around tight bends... Does anybody else- (Upholstery shop guys?-kriskustoms is on honeymoon, I think...) know of any other products that are feasible for interiors exposed to the elements??? I'll have a top on the car but no side windows- (and it WILL be driven...!!!) Any suggestions are appreciated- Thanks, guys!!
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Im back from the honeymoon now...

An open car exposed to the elements...nothing beats a quality vinyl, any form of cloth will absorb and hold moisture. Look into some of the new vinl, patterned like carbon fiber etc., and the new colors that are irridecent (have no idea how to spell that).
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Old 09-01-2003, 11:37 PM
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Here is a shot of my interior. As you can see, the cloth is tweed, not plaid but who is keeping score. You can make out the saddle tan vinyl and pleated doors.

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Check out the Aston Martin Vanquish interior for a very subtle use of quilted Alcantara and leather.
I have just reproduced this effect for a customers boat interior and it looks fantastic.
Also very hard wearing and easy to maintain.
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