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Old 04-05-2008, 11:11 PM
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Open Roadster..Leather or Vinyl..?

I have a 53 XK120 Jaguar..quite modified (sbc etc). Not looking for a concours type restoration. I had the current interior was done in 1984. The "fad" at the time was is gray out..grey in.
I want a more interesting combo now..looking at a dark red. A dream would be a baseball glove (dark Rawlings ..I coach) or saddle leather..but I think cost and drying would be a major issue here in the desert.
The car is an open top (old racer). I live in Southern the sun will be a constant issue. Car is a driver..not a show piece..looks nice..but I drive it often.
Is leather or vinyl better in this enviorment ?
It is now vinyl..but as the car was garaged from 84 to 2006 (long story) when I replaced all the mechcanicals..the vinyl is Ok..but drab.
The seats are done with fabric centers (seat bottoms and backs) for comfort in 110* + heat..and will want again that way.
I have been away from rodding (kids eat money)..a lot has changed.
I have done amatuer stuff..30 years just need the seats. I will do the easier parts (carpets..doors and kick panels).
Thanks for any help..

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Old 04-05-2008, 11:33 PM
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Looks better in light..but drab.
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I'm just a bit of a Jag fan. Really like the older models. I remember your's from a post awhile back. Definitely a beaut. I will be moving to Arizona in 2 months. Hope to see that puppy running on the highway. I'll flag you down as long as you're stopped. No doubt you'd leave me in the dust.

I really like cloth seats. Warm in winter and somewhat cool in summer. My truck has vinyl and down the road I would like to go cloth. Yea, not period, but gotta put comfort first sometimes. My wife's Jeep has leather and I really don't care for it. I sweat like a Sumo wrestler when it's hot out. I say put in what you like, in a state like Arizona, everything will get baked over time.

You're the driver, what do you want?????????????
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Because of the cloth inserts, there is not that much vinyl or leather needed to do your seats, so put in what you like. Properly maintained leather will stand up to whatever you throw at it, but make sure you get automotive grade leather that has more UV protection. If you use vinyl, use marine grade which also has more UV protection. 100% polyurethane fabrics like Ultraleather, Infiniss, Magnificent, and Dove would also be a good choice and be less costly than leather and more expensive than vinyl.

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