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Old 09-15-2007, 06:13 PM
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Recycling old seat cover

I'm in the process of building a traditional '27 modified. This might sound a little strange, but I'd like some feed back from someone in the field. I was thinking about the interior today. What do you think about using the stock rear seat cover from a '56 Merc to cover my seat in the modified? The car is being built with a mid '50's theme, hence the vintage threads. In high school, my buddy had a '56 Montclair, loved those leather / vinyl seats

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Old 09-15-2007, 11:30 PM
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I was out standing in my "field" this morning.

I have no direct experience with what you are asking but I have seen old leather furniture material used to give a distressed look to an interior. I would think there is no reason you can't do what you are thinking.

Go for it, I think it is a great idea!!
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re:Recycling o;d seat covers

Yeah...something about the crisp morning air...I just came in from watering the horses!!!!!
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Let me preface this by saying that I'm just getting started in automotive upholstery, so I'm in no way, shape, or form an expert at it. I'm not a stranger to it though. It's been my experience with most things automotive that you can do just about anything you want to do if you have a big enough hammer - assuming you can find all of the parts needed to do what you want to do.

It would seem to me that the hardest part of your proposed project would be finding a stock seat cover from a '56 Merc in good enough condition to be used for recycling - unless you're talking about using a reproduction seat cover.

Why not do a bit of research and find out what kind of material was used on the Merc's seats, then try to locate some of that to do your interior? A good trimmer could use photos of a '56 Merc's seats, then design you an interior based on that style, but one that will fit your seat(s) without having to try to force things to fit your seat's contours. (Kind of like trying to make one of Paris Hilton's dresses fit Rosie O'Donnell.) Sorry to gross you out so early in the morning with that mental image, but you get the idea...
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Are you talking about taking an old seat cover and modifying it to fit whatever seat you're going to put in the car? If so, I can tell you that taking something old apart and trying to recycle, replace, or repair any part of it creates a huge problem, especially if you are trying to add new parts to the old seat cover. Find New Old Stock that matches what you remember and recreate an old-looking new seat cover.
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re:Recycling old seat covers

Thanks for the input. Dan...do you know if it's possible to find material that is distressed. What I'm after is the the fading and wrinkling that would be there after 50 years.
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Possibly mist it with bleach water and put it in a tarp and run ovver it with a truck on a gravel road wad it up wet it and tie it and let it dry.
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Thanks for the input. Dan...do you know if it's possible to find material that is distressed. What I'm after is the the fading and wrinkling that would be there after 50 years.
I understand what you're trying to do, and I think it would look great, but you have the opposite problem of most people! Everyone else wants to make the old look new. Distressed leather is available, but I doubt it would be available to match the color of an old seat. Distressing fabric, other than just natural old age, is next to impossible without ruining the fabric. If I was going to try to distress fabric, I would first of all not put bleach of any kind on it. That would be too hard to control any potential damage to the surface, but especially to the backing of the fabric. I would wash it in Woolite in a washing machine on the gentle cycle 5 or 6 times. Even then, the potential for destroying the backing on the fabric would be very high.
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re:Recycling old seat covers

Thanks for the input DanTwoLakes. Following the 50 year old theme for my car is harder than I thought it would be. I just don't want to use the blanket covered seats like everyone else. Being that it's a open car I would guess even new material is going to age quickly. The interior colors I would like to use are either cream and red, or cream and green. Only the seats are going to be covered. I'm planning on doing the frame and running gear in black and the body in red oxide primer. The engine and spoke Ford wheels in red or green. Thanks again, Youngster.
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Good luck with your project, it sounds like it will be a lot of fun!
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I gather that you are not interested in using new material because you are trying to build a just found "barn car" hot rod not a "new" traditional hot rod and therefore new material would defeat the purpose.

You might try looking for some old curtains at estate sales or old building auctions. If they come from high end properties that material would have been kept in good condition over the years but give you the look you are after.
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