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Old 01-16-2012, 07:55 AM
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Suitable hide for upholstering dash, doors etc?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/160703877221...84.m1423.l2649

Would a hide like this be suitable to upholster the dash, inside doors, inside walls behind seats etc?

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Yes. The only problem is if you try to match the color and grain and can't do it. If this is a contrasting color it will work fine. I would never recommend any "discount" hide be used on seats, however.

A single hide is usually 45 to 55 square feet, and they should know how much is there, because it will be stamped on the back of the hide somewhere. A yard of vinyl would be 13.5 square feet, so you would have about 3 yards (40.5 sq. ft.). You can expect to have 10 to 15% that is unusable.

The description says it's 49.5 sq. ft., but down further it says it is 41.5 sq. ft., which I think would be more accurate.
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Hi Dan! Thank you for your answer.

I already have two leather seats. They are good seats, but in a medium brown color and they need some minor repair. No holes, cracks or open seams, but wear marks.
I like dark brown much better than medium brown.

My plans are to buy dark brown upholstery material (bycast leather or real leather) for the rest of the interior, and then buy leather dying made to match the upholstery material to repair/dye the seats so they match the rest.

For the rest of the roadster interior I need following pieces:
-1 pcs: 54" x 16" for the dashboard.
-1 pcs 54" x 12" for the "top pad"on the dashboard.
-2 pcs 30" x 37" for the inner doors.
-1 pcs 16" x 16" for the centre console.
-3 pcs 42" x 40" for the wall behind the front seats, around the corners and forward to the doors.

The rumble seat and rest of the trunk, will be done later.

How many hides do you think I need for this?
If I go for the bycast alternative, how many yards?
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With all those big pieces, you would need far more than that one hide. You might not be able to do it with two hides that size.

If you do it with By-Cast leather, you would need 3 yards.

A better way to do it would be to do it two tone, which would not require such large pieces.
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I understand.

Would it help for example to have a horisontal seam halfway up on the doors and the wall behind / round the seats? I wouldn't mind that.

Or is it the length of the dashbaord pieces that creates the biggest problem? I have measured to be certain none of the pieces will be too small. Maybe 53" inches length will be enough.
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Yes, a seam on places like the door panels and behind the seat is exactly what I meant.
When you work with leather, and the length of the two longest pieces is 54 by 16 and 54 by 12, that's almost a full yard of leather right out of the middle of the hide. That doesn't leave much left to get the other large pieces out of. Any time you can cut the pieces smaller and seam them, the more yield you will get from the hide. If you can add pieces that are another color and incorporate them into your design, you can save even more and get a lot more yield.
Look at a piece of leather furniture. You don't normally see really big pieces of leather used, there are seams all over the place. That's the same idea, and is used to get more yield from the hides they use.
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