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Old 01-07-2013, 01:59 PM
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Dan, I am not an expert upholsterer - I made my comments based from a user's perspective. I have seen many leather seats showing signs of wear, dried and cracking well before similar vinyl seats, and that is considering the older vinyls which were inferior to today's vinyls. I have also seen some fairly high-end leather interiors (in show cars) where the dyes didn't exactly match. Maybe what I have seen is not quality leather. I have no doubt you know your craft well and produce very high quality products. My point is that considering the extra expense, most folks would be better served by today's quality vinyls, than leather. If cost was no concern, then go for the leather.

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Like everything else, how the item is maintained is the important thing. If an item is abused, it doesn't matter if it is good quality or not, it will wear quickly. All things being equal, good quality leather will outlast vinyl every time. I'm not talking about what passes for a leather interior in production line cars.
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I understand that - most "leather" production line interiors are mostly vinyl, and I'm sure not the best leather in those parts that are.
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If a guy was to get a leather job on his car....what would be some "typical" specification or and expectations that a quality upholstery guy would need to better understand the customers job. if any... Also...any particular better hides...or bad for that one should avoid?

Care to PM me as to the ball park $$ of a full leather job, Classic styling..no flames or excess tucks and rolls...just sharp and neat and well executed.

Just want to do some planning and I've got a year or so to be ready.

Thanks for such a great thread.
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I understand that - most "leather" production line interiors are mostly vinyl, and I'm sure not the best leather in those parts that are.
That's exactly right, and it is also true of most "leather" furniture.
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Theres really none better that I know of in Tennessee than this guy. I have spent time in his shop just trying to learn. He is in Knoxville.

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Theres really none better that I know of in Tennessee than this guy. I have spent time in his shop just trying to learn. He is in Knoxville.

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Yes, very nice. Thanks for that recommendation.
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The seat looks great, pat yourself on the back, from a upholster on the west coast. 48 years of experience uphlostering anything.
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