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Hello. I am about ready to take my 36 Ford pickup to the upholstery shop for an estimate on getting a complete upholstery installation. I have bucket seats. Anyone got any pitfalls or pointers that they can pass on to me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Bring lots of money, quality upholstery work is expensive.

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Have some idea of what colors, what material, and anything else regarding how you want it to look. Make sure you have everything done with wiring, ducting, switches, body repairs, sound deadening, etc. so that the truck is all ready for upholstery. Anything that the upholstery shop has to do for you, or worse yet work around, will cost you money.
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+1 on what Dan said. Come prepared, and make sure your truck is ready for them.

Have a general idea of what you want. Do you have sketches, or better yet, a professional rendering? Even a bar napkin doodle can help make it easier to convey what you want than hemming and hawwing when you walk through the door "oh I kinda want um, colors, and like stripes, and uh, pleats? yeah pleats, um... what else... oh yeah, can you do color thread? um, what material is cheap? How much is it for yellow? how about red? same price? hmm, what about purple?"

yes, this is really how half of my daily walk-ins go. Have an idea what you want, but also have an open mind - if the trimmer recommends a particular material, it's probably because it is a good material to use. We don't get kick-backs, and our work has to stand the test of time, so we try to recommend stuff that will give you your money's worth in the long run. Do some brain storming with the trimmer if you're unsure about patterns and/or designs - you want vertical pleats in your doors, and diamonds in your seats, and don't understand why they're trying to talk you out of it and maybe suggest sticking to one pleat pattern... that's because when we do this all day, every day, we know what works and what doesn't. When we recommend staying away from something, it's probably because we want you to be happy with the end result, and not sit there pissed off you just spend several thousand dollars for something that looks like crap, even though it sounded good in your head.

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+1 on what Dan said. Come prepared, and make sure your truck is ready for them.

Have a general idea of what you want. Do you have sketches, or better yet, a professional rendering? Even a bar napkin doodle can help make it easier to convey what you want than hemming and hawwing when you walk through the door "oh I kinda want um, colors, and like stripes, and uh, pleats? yeah pleats, um... what else... oh yeah, can you do color thread? um, what material is cheap? How much is it for yellow? how about red? same price? hmm, what about purple?"

yes, this is really how half of my daily walk-ins go. Have an idea what you want, but also have an open mind - if the trimmer recommends a particular material, it's probably because it is a good material to use. We don't get kick-backs, and our work has to stand the test of time, so we try to recommend stuff that will give you your money's worth in the long run. Do some brain storming with the trimmer if you're unsure about patterns and/or designs - you want vertical pleats in your doors, and diamonds in your seats, and don't understand why they're trying to talk you out of it and maybe suggest sticking to one pleat pattern... that's because when we do this all day, every day, we know what works and what doesn't. When we recommend staying away from something, it's probably because we want you to be happy with the end result, and not sit there pissed off you just spend several thousand dollars for something that looks like crap, even though it sounded good in your head.

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"StichIzz" is bang on the money here. Being in a trade, and it doesn't matter which one, it is extremely helpful if the customer does have an idea of what he or she wants...and listen to the professional, the customer brings it to them for a reason, usually because the customer can't do it themselves, and there isn't anything wrong with that.

Things that frustrate the people that you have chosen to do your interior work, body work, paint work, mechanical or what ever are.

1) Choosing a path and changing your mind half way through...it's expensive...for the customer and the person performing the work. So, be certain....if you change your mind...be prepared to pay.

2) A customer that comes in and says, "I was told by a friend that you should do it this way"...When I hear this, my first thought is, then take it to your friend. Often what you read, watched on television, or overheard at the water cooler at work does not make you a professional, professionals become that way from the experience of actually doing it...and doing it often.

3) Do some homework (as mentioned), we can't read your mind...pictures of similar work, renderings, discussion...a little information may be dangerous, but...No information leaves everyone helpless.

4) After the work is done and your happy with it...give credit where credit is due...from experience I have built vehicles and one in particular where the owner gave his wife credit "for letting him build another one". He never touched a wrench, a piece of sand paper or a piece of fabric.

The list can go on but that's a start...You will find that the people you have chosen to do work for you will be much more agreeable and flexible when the whole process is approached positively.

Advice for getting anything done...get references...and check them out, see what they are doing at the moment and what they have done in the past. It makes it much easier to choose a shop and gives you a comfort zone of trust...and get everything in writing, it helps you and the shop.

Hope this helps.

Ray
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