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 Post subject: Seat reupholstery options
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:13 am 

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Location: Pennsylvania
Hi all.

Is there a common source out there for replacing the original vinyl material on seats? I called my local upholstery shop and he said he doesnt have a source for direct replacement material. So I either need to find a catalog or source with original vinyl or I need to find a replacement that matches as close as possible.

this is for A 79 TE 51 in tan.


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 Post subject: Re: Seat reupholstery options
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:40 pm 
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i believe they can offer material. pity they only do covers for European cars.

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 Post subject: Re: Seat reupholstery options
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:59 am 

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Been in the trade over 36 years, only available vinyl I've seen was for Volkswagen...and even that is getting scarce. I just gonna redo the whole interior of my Cressida.


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 Post subject: Re: Seat reupholstery options
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:49 pm 
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you can usually get something that's pretty close, Mazda guys here in Oz got hold of a material for R100 seats, it's usually not the colour or style of vinyl thats a problem, its the embossed patterns on headrests etc that can be painful to replicate.

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 Post subject: Re: Seat reupholstery options
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:48 pm 

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Exactly, most vinyls and fabrics from the factory are not sold to the public. Finding the exact pattern/texture is the hard part, that's why small section/panel repairs are tough. You may find a color that's close, or do a major search on the web and hope you get lucky.


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 Post subject: Re: Seat reupholstery options
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:01 pm 

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This won't do any good in Oz or Pennsylvania but here in Southern California I went to my local Evans Upholstery shop in Lawndale [I think, boundaries are confused here] and bought an auto vinyl pattern called "Wallaby" that was an exact pattern match for my 1967 Datsun. Moral, check the Yellow Pages or equivalent for upholstery supplies and pay a visit. You don't know what you will spot on the rolls of material! Local Adult Education classes occasionally feature furniture refinishing and reupholstery classes. Their instructors are a gold mine for where to get upholstery, vinyl or fabric, materials.

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 Post subject: Re: Seat reupholstery options
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:23 pm 

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Good tip, when my supplier didn't have any VW vinyl, I called around...an old shop here had a roll from the 70's. Was that Wallaby a Keyston vinyl? Sounds familiar.


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