June 21, 2016
We spend a ton of time looking at the interior of cars because of the tinting jobs we do, and as a result see a lot of custom upholstery jobs. Especially where we are in California, there are some pretty radical upholstery jobs on seats of cars that just blow our mind! The picture below is certainly not one of the custom jobs we have seen. This is the interior of a ’71 Plymouth Duster, which we are doing a tinting job on very shortly. We wanted to show this to you because we have a Car Upholstery shop down in Chandler, Arizona that is going to help us out with it, and make this overhaul of the Duster look really good.
Normally when we see great interior upholstery jobs, they are for either new cars, or vintage cars. Personally, I don’t know that I would call a Plymouth Duster a vintage car, but there is some serious sentimental value to the customer that can’t be properly conveyed on a blog post. We have been in the same boat in the past, with a very old Chevelle that we custom fitted with a new engine, wheels, tires, and of course a fantastic tint job. Most of the time, we like to take old cars and pimp them up a bit to look like we want them to. We call it our own Mexican equation, and it fits us and our family here at the tint shop pretty well.
When we think of Car Upholstery, these are some of the things we think of:
- Custom Leather. We have seen upholstery shops use leather of any color to work a custom upholstery job on the interior of a car. The best custom leather jobs are the ones that embroider logos or initials into the leather. You would typically see these custom jobs in celebrities cars because they can afford to pay for the cost of the job, which can be very high.
- Seamless design. What do we mean by seamless design? For example, your steering wheel, when it comes in a brand new car, has a seamless design on it, without any high seams, or virtually no bumps on a leather steering wheel cover. Upholstery shops can make this same design, and do it with virtually any material, depending on your taste.
- The seat covers need to fit well with the interior of the vehicle, as well as the exterior paint job of the car. Contrast is fine, but it has to be colors that go very well together. Many times, we have seen car owners simply repaint their cars according to the color of the new upholstery that goes in the vehicle.
Most of the vehicles that we do our tint jobs for don’t have custom upholstery, but when we see them, we certainly give them a long hard look. Custom upholstery is something that we have had done to a couple of our cars, and we have had the pleasure of working with some very talented upholstery designers who can do just about anything with leather or vinyl.
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