Happy New Year! After a nice holiday break, it's time to get back on track. We caught up with Tony and he had a few updates for us. As you can see in this photo, the bolsters have been reinforced and the padding has been upgraded. These should hug quite nicely once complete.
The oem cloth seat skins are also lined with foam from the factory. This is what gives the seat its plushness. The foam in our seats were still in great condition so there wasn't any need to mess with them.
Here's another angle of the OEM foam padding under the cloth.
The white material is the back of the original cloth fabric from our seats. These will be cut and used as a template for the new material.
And to answer everyone's question, here's the material we chose: Ultrasuede Toray HP (high performance) in Charcoal. The cost was $60 a square yard. Since we're keeping the center sections, we only needed to purchase 3 yards or 1.5 yards per seat. If you decide to include the centers, 2 yards per seat is recommended.
In this photo, you can see our original cloth template being used as a stencil for the new material.
Here are all the cutouts for just the seat back. The suede fabric is actually already glued to a quarter inch foam pad for additional reinforcement.
Although the glue is strong, Tony also uses some preliminary sticthing to make sure the materials don't separate.
Here's a sneak peek of a semi-completed seat back. It still needs to be stretched and hog-pinned but we're incredbily happy with plushness, color, and look and feel. We'll have both seats completed in the next update.