: leather and vinyl or all vinyl



1980coupe
03-01-10, 10:06 AM
I have a 1980 Cadillac Coupe. Trim color is 603 Sierra Saddle. It has leather seating areas with matching vinyl. Sadly the leather is cracking and fading. Found this website that carries the exact color I need.
My question is should I go original leather/vinyl or all vinyl?
There price for a leather hide is $14.95 a square foot; average hide is 55 square feet.
Price of vinyl a yard is $45.00

Would it matter? I have a friend who redid his front seats in vinyl and came out good. Would really like to do original but price of the leather is :eek:.

What's your opinion?
Thanks

Flash man
03-01-10, 09:30 PM
Leather is nice and has a rich smell. But you will have to keep it conditioned regularly so it does not crack. I reupholstered my seats in my 86 Corvette. I decided to go with leather like (vinyl) seat covers. They look good. The leather seat covers were 900.00. The vinyl was 300.00. The question is. Are you going to keep your car for many years to come? If not, than go with the vinyl if it satisfies you. Its your car and your pocket. We can only give you our opinions. But the choice is yours. Good Luck.


Joe Flash

1980coupe
03-01-10, 11:05 PM
Leather is nice and has a rich smell. But you will have to keep it conditioned regularly so it does not crack. I reupholstered my seats in my 86 Corvette. I decided to go with leather like (vinyl) seat covers. They look good. The leather seat covers were 900.00. The vinyl was 300.00. The question is. Are you going to keep your car for many years to come? If not, than go with the vinyl if it satisfies you. Its your car and your pocket. We can only give you our opinions. But the choice is yours. Good Luck.


Joe Flash

Leather IS nice but like you said I'll have to keep it conditioned to maintain it. So you did your seats in vinyl? I have had my car for 10 years now and I do plan on keeping it for as long as I can. I had 2 full hides to re-do my seats but it I choose not to do them as the hides were not the correct color and would not match with the existing vinyl on door and rear trim.
I have found many sites offering seat covers but they do not have the color I need. I have thought also to replace the seats with those off of a newer model but would have to either re-do the seats or dye them.
Chances are I'm better off purchasing the exact color instead and spend the extra $ for it.
Thanks for your opinion.:)

1980coupe
04-07-10, 09:31 AM
how about swapping complete seats off a D'Elegance? Saw this nice interior off an 83 sedan. Can velour be dyed? I know vinyl can. They only want $15 per front seat and like $25 for the rear set. Not bad, I say.

Flash man
04-08-10, 07:13 PM
Hi,

Crushed Velour or fabric seats can be dyed with an aerosol dye. But it does not wear well and will have to be touched up often. Same goes for carpets in high traffic areas. A liquid dye will work better, but it may make the fabric hard and the dye may bleed off on your clothes if it gets wet. Vinyl, leather and plastic can be dyed with an aerosol dye and will wear well. If you do a color change you may have to touch it up periodically.I have dyed many interiors in my cars and they hold up well.


Joe Flash man