Automobile(s): 2001 Seville STS, 1990 Seville (RIP), 1972 Sedan Deville
East Boston MA.
Originally Posted by amcon
again you have no idea what you are saying ... speak from experence or dont offer you op, pleaSE
I am speaking from experience. I've used (and seen others use) both DupliColor and SEM products. SEM is superior in my experience. The DupliColor products have rubbed off fairly quickly, and the finish is not as nice.
Or am I wrong in saying that worn leather either needs replacing or repairing??
So I had the new cover installed today by the local upholstery specialist.
I should have ordered the one without seat heater because we discovered that the wiring and connector for the seat heating was different than on the existing cover. At some point GM has changed the wiring. It was not simply a matter of transplanting the plug because on the cover I bought the rear heating element (closest to the backrest) was wired in series with the backrest heating circuit, while on my existing cover it was not.
I suspect maybe pre-07 models did not have separately selectable heating for the seat cushion and backrest. The cover I bought must have been for pre-07 models. But strangely enough there was only 1 part number.
So we ended up cutting apart the old cover and re using the heating elements. $100 wasted.
Right. Here are 2 pics of the "new" seat. Really happy with the result.
Didn't occur to me to take pictures while they were working on it. Essentially they cut open the seams in the old cover to free the heating pads from the leather and they then glued them to the foam seat cushion.
This of course raised the center part of the cushion by the same amount as the thickness of the heating pads so they added a thin layer of foam to the side bolsters to compensate.
This made it harder to get the cover to stay attached to the Velcro strips on the cushion but in the end they did it.
It was a fairly easy operation to remove the seat cushion leaving the seat itself in place. It is great to observe real professionals at work - I decided to have them re-upholster the flybridge seating on our boat next March.
I'm happy I went to the upholstery specialist, a regular garage could not have done this.