Author Topic: W11x Re-Upholstery  (Read 3127 times)

simonluong

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W11x Re-Upholstery
« on: April 23, 2021, 15:46:32 »
I have a situation, On my 1965 Coupe, the leather interior are good condition excepted 2 front seats, top of rear seat and top of rear back with vinyl cover and bright green replaced with the previous owner. Any suggestions what I should do in this case, I don't mind to re upholstery all, but I would love to keep thing original. If I recover the seats in the new leather, will they match with my original?
1965 220 SEb Coupe
1967 250SL
1972 280SE
1988 560SL
1989 560SL
1992 500SL
1994 E320 Cabriolet
1997 SL600
2002 SL500 Silver Arrow

wwheeler

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Re: W11x Re-Upholstery
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2021, 23:35:00 »
Nice car...4 speed and very rare factory headrests. You can get leather samples from the vendors and compare to what you have on the car now. If you do decide to recover just the front seats, I would use the "Old Timer" leather versus standard grade. It has better grain and has a higher quality feel. I think if you do both front seats and headrests, the older material may blend in ok. Hard to say from pictures though.

Replacing the entire interior leather is really expensive. Not so much for the leather itself, but the labor of custom installing all of the pieces. They sell seat kits, but the rest has to be custom tailored.

Good luck!
Wallace
Texas
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'60 220SE W128 coupe
'70 Plymouth Roadrunner 440+6

simonluong

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Re: W11x Re-Upholstery
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2021, 14:22:54 »
Thank you, Wallace. Yes they are rare factory headrests. Any vendors that you recommend?
1965 220 SEb Coupe
1967 250SL
1972 280SE
1988 560SL
1989 560SL
1992 500SL
1994 E320 Cabriolet
1997 SL600
2002 SL500 Silver Arrow

mBdrvr

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Re: W11x Re-Upholstery
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2021, 19:41:44 »
Leatherique sells products that clean and refresh the leather (even stiff cracked leather). Then use their dye product to restore or change the color. It even works on white to black or vice versa.
Paul Greenblatt
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wwheeler

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Re: W11x Re-Upholstery
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2021, 23:56:58 »
If I understand you correctly, someone has "repaired" your fronts seats with vinyl instead of leather. And that the vinyl is a different color than the original leather? We have a list of leather vendors and is here: https://www.sl113.org/wiki/Suppliers/Start

GAHH, German Auto Tops (GAT) and World Upholstery are some of the few that are tossed around here.

BTW, being a Full member, you have access to all of this. Enjoy!

 
Wallace
Texas
'68 280SE W111 coupe
'60 220SE W128 coupe
'70 Plymouth Roadrunner 440+6

Desertpagoda

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Re: W11x Re-Upholstery
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2021, 01:07:12 »
If anyone needs one, I have one(1) complete headrest like these for sale in Tucson, $550 shipped US
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simonluong

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Re: W11x Re-Upholstery
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2021, 00:01:55 »
Leatherique sells products that clean and refresh the leather (even stiff cracked leather). Then use their dye product to restore or change the color. It even works on white to black or vice versa.

Thank you! That is good idea
1965 220 SEb Coupe
1967 250SL
1972 280SE
1988 560SL
1989 560SL
1992 500SL
1994 E320 Cabriolet
1997 SL600
2002 SL500 Silver Arrow

simonluong

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Re: W11x Re-Upholstery
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2021, 00:08:45 »
If I understand you correctly, someone has "repaired" your fronts seats with vinyl instead of leather. And that the vinyl is a different color than the original leather? We have a list of leather vendors and is here: https://www.sl113.org/wiki/Suppliers/Start

GAHH, German Auto Tops (GAT) and World Upholstery are some of the few that are tossed around here.

BTW, being a Full member, you have access to all of this. Enjoy!
Thank you!
1965 220 SEb Coupe
1967 250SL
1972 280SE
1988 560SL
1989 560SL
1992 500SL
1994 E320 Cabriolet
1997 SL600
2002 SL500 Silver Arrow