<VV> recoloring faded seats? advice needed

J R Read_HML hmlinc at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jul 7 03:21:47 EDT 2010

Hi Nick,

You neglected to mention the shipping and installation costs.  Please keep 
those items in mind, especially if
you do not have "installation" experience.  Do you want it to actually look
"right" when completed?  It helps to know what you are doing and if you 
don't, you need a reliable pro.

Example - and I sort of hate to put this out there...  Have you bought a C
top boot for a late convert?  Is it "right"?  I've yet to see one that is.

Oh Oh, now I'm in trouble.

No more from me on that in the public area.

Obviously - most everything said on VV has an "opinion" factor involved.

Later, JR

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nick Elzinga" <starship at worldonline.co.za>
To: <VirtualVairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 1:59 AM
Subject: Re: <VV> recoloring faded seats? advice needed

> JR reckons a professional re-dye job would cost over $250 but under $500
> and
> will only last 2-3 years when being used as a daily driver. A complete new
> set of upholstery for a 63 coupe from Clarks is $453 plus shipping plus
> fitting.
> I can fully understand wanting to save money in the current economic
> climate
> and not having to fix things that aren't actually broken, but at the end
> of
> the day there is nothing that touches a new part.  Let's face it you were
> never going to be happy with the discolored seats that were in there and
> you've already wasted $75 on the first attempt at dyeing them and you are
> still not happy, so now you may spend $300 having them re-done
> professionally and then still find they aren't that great.
> It's entirely up to you, but personally I wouldn't even consider trying to
> fix up 47 year old vinyl.  You could of course just buy a new set of front
> covers and then do the back later, but it will cost more, you will pay
> shipping twice over and there may be a color variation between batches of
> vinyl.
> An unfortunate fact is that restoring cars is not cheap and it is often
> hard
> to justify spending the kind of money one has to in order to make it like
> new.  All I can say is you need to be financially brave.  There is no easy
> solution.  Short cuts nine times out of ten end up costing more.
> Nick Elzinga
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