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    Thread: Recovering Leather Seats

    1. Member BornBlue82's Avatar
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      03-08-2013 10:28 AM #1
      Has anyone had any luck having their leather seats recovered? Does anyone have any advice for having them recovered? Are their covers that fit these seats perfectly? Thanks in advance.

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      03-08-2013 11:05 AM #2
      This drove me nuts. The very cheapest option for seatcovers I found that fit well were the Coverking leatherette @ $250 for the front seats, real leather running $500. I tried universals and they just look like crap. I priced getting them re-upholstered and the cheapest place I could find wanted $575 for Leatherette and $975 for Leather... One shop wanted $900 for leatherette and I almost slapped the guy upside the head.

      I got lucky though and found same color seats at a pic and pull that were still used but nearly as bad as mine. I bought them for $50 apiece - took a utility knife and cut swatches from my old seats and plan to patch wherever i can. Good luck man.

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      03-09-2013 03:12 PM #3
      Ok so I went to an uphostery shop and the guy there told me that these seats aren't real leather, he said that they used vinyl. Can anyone clarify this?

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      03-09-2013 04:32 PM #4
      mmmm the fibrous skin on my leather seats begs to differ.
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      03-09-2013 09:04 PM #5
      The factory seats should be real leather but you can get aftermarket seat covers that are meant to replace the factory ones not just cover them. The aftermarket ones can be leatherette/vynal or leather depending on what you want to pay for. If you can find someone to recover a set of seats for $900 you're an idiot if you don't take that price we usually will recover a set of seats for $1200-$1500 depending on the options you choose.

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      03-09-2013 09:07 PM #6
      Factory seats have leather inserts (the middle sections) but are mostly leatherette (sides, back, etc).

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      03-09-2013 09:48 PM #7
      $975 for real leather is a great deal, I would jump on that.

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      03-09-2013 10:25 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by scrubinadub View Post
      $975 for real leather is a great deal, I would jump on that.
      Yeah right waste of $

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      03-10-2013 09:24 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by BoughtNotBuilt View Post
      Yeah right waste of $
      I thought it was real leather and at that price it is a steal not a waste of cash.
      They usually charge $1500 like stated Above. You have to pay to play or go to a junkyard and get some used seats, very simple.

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      03-10-2013 09:42 AM #10
      I paid $950 to have my front Recaros and Rear seats recovered in cloth. That was a really really good deal also. I was quoted $1600 for leather.



      As previously mentioned: you have to pay to play.

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      03-10-2013 02:00 PM #11
      First post, I hope I do it right.
      I bought a GLX for cheap from a friend because I needed a daily beater. I wasn't willing to spend much money to repair the seats but I hate messed up interiors. Aftermarket covers suck, especially that sliding around on leather. So I took the whole thing apart to see what I can fix.
      This helped: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...repair-rebuild

      I think with fabric and foam from a upholstery outlet and 3M adhesive and leather glue my total was around $30. Probably not a way everybody wants to go, but good enough for me.

      I recommend swapping the cushions with the passenger seat. The side bolsters seem to be a weak spot. So I added a layer of felt on top of the foam and underneath to prevent the metal frame to rub through again. Other than that there where just a few cracks where the seat heater wire burnt into the foam. Made the whole are look worse than it actually was. Pretty easy to fix too.

      Not a DIY but a few photos I took during the process.

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