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Worn upholstery

Postby Liverpoolman1 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:00 am

My 1997 Cabriolet 216 is looking good after its respray but is now let down by my drivers seat. After nearly 20 years the seat material has finally split. I see from the spec on the forum that the materials used are Silverstone in Granite and Stone Beige. Does anyone know if this can be renewed with authentic materials? As I live in North Wales does anyone know where it can be bought and are there fitters around who do this sort of job?

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Re: Worn upholstery

Postby Johnny 216GSi » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:41 pm

Liverpoolman1 wrote:My 1997 Cabriolet 216 is looking good after its respray but is now let down by my drivers seat. After nearly 20 years the seat material has finally split. I see from the spec on the forum that the materials used are Silverstone in Granite and Stone Beige. Does anyone know if this can be renewed with authentic materials? As I live in North Wales does anyone know where it can be bought and are there fitters around who do this sort of job?


The simple answer is no.

And the seat construction is very complicated in terms of how the covers are bound to the cushion foam - steel rods and hoops, elasticated tensioners, plastic tension cards - and a lot of upholsterers webbing.

All the foam has perished in your seat covers and the webbing will have disintegrated completely.

It's not a job you should attempt yourself. You should find a reputable car upholsters near you and ask them to quote for what you want fixed. They may be able to re-stitch your seat and make it look okay. Just google "car re-upholsterer in north wales" and try and find someone with a good reputation.

You definitely can't buy a cloth match for the bolsters as far as I know - plus yours will be faded compared to any standard colour.

The Silverstone material is also NLA as far as I know.

Here's a stockists in the Netherlands that appears to have bought up a whole load of old Rover material:

http://www.westtrading.nl/overzicht.asp?Merk=ROVER&Categorie=Bekledingsstof&language=UK&t=Seat%20upholstery

It appears they don't have Silverstone. That Rover 75 "ambition" material first on the list has a silver-threaded chevron design in black but it won't be a close match for what you have. The chequered carbon black material looks a bit closer, 4th from the bottom, but it still isn't the right stuff.

If you do fancy any of their stock, they don't deal with the general public direct. You have to use a registered upholsterers - they seem to know who's who in the UK and won't deal with anyone who isn't established as a fully-fledged restorer.

It's a complete reupholster (about £1000 all in) with different cloth combinations that you are free to choose, or having the upholsterer fettle what's already on the car to make it better/acceptable. Actually I'd say for £1000 at the right upholsterers you could go for full leather including the door cards. You can even change the design of the seat cover if you want - where the stitching detail is, different coloured edging, etc. You could for example do a copy of the leather version of the cabriolet interior. The only other option is to find an identical seat from another cabriolet, or swap the entire interior over with another car if you can't get a single-seat match. Having said this, you could also find a seat and ask them to extract the panel of material you need from it to repair your own.

Use the search box on this forum with the term "upholstery," etc. - you should find plenty of posts including ones from me, describing how potentially difficult the job is - like this one:

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=10671&p=62588&hilit=upholstery#p62588

... and definitely this one if you want to fall asleep:

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=10293&p=59537&hilit=upholstery#p59537

No-one has done it AFAIK, but people have had parts of their upholstery "improved" by professional upholsterers.
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Re: Worn upholstery

Postby ROVER-25X » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:28 am

This place is in Rock Ferry off St.Pauls Road, pricey but worth a look.

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Re: Worn upholstery

Postby Liverpoolman1 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:47 am

Thanks for that. I'll follow up and see what they have. Fingers crossed!

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Re: Worn upholstery

Postby 1374lee » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:43 pm

My coupe, the upper and lower bolsters, are well worn on the drivers seat, the rest of my seats are great,mine is cream leather. It looks a bit scruffy now and is letting the rest of the car down. I am taking mine to a local upholster next week for an inspection and price to do the job.
I will look into the links above later on, should be worth a read.

Thanks. Lee.


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