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Ult-Jim

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402 posts

70 months

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I know it has probably been asked before, but why did you choose one or the other when building your car and if purchased second hand did it swathe your decision on which car to buy?

Steve_D

9,190 posts

138 months

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I used Alcantara but it does fade and I have not found any products to treat it.
Leather will fade less but there are many froducts available to both restore colour or change it.

I do like the feel of the Alcantara.

Steve

Storer

2,697 posts

95 months

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I chose leather as I prefere the look and it lasts longer and is easier to keep looking good. It is a more expensive option especially if you don't use the Factory kit. Mine was about £4k excluding the carpets using 3 hides and an expert to make and fit it.

My carpets are synthetic (nylon I think) as they will get wet and I don't want them to smell. Velcro used to fit them so easily removed if necessary.



Paul

Ult-Jim

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402 posts

70 months

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Thanks Paul for your post with experience and what it really costs to go your own route. One to remember for any future builder. Really helpful. I personally prefer leather, so I ask how difficult it is to replace a Alcantara interior for a leather one? I guess the front windscreen may have to come out and removing the alcantara may be messy?

Citrus7

1,058 posts

61 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
Personally going for leather. Local trimmer has quoted £500 for dash, £500 for headlining incl roll cage and £500 for carpets, side panels and rear bulkhead. He's insisted on cockpit being off the car to do the dash and headlining, to ensure a decent finish.

Dave
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deadscoob

1,173 posts

140 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
Are there any U/V blocking sprays that can be sprayed on the alcantara to help keep the colour for longer?

AlexCim

106 posts

34 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
deadscoob said:
Are there any U/V blocking sprays that can be sprayed on the alcantara to help keep the colour for longer?
black spray paint wink probably water based would work best

Verde

438 posts

68 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
I'm a big fan of Alcantara (my dining room chairs and living room couch are done with the stuff) but I wouldn't choose it for the interior of the Ultima. Ideally (for me), the side bolsters of the seats would be done in leather and the seat bottom and center backrest would be done in Alcantara to hold you in the seat better while the bolsters in leather resists wear. The dash in Alcantara would (again, for me) look tacky and unfinished. Leather is a lot better. I would of course get an Alcantara wheel and shift knob (which I have yet to do on my car). I have a GT3 Porsche wheel on my 997 (the Alcantara one with the center yellow stripe) as well as the shift knob and I love it.
I actually plan to have the seats re-upholstered on the Ultima as the padding is completely gone and my spine hits the metal base. That's the next job to get done.
GL,
V

DHGTR

1,110 posts

123 months

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Saturday 13th April 2013 quote quote all
Leather for seats as you stand on them to get in the car. I do use a nice little cut down black towel that i place on the seats to get in and out but they still pick up some dirt.

Dave

designz

5 posts

12 months

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Ult-Jim

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402 posts

70 months

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It must be a rainy day in the UK today, dragging up old posts! biggrin I went for a car with leather in the end and am very pleased. I have used Autoglyn's leather care balm to care and nourish the leather. When not in use or when working on the car I keep the seats & dash covered with a cloth sheet to prevent the build up of dust and dirt building up in the stitching & corners of the seats.

k wright

971 posts

139 months

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Saturday 13th April 2013 quote quote all
Painted mine black. No regrets.

GTRMikie

685 posts

128 months

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Sunday 14th April 2013 quote quote all
When I built my car, the factory did a fabric seat covering as well as leather and alcontara. I chose the fabric. I once owned a Cosworth with leather Recaros. If the car was left in the sun for any length of time, it would be almost impossible to sit in the seats (especially if wearing shorts!) until they had cooled down. Fabric covered seats do not get hot. My seats are now 13 years old and still look as good as new. (But I don't stand on the seats when I get into the car!)
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