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HOTROD Auto Upholstery 101.2 A basic look at auto upholstery materials. n INTERIOR INSIGHTS By Harry Weimann I n the last article (see PHB January 2015, page 70) I started by addressing the tools of the trade and supplies that are very basic to doing auto upholstery. In this article I would like to continue by addressing materials used in the auto upholstery industry. I will describe the materials, some things to consider when ordering, and some different applications. I promise not to get too technical and bore you with details on how the materials are made, etc., since you could literally write a book on all the information available. I'll outline the materials into common groups: rolled goods, carpets, headlining and leathers. There is a lot of information to cover so I will focus on vinyls in this article and touch on some of the other upholstery material options available. I will go into more detail on those in the next article, so let's start off by talking about upholstery materials in general and how they are ordered and purchased. Ordering Materials When buying materials for a job you need to first know how to order material and how mate- rials are measured. Typical rolled good materials are ordered by the yard; these would be vinyl, cloths and velours. There are others, but these are the most com- mon. A yard in upholstery terms is 36 inches in length and typical materials come 54 inches wide—or a yard and a half wide for auto uphol- stery applications. Depending on the material and the company that manufactures it, widths can vary some. I've seen widths of 60 inches in some cases. Another fact that you need to know about most cloths is that some will stretch side-to-side and corner-to-corner—or what is referred to as the material bias—but more than likely the mate- rial will not stretch length-wise. Harry Weimann is the director of operations at WyoTech Blairsville in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. He has been in the trim industry since 1980. In 1986, he and his wife established Delmont, Pennsylvania-based Weimann's Interiors, which is now owned and operated by his son Jeff. He can be reached at 70 n Performance & Hotrod Business n April 2015 Typical rolled good materials are ordered by the yard; these would be vinyl, cloths and velours.

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