Dan Miller on Upholstering the VLF Force 1

Published by Naseem Muaddi on February 11th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Dan Miller Upholstery

The VLF Force 1 — an all-American supercar developed by former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal and world-renowned automotive designer Henrik Fisker — debuted to critical acclaim at last month’s Detroit Auto Show. Enthusiasts were especially captivated by its handcrafted leather interior that was completed by master trimmer Dan Miller.

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Should We Not Resew Backseats Either?

Published by Naseem Muaddi on February 10th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Seat Airbag

Seat airbags have complicated the work of many auto upholstery professionals, who are concerned that if they repair seat covers and the airbags underneath don’t deploy correctly they could be held liable.

Until recently, the issue was largely limited to front-seat backrests. However, in recent years, automakers have also begun installing airbags in rear-seat base cushions.

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Photo: The Velorex 16/175 Soft Body

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 9th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Velorex 16/175

Neither the country Czechoslovakia nor the automaker Velorex still exist. But when they did, both were famous for one of the most bizarre cars in automotive history.

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Shop Profile: Cape Fear Upholstery

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 8th, 2016

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If you enjoy learning about other auto upholstery shops as much as we do, then check out Fay Observer for its recent profile of Cape Fear Upholstery in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Buick to Air First-Ever Super Bowl Ad for Cascada

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 6th, 2016

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Proving once and for all that convertible cars are back, Buick is set to air its first-ever Super Bowl commercial on Sunday featuring the all-new Cascada.

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Someone is Setting Car Interiors on Fire in NH

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 4th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Portsmouth New Hampshire Car Fire

There’s a pyromaniac on the loose in the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and he’s exclusively targeting car interiors. The culprit, who earned a spot in our “Hall of Shame,” has so far broken into nine vehicles and lit six on fire.

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Alea Leather Now Sells Headrest Shrinkers

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 3rd, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Alea Leather - 2015 Jeep Wrangler

Since giving away a headrest shrinker in 2012, auto trimmers from all over the world have been emailing us to ask where they can buy one. Well, here’s the answer: Alea Leather Specialists, Inc.

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The Strange Ways Ford Tests its Car Interiors

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 2nd, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Ford Motor Company Tests

Audi made headlines last year with news that it employs a special “Nose Team” to test the scent of every fabric and material that goes inside its cars. However, it’s hardly the first automaker to rely on strange tests to measure and evaluate some aspect of its interiors. In fact, Ford Motor Company just revealed that it too engages in such experiments.

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NC Carpet Binding & Equipment Sponsors THR

Published by Naseem Muaddi on February 1st, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - NC Carpet Bindings & Equipment

It’s with great pleasure that we introduce The Hog Ring community to our newest site sponsor: NC Carpet Binding & Equipment.

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Haartz Care Guide: Vinyl Convertible Tops

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on January 31st, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - RaggTopp Cleaner

It’s not enough to sell and install convertible tops. Auto upholstery shops that want to distinguish themselves as convertible top experts should also teach customers how to care for their new tops and even sell products, like RaggTopp Cleaner and Vinyl Protectant, to help them do just that.

To get you started, we collaborated with The Haartz Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of convertible topping, to put together a one-page care guide that you can print and leave in customers’ cars.

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