10 Easy Hacks to Organize Your Garage

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 28th, 2015

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Auto upholsterers are always looking for new, innovative and even cheap ways to upgrade their garages. After all, it is where we spend the majority of our days.

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Audi’s ‘Nose Team’ Battles ‘New Car Smell’

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 27th, 2015

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Much has been made of “new car smell,” the plastic, possibly toxic aroma that lingers in vehicles fresh off the assembly line. Because many folks can’t stand the odor, automakers and dealers have gone to great lengths to mask or minimize its presence, often resorting to air freshners and sprays that are arguably just as repugnant.

Audi, however, has taken the most extreme (and humorous) approach to “new car smell” — by employing an entire team of scientists to sniff its cars.

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10 Wild Lowrider Car Interiors 2

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 26th, 2015

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We’re back with another installment of “10 Wild Lowrider Car Interiors” — one of the most liked and widely shared articles on The Hog Ring.

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Auto Upholstery 101.3: Fabrics and Materials

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 21st, 2015

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Harry Weimann, former trimmer-turned-director of operations at WyoTech, is on a mission to turn new folks onto auto upholstery and help rookies and veterans brush up on their skills.

To do so, he’s publishing a series of articles in Performance & Hotrod Business magazine that strip the craft down to its basics. His latest installment, “Auto Upholstery 101.3,” picks up where last month’s article left off — examining the many different types of fabrics and materials used to trim car interiors.

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Attention to Detail: Upholstered Air Vents

Published by Naseem Muaddi on May 20th, 2015

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Speaking of Alcantara, check out this dashboard air vent upholstered by Russian Tuning Company.

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Check out Carlex Design’s New Garage

Published by Naseem Muaddi on May 19th, 2015

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Last month Carlex Design, Poland’s premier auto interior design studio and upholstery shop, relocated its headquarters to an all-new dream garage. If you thought their last location was impressive, you’ll be blown away by the new digs.

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Alcantara CEO Andrea Boragno Talks Car Interiors

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 18th, 2015

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Auto upholstery shops that trim a lot of car interiors in Alcantara should check out Auto World News‘ recent interview with Andrea Boragno, CEO of Italian manufacturer Alcantara S.p.A.

During the interview, Boragno touches on why he doesn’t consider other microfibers, like Ultrasuede, to be competition and even sheds light on Alcantara‘s growing influence and marketshare in the automotive industry.

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Find a Job in Auto Upholstery

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 15th, 2015

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Are you an out-of-work auto trimmer? Fear not. We’ve scoured the internet for the latest employment opportunities in the field of auto upholstery and posted them on our jobs page. Best of all, we’ll continue to do so – so check back often!

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Russian Tuning Company Introduces Tripod Pleats

Published by Naseem Muaddi on May 14th, 2015

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Computerized sewing isn’t just the future of our industry, it’s the present. In fact, automakers and high-end trim shops are increasingly employing the technology to create unique pleats that are either too difficult or impossible to recreate on a traditional sewing machine.

Case in point: Check out the pattern sewn on the interior of this Mercedes-Benz SL trimmed by Russian Tuning Company. We’ve showcased some amazing stitch work over the years, but this one certainly takes the cake.

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Fueling 3D Printers with Recycled Dashboards

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 13th, 2015

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From printing car parts to entire cars, 3D printers are set to revolutionize the automotive industry. That is, of course, if manufacturers (and even independent shops) can find a way to use them without resorting to expensive and eco-destructive petroleum-based filament.

Fortunately, Dutch startup Refil has the answer — and it’s car dashboards.

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