Is FreshPer4mance the Ultimate Fabric Coating?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on January 28th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Johnson Controls FreshPer4mance

Sick of stanky car seats? Johnson Controls, one of the world’s largest suppliers of vehicle interiors, has developed a coating it applies to auto upholstery that renders it anti-odor, anti-stain, anti-microbial, anti-static and water resistant. No, it’s not shellac.

The company calls it “FreshPer4mance.” And while other fabric suppliers offer coatings with similar characteristics, Johnson Controls says theirs is “best in class” because it combines all five benefits in one single coating. Their product doesn’t just make it easier to clean car seats, it prevents them from getting dirty in the first place.

Fabrics coated with FreshPer4mance are easier to keep clean, hygienic and odor free — even in heavily used commercial vehicles.

Because FreshPer4mance works so well with all our materials, automakers and designers can let their imaginations run free and utilize any fabric color – especially lighter colors — to bring to market more distinctive vehicles with greater consumer appeal.

Whatever the fabric construction – flat, 3D, woven – we can apply FreshPer4mance equally effectively.  And, we coat the entire fabric — not just one side — for greater protection and better long-term performance. [more]

Here’s a video demonstration of how it works:

Now if Johnson Controls could only invent flatulence-filtering foam rubber…

4 Responses

  1. It looks like a good product. Although the test did seem to favor the treated side. They almost immediately wipe off the treated side, while the untreated side was left to soak up the liquids they poured on it! A real test would have been to do the exact opposite!
    That said I would be willing to give it a try. Anyone know if this will be made available to trimmers? So we can treat fabrics that we use. Or is it only available for manufactures?

  2. Awesome product, even if the test was flawed as stated above. Hold on one second…

    …sorry had to say bye-bye to all the “I left my windows down and the cats peed everywhere” or “my wife gave birth while we were test driving a new car” repair jobs I’ll no longer get…

  3. LOL @ Sullivan Auto Upholstery.

    Johnson Controls supplies to automakers. So the sooner automakers start buying the coated fabric, the more likely it will be that we can get our hands on it through our own suppliers.

    Albright’s Supply and DLT Upholstery Supply both carry materials with some similar characteristics. It’s worth contacting them to see what’s available.

  4. seatmaker seatmaker says:

    I’m not sure if I’m on the right track, but there is a product called NevRWet. I seems to do the same thing. It is readily available everywhere. I have not tried it yet but am thinking of using it on my next project.

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