Archive for the ‘Guides & Manuals’ Category

Pro Tip: How to Measure Leather Hides

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 12th, 2017

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Unlike synthetic materials that are sold in rolls, leather hides come in a range of shapes and sizes. This adds to the uniqueness of leather, but can also make it difficult to estimate how much you may need for a project.


Try the Haartz ‘Find Your Top’ Database

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 15th, 2017

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Whether you’re ordering a replacement convertible top or creating one from scratch, it’s important that the fabric used be original — because that’s the only way to guarantee that the new top will be just as good as the last.

To help top manufacturers and auto upholstery shops match OEM top fabric, The Haartz Corporation recently updated its free “Find Your Top” online database.


Haartz Winter Care Guide: Convertible Soft Tops

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on October 27th, 2016

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Brace yourselves, winter is coming…

Which is why we collaborated with The Haartz Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of convertible topping, to publish an all-new care guide that teaches customers how to maintain their soft tops throughout the cold season.


How to Install a Top on a 2011-2012 Camaro

Published by Naseem Muaddi on September 13th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

In 2011, Chevrolet introduced the convertible version of its fifth-generation Camaro. Two years later the automaker subtly redesigned its top and frame due to customer complaints of rubbing and excessive wear.

As a result, upholstery shops wanting to repair 2011 and 2012 models must retrofit the new canvas top on the old frame by making a number of modifications. Fortunately, they’re all listed in the following step-by-step guides.


Haartz Restorer’s Guide for Vintage Convertibles

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 30th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Haartz Vintage Restorer's Guide

Auto upholstery shops that specialize in classic restorations face a dual challenge: Not only must their work be of the highest caliber, but also period correct. As a result, these trimmers spend a lot of time researching fabrics, parts, supplies and techniques. If they don’t, the authenticity of their work and build is put at jeopardy.

Fortunately, there are some resources available that help make the research easier. For convertible tops, Haartz Corporation‘s “Vintage Restorer’s Guide” is a solid foundation from which to start.