Archive for the ‘Guides & Manuals’ Category


Try the Haartz ‘Find Your Top’ Database

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 15th, 2017

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 2013 Ford Mustang GT

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.

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Haartz Winter Care Guide: Convertible Soft Tops

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on October 27th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Haartz Winter Care Guide

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.

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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.

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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.

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Goodguys: Upholstery Tips from the Pros 2

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 25th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Interior Tips from the Pros 2

There’s a lot to love about Goodguys Rod & Custom Associations‘ new article series “Upholstery Tips from the Pros.” The insight it provides is helpful to rookies looking to improve their craft, as well as car enthusiasts who may not fully understand or value what we do.

Fortunately, the second installment is just as awesome as the first. This time, Good Guys talks to Hudsons Rod and Customs, Sid Chavers Company and Recovery Room Hot Rod Interiors.

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Goodguys: Upholstery Tips from the Pros 1

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 22nd, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Interior Tips from the Pros

It’s always great when master trimmers offer advice to rookies and the general public, as it helps grow our craft, and establish an understanding and appreciation for what we do.

That’s why we were excited to see that Goodguys Rod & Custom Association recently launched an article series titled “Upholstery Tips from the Pros.” The first installment features M&M Hot Rod Interiors and Ron Mangus Hot Rod Interiors, two auto upholstery shops we’ve written about and admired for a long time.

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West Coast Customs to Launch Trade School

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 8th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - West Coast Customs Academy

West Coast Customs, the garage that turned an entire generation onto vehicle customization through their hit MTV show “Pimp My Ride,” recently announced plans to launch West Coast Customs Academy, a trade school dedicated to providing first-class training in everything automotive — including upholstery.

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Haartz Care Guide: Cloth Convertible Tops

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 18th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - The Haartz Corporation - 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 Protectant, to help them do just that.

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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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Try This Handy Fabric Roll Calculator

Published by Naseem Muaddi on January 13th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Roll of Material Calculator

If you’re tired of having to undo rolls of fabric to determine how many yards are left, then check out this great online calculator by Handy Math. Simply enter three easy-to-get figures and it’ll tell you how much material is on a roll without you having to measure it all by hand.

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