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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.