Posts Tagged ‘Convertible Top’


Survey Finds Drivers Still Love Convertible Tops

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on January 11th, 2017

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Mercedes-Benz convertible

Not so long ago industry insiders were warning that convertible vehicles were a dying breed — but not anymore. In recent years, open-air vehicles have seen an extraordinary resurgence, with automakers manufacturing more soft-top models and Haartz Corporation continuing to develop fabric technology.

Car drivers have also reaffirmed their love for convertible vehicles. In fact, a recent consumer opinion survey conducted by Haartz found that key demographics prefer convertible soft tops over fixed roofs, and that 90% of convertible owners drive their cars year round.

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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 Debuts Premium Convertible Top Brush

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 6th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Convertible Top Brush

Earlier this year, we collaborated with The Haartz Corporation to publish two very important care guides for cloth and vinyl convertible tops. Since then, trimmers all over the world have downloaded and shared them with customers. Today, Haartz goes one step further by introducing its very own premium convertible top brush.

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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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Haartz on the Future of Convertible Cars 2

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 23rd, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 2016 Jaguar F-Type

The “Great Recession” hit the automotive industry hard, and convertible tops were no exception. During that period, which spanned from the late 2000s to early 2010s, so many automakers discontinued their convertible models that industry analysts began to speak of the segment as if it was already dead.

Well, they were wrong. Because as soon as the economy rebounded, so did the demand for drop tops. However, drivers didn’t just want any old vinyl top, they demanded high-quality fabrics in a range of designs and practical functions.

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Photo: Lambretta Sidecar Convertible Top

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 25th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Lambretta Convertible

Italian motor scooter company Lambretta went out of business more than 40 years ago. However, its stylish scooters remain popular to this day with collectors across the globe who restore and customize them.

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GM Once Experimented with Fashion Tops

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 5th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - General Motors Fashion Convertible Top

In 1961, General Motors sought to differentiate itself from the competition by offering fashionable convertible tops in a variety of patterns, including polka dots, houndstooth and even floral print.

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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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Introducing Custom Weave Soft Tops by Haartz

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 10th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - Haartz Corporation - Mini Union Jack

In 2012, we reported that The Haartz Corporation was experimenting with technology that would allow automakers in the future to create convertible soft tops with custom woven patterns — an industry first that could revolutionize vehicle aesthetics.

Well, the future is here, as the public can now purchase a 2016 Mini Cooper with a Union Jack woven into its convertible soft top.

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