The Hog Ring was CRAZY this month. Not only did we review new products and profile talented trimmers, but we launched our all-new Auto Upholstery Forum! Here’s a look back at August 2017.
Try the Industry’s First OEM Fabric Database
Albright’s Supply just launched the auto upholstery industry’s first online database for OEM fabrics, covering every vehicle from 2000 to 20017.
Hertz Unveils a Coloring Book Interior
Hertz unveiled a car this week with vinyl that resembles and functions like a coloring book, allowing kids to draw directly on the upholstery.
Register for the 2017 UTIC Convention
Industry manufacturers and distributors interested in new opportunities should register for the upcoming UTIC Convention.
Protect Your Clients’ Cars with Tesa Tape
Tesa Tape makes adhesive tapes designed for the automotive industry. In fact, their products are used by award-winning shops across the world.
Restored Impala Brings Trim Shop Full Circle
Every auto upholstery shop has a project car. But Ed’s Upholstery in Ashland, Oregon, has a 1966 Impala with a particularly unique backstory.
Show Car Interiors Rocks a 57 Chevy
Show Car Interiors by Pete Hagan was recently featured on Hot Rod Network for the amazing interior build they did on a 1957 Chevy.
Hydes Care Guide: Specialty Leather
We collaborated with Hydes Leather to publish a care guide for specialty leather — including aniline wax pull-up, distressed, nubuck and suede.
Which States Love Convertibles the Most?
In which state would you expect to repair more convertible tops — New Jersey or Arizona? Cars.com crunched the numbers and found surprising results.
Man Dressed in Seat Cover Spooks Locals
A Virginia Tech researcher caused confusion and panic in Arlington, Virginia, this week by dressing as a seat cover and driving around town.
Watch Carlex Design Transform a Mustang
Need inspiration? Watch Carlex Design transform the interior of a 2017 Ford Mustang GT into a luxurious cabin fit for a Mercedes-Benz.
The Auto Upholstery Forum is Back!
We’re proud to unveil The Hog Ring’s new and improve Auto Upholstery Forum! Register today to join this private community of trimmers.
Millions of Mosquitoes Swarm a Car Interior
A Russian fisherman experienced a nightmarish situation last week when he returned to his car to find millions of mosquitoes swarming inside.
Beats Headphones Inspired by Car Interiors
Beats by Dre just unveiled its Balmain Special Edition headphones, which are said to be inspired by luxury auto upholstery.
Using Welding Helmets to View the Eclipse
With the eclipse upon us, trimmers may be tempted to take a break from work and look up at the sun. Don’t think a welding helmet will protect your eyes.
Porsche Has to Buy Everyone Sunglasses
The reason most automakers equip vehicles with black dashboards is to prevent glare — a rule Porsche ignored and is now having to pay for.
We scoured the internet for the latest employment opportunities in the craft of auto upholstery and posted them on our jobs page.
Say Goodbye to the Steering Wheel
Ford was just granted a patent for a removable steering wheel, pushing the auto industry closer to the goal of manufacturing self-driving cars.
Snapshots from Haartz’s Storied Past
Haartz is the auto industry’s leading manufacturer of convertible top fabric, covering nearly every open-air vehicle from the Mustang to Aventador.
Watch B-Trim Upholster a Bentley Bentayga
Check out this video by B-Trim, in which they completely redesign the interior of a Bentley Bentayga, the world’s most luxurious and expensive SUV.
Ford’s Super Extreme Cup Holder Test
Ford’s “rollercoaster test” measures how much g-force drinks placed in its cup holders can withstand before toppling over.
Meet Stuart Foster Pagani of SFP Design
We spoke with Stuart Foster Pagani of SFP Design. He told us about how he got his start, his feelings about the craft and much more.
That’s not all! Visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to see what other trimmers are up to. You can also join in the latest industry discussions by registering for our Auto Upholstery Forum.
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