Maintenance Matters

February 1999 Issue

Upholstery Redos

Readers report on the good, the bad and the ugly side of refurbing an interior. The good news: There are lots of good shops out there.

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Along with black holes and where missing socks go, one of the great mysteries of the universe is how to pick the right shop to do a mega-dollar upgrade on old Dobbin.

Engine overhauls cause the most agita, followed by ferreting out a paint shop and, last, finding someone to redo the interior.

In some ways, the interior choice is less anxiety laden. For one thing, unlike engines, upholstery redos arenít always all or nothing. You can do just the seats and carpets, or the carpets and the sidewalls or some other spruce-up short of the full Monty.

You can do the entire job yourself or farm it out to a competent local upholstery shop, using materials from a kit or off-the...

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