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Old 07-12-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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Seat Covers on Leather Seats....

In light of some recent discussions concerning leather wear/maintenance, I'm considering some seat covers.

I just wonder which type of material will be best to cover the leather.
I've never covered new leather seats, and I don't want to 'scuff' or prematurely wear the leather by having anything even slightly abrasive against it.
Velour sounds like a bad idea with the scratchy fabric, and vinyl I'm not sure about, think it would look cheap.

I'm thinking of neoprene.

Who has covered leather seats?
What material?
Which manufacturer did you buy from and why?
Any problems?

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Old 07-12-2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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Why spend a few hundred on neoprene when you could buy a whole like new oem set for under 600. As for some other cover. Most covers wouldn't be any rougher than a pair of jeans are.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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Personally, I think seat covers look terrible.
I have the "leather", had my car 2 years with 25,000 miles and my seats look perfect with no signs of scrapes or wear.

I would leave your seats the way they are, a few years down the road if the seats are damaged, you could always get them recovered.
The driver's seat will show the most wear, you could probably get that recovered for a couple hundred.

Or, just throw a towel on the driver seat to prevent wear and scratching then you can remove it anytime you want. JMO

Keep in mind, the only "leather" on our cars is the center seating surface and where your back touches on the two front seats. The rest of the front seats and the entire backseat is vinyl.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:28 PM   #4
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Why spend a few hundred on neoprene when you could buy a whole like new oem set for under 600. As for some other cover. Most covers wouldn't be any rougher than a pair of jeans are.
Why spend 600 dollars on OEM when I have brand new OEM seats?
I'm asking about seat covers.
Do you have them?
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:33 PM   #5
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Personally, I think seat covers look terrible.
I have the "leather", had my car 2 years with 25,000 miles and my seats look perfect with no signs of scrapes or wear.

I would leave your seats the way they are, a few years down the road if the seats are damaged, you could always get them recovered.
The driver's seat will show the most wear, you could probably get that recovered for a couple hundred.

Or, just throw a towel on the driver seat to prevent wear and scratching then you can remove it anytime you want. JMO

Keep in mind, the only "leather" on our cars is the center seating surface and where your back touches on the two front seats. The rest of the front seats and the entire backseat is vinyl.
Thanks for the reply.
I am asking primarily about buying seat covers to protect the OEM seats, which are considered to be leather, albeit only a portion of the seats.
Do you have seat covers?
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:48 PM   #6
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Personally, I think seat covers look terrible.
I have the "leather", had my car 2 years with 25,000 miles and my seats look perfect with no signs of scrapes or wear.

I would leave your seats the way they are, a few years down the road if the seats are damaged, you could always get them recovered.
The driver's seat will show the most wear, you could probably get that recovered for a couple hundred.

Or, just throw a towel on the driver seat to prevent wear and scratching then you can remove it anytime you want. JMO

Keep in mind, the only "leather" on our cars is the center seating surface and where your back touches on the two front seats. The rest of the front seats and the entire backseat is vinyl.
I agree. Don't save those seats for the next guy.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:56 PM   #7
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Recently with a special edition Vette owner who doesn't sit on the leather...I do agree with the others. I bought my car to use it....but...sometimes it's good to protect the seats...anyway they had seat towels. I found them on ebay and other places they're called seat Armour adn they are thick towels with logos etc on them and slip over the headrest when you want to use them. I'm picking them up for the trunk to use when necessary. A day at the beach for example.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:03 PM   #8
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Seat covers are ghetto. Why not put a bra on the front too?
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:11 PM   #9
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Why not cover them in that clear, sticky plastic that 80 yo grandmothers put on their living room furniture?

Chicks dig that.

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Old 07-12-2011, 04:36 PM   #10
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Why not cover them in that clear, sticky plastic that 80 yo grandmothers put on their living room furniture?

Chicks dig that.

Isn't that just old school Ghost Armor?
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:41 PM   #11
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:04 PM   #12
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In light of some recent discussions concerning leather wear/maintenance, I'm considering some seat covers.

I just wonder which type of material will be best to cover the leather.
I've never covered new leather seats, and I don't want to 'scuff' or prematurely wear the leather by having anything even slightly abrasive against it.
Velour sounds like a bad idea with the scratchy fabric, and vinyl I'm not sure about, think it would look cheap.

I'm thinking of neoprene.

Who has covered leather seats?
What material?
Which manufacturer did you buy from and why?
Any problems?

TIA
I would go to either:

http://www.seatcoversunlimited.com

or

http://www.carscover.com

They have really nice ones that are made out of a material that Wet Suits are made out of, and you can get them where the sides and back of them are black and the center part is a color of your choice (be nice to match that to your Camaro's paint color).

To agree with what some people say in here about not liking seat covers...Yes, if you go to a retail store and buy a generic set for $30.00, they look horrible. But at each site I mentioned above you have to tell them the exact car (Year, Make, Model, etc...) that you are buying them for, and they are not poor quality seat covers either.

I have been thinking about getting a set, just to add some Yellow to my interior. I'm definitely going to one of those sites when I am ready.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:05 PM   #13
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Iggee save my seats from the kids a few times already. Mine is a DD, so it gets dirty.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:05 PM   #14
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Thanks for the replies, even the smartassey ones!

I would never consider universal fit seat covers. I'm talking about custom fit neoprenes. I've never bought any; however, and appreciate the input from those that can see the benefit.

I'll check out those websites, thanks for the linky.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:09 PM   #15
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i have the Igee ones also, there pretty nice for $215 a row. accidently picked a hole in the drivers lumbar area. patched it about an hour ago and letting it dry over night, got my fingers crossed!
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Thanks for the replies, even the smartassey ones!

I would never consider universal fit seat covers. I'm talking about custom fit neoprenes. I've never bought any; however, and appreciate the input from those that can see the benefit.

I'll check out those websites, thanks for the linky.
No problem for the links, that's why I love this forum as much as I do. I have been helped so many times, I might as well help when I can.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:53 PM   #17
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If all you are concerned about is wear/maintenance then perhaps consider a simple strap-on seat pad instead of seat covers. I have used these (about $30) for many years on the drivers seat only, both my current cars with leather seats. They are inexpensive, comfortable, and do reduce wear/maintenance on my leather drivers seat. Also a plus, only takes about 10 seconds to remove. Regardless, you still need to clean and condition the leather/vinyl about twice a year to keep the material from drying out.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #18
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A simple beach towels works great for me. I work outside and don`t really want to get my seats dirty. Funny though never considered my self ghetto. lol On the weekend just fold it up and put it in the trunk.
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Just make sure the seats are perfectly clean before putting the covers on. Otherwise any dirt is like trapping sandpaper between the two layers that will constantly grind away at your original leather seats.

Neoprene are very nice covers. I'd either do that or buy someones take-off set of leather or save up for some aftermarket leather seats that are usually a lot nicer than stock.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:14 PM   #20
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Seat Covers on Leather Seats

I would NOT put seat covers on, biggest problem would be it the possibility of the Seat Air bag may not deploy properly or that it might cause you harm if it is deployed in an accident.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:44 PM   #21
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I bought a Vette years ago (c5) that the leather seats were messed up on. I put in seat covers from this company and kept them on for years.

http://www.wetokole.com/

However, as mentioned above, there were no airbags in those seats.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #22
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Putting seat covers on new seats is like not having sex with your girlfriend so that she's untouched for the next guy.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:03 AM   #23
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Those are seat covers per se, they are replacements for the factory leather.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #24
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My 2011 2SS/RS has almost 60K on the odometer. I drive it year round in SE Michigan. The driver's seat gets used the most. It still looks like brand new. Why risk putting a cover over the seat and causing wear on the leather from the cover?
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:09 PM   #25
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I drive mine daily and started to see some wear on the drivers side so I ended up ordering seat covers from Iggee and installed them yesterday. I have no interest in saving my seats for the next guy as I don't plan on there being a next guy. I do however have an interest in saving the seats for me. I like knowing I can take the covers off and the leather will still look good, or at least better than it would have without the covers. If you don't want seat covers in your car then don't put them in. If you think they are silly, oh well. There are many things others do to their cars that are not for me but if it makes them happy then who cares.

As for airbags, Iggee uses velcro to close the sides and different stiching to allow the side airbag to deploy. Clazzio says it is not for leather seats which I am pretty sure has to do with the airbag. I didn't look into neoprene.
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