Source for Buick GN cloth material besides SMS?

Goldhawg

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I'm planning on recovering some Cobalt Recaro seats in the OEM style GN cloth, and my upholsterer guy says I'm going to need 10 yards to be safe for both buckets. He said SMS is one that would have the correct 80s design, although he didn't want to deal with them as they are a pain. I had no idea of what a yard of seat material is going to go for, but I call and they inform me its $169/yd, plus shipping. I had not remotely anticipated that raw material would be roughly $1800 for a pair of cloth buckets. And then I read the dismal reviews online. Are there any options that are more affordable? I can't afford to pay $3000 for a couple of buckets ($300 purchase price for the buckets from the j/y, $800 to recover and then $1800 in materials, plus the stitching to get the turbo logo in the headrest). Appreciate other options.
 

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69hurstolds

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The material is 54" wide, and normally sold by the yard. Lord have mercy, if you go with 10 yards, that's 30 feet. You know a GN itself is only 200" long, right? 10 yards of material is 360" long, almost twice as long as your car. For 2 buckets? I'm not an upholsterer, but 10 yards seems a tad much. It likely goes "up the roll", in other words, the pleating and what not would be 54" wide across the seat, and the pleating would just be cut where it was needed. You can likely get by with 1/2 that, but I'm not an expert on GN seats, so there may be something I'm not aware of.

The upholsterer has got to be BS'ing you about needing 10 yards of material for 2 bucket seats. First, he'll need the light gray inserts, and then the black "trimmings". No friggin' way it's going to take 10 yards unless he sucks at it and tears up the stuff trying to get it right.

As far as any other place to get the stuff, not sure. Cheap ain't good, and good ain't cheap. So if you want to play, you got to pay.
 
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565bbchevy

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The seats in my Regal are from Cerullo and the material is from ACME, I bought a couple extra yards at $32 a yard from Cerullo.
I also bought rear seat upholstery to match from StockInteriors,com and they also use the same ACME material.
So you might want to see what they offer
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Goldhawg

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Mar 27, 2021
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The material is 54" wide, and normally sold by the yard. Lord have mercy, if you go with 10 yards, that's 30 feet. You know a GN itself is only 200" long, right? 10 yards of material is 360" long, almost twice as long as your car. For 2 buckets? I'm not an upholsterer, but 10 yards seems a tad much. It likely goes "up the roll", in other words, the pleating and what not would be 54" wide across the seat, and the pleating would just be cut where it was needed. You can likely get by with 1/2 that, but I'm not an expert on GN seats, so there may be something I'm not aware of.

The upholsterer has got to be BS'ing you about needing 10 yards of material for 2 bucket seats. First, he'll need the light gray inserts, and then the black "trimmings". No friggin' way it's going to take 10 yards unless he sucks at it and tears up the stuff trying to get it right.

As far as any other place to get the stuff, not sure. Cheap ain't good, and good ain't cheap. So if you want to play, you got to pay.
Yeh, seems high, and he said it was more than we'd need, but you want to have extra not less. Which I understand if it wasn't so expensive. Other online estimates go from 5 yards for a pair of buckets up to about 8. I was expecting cloth to be cheaper than nice leather, but its more expensive. I don't buy that if you want to play you got to pay at that level. Usually the 80/20 rule applies--you get 80% of the benefit at 20% of the cost. So who is the vendor that sells good quality cloth at a reasonable price? It may make sense for me just to recover the complete interior in a nice leather or ultra leather and put the GN seats in storage. How do the vendors get two seat covers complete for $400? GM didn't put that black and gray cloth in because it was expensive, and my stockers look pretty good @ 50k miles. Hopefully I'll be able to find another source.
 

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