June 17, 2013

FAQ’s cont

Can the seat cover damage my original trim?
In over 10 years we have had only one customer complain of damage to his (leather) trim. While trying to understand what and where the damage had occurred we both realised that he had contacted the wrong manufacturer, incidentally that manufacturer now sells a product with cotton lining! We spent a lot of effort developing a design criteria that protects seat trims especially velour. Protecting seats doesn’t simply mean keeping the seat clean. To a corporate miner, a light vehicle needs to operate for four years and/or 100 000kms, remain roadworthy and return a minimal cost. Seat repairs in remote mining areas are simply impractical. Some miners in central Queensland replace factory seats rather than truck them out for repairs, an expensive solution. So that was our original design goal. This was achievable with factory vinyl trim. Introduce Stratos seats trimmed in velour and more recently factory cloth trim, we were back to the drawing board. That was about 10 plus years ago. Canvas, if left loose, will damage some trims. It does this by rubbing against the trim underneath, not just when entering/exiting the vehicle but while driving particularly over rough roads (AKA 4WDrives). You are constantly sliding forwards, just a whisker, then you push yourself back upright again, this is a lot of movement, longitudinally, which incidentally causes some two piece covers to walk forward all the while sanding away at your soft and comfy trim.
So we tried many things, including:
Longitudinal and lateral tensioning- resulted in a numb bum, just like the old movie theatre seats from the 50s and 60s. 
A soft underlay-90% of the time worked great but in some cases it balled up and did more damage to velour trim than canvas ever could.
Finally we settled on a compromise and have been very surprised with our success. Longitudinal tension and a very hard wearing but soft canvas. Fitting Overview
Recently a retired Opposite lock owner approached us requesting a special seat cover for his new GU Ute. He had installed his Stratos seats from his last car (fourth car for these seats) and wanted something special done. When I had a close look at the two Stratos seats, the driver’s seat was still in brand new condition under one of our earlier covers. His wife’s Stratos seat, which had never had a cover on it, had some serious velour delamination (the velour skin had come unstuck from its backing material), a common occurrance when velour is on its last legs.