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After disassembling and gutting your car, it is easy to feel that you’re in way over your head when it comes to the upholstery. This is why so many do-it-yourself restorers outsource the work, at considerable expense, to an experienced upholstery shop. Taking the time to acquire the skills for upholstery restoration may feel like a daunting task, but what if an experienced upholsterer presented every skill you needed to restore upholstery yourself? Starting with a list of necessary tools, author Fred Mattson guides you through all the required tasks, including seat restoration; door panel removal, patterning, assembly, and installation; headliner removal and installation; carpet cutting; and even convertible top restoration. The easy-to-follow stepby- step presentation allows for a thorough understanding of all the processes. Every photo in this book provides a handson approach that shows you how to repair and restore a car’s interior to concours, show-quality specifications. Other restoration books may show you beautifully restored interiors, but they don’t show you how to produce them. This book helps you develop the skills needed with instruction from a professional upholsterer, saving you thousands of dollars over outsourcing the restoration. If you are interested in saving money, doing a complete restoration yourself, or simply want to know how it’s done, this book is a handy addition to your automotive library. • Automotive interior restoration is one of the most outsourced projects in a vehicle restoration • No other book chronicles the step-by-step process in interior restoration with this much detail • A hands-on approach shows you how each task is accomplished About the Author Fred Mattson began working on car interiors as a teenager in the 1970s by hand stitching inserts into his own 1969 Oldsmobile and working on several friend’s cars in his neighborhood. Soon after opening a full-time upholstery business in 1980, Fred’s auto trimming career expanded to sewing car interiors for many prestigious upholstery shops and restoration specialists in the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities, in Minnesota.
Author: Fred Mattson
Illustrations: 519 color photos and charts