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Alcantara seat - opinions?

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by Hagaik, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. Hagaik

    Hagaik Just got it firing!

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    Hi,
    I'm thinking about doing a custom seat cover for my V7II Stone in Alcantara. My concern is about how this material holds up to sun and the elements. Does someone out there have any experience with this?
    Thanks
     

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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    I've never heard of the material so I did a quick web search. It appears to be UV resistant http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a9653/what-is-alcantara/ and passes the "Arizona test" so I think it would be worth a try. My only negative comment, is that it emulates suede, so moving your position on the seat may not be as easy as with other materials.
     
  3. Hagaik

    Hagaik Just got it firing!

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    What is the "Arizona test"?
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Leave it in a hot car in the state of Arizona in the US. Not uncommon to reach 115 degrees F, or 46 C, or higher. It would be similar to being in the desert where you are.
     
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    Hagaik Just got it firing!

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    Ah got it :)
    Thanks
     
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    drlapo Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Good old Ultrasuede.
    I worked in a textile mill after school in the 60s and we had it in stock.
    I think its a plastic based material
     
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    Rox Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I have Alcantara on my v11 Lemans. Black with red stitching. I regularly spray it with 3M Scotchguard. Only fading I've really gotten was the red stiching. The black faded slightly but with the tone being brown instead of a purple it looks better than new. I'm in CA so it gets plenty of sun. When wet it feels a little squishy but you should expect that.

    I guess what I'm saying is if you go Alcantara treat it with scotchguard.
     
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    King of Fleece Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    It's my favorite material for a seat top.
     

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