I attended the Velocity University while building, an event organized by Velocity where a collection of
seminars directed to builders is given. The upholstery seminar was given by the owner of the shop
that at the time used to do the Velocity interiors through the factory. He discouraged the use of leather
and recommended the use of vinyl for durability. Personally, I don’t like how leather deteriorates
and looks over time either. So, I respect those that go for leather but I decided to make mine in vinyl.
The material I bought is on the thick side and will add some weight overall. However, I was willing
to sacrifice some weight and get a more durable material, specially for the seats and strake
storage compartments. On the other hand, I bought the lightest carpet I could find and plan to install it
in panels so that the areas of high use in front of the seats can be replaced easily, as necessary. Also,
I have decided not to glue material directly to the surface in large areas and use ABS plastic as a base for
panels so that they are easy to make, install and remove for inspection, as well as easy to repair, should
the need arise. I will use Velcro or capped screws, depending on the application needs and/or the look I want.
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