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Re: Bay Area Leather -- Group Buy

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:27 am
by HighDesertDriver
phastphill wrote:The salesperson at the dealership told me that the upholstery stains more readily than your average car upholstery due to the material. I wonder if it was just part of the pitch for their profit-booster 'upholstery sealant'.
I was told just the opposite, that the recycled PET fibers are inherently more resistant to fluid absorption and staining. Dirt entrapment between the fiber filaments might be another story, however.

Re: Bay Area Leather -- Group Buy

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:55 am
by phastphill
HighDesertDriver wrote:I was told just the opposite, that the recycled PET fibers are inherently more resistant to fluid absorption and staining. Dirt entrapment between the fiber filaments might be another story, however.
Perhaps your dealer didn't have an upholstery sealant to sell! :lol:

Re: Bay Area Leather -- Group Buy

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:28 pm
by EricBayArea
To answer the previous questions, I decided to go leather immediately after purchasing my Leaf for personal preference. My wife and I had leather in both of our cars (one was sold when purchasing the Leaf) and we like it much better than cloth for various reasons. One reason being, we are both outdoorsy and return to the car sweaty and find that leather responds better to this type of situation.

I was told the conversion for the Leaf is done by removing the old cloth coverings (not true for all cars I believe). I didn't even think about asking to get the cloth seat covers back, but that would have been a great idea that they probably wouldn't have been opposed to - I think they just dump the fabric.

With the imperfection I found in one of the seats, the guy came yesterday (11/2) around 6pm to check it out. He said that it wasn't tight enough. He took the seat and returned it this morning (11/3). It looks MUCH better and I hope that issue is closed. I'm still very happy with the quality and the color. I'm more than happy to show it to anyone who is interested.

Re: Bay Area Leather -- Group Buy

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:16 pm
by Ready2plugin
Eric...still happy with your installation?

Anyone else in the Bay Area went ahead with leather with/without heated seats? My knee is going under the knife soon so I won't be able to drive for about a week...might be a good time to get the leather installed.

Thanks!

Re: Bay Area Leather -- Group Buy

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:44 pm
by EricBayArea
Ready2plugin wrote:Eric...still happy with your installation?

Anyone else in the Bay Area went ahead with leather with/without heated seats? My knee is going under the knife soon so I won't be able to drive for about a week...might be a good time to get the leather installed.
Everyday! The other day our dog, who rides in the backseat on a dog mat, decided that she couldn't wait to go on the hike at the state park that we had just parked at (hope you're all following my use of the word "park"). She jumped from the back seat on the front and out the front door. She put a small scratch in the leather, which is one downside of leather. However, this morning her paws were dirty and when she got the arm rest dirty by putting her paws on it, it was a snap to get a paper towel and some water and clean it up - that's the upside!

The heated seats are nice too, especially when its a bit cool out. Only downside is it seems to fog the windows quicker.

Re: Bay Area Leather -- Group Buy

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:14 pm
by Ready2plugin
EricBayArea wrote:
Ready2plugin wrote:Eric...still happy with your installation?

Anyone else in the Bay Area went ahead with leather with/without heated seats? My knee is going under the knife soon so I won't be able to drive for about a week...might be a good time to get the leather installed.
Everyday! The other day our dog, who rides in the backseat on a dog mat, decided that she couldn't wait to go on the hike at the state park that we had just parked at (hope you're all following my use of the word "park"). She jumped from the back seat on the front and out the front door. She put a small scratch in the leather, which is one downside of leather. However, this morning her paws were dirty and when she got the arm rest dirty by putting her paws on it, it was a snap to get a paper towel and some water and clean it up - that's the upside!

The heated seats are nice too, especially when its a bit cool out. Only downside is it seems to fog the windows quicker.
Thanks Eric! As an owner of two dogs I can relate...so far they have not been in the LEAF. Did the shop use Nissan switches (installed where the current plugs are) for the heated seats or did they drill new ones?

Thanks again!

Re: Bay Area Leather -- Group Buy

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:55 pm
by EricBayArea
Ready2plugin wrote:Thanks Eric! As an owner of two dogs I can relate...so far they have not been in the LEAF. Did the shop use Nissan switches (installed where the current plugs are) for the heated seats or did they drill new ones?
They used the provided ones as part of the kit they installed. I did not even think of getting Nissan switches to even ask. They were installed closer to the arm rest from the blank spots. They kind of look like this:

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