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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:27 pm 
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Our '65 356C is finally in for paint (original Irish Green). I am having a bit of trouble finding a new Fawn Leatherette interior that matches the original color and texture of the material.

Our original door panels are in very good condition, and if I can get a close enough match for the seats, etc I'd like to reinstall those panels.

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I requested Fawn Leatherette samples from Auto's International, but the ones I've received thus far are not a good match. I am sending a sample of the original material (cut from a non-faded spot under the back seat rear panel) and they are going to try again.

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While I wait for more samples, I am hoping someone recently sourced a new Fawn interior that matched the original well. In the past, I have seen redone Fawn interiors that seemed to match more or less perfectly. If so, it would be very helpful to learn of the source, manufacturer or sample code of the Fawn Leatherette interior.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:55 pm 
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Bill, I bought new seat covers from Stoddard because the originals were torn and very holey, then years later when I did the interior I bought a rear bulkhead panel from these folks. http://www.khupholstery.com
My door panels are the originals and the match is more than acceptable for my eyes. I will send pictures when I can remember to take some if you want.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:17 pm 
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Update: Carolina Gonzalez at Auto's International found a very good match to the original leatherette (vinyl): IND8607 - Independence 2 Enduratex / "Chocolate." It is the larger sample in the photos, below. If leather is your preference, Tony Garcia at Autobahn Interiors has an excellent match: A-4106 Bourbon / Euro Autolux Leather (smaller sample below). It is hard to capture the colors precisely due to reflections, but when viewed in daylight both are very close to the original Fawn Leatherette.

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Excellent find Bill. Thanks for posting this.

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If you are looking for a match for the door panels, why would you send a sample that has been out of the sun for years. Send a garnish rail or something similar. Carolina at Autos is great at helping with these issues.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:07 pm 
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Jim,

I am thinking that I may not have stated my latest posting in the best way. The sample I sent to Autos International was a piece cut from the back of the rear panel (below the rear window). That piece was part of the original interior that was not exposed to sunlight over the years. The sample I sent to her was exactly like the original door panels (which I am going to re-use). In other words, the door panels appear to be unchanged from original... no fading or discoloration, etc. The vinyl sample that she sent to me matches (very well) the original door panels, plus the original rear seat bottoms and backs that are in very good condition and will be retained.

Am I not understanding your message properly?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:12 pm 
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Bill, my error, and no disrespect intended. You are on the right track, with the right people. Sorry for the confusion. .....Jim.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:46 pm 
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Thanks, Jim. No problem whatsoever. My initial "issue" getting a good match makes me think that perhaps someone should start a "sticky" thread suggesting good matches they have recently found with original vinyl "leatherette" and leather materials. In the case of the Fawn Leatherette, I heard from a number of owners who found the samples readily available from the "usual sources" too dark.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:05 pm 
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The problem with that Bill, is that there are dozens of vinyl manufacturers out there. I've used the same upholsterer for many years. He has books from many suppliers to choose from. The second issue is dye lot. The rolls change from lot to lot. Just like leather, and carpet. I like to buy extra of both on a new installation just in case of an accident with the interior. Most especially with corduroy, and leather. I try to end up with an extra hide, and a few yards extra. Vinyl is even more of a bargain. Cheap insurance.

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