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Old 29-08-2011, 12:21   #1
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Fake Leather Material

I'm hoping to recover the interior cushions with a synthetic leather.

Does anyone have experience with either:

Ultraleather like this


Ultra tech 7000 like this

Or Majestic Naugahyde like this

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Ask them to send you a scrap or sample and if the Ultras don't feel significantly different to the touch...go with Nauga at 1/4 of the price.

Some fake leathers are perforated so they breath. Others, no matter what they are made of, will always have that wonderful sticky sitting-on-plastic feeling.
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Re: Fake Leather Material

I have the samples in hand. The Naugahyde and the ultraleather feel similar but the ultratech 7000 feels much softer.

The supplier I linked to has discounted pricing that actually puts it cheaper than the naugahyde.

What I need are any opnions on how they feel in the heat or cold and how well they hold up. Any mold issues? Are they dimensionally stable?
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Re: Fake Leather Material

We reupholstered our saloon with Ultraleather.
It's really soft, dimensionally stable and easy to keep clean.
Only downside that I can see besides the cost is it's a little slippery.
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Re: Fake Leather Material

If they are anything like the Naugasoft that Sailrite sells, they'll hold up extremely well. In hot weather you'll probably want a towel or something to keep from sticking to the cushion. In cold weather you won't notice much, particularly since you won't be wearing shorts or swim suits.

When I did ours my lady wanted white, I tried to discourage her but white it was. There was no problem with mold or mildew that a simple wipe down didn't prevent but they did show the dirt and a couple got stained. Now I'm re-doing in a fabric.

Dimensionally, they are much more stable than fabric and were easier to sew because of the lack of stretch. I don't know about the products you've listed but the naugasoft appears to be darn near indestructible. I tried to poke a screwdriver through a scrap and it wouldn't go.

Probably any of them would work just fine. If not, you get to do the job again....like me.

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Re: Fake Leather Material

Thanks for the replies.

I'll probably go with the Ultratech 700 barring any vetoes by the admiral.
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Re: Fake Leather Material

5 years ago I redid our interior (52' Kanter) in Ultraleather "Brisa"; inlcuded all settees, chairs and nav station.

It has been remarkable:
Very comfortable, not sticky, not hot nor cold.
It has been incredibly durable, even with dog toenails and moisture.
Cleans up great with a little detergent and water. I have a tan color.
Would never go back to fabric!!!

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