[DML] Re: Ripples or No Ripples?
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[DML] Re: Ripples or No Ripples?

Chris, the seats will in fact shrink. The area I am talking about is
at the seams. They are sewn under tension and as the seats get older
these seams stretch. This coupled with the leather shrinking will,
over time, remove the ripples.


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Chris Murley" <qumefox@...> wrote:
> On 5/18/06, Daniel <dmcburn75@...> wrote:
> >
> > They lose the ripple effect not so much from the shrinking as from the
> > stretching.
> Not to be argumentitive, but that statement doesn't really make much
> If the leather was getting stretched, the seat covers would get more
> instead of tighter like they do. Well, at least like the original
covers in
> my D and the others i've seen that haven't been recovered (or the
rare few
> that live indoors 24/7). Mine had actually shrank to the point the
foam was
> in compression enough that the seats were rock hard and one of the
seams on
> the seat back had broken it's stitching.  Back when I got out of
high school
> I worked in a upholstry shop for about 5 years, and I can tell you I
> saw a leather seat cover that fit more loosely on it's seat after
it'd be in
> use a few years in that whole time.
> Actually, here's a little experiment you can do to prove it's a
result of

> moisture and heat. Take a 6"x6" square of new leather, soak it in
water for
> 24 hours, then bake it in an oven until it's completely dry and I can
> gaurentee you that it'll be at least 1/2" shorter on all sides. Probably
> more.
> What's happening is the oils are getting leached out of the leather
to the
> surface, which causes it to shrink and lose it's suppleness and
> I am in complete agreement about the leatherique though.
Conditioning the
> leather several times a year will greatly slow down the loss of the oils
> from the leather and replentish some of the lost natural oils.
> Chris
> VIN #3209
> http://badger.brazi.net/index.pl/delorean
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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