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leather or vinyl

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tntacoma, May 3, 2010.

  1. May 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM
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    tntacoma

    tntacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have seen some custom seats on this web site, most are leather of some sort. My quesestion is leather or vinyl? I have seen some very small swatches of nice leather and some nice fake leather. The vinyl looks nice as well. They make some vinyls that look and feel real similar to leather but I have not seen any on seats, just the 2x2 swatch.
    Anybody have any type of after market/custom vinyl interiors?
     
  2. May 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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    WV_Tacoma

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    Not enough
    I installed leather in mine myself. The rear seats come with only the inserts as leather UNLESS you order differently. The fronts are leather on the TOP side only, your head, ass and back touches it is leather............About 700 DIY
    ORDERED FROM AccessiorysRus and got shafted pretty good on delivery. I WOULD USE Someone else to order from.
    As far as the vinyl. Most can't tell difference. It is probably just as tuff. They both will crack over time. My rear vinyl looks better then the leather in the rear and front as well.
    That said, I would not use vinyl. I like the smell of new leather, I like the feel of just knowing it is leather..lol my 2cts. Goodluck
     
  3. May 4, 2010 at 6:52 AM
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    H82WRK

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    leather, sunroof, heated seats, HIDs, nerf bars
    I have leather in my truck, front and rear seats, looks and feels great. Downside would be having to treat the leather once or twice a year, if you call that a downside? Not really to me.

    I did have vinyl (or leatherette if you are a BMW snob) in my previous Minis and I have to say it held up really well and did not require any special treatment.

    It was a heavy vinyl that really looked nice, if I could have the choice I would almost choose that over leather due to price point and reliability.

    Leather does have a tendency to wear or break in and I don't like the look of it once it does. I really only think that might be an issue if you weigh more....seems to wear faster.

    Regardless with having dogs leather/vinyl is the way to go, it is so easy to clean.
     
  4. May 4, 2010 at 7:05 AM
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    macgyver

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    I have the standard katzkin leather seat kit in black in my double cab. The front seats are mostly real leather with some pleather parts (sides and back) which I don't mind at all. Although if you know how real leather feels you can tell which parts are fake vs real but its very close, I don't think the average person could tell the difference. My back seats are completely pleather and hold up well to the abuse of golden retrievers in the back. Easy clean up and looks great. I clean condition mine about once or twice a month with lexol leather cleaner followed up by lexol leather conditioner. I use it on the fake leather as well.
     
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