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Old 15th December 2008, 15:09   #1
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Hi, as the thread says, I am looking to get some parts in my car upholstered in Alcantara. I say I am looking for high-end because I don't think any regular shop would have alcantara fabric lying around. Names and phone numbers would be great.(for those of you that do not know what alcantara is, it is a man-made synthetic suede like material. but much more durable. It is found only on high-end cars)

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Hi, as the thread says, I am looking to get some parts in my car upholstered in Alcantara. I say I am looking for high-end because I don't think any regular shop would have alcantara fabric lying around. Names and phone numbers would be great.(for those of you that do not know what alcantara is, it is a man-made synthetic suede like material. but much more durable. It is found only on high-end cars)

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It would be very difficult to find Alcantara in India, as you know it's very expensive. Try DC (Dilip Chabria) but buyer beware!
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What do showrooms like MB do when one of their existing clients need a touch up or repair or replace Alcantara upholstery.
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Contact the stanley leather boutique guys at worli. They may suggest someone.
I'll ask around too. Chowksy motors at milan subway may suggest someone too.

Or as dipen said, ask the guys at merc, bmw or audi.
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What do showrooms like MB do when one of their existing clients need a touch up or repair or replace Alcantara upholstery.

Alcantara isnt found on MB's i think it can be found on LAmbo's, Ferraris and stuff. Not sure though.

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If any shops in india have it then it could be these.

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Alcantara isnt found on MB's i think it can be found on LAmbo's, Ferraris and stuff. Not sure though.
It surely is found in the M and the SL and the S class. Not sure only the high end models have that as a option or the entire class range.

Not sure if this is an option:
Import the fabric yourself and the get professionals like Stanley or similar do the job.

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It surely is found in the M and the SL and the S class. Not sure only the high end models have that as a option or the entire class range.

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Import the fabric yourself and the get professionals like Stanley or similar do the job.

Alcantara Leather maybe. But Alcantara fabric..?? MB's i doubt.
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Alcantara Leather maybe. But Alcantara fabric..?? MB's i doubt.
there actually isnt a such thing as alcantara leather. its completley man made fabric. it is also called ultrasuede.
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there actually isnt a such thing as alcantara leather. its completley man made fabric. it is also called ultrasuede.
Its not like the material leather. But its called Alcantara leather, Alcantara fabric.
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Does any one have information about Alcantara leather or Ultrasuede available in India ?
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Whenever I am overseas and see cars with Alcantara interiors my jaw always dropped. They look awesome. The advantages seem to be many - Alcantara is hard wearing, breathable like fabric, holds you in place quite well, stays cool in summer and warm in winter, etc. Also, I am a big fan of a white car with black interiors. I have always felt they are very hot looking. For the uninitiated - Alcantara is a trade name given to a composite material used to cover surfaces and forms in a variety of applications. It can be described as an artificial substitute for suede leather.

With that prelude in place, here is the idea - I am planning to get my 3 year old Linea T-Jet seats reupholstered in black. I am thinking of a perforated and plain combo. The choices available to me are -
  • Pure leather from a reputed vendor
  • Import Alcantara and get it stitched by a reputed vendor
  • Import Alcantara and go for an Alcantara & pure leather combo

Here are a few sample pictures of Alcantara used in car interiors (pics from the web. Credits to respective owners)

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Inputs on Alcantara needed-alcantara-leather.jpg

Inputs on Alcantara needed-m3_frozen_silver_innen_1_detail_2.jpg

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However, I am worried about how well they hold up in Indian conditions. I think a few high end cars in India also come with some Alcantara bits.As usual, the reviews on internet are confusing. I am trying to get more details from existing owners here in India. A first hand feedback, if you will.

Here are my questions -
  • Does anyone here have Alcantara interiors?
  • How well does it hold up to Indian conditions?
  • Which of the above three choices would be the best and why?
  • How about high contact areas like steering wheel / shift knob?

Please pour in your thoughts. Thanks in advance.

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Alcantara looks and feels very nice and can lift the interiors of a car.

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However, I am worried about how well they hold up in Indian conditions. I think a few high end cars in India also come with some Alcantara bits.
The Zeal edition of the new Octavia which was on sale some 6 months had OE Alcantara seats. Maybe one of those lucky owners can weigh in about the usage experience in our country.
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For the uninitiated - Alcantara is a trade name given to a composite material used to cover surfaces and forms in a variety of applications. It can be described as an artificial substitute for suede leather.
Interesting, I didn't realise Alcantara was a trade name!

How different is it from micro suede? (At least price-wise?)

The fact that your choice is for black will surely help minimize any dirt or wear seen...

The Laura vRS had white Alcantara on the top and bottom bits of the front and rear seats. You can ask Akshay1234 or prithwi-81 how their vRS' are holding up:
Inputs on Alcantara needed-skodalauravrs03.jpg

Adding a pic of the more recently announced Zeal edition Octavia seats that deetjohn mentioned:
Inputs on Alcantara needed-octint2.jpg

The fact that a company like Skoda has been offering it in India since many years means that there's probably no major issues with it in our climate. It is after all a polyester based material [68% polyester and 32% polyurethane]. Sounds pretty resilient!

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Here's another take on alcantara upholstery. Its worth a read.

http://thegarage.jalopnik.com/suede-...ors-1733409981
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How different is it from micro suede? (At least price-wise?)
Both are a synthetic suede made from a polymer microfiber. Both were created in the 1970s and are commonly referred to as ultra-microfiber.

The Alcantara product is produced in the city of Terni in Italy, while the Ultrasuede product is produced in Japan. They are very similar for the most part. The production of the products is identical with the only real difference being in the dyeing process: Alcantara has a slightly mottled appearance while the Ultrasuede is a little more rich and consistent in its dye/color. Thus Alcantara resembles suede leather more than Ultrasuede.

Most of the confusion is related to the automotive lines. Alcantara has a number of automotive lines including Cover, Formal, Compact, Panel, Soft, and Perform (all with slightly different qualities depending on the application). However, there are only two types of Ultrasuede lines designated for the automotive market: Ultrasuede Ambiance - wide array of colors with no backing, and Ultrasuede Milano - this has a backing material applied to it and is more suitable for automotive applications such as seat upholstery.

Both materials are made in the same manner and to the same specifications with the only difference being the products color range and appearance. Price wise, I find that Ultrasuede is available in a wide variety of price range. Alcantara seems to be on the expensive side. Buying from a genuine supplier is critical. (Source - Wiki)

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Here's another take on alcantara upholstery. Its worth a read.
Thanks. Had read that a few days back. If Alcantara is good enough for Audi, Lexus, BMW and the likes, should be good enough for me too.
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