|10th March 2020, 03:09||#121|
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Re: Leather Upholstery & Steering Grips: Devraj / Karthik Leather Arts (Bangalore)
This is going to be a lengthy post and my writings will be usually elaborate. I beg your pardon and hope it will be a good read.
They say "An idle mind is a devil's workshop", faced one such situation, on December 25th 2019.
The day being Christmas, holiday to office and that too exactly mid of the week, I was at leisure. With my family out of town, and me being alone at home, felt bored.
But I had my beloved i10 for company.
What else, to overcome boredom, thought to go on a drive (traffic being less) to JC road (a good 25kms from Whitefield), check out few car stuff and accessories.
Then to meet friends in the evening for snacks, at the famous VV Puram food street.
So was done with the planning for the day.
Now coming to the topic,
While taking out the car from basement parking, felt the steering cover a bit loose and slippery. (Off late the aftermarket hand stitched steering grip had started showing its age)
The earlier steering grip was done from Imperial leathers, hand stitched without removing steering and without using any glue.
It served well for almost 4 years. But the cover had some inner foam layer, which with age had started to loosen its hold; hence even the outer cover felt loosened.
Anyhow I was on the way to JC road, so thought, why not I get the steering wrapped with new leather, from Devaraj/Karthik leathers at JC road?
Called Nagaraj (Devaraj's brother) immediately to check his availability and to my luck, he told he will be available till 3pm, though it was a Christmas holiday.
Went straight to JC road, parked my car at multi level parking lot. Nagaraj's another brother (forgot his name) came with the tools.
He dismantled the steering, locked the car and we left the parking lot and reached the shop in 5mins.
I said him that, I need black leather with black thread stitching, with the best material available.
He immediately chose a black leather, searched for the template and started with the work.
(He also told me that, he will be not be using any foam layer and glue will be used for better hold. I was already aware of it though)
Meanwhile, his brother started with the wrapping of gear knob. (I had removed the knob and taken along)
And both the work were completed in around 1.5 hrs (since they used to get phone calls and other customers every now and then)
I was happy and impressed with the final outcome. Made the settlement and thanked Nagaraj for his good work.
Then me and his brother left to the parking lot, fixed the steering and gear knob and was ready to roll. But, shopped around JC road for a while before leaving.
Steering grip: 1,200
Gear knob: 200
Parking charges: 100
Additional charge of 100 rupees is to be paid to parking lot guys, in case, any work is to be done in the car, when car is parked there. (Nagaraj's brother paid this amount)
So here are my observations:
1. I had already been to this place 2-3 times earlier. Hence I knew about the workmanship.
2. The quality of leather is very good (As per Nagaraj its Stanley, but not sure)
3. Stitching, fit and finish is done very well
4. Felt VFM and surely will last for few years
5. Work completed in quick time and with precision
6. Polite and courteous people to deal with
7. Steering and gear knob now feels much better, both to hold and to look at
8. The horn pad felt a bit tight after the fitment, since the gap around the horn pad had reduced, because of the leather grip.
Nagaraj assured it will be fine after a few days of use. After using it for a month, the horn pad has now become around 90% smooth, but still a bit of hardness is there while honking.
Now let the pictures to the talking, before concluding:
The old steering grip removed. You can notice the foam layer inside the cover:
The steering dismantled, old grip removed and getting prepped up for a new skin:
Nagaraj’s brother getting ready with the material for gear knob:
Nagaraj searching for the correct template for i10:
New skin getting aligned, by Nagaraj:
(Few more work in progress clicks got deleted from mobile by mistake)
Final look of gear knob. Notice the texture of the material and the stitch pattern:
Stitch pattern on steering:
Before pic of steering, to show how the steering looks without any wrap:(This is an old pic from my gallery, just for reference)
Final look of the steering after the wrap:
Last edited by DLC5005 : 10th March 2020 at 03:18. Reason: typo