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Seat and Dash Covers for your Custom Truck Interiors

Aug 17, 2007
This article is packed with information on Custom truck interiors, specifically looking at seat and dashboard covers.

Seat Covers
Thinking of upgrading the upholstery in your truck van or car? There are many reasons to do so. Having just purchased a new truck a great idea to protect the factory seats would be to buy a set of seat covers. Or alternatively if your truck has long since passed its sell by date why not give your old tatty interior a face lift and give your upholstery a new lease of life.

This reference guide will give you some good pointers as to which seat and dash covers are right for you.

Standard factory interiors are often dull and boring. Truck manufactures frequently use neutral styles and do not provide custom truck interiors as standard. Don't think for one minute that buying seat covers will ruin your vehicles appearance. To the contrary buying seat and dash covers can greatly enhance the style and offer original appeal.

There are many designer covers available with all types of colours and materials from denim and sheepskin to vinyl and leather. You can even have your own embroidered design or logo to promote your business.

Upgrading your interior should by done not only to turn your truck or van into a superior ride but also for shielding it from the elements.

For the outdoorsman, parent or pet owner you can buy waterproof covers to shield your seats from muddy boots, sticky fingers and sharp dog nails waiting to pierce your beautiful leather!

Now you have some idea what you may be looking for make sure you are aware of your trucks year, model and type of seat. There are many variations of seats: bucket, high back, fitted headrests, adjustable headrests, captain's chair, plain bench and so on. Therefore even if you know the year and model of your truck there still could be seat variations so be sure to check with the supplier before you buy.

Whatever custom truck interiors you are looking for there will be one that suits both you and your vehicle.

Dashboard Covers
One of the main enemies of a vehicles interior is the Sun. We have all entered a vehicle that has been parked in the midday sun and experienced that awful few seconds of Death Valley heat before the air con kicks in. Imagine how your upholstery is suffering in those conditions. It doesn't take long before your dashboard becomes cracked and off colour due to the Suns UV rays.

Therefore a dashboard cover is a worthwhile purchase if not only to protect it from the suns rays but it will also give your custom truck interiors a unique and stylish look.

One of the first things to make sure is the cover is the right one for your make and model and that its fit is neat and secure.

You will also need to select a hard-wearing cover. Popular covers are made of ABS plastic or velour. ABS plastic is very tough and durable but is flexible enough to expand and contract with the heat and cold. This of course minimises the possibility of splits and cracking. Another advantage of ABS is it can be painted to match the truck or vans interior with many paint manufacturers able to colour match perfectly.

When choosing a velour mat or cover you should make sure the openings are trimmed in matching binding. Good velour covers look perfectly at home in any custom truck interiors and are often cut with computer aided technology with stitched seams providing "hinges" that fit perfectly around the 3-dimensional contours of the dashboard.

Many velour covers are fixed simply with adhesive tape or velcro giving a non-slip fit and over time the covers will naturally mould into the shape of your dash. ABS plastic can be secured with silicon.

Covers should be easy enough to install and maintain. They usually need very little care once fitted. Choosing the right dash and seat covers when designing your custom truck interiors should be fun and rewarding and give your vehicle a new lease of life.
About the Author
Vicki Churchill is the owner of Custom Truck Interiors , a site that specializes in information and resources on custom truck interiors and car accessories.
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