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    Correct red vinyl for '68

    Has anyone sourced new red vinyl to exact match of grain and colour of original '68 red vinyl? (not elephant hide grain)

    GAHH, Autobahn and Autos International do not have it.

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    Senior Member joegt3cup's Avatar
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    I do not believe their is a difference between 67 and 68 color wise. When I had a 67 with red interior I had these seats done by Tony that matched perfectly. Name:  My Seats 1.jpg
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    Joe Annicelli
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    does anyone have a pic of bordeaux red? in best case on swb sport seat


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    Hi Joe,
    I compared a sample Tony sent me, to a small section of vinyl protected behind the black trim on back of the red door cards I bought from you a while back, and the colour was not that close ... maybe I'll try him again and see what he's got in stock.

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    I ran into a similar problem trying to match the original red in a 1965 356. The suppliers and dyes used today are so different than they were back in the day. There are several vinyl suppliers - I would contact them and asked for samples. If you’re doing an entire interior then you have the benefit of picking one that comes closest to the protected sample you have. Or dare I say pick a shade that you like. Red is a tricky color to get right in a car interior
    John Schiavone


    356 Cab, 66 911, 914-6, 550-Beck, 981 Cayman, 54 MV Agusta Dustbid

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    Thanks John.

    I have original red door cards, so a close match is important.

    Small differences are very noticeable in the reds .... and if you get close in the colour, the grain can be way out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recaro View Post
    does anyone have a pic of bordeaux red? in best case on swb sport seat

    this is a NOS seat bottom cover i have---not sure if this is bordeaux nor do i know what year it was produced...the fabric on the back is white
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    Maybe you'll have better luck, but I could not find a direct red match. Not sure of your car's level, but you may need to settle for something "close but no cigar" or re-do the entire interior, but then you run into not being able to get the basket-weave for seat centers. Isn't this restoration work fun?
    John Schiavone


    356 Cab, 66 911, 914-6, 550-Beck, 981 Cayman, 54 MV Agusta Dustbid

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    Not sure if this will help. Try SMS products. I had a very original 356 A coupe with red interior in spectacular shape. With the help of Thomas Pocius, I matched up the vinyl for a pair of speedster seats to use in the car. We settled on a GM vinyl, Sierra Red, which matched the interior in color and texture. It was for seats only which is easier to match than adjoining panels but looked like they belonged. I think it was a 50's GM color.
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    Indeed SMS Auto Fabrics, if they don't have it....
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