What You Need to Know: Car and Truck Seat Upholstery Repair and Replacement

When you first purchase or lease a new car, you have all the good intentions of keeping it clean and in tip-top condition. But then, life happens. From spills to dirt/mud to family pet mishaps and even the sun and other damaging environmental factors, everyday wear and tear on your vehicle’s interior is inevitable.

To update or refresh your car or truck’s interior, you may consider starting with the seats—a full reupholstery of your seats or deciding to use slip-on seat covers.

Of course, some of the interior is easier (and less expensive) to completely replace than others—purchasing new floor mats to replace the old, for example, will only set you back around $40 per mat as a starting price. But the truth of the matter is: It all adds up. It can be expensive to replace your damaged car or truck upholstery. Here, we discuss three factors to consider when updating the interior seats of your car, truck, or SUV.

1. Cost

When you have your vehicle’s seats professionally reupholstered, the entire fabric will be replaced with a new material of your choice, with foam padding added as well. Some car upholstery companies will also include seat spring replacements as needed. The average cost for vehicle seat reupholstery including professional installation is $1,000–$2,000 for two bucket seats or a bench seat, depending on your vehicle.

2. Repair vs. Full Replacement

If it’s a small section of the seat’s upholstery that is frayed, it may be possible to repair the damage rather than replace the upholstery on the entire seat. For older car or truck models, replacing just one damaged seat may be more difficult. You’d have to find an exact material and color match. Check with your local upholsterer if you run into issues deciding the right material and color.

Full replacement of all your car or truck seats can be costly. If you’re ready to invest in new upholstery to replace the original factory material, do your research on materials that offer better protection from damaging environmental factors. Also look for materials that are durable so they won’t easily fray or tear. As we know, the everyday messes are still going to happen.

3. An Alternative Option: Custom Slip-On Seat Covers

A third option to consider when deciding how to protect your vehicle’s seats is to use custom slip-on covers. Custom slip-on seat covers offer good protection, comfort, and durability, but at a lesser cost. The average cost for CalTrend custom-fit slip-on covers is $150–$300 per pair of bucket seats or for a bench seat.[2]

Custom slip-on seat covers fit snugly over your vehicle seats. For the best protection for any future damage, materials like DuraPlus, NeoPrene, and Faux Leather are highly recommended.

Ready to Refresh Your Seats?

If you choose to protect and beautify your vehicle’s seats without completely reupholstering the original factory seats, and are considering the custom slip-on cover route, CalTrend experts are here to help.

CalTrend has a team of experienced auto enthusiasts whose goal is to help you make the best decisions. CalTrend offers custom slip-on seat covers for Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Ram, and Toyota. Shop by Vehicle.

Still deciding? All of our custom seat covers are covered by a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty on workmanship and craftsmanship. We’re happy to help answer all your questions. Contact us for more information.

If you’ve ever worn a wetsuit, used rubber-like oven mitts and hot pads, or put on sports equipment like knee or elbow pads, you’re probably already familiar with neoprene.

Known as the first synthetic rubber, neoprene was created in 1930 by a team of DuPont scientists, led by chemist Wallace Carothers, in response to a rising demand (and a rising cost) of rubber products.

The technical name for neoprene is polychloroprene, which is an organic compound composed mostly of hydrogen and carbon atoms. DuPont’s version was originally dubbed DuPrene. The material entered the market in 1931 for industrial use in telephone wires, insulation, hoses for vehicles, etc. DuPrene was a good alternative to natural rubber because it maintained its flexibility while also being more resistant to water, oils, and heat. There was just one problem—it smelled bad.

Throughout the 1930s, DuPont worked to eliminate the bad odor and improve the manufacturing process. By 1937, DuPont discontinued the name DuPrene, in favor of the generic name of neoprene, signifying it as a mass material rather than a branded product.

Introduction of the Neoprene Wetsuit

It wasn’t until the 1950s when companies first starting discovering the possibilities of using neoprene in wetsuits. There’s some debate over who first invented the neoprene wetsuit, but three Californians played prominent roles:

  • Physicist Hugh Bradner of the University of California, Berkeley, discovered in 1951 that a suit didn’t need to be dry to offer thermal insulation.
  • Jack O’Neill, founder of his Santa Cruz–based surf wear and surfboard brand O’Neill in 1952, was considered the pioneer of the wetsuit when his friend introduced him to neoprene foam.
  • Twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell co-founded Body Glove in 1953, after designing “the first practical wetsuit.” They discovered the insulating material of neoprene as used in the back of refrigerators.

By the early 2000s, more than 300,000 tons of neoprene was manufactured every year. Today, you’ll find neoprene used in everything from wetsuits to seat covers to sports and medical equipment. Although the manufacturing process has evolved over the years—from oil-based to limestone-based rubber chips—the popularity of neoprene has remained strong.

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NeoPrene Seat Cover

Car Seat Covers: Neoprene vs. Neosupreme

When deciding on the best wetsuit-like material for your vehicle’s interior, there are a few considerations to take into account, with the biggest factor being your budget. Just as neoprene served as an alternative to natural rubber, neosupreme is yet another more affordable option. Both CalTrend NeoPrene and NeoSupreme car seat covers offer flexible material similar to that of a wetsuit and are water-resistant.

Neoprene is a thicker fabric that requires industrial sewing machines to stitch together. For car seat covers, this can make it more costly because of the amount of material required to properly cover all seats. The flexibility and durability of neoprene makes it the perfect material for car seat covers, offering the following characteristics:

  • Strong and resistant to tears
  • Water-resistant and repels spills
  • Comfortable and does not irritate the skin

Neosupreme is a more affordable fabric that mimics neoprene in both aesthetics and functionality. It also offers better UV protection than neoprene. Some of its benefits include:

  • Lower initial cost for the material
  • Fabric has a backing making it easier to create durable stitches
  • Covers have a fitted look with minimal wrinkles caused by stretching

Find the Perfect Covers

At CalTrend, we offer our customers a large variety of custom-fit seat covers to match every budget. Our products are 100% made in the U.S.A., and will fit perfectly on your vehicle’s seats. Shop by Vehicle.

If you love the look and feel of NeoPrene and NeoSupreme seat covers, but need some help deciding what the best option is for you, we’re happy to help. Please contact one of our team members today.

neosupreme seat covers

Seat covers make an old car look new again. The right covers fit tightly, resist spills, and feel great to the touch. Shoppers can turn to Neosupreme for the right fit, feel and stain resistance. More affordable, Neosupreme lets you get the personal look you want for your vehicle for less.

What does Neosupreme feel like?

Fabric experts designed Neosupreme to feel soft and luxurious. It has a breathable feel with a surface that feels good to the fingertips. Drivers and passengers won’t mind if they are wearing short sleeves or shorts. The fabric feels good to bare skin. There are many different looks, but the “touchability” is always the same. Perhaps the truest test is how good the seat covers feel when drivers have to take a long trip. (more…)

Neoprene History

Invented almost 90 years ago, Neoprene is now an important, yet common product used for various different purposes. The following brief article chronicles the history of this substance, as well as discusses the many everyday items it can be found in.

The History Of Neoprene

Neoprene is considered to be the first form of synthetic rubber ever invented. In 1930, natural rubber was in great need and at a premium, which caused the product to be sold at high prices on the open market. These circumstances placed chemical companies such as the DuPont Corporation under significant pressure to develop a laboratory created type of rubber designed to satisfy public demand, but also be available for purchase at a more affordable amount of money. DuPont hired a chemist named Wallace Carothers, who was well-known for his work in the polymer sciences field. Carothers led a team of researchers, who in April of 1930, invented Neoprene.

Why Is Neoprene So Valuable?

Neoprene possesses several attributes that make the substance a valuable component of numerous products. This synthesized rubber is strong and malleable, meaning it will not break apart if its is stretched or subjected to a significant amount of movement. In addition, the product is well resistant to water, excessive heat, harsh weather conditions and sunlight.

What Type Of items Can Neoprene Be Found In?

Uses of Neoprene

Neoprene is commonly sold to the public in the form of latex and is used in a wide array of personal and industrial goods, including:
Clothing

Neoprene is used in the manufacturing of several different types of clothing and gear. Such articles are common and widely purchased by the public because they are durable, often stain resistant, long-lasting and comfortable. Popular types of Neoprene-based attire include workout outfits designed to help those who don them a greater ability to sweat, burn calories and lose weight with increased efficiency; summer wardrobes that are light, heat resistant and will not be worn or faded by sunlight and SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) gear that is necessary for individuals who enjoy partaking in deep sea diving.

Musical Items

Neoprene can be found in a number of products used to play music, most notably in speaker cones and drum practice pads. Speaker cones containing neoprene are particularly efficient in protecting the woofers and sub-woofers built into car speakers, which can be subjected to harsh conditions including exceedingly high and/or low temperatures, as well as exposure to extended durations of direct sunlight. Drum practice pads manufactured with Neoprene provide insulation that can limit the sound drumming produces. Such a benefit may be important to someone residing in an apartment and/or other communal settings and wishes to respect the comfort of his or her neighbors.

Other Items

Neoprene can also be found in items commonly used to protect products that are not always easy to preserve such as car interiors and upholstery. Neoprene seat covers are durable, popular items many use to guard against spills, strains and protect expensive items such as leather seats from potentially damaging exposure to sunlight and the wear and tear of being sat on repeatedly over long periods of time.

Ford Neoprene Seat Covers

CalTrend custom neoprene seat covers are made to exact specification to ensure a quality fit for your interior, but other companies also construct similar products. How do you know that the seat covers you buy from us are better than Wet Okole neoprene seat covers?  Keep reading our CalTrend vs Wet Okole seat cover reviews as we compare both options.

Our Superior Manufacturing Capabilities

We make our seat covers in our factory in Southern California. We use a technique that employs the best quality fabrics and produces custom covers that are made to order. This gives us the ability to:

• Focus on what customers really want
• Cut our costs by not holding onto inventory
• Create customized designs that meet the customer’s specific needs
• Rapidly produce a completed product from available materials

When you order your Cal Trend seat covers, we take the information you provide and compare it with detailed manufacturing data. We construct seat covers that match your exact needs. We can use any fabric including neoprene. Sometimes we can even help you select a fabric that is a better choice overall for your specific application.

The seat cover business is highly competitive business environment and our reviews say it all. Customers value the superior quality we provide and our dedication to serving our customers.

More Reasons Why We Are Better

Neoprene Seat Covers

Wet Okole does not guarantee the same level of attention to detail that we do. Our neoprene seats are cut from a sturdier fabric. We also use a more robust stitch in the seams.

Wet Okole customers often complain about wrinkles in their covers. Our neoprene seat covers are form fitted to the exact shape of your interior. When installed properly, they lay flat along the same contours of your original seats.  Wet Okole seat covers simply aren’t up to the same standard.

We also ensure that your colors are unique to your order. We don’t force you to just choose from an existing inventory of covers. You can completely customize with your own design ideas.

CalTrend seat covers are 100% Made in the USA.  All materials are also sourced from the United States.

To find out what we can do for your vehicle and to get you started with your custom seat covers today, get into contact with a choice dealer.

Wet Okole Reviews & Coverking

You see occasional disappointed customers when reading Wet Okole Reviews.  Whether its the quality of the seat covers or something else.  You’ll also see less than satisfactory reviews in Wet Okole vs Coverking comparisons.  When it comes to neoprene or other seat cover fabrics, CalTrend is the best way to go.

The best neoprene seat covers are great protection from wear and tear. They are as , if not more important than other interior accessories including sun shades, dash covers, floor mats and other manner of truck or car covers. All CalTrend seat covers are custom fit to your vehicle and get free shipping in the continental United States. Completely water resistant, these are made form the same material as wet suits.

Common patterns include camo seat covers (for example, Realtree camo, Mossy Oak, as well as tactical/digital seat covers. So whether you drive a Ford F-250, Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover or a Toyota Prius, these are the perfect seat covers.  Whether you need truck or car seat covers, check out CalTrend’s line or front and rear seat covers.

Ford Neoprene Seat Covers