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Old 07-30-2016, 09:19 PM
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Difficulty of replacing M-B Tex on 300CD rear seat

I've had the rear seat (back and bottom pieces) out of my 1985 300CD-T recently and the upholstery material (M-B Tex) is falling apart - primarily the fabric areas on the sides, not the M-B Tex itself (amazing after 31 years!). It might not be visible from the attached pictures, but the top of the back piece is quite faded due to the previous owner not tinting the windows.

Anyway, I have long considered replacing all of the M-B Tex (the front seats are really worn, of course) using a kit from World Upholstery.

My question:
How difficult is it to replace the upholstery on the rear seat? It doesn't look so bad, but, I have never done it, so I ask. As for the front seats, I will be using a professional guy who comes recommended by World. I'd have him do the back, too, however, I live quite a ways away from him now, so...

Anyway, if anyone can shed some light on the difficulty of replacing the M-B Tex on the rear seat's two pieces, I would appreciate it. Pictures attached for reference.

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Old 07-31-2016, 04:26 AM
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dogguy, recommend you contact an automotive upholstery business near where you live. You may want to ask the Service Manager at your local MB dealer who does their upholstery work.

You are probably aware that Gahh makes replacement seat covers for MB automobiles.
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Old 07-31-2016, 06:30 AM
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theres lots of videos on youtube that show how to fix seats.
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Old 07-31-2016, 09:09 PM
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dogguy, recommend you contact an automotive upholstery business near where you live. You may want to ask the Service Manager at your local MB dealer who does their upholstery work.

You are probably aware that Gahh makes replacement seat covers for MB automobiles.
I won't even go into how close I am to the nearest MB dealership other than to say hundreds and hundreds more miles...A good suggestion though. And yes, I am aware of Gahh.

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theres lots of videos on youtube that show how to fix seats.
Great suggestion. Thanks-
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I understand that World Products actually buys many of their products frim GAHH.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:54 AM
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Any competent upholstery shop can make this repair and it should be good as new if done with the correct materials. Just insist on it being right.
Never saw a better upholstery material for autos than MB Tex. In the salvage yards the leather is always in tatters, but the MB Tex will look nearly new, with more wear in the driver's seat of course.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:14 PM
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Thanks for the additional posts...

Yes, my intention is to use GAHH material, regardless of from whom I acquire the pieces.

I completely agree about the durability of M-B Tex: It is a dang wonder, that stuff!
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:53 PM
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I've had the front seat covers mostly off on my car, but not the back ones (repaired the springs and added a heated seat kit). I found it pretty straightforward, though the back seats may use hog rings - haven't had a reason to remove those yet. I don't think there were any special techniques needed, though if you're not confident, by all means take it to a shop. I can't imagine it would be that much work for them.
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Old 08-06-2016, 12:48 PM
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I've had the front seat covers mostly off on my car, but not the back ones (repaired the springs and added a heated seat kit). I found it pretty straightforward, though the back seats may use hog rings - haven't had a reason to remove those yet. I don't think there were any special techniques needed, though if you're not confident, by all means take it to a shop. I can't imagine it would be that much work for them.
Didn't know about hog rings...YouTube video fixed that.
I continue to agree that the back seat pieces can't be all that difficult.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-06-2016, 08:11 PM
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Gained some insight

I've had some recent insight into this work, courtesy of the posts here, so, I figured I'd post my info. in case someone in the future is trying to figure this out.

My insight is this (see attached pictures):

Picture 1...
It seems that for 3 of the 4 edges (for the seat bottom piece and the seat back piece), the fabric upholstery is sewn to a rigid cardboard-like material. These strips of cardboard slide into the metal channels on the underside of each piece.

Picture 2...
It seems that for 1 of the 4 edges, the M-B Tex material (also stitched to some kind of rigid backing material) slides into a channel. This looks similar to how the M-B Tex material at the bottom and rear of either of the two front seat backs is also fitted.
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