I glued the collar using 5 minutes 2 parts epoxy glue. For now it seems to hold well.Does your brake handle boot slide up when you put the lever down? Mine did and I discovered the stitching came loose at the top of the boot. The boot won't stay in place when down. Half of the handle is covered. Ended up using a back zip tie to hold it in place...Less than ideal.
Doh! Just noticed I glued it from inside... I think I'll left it as is!I noticed the black collar under the shifter knob. You didn't put it under the leather? or are my eyes bad?
That's the difference between "Bonded Leather" and "Genuine Leather".Got them from Redlines, installed them today. You can see the difference in thickness vs the OEM ones. The leather from Redline is more souple and, while no expert, seem much better quality too!
Bonded leather is a thin veneer of leather bonded to another surface like cloth. Genuine Leather is all leather hide. We had a couch done in bonded leather, it lasted two years before it started to peel, delaminate, from cloth. We have the same couch with genuine leather in another home that is going on 8 years with no show of wear. You pays your money and you make your choice.That's the difference between "Bonded Leather" and "Genuine Leather".
Pretty stark in person. Gotta love the real thing!
Bonded leather is barely still leather. It is a marketing ploy. Really cheap stuff. They take a hide (low grade) and roll and stretch it to be VERY thin then they add backing material. There are many faux leathers that are better.That was bonded leather? I thought it was vinyl! The stuff was pretty cheesy. Cheap looking.
Nice gear knob (stop ya snickering !!) - where did you get it ??I like the pebble finish of the leather on your boots. Nice contrast. I used the smooth black leather boots with red stitching from Madness. Easy installation. I don't understand why Fiat would install real leather on the steering wheel, shift knob, e-brake handle and seats all with red stitching and then use vinyl with black stitching on the boots.