At Pete’s Upholstery and Trimming, we take pride in offering professional vehicle trimming and upholstery. Whether you’re looking to restore a classic car to its former glory or give your everyday vehicle a fresh new look, our team is here to help.
Our trimmer works with a variety of materials and use specialized tools and techniques to ensure a high-quality finish


You may ask yourself what is Vehicle Trimming and Upholstery?

Vehicle trimming and upholstery involves the repair, restoration, and customization of the interior components of a vehicle. Some of our services include:

Seat Upholstery: Repair, replacement, or customization of seat covers, padding, and cushions. This includes fixing tears, replacing worn-out foam, and updating the seat design or material.

Seat Repadding and Foam Replacement: Restoring or replacing worn-out seat foam and padding to improve comfort and support. This service can rejuvenate the seating experience.

Roof lining Repair/Replacement: Restoration or replacement of the roof liner, which is the fabric covering the ceiling of the vehicle’s interior. This includes fixing sagging or torn headliners, ensuring proper fit and finish.

Door Panel Upholstery: Repair or replacement of door panels, including fabric or leather coverings, armrests, and trim pieces. This service can refresh the appearance and functionality of door panels or customise for a specific purpose.

Steering Wheel Restoration: Refurbishment of steering wheels, including repairing or replacing damaged leather or other coverings. This service can restore the appearance and grip of the steering wheel.

Custom Tonneau Cover Design: If you’re looking for a unique and personalized tonneau cover, car trimmers can design a custom cover specifically tailored to your ute. This includes considering the dimensions, shape, and specific requirements of your tray.

Dashboard and Console Restoration: Refurbishment or customization of the dashboard and centre console components. This may involve recovering panels, repairing light scratches, dents or fading, as well as updating or customizing the design or materials used.

Custom Interior Design: Creation and installation of unique and personalized interior designs. This service allows customers to customize their vehicle’s interior with a choice of materials, colours, patterns, and finishes.

Carpet Replacement: Installation of new carpets or repairs to existing carpets. This involves removing the old carpet, preparing the surface, and fitting the new carpet with precise cutting and fitting techniques.

Vintage and Classic Car Restoration: Specialized restoration services for vintage and classic cars, including preserving or replicating original upholstery, trim, and materials to maintain the vehicle’s authenticity.

Interior Trim Repair/Replacement: Repairing or replacing damaged or worn-out interior trim pieces, such as door handles, armrests, center console trim, and other decorative elements.

Upholstering Process

Here's a general overview of the upholstery process:

1- Evaluation, Material Selection, and Research

The process begins with an evaluation of the vehicle's interior, where material selection plays a crucial role. Based on the customer's preferences and budget, appropriate upholstery and trim materials, such as fabrics, leathers, vinyl, or specialized options, are carefully chosen. In the case of rare or vintage vehicles, the trimmer or upholsterer conducts thorough research to locate and source hard-to-find components that are true to the vehicle's original specifications.

2- Disassembly

The interior components, including seats, carpets, door panels, and trim pieces, are methodically disassembled to provide access to the areas requiring trimming or upholstery work.

3- Repair and Preparation

Any damaged or worn-out components are repaired or replaced accordingly. Surfaces are meticulously cleaned, smoothed, and prepared to ensure proper adhesion of the new upholstery or trim.

4- Cutting, Sewing, and Installation

Using precise measurements and patterns, the selected materials are expertly cut and sewn into upholstery covers, seat cushions, headliners, and other necessary elements. These crafted pieces are then skilfully installed onto the seats, door panels, dashboard, and other interior surfaces, achieving a seamless and snug fit.

5- Finishing Touches and Quality Check

After the upholstery and trim are in place and final touches are made to ensure proper alignment. Details such as stitching, piping, and decorative elements are incorporated to enhance the overall appearance. A comprehensive quality check is conducted to ensure that the upholstery and trim work meet the customer's expectations and maintain exceptional craftsmanship standards.

6- Reassembly

Finally, all interior components, including seats, carpets, door panels, and trim pieces, are reassembled back into the vehicle, ensuring precise alignment, secure attachment, and proper functionality.

Upholstery Ideas (TEST)

Trim Ideas (TEST)

One of the best things about upholstery is that it provides an opportunity to be creative. If you’re looking for ways to add a personal touch to your furniture, consider using trim. Trim can be used to create patterns or add visual interest. For example, you could use contrasting trim to create a border around the edge of your furniture. Or, you could use trim to create a geometric pattern. Be creative and have fun experimenting with different ideas.

Tacks or Staples? (TEST)

When it comes to attaching fabric to furniture, there are two main options: tacks or staples. Tacks are small metal pins that are pushed through the fabric and into the frame of the furniture. Staples are similar, but they’re slightly larger and more durable. Which option you choose will depend on personal preference and the type of project you’re working on. If you’re upholstering a piece of furniture that will get a lot of use, staples might be the better option. They’re more durable and less likely to come loose over time. However, tacks can be easier to work with and may be a better option for smaller projects.

Fabric Ideas (TEST)

There are a few different things to consider when choosing an upholstery fabric. First, think about the function of the piece of furniture you’re working on. If it’s a sofa that will get a lot of use, you’ll want to choose a durable fabric. Second, think about the style of the furniture. If you’re going for a more traditional look, you might want to choose a wool or velvet fabric. However, if you’re going for a more modern look, you might want to choose a cotton or linen fabric. Finally, think about your budget. Upholstery fabrics can be quite expensive, so make sure you have the financial resources to do it.

Care and Maintenance

Caring for Car Upholstery: Tips for Maintenance and Longevity

Proper care and maintenance of car upholstery can help keep it looking clean, fresh, and in excellent condition for years to come. Here’s some information on how to care for and maintain car upholstery and trimming:

  • Regular Vacuuming: Vacuum your car upholstery regularly avoid build up and to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris. Use a soft brush attachment or upholstery-specific vacuum cleaner to avoid damaging the fabric or leather.
  • Immediate Stain Treatment:  Treat any spills and stains as soon as possible to prevent them from setting into the upholstery. Blot the affected area gently with a clean cloth or paper towel, working from the outside in. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the stain and cause damage and deterioration to the fibres.
  • Use Protective Covers: Consider using seat covers or protective pads to shield your upholstery from spills, pet hair, and excessive wear. These covers can be easily removed and cleaned, extending the life of your car’s upholstery.
  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: When cleaning your upholstery, use mild and non-abrasive cleaning products specifically formulated for car interiors. Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or ammonia-based cleaners, as they can damage the fabric or leather.
  • Test Cleaning Products: Before using any cleaning product on your upholstery, perform a patch test on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t cause discoloration or damage. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the cleaning product.
  • Blotting Method for Stains: If a stain persists, use a clean cloth or sponge dampened with water or a mild upholstery cleaner. Blot the stain gently, and avoid scrubbing vigorously, as it can damage the fabric.
  • Sun Protection: Park your car in shaded areas or use sunshades to protect the upholstery from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause fading, drying, and cracking of the upholstery materials over time.
  • Avoid Sharp Objects: Be cautious with sharp objects, such as keys or tools, to prevent accidental tears or punctures in the upholstery.
  • Professional Cleaning: Consider professional upholstery cleaning services periodically to deep clean and revitalize your car’s upholstery. Professional cleaners have specialized equipment and expertise to remove stubborn stains and restore the upholstery’s appearance.


By following these care and maintenance tips, you can preserve the beauty and longevity of your car’s upholstery. A well-maintained interior not only enhances your driving experience but also helps maintain the resale value of your vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of car/vehicle trimming can vary significantly depending on the job. It’s best to consult with a car trimmer or upholsterer and provide either access to the vehicle or detailed photos to obtain an accurate quote tailored to your specific needs. However, some of the factors impacting on price are the following:

Type of Service: The type of car trimming service you need will impact the cost. Different services, such as seat upholstery, carpet replacement, headliner repair, or dashboard restoration, may have varying price ranges based on the amount of work involved.

Materials: The choice of materials for the upholstery and trim will affect the overall cost. Higher-quality materials, such as genuine leather or premium fabrics, are generally more expensive than synthetic alternatives. Custom or rare materials may also impact the price.

Complexity of the Project: The complexity of the car trimming project will influence the cost. Projects that require extensive repairs, custom designs, or intricate detailing will likely require more time, effort, and specialized skills, which can affect the overall price.

Labour and Expertise: The labour costs associated with car trimming services will be a factor in the overall price. The expertise and experience of the trimmer or upholsterer may also influence the cost, as highly skilled professionals may charge higher rates.

Vehicle Size and Type: The size and type of vehicle being worked on can impact the cost. Larger vehicles or those with unique features or design elements (such as sunroofs) may require additional materials and more labour, leading to higher costs compared to smaller or more standard vehicles.

Vehicle trimming and upholstery services can help enhance the overall appearance and comfort of your vehicle.

If your car’s interior is worn out, torn, or stained, trimming and upholstery services can restore it to its original condition.

Custom upholstery allows you to personalize your vehicle’s interior to reflect your style and preferences.

Yes, in most situations our experienced trimmer can match the original upholstery in your vehicle, ensuring a seamless and cohesive look. If this isn’t possible (for example with some vintage cars) we will work with you to find the closest match.

We offer a wide range of materials, including genuine automotive leather, leather look vinyl, cloth, suede, canvas, specialty hood linings and more. Our team can help you choose the material that best suits your preferences and budget.

The duration of the process depends on the scope of work and the complexity of the project. Simple repairs or small modifications may take a few hours, while complete interior restorations can take several days or weeks. Our minimum booked time for small repairs is usually a day, if you need a lift locally while we work on your car, we are happy to assist. We also offer early bird drop offs and late pickups if you organise this in advance with our team.

Yes, our trimmer is skilled in repairing damaged or torn upholstery. Whether it’s a small tear which usually results in a panel replacement or a more significant issue, we can assess the damage and provide an appropriate repair solution.

Yes, if you have a specific fabric or leather you’d like to use, you can bring it to our shop, and our trimmers will work with it to complete your project. However, if fabric is vastly different to the original, please consult our fabric specialists to discuss if the fabric is suitable for the job.

Yes, we stand behind the quality of our workmanship. We offer warranties on our services to ensure customer satisfaction. The duration and terms of the warranty may vary depending on the specific project.

You can contact us via phone or email to schedule an appointment or bring the vehicle in to our workshop. Our team will be happy to discuss your project, provide a cost estimate, and find a suitable time for your service.


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