As sales of RVs trend upward year after year, so do the opportunities for fabricators in custom shops.
Auto project by Douglas Auto and Marine Upholstery won an IAA Award of Excellence.
The 1971 Barracuda will be displayed at the 2012 SEMA Show.
1959 Dodge Town Wagon gets a handsome pair of door panels.
An experienced upholsterer creates door panels for a “Grand Old Cad.”
Lighter, stronger and more economical, fabrics drive innovations in auto applications.
A recent theft recovery steals the show with a redesigned dash.
A ‘57 Chevy gets a complete interior makeover with extra-special side panels.
New options abound to offer customers the trendiest—or most traditional—auto interiors.
A shop's show car gets a complete custom import overhaul.
Marine, hot rod and aircraft upholstery accelerates profits by capitalizing on customers' custom needs.
This viable option can increase your profits when customers don't have the budget for custom.
How often does a customer roll into your shop with a problem that he wants you to solve for practically nothing?
A veteran upholsterer creates custom seats for a classic Corvette.
Restoring the interior of a 1953 Porsche 356 1500 Super to its original condition.
Working with aircraft interiors takes more than simply agreeing to do a job. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented numerous regulations and procedures for upholsterers providing aircraft services.
Some of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) that impact aircraft upholstery work the most include FAR 25.853 and FAR 43.3(d). FAR 25.853 lists the interior components of an aircraft that must meet flammability specifications. FAR 43.3(d) requires a certified mechanic to supervise any maintenance or alterations being performed on the aircraft. To help upholsterers new to the market, Interior Flight Services Inc. offers advice on meetings FAA requirements, as well as FAA-certified interior products, on its website www.nationalflight.com.
When Terri Madden, owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., San Juan, Puerto Rico, submitted a letter of intent to the FAA and began the certification process, an FAA inspector was assigned to her shop. The inspector helped Madden's team write several manuals to be used for future jobs.
"All of the steps required for certification placed my business practices under a microscope," Madden says. "After nine grueling months, a new and improved fabrication shop was born."
To learn more about the FAA certification process and regulations, visit www.faa.gov.