Alcantara vs Suede

Discussion in 'Interior' started by Damicci, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Damicci

    Damicci VSC Super Moderator

    I don't know much about Alcantara but had a buddy ask me about it.

    After some research it seems to be used on alot of high end vehicles but looks very similar to suede except it seems to be a little more versatile.

    What are your thoughts?
  2. cheez80

    cheez80 New Member

    alcantara is sold in the us under the name ultrasuede, if i'm not mistaken. it's a synthetic and is easier to take care of than real suede, apparently.
  3. widebody_Q

    widebody_Q VSC Super Moderator

    It is expensive but well worth it. You can tell the difference in quality when you compare it to suede. It does turn crappy looking after a few years though.
  4. airmax

    airmax VSC Super Moderator

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2009
  5. MR.J

    MR.J New Member

    so true:dance:
  6. leg0man

    leg0man New Member

    alcantara for some door panels or headliner is nice, but on high-wear areas like seat centres or steering wheels it gets matted down and funky.
  7. Loud1

    Loud1 New Member

    Real Alcantara like what is used in Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini does not mat or fade like Ultrasuede. By the way Ultrasuede is a cheap imitation. For headliners and areas you don't touch much Novasuede is the way to go. It has much better feel and is very workable because its stretchy
  8. 4dr-swingin

    4dr-swingin New Member

    nice race seats use suede. for instance the bride website has a big red warning about how fake bride seats will be made from alcantara and bride has never ever in the history of anything ever used, nor will they ever use alcantara. +1 for the real alcantara in exotic cars which is expensive based on its durability, good looks and overall just goodnessity. sorry for my mini rant this guy was trying to put fake bride seats in his porsche so i had to go through all of this with him then literally a few minutes later stumbled onto this thread. i feel better.
  9. Damicci

    Damicci VSC Super Moderator

    Yeah saw that thread, that's what I used to help my friend decide on using microfiber instead of suede. cost and durability since his car won't be a show car. He just wants he worn out seats to be redone.
  10. Loud1

    Loud1 New Member

    You won't find real Alcantara on most of these fake seats. Most of the time they use ultrasuede or microfiber because of cost. Thats why its a knockoff. Some Alcantara is more expensive than Suede
  11. iocca

    iocca New Member

    I had alcantara seats in my scion tc, loved them, such a nice feel. but god damn the material is expensive. I was going to have my shift boot/ebrake boot/arm rest done in alcantara but couldnt find real alcantara in az and the price wasnt worth it for such a small area and went with microsuede.

  12. berlinas2k2

    berlinas2k2 New Member

    I did my entire dash, a pillars, lower kick panels and center console in Alcantara Leather w/ some perforated panels and it was over $300 in materials alone.
    Very nice quality material though!
  13. Green Poupon

    Green Poupon New Member

    I just got some faux suede from the fabric store on sale for $15 a yard. It's 60" wide so it can cover the whole headliner. It feels nice and soft. The quality is very good. Enough for the whole pillars and headliner and the 2x strength adhesive was under $50. It's very lightweight so getting it to stick to the headliner is not an issue at all. Very easy to work with. Perfect for headliners.
  14. Schnitz

    Schnitz Active Member

    My '06 STi had OEM Alcantara seats and they felt awesome and never matted or anything. I'd use it in almost any application.
  15. Franklin

    Franklin Member

    You probably didn't drive your car much. I had my '05 STi and it began to wear like crazy. Same thing with my cousin's '03 Evo.
  16. Neteru

    Neteru New Member

  17. Damicci

    Damicci VSC Super Moderator

  18. Green Poupon

    Green Poupon New Member

    When I had my IS300 it was only 3 years old but the alcantara in it was like new. I never noticed any wear signs. I don't know maybe the EVO wasn't alcantara? Its nice to have if you live in hot weather cause it never gets too hot, or too cold for that matter.
  19. Schnitz

    Schnitz Active Member

    60 000 miles on her and in perfect shape.
  20. J954sho

    J954sho New Member

    Can't say I have had that material..and I have had my fair share of interior make overs. Might be something I'll have to talk to my upholstery guy about:dance:

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