Re: Help needed color matching my leather interior
Jaguar did in fact switch to another supplier when Connolly went out of
business. They had no choice! But when my Jag was built, Connolly was
still in business, and that's what was used. Depending on the amount of
leather that Jaguar stockpiled, it wouldn't surprise me if all cars up to at
least the end of 2002 were Connolly. Remember, Connolly went out in late
2001, meaning many of the cars manufacured for the 2002 model year (in 2001)
would still be sporting Connolly hides.
Point taken on coloration on vinyl versus leather, but I am only interested
in color matching the seat cushion, so that's what I was holding the color
swatches to. Provided that the colorant matches the sample I provided to
them, I think I will be very pleased with the outcome. I'm going to try and
get away with applying colorant to only the affected panels, but we'll see
how it goes.
"webserve" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> If you do a Google search for Connelly leather, you will shortly discover
> that even today, manufacturers (including Jaguar dealers) are touting the
> fact that their vehicles have Connelly leather interiors. I just saw an
> for a brand new 2005 X-Type that was promoting this!!
> It was my understanding that when Connelly went out of business,
> Jaguar/Ford immediately switched to another supplier.
> Contrary to what you are saying in terms of "color is color" that is
> certainly not proper. I have a piece of the original leather from my 1967
> that was not exposed to the sun and elements of daily life and it matches
> perfectly with the vinyl that was also hidden. After 35 years of
> the tan leather looked like dark brown mud color and the vinyl looked like
> butterscotch. The same goes for the matching colors in my Black 1988
> Jaguar. They do not quite match the colors hidden from the sun. That is
> why dye companies do so well!! And it does not take long. My buddies
> XJR is showing fade already.
> "JMc" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> Thank you for your info, but you might be incorrect regarding the
>> seats. They are Connolly, according to an enthusiast who visited the
>> factory in Coventry a few years ago. He said "Connolly supplied all the
>> Jaguars until they went out of business at the end of 2001, and Jaguar
>> stockpiled a large amount of hides; the leather now used by Jaguar is
>> Italian, and Jaguar claims that the quality, if anything is better." So
>> that's the information I was going on. My car was manufactured in April,
>> 1999, so perhaps you are mistaken. I also know the difference between
>> vinyl and leather, and understand where the leather ends and the vinyl
>> begins. But color is color, whether it is applied to vinyl or leather,
>> I wound up taking the Jaguar sample of 2000 S Type Ivory leather, which
>> didn't quite match my interior, along with one of the headrests to Home
>> Depot, and using their color matching computer, came up with a Behr Shade
>> called Pebble Stone that is a perfect, spot on match to the seating
>> I am going to restore. Ironically, it was the shade recommended from the
>> scan of the factory Ivory that wound up being the match to my seats, so
>> you are saying about the slight variation that the years place on the
>> seems absolutely true and correct. Thank you again for your reply.
>> "webserve" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> >A couple of things.
>> > Connelly went out of business about 5 years ago so you do not have
>> > Connelly
>> > leather seats in you Jag. Sorry!! It is a common misconception.
>> > remaining hides that Connelly had were purchased by a single company
>> > and
>> > are
>> > VERY expensive to say the least. They are sold primarily to
>> > restoration
>> > enthusiasts wanting to have exactly the proper interior for their cars.
>> > Also
>> > keep in mind that very little in your car is actually leather. Most of
>> > is vinyl and it has been that way for the past 45-50 years. Even on my
>> > 1967
>> > saloon, the only leather was the seat faces -- all the rest was
>> > matching
>> > vinyl. So if you take a section from the door -- you are matching
>> > vinyl --
>> > not leather.
>> > There should be a tag on the Driver's door that lists the date of
>> > manufacture as well as the VIN, exterior color code and interior color
>> > code.
>> > With this in hand, the Jag people can tell you exactly what you have
>> > for
>> > interior color. Don't be surprised if the color sample they give you
>> > not come close to what you actually have in your car. Years take their
>> > toll
>> > on leather and your S-Type is 6+ years old now so it has done some
>> > color
>> > shifting.
>> > Webserve
>> > "JMc" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> > news:isGdnUK7EOOzGPPeRVn-hA@adelphia.com...
>> >> I recently purchased a 2000 4.0 S Type that is is fairly remarkable
>> >> condition. Cosmetically and mechanically spot on, except for some
>> >> wear on the driver's side seat bolster from the PO entering and
>> >> exiting
>> > the
>> >> vehicle. A common wear point on the Connolly. I would like to
>> >> restore
>> > this
>> >> area of the seat and know what to purchase in order to do it, but I am
>> >> little confused as to the actual color of my interior. I had assumed
>> >> that
>> >> the seats were ivory, but after holding a sample from a Jaguar card
>> > to
>> >> my seats, the the Jaguar sample seems more gray in comparison, but
>> >> it's
>> >> close and I can't tell if my eyes are playing tricks on me or what.
>> >> Could
>> >> my leather be almond, or some other color that was offered in 2000
>> >> that
>> > I'm
>> >> not aware of? The interior trim appears to be cashmere, if that makes
>> >> any
>> >> difference. Any assistance appreciated. I'm trying to come up with a
>> > close
>> >> color match so the leather colorant will be the correct color. My
>> >> only
>> >> option at this point, is to cut off one of the airbag tags on the
>> > passenger
>> >> or driver's door, to submit that as a color sample, but I'd really
>> >> not do that if at all possible.