Tips & Advice
How much does it cost to customize a car?
Every modification to a car has a different price tag. You have to factor in the cost of the parts and the labor involved if you are hiring someone to do it for you. Tires and wheels can be done quickly within just about any budget, but things like internal engine modifications can add up quickly. Elaborate paint jobs or custom body work can get very expensive, as well. You can get a budget paint job for a couple-hundred bucks, or spend $25,000 on an elaborate show-quality job.
What is performance tuning?
Performance tuning is making adjustments, performing tune ups, or anything done to the car in an effort to increase performance. Usually it is associated with engine performance to increase output for more speed. But performance tuning can also be done to exhaust systems and suspension parts and, in the case of racing cars, spoilers, which do not have any performance advantage until you reach very high speeds.
Is car customization the same as modification?
Modifications and customization are basically the same. Modifications made to your car create a customized car. If you modify your engine, interior, paint, or body, it is now customized.
Is car customization legal?
Yes. Customizing a car is completely legal--as long as the vehicle still adheres to the law. There are limitations, such as engine output, tire size, window tinting, body shaping, lights, and exhaust systems (both in carbon emissions and noise). For instance, you cannot drive a car around town that has been stripped and converted into a race car--it won’t have mufflers, turn signals, lights, and many basic components that make a car street legal. Know the laws and limitations before going all-in on customizing your rig.
What is a customized car?
A customized car is one that has had significant changes done to update t style or performance. Customizing can range from making an engine faster or perform better, to elaborate pain jobs. Lowering or raising a vehicle’s suspension (think lifted trucks or low-rider cars) is customizing, and even interiors can be customized.
How long does it take to reupholster furniture?
Depending on the size of the project, it usually takes from two weeks up to a month to have furniture reupholstered. The larger the item, the longer it will take. For people attempting it as a DIY project, it will probably still take a few weeks to complete a job, especially if attempting it without much prior sewing and pattern-cutting experience.
Do upholstery companies pick up furniture?
Most upholstery companies pick up furniture and deliver it back home when the project is complete. A minority do not. Ask the companies you’re considering how they handle this, and whether the pickup/delivery is included in the quoted price or whether it’s additional.
What is the best way to clean upholstery?
The best way to clean most types of upholstery fabric is by vacuuming with the upholstery tool attachment, gently applying stain remover to stained areas, and then lightly going over the entire piece of furniture with an upholstery brush. If the fabric is coded W, you will want to use a water-based detergent, like water-diluted laundry soap. If it is coded S, you should use a dry detergent.
Does it cost more to upholster than buy new furniture?
It does not cost more to upholster than to buy new furniture. It usually costs less, although sofas can wind up costing approximately the same to reupholster or replace--depending what kind of fabric you use.
How to make upholstery last longer
Make upholstery last longer by keeping it out of direct sunlight, cleaning spills right away (before they set into stubborn stains), and cleaning it regularly. An annual professional cleaning is recommended.