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    I’m thinking about doing the jet black interior with the suede, instead of all leather. For those guys with the suede on your C7’s, how did it hold up? Would you buy it again?

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    I have black "suede" inserts on my 2015. 33,000 miles and they pretty much look like new.

    They're not real suede, by the way. GM calls it "micro suede," and it's GM's version of Alcantara.

    Alcantara was developed in the early 1970s by Miyoshi Okamoto, a scientist working for the Japanese chemical company Toray Industries. It was based on the same technology as another product from the same company named Ultrasuede.[2] Around 1972, a joint venture between Italian chemical company ENI and Toray formed Alcantara SpA in order to manufacture and distribute the material.[3][4] The company is now owned by Toray and Mitsui.

    Alcantara is composed of about 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane,[5] giving increased durability and stain resistance. The appearance and tactile feel of the material is similar to that of suede, and it may be identified as such.
    Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

    Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Olsen185 View Post
      I’m thinking about doing the jet black interior with the suede, instead of all leather. For those guys with the suede on your C7’s, how did it hold up? Would you buy it again?
      The Faux suede is a very durable material like the Alcantara put in Porsches.Invented by the Japanese back in the 70s. It is extremely durable much more so then suede itself. Actually suede would not hold up in an interior of a car for many reasons. The reasoning behind it is that it is cooler than leather. It is a form of a synthetic microfiber. It is 68 pct polyester and 32 pct polyurethane. Extremely durable and stain resistant.

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      • #4
        What is used to clean it if something spills or otherwise gets a spot on it?

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        • #5
          This was hotly debated during the C7 era. I know someone who said part of his suede interior on his car was ruined due to his mistake, but conversely, there are way more posts of those who have posted that it is easy to clean, keep clean and no staining issues. If any doubts, suggest one reads this from Adams Polishes.

          https://adamspolishes.com/pages/how-...suede-interior
          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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          • #6
            I've had black suede in my 2017 GS for almost three years and had it before on my 2015 Z51. It's great and shows no sign of wear or dirt. I wash the steering wheel with warm water on a microfiber cloth and it shows no sign of wear either. Go for it!
            1969 Orange L89 Coupe - enjoyed it for 3 years then traded to:
            1972 Yellow Convert with removable HT - enjoyed it for 4 years and joined by:
            1976 Orange Coupe - didn't use it much and sold after 12 years
            2000 Yellow Convertible - new C5 caught my attention and loved it for 15 years
            2015 Silver Z51 Convertible - replaced C5 with C7 then traded for GS after 2 years
            2017 Torch Red Grand Sport Convertible - still here and LOVING it

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            • #7
              Agree with BMBLBEE. No problems for me.

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              • #8
                Thanks for all the responses, makes me feel a little better about my order. Now if I can just make a final decision about the paint color.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by vettekat View Post
                  What is used to clean it if something spills or otherwise gets a spot on it?
                  All I've ever used is a damp cloth. I don't eat in my car, though.
                  Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                  Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

                  Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                  Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                  • #10
                    So bar-b-que ribs is not appropriate for long Corvette road trips. Shucks, for I had just ordered 50 pounds of them for the National Corvette Caravan.
                    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by John View Post
                      So bar-b-que ribs is not appropriate for long Corvette road trips. Shucks, for I had just ordered 50 pounds of them for the National Corvette Caravan.
                      Does your new avatar tell us what paint color you've decided on?
                      Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                      Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

                      Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                      Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                      • #12
                        It’s been up for three months; I thought someone would have earlier noticed LOL. Yes here is our exact car as of this moment. However, we have
                        changed our exterior colors, interiors, exterior accents, and more probably collectively over 150 times. It might change on some smaller items, but could go in on October 3rd exactly as is. We want to see the approximate six C8’s at NCM 25th to firm up a few minor things.

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                        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                        • #13
                          Quick question on the suede interior, I thought I remember seeing pictures of a natural interior having microsuede along the center console but I haven't seen that as an option. It was my understanding that on 3LT package the roof and upper parts are microsuede but I thought the center console was still leather

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by vettekat View Post
                            What is used to clean it if something spills or otherwise gets a spot on it?
                            Sonax alcantara cleaner.

                            https://www.amazon.com/SONAX-Xtreme-..._df_B00100EJ24

                            You'll need it if you get an alcantara wheel (at ~18mos and after cleaning):

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hornady708 View Post
                              Quick question on the suede interior, I thought I remember seeing pictures of a natural interior having microsuede along the center console but I haven't seen that as an option. It was my understanding that on 3LT package the roof and upper parts are microsuede but I thought the center console was still leather
                              We have a 15 C7 with the 3LT interior which gives you the upper A posts in microsuede and also have the microsuede seat inserts. The console is in leather. I believe there was an option which gives you the microsuede console but the 3LT regular options gives the console in leather.

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