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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:19 pm    Post subject: Design LS centre console retrimmed in leather Reply with quote

I've just had my car's centre console and armrest lid retrimmed in leather by Linas at Design LS (based at Fairoaks Airport near Chobham, Surrey).
The car is a 2011 Gen 2 PDK Carrera by the way, with black interior. The original console's paint finish had rubbed off in a couple of places, so I decided to get this done. Photos attached.
Linas does an exchange service; he retrims an identical console to yours, and when ready you take your car to his workshop. He swaps the new console with your original while you go for a coffee at the Hangar Cafe nearby. Or you can post your console to him and refit it yourself.
Linas is a highly skilled craftsman, and a really nice bloke. I'm not sure his communication skills are the best, and it took several months from first contact to getting this finished. But if you're patient, the end result is worth the slightly haphazard admin side of things.
The work I had done cost around £1k and I think you get what you pay for; I'm very happy with the finished item. Linas can apply this finish to just about any part of your car, and it really does look OEM in my opinion.
Anyway, I thought I'd post this as another option to a painted console from the likes of Wicked Coatings.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks excellent Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice COB , Linas is a craftsman but as you say always fun and games trying to tie him down and get it booked in . I had the arm rest done on my gen1 and he had the PORSCHE word as well as the crest, he has the tooling for most of them inc 4S etc.

We did a group buy with him a couple of years ago on here and that was fun and games trying to coordinate that with him , but as you say worth the wait as his workmanship is excellent and IMO OEplus (better than OE) Thumb Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice.
I have the crested console lid, kind of wished afterwards that I'd had the PORSCHE version but still a great addition.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also the tip/pdk surround is well worth getting done whether you plan to do the centre console id leather/alcantara or paint its a nice finishing touch . I changed the theme of mine to Alcantara so had Linas do it in that. as you can see the match is perfect to the OE alcantara arm rest
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks lovely
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cracking job, looks great Thumb

Linas has a very good reputation on here, would like to get mine done at some point, my centre console is not in the best condition and could do with a re-trim..something else on my ever growing list of future mods schater
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It starts off as a center console and ends in a full interior retrim, trust me, i've been there 😂😂

Agree with all thats been said, Linus is incredibly talented, his work is first class.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great Thumb

A really tasteful upgrade to the interior.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fantastic- his work is first class and as good as OEM
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the kind words folks. One point I would stress is that Linas will remove your existing, then install the replacement console in about one hour while you wait; all part of the service. Obviously no good if you live in Aberdeen or something, granted.

Because he's done lots of these he knows what he is doing and won't damage anything. I don't think the process is especially difficult, but lots of people - me included - are anxious about removing and refitting cabin trim, so using Linas in person takes away that concern.

Meanwhile, that's another job crossed off the list - a visit to Center Gravity and the car will be just how I want it (then I'll sell it, fool that I am!).
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Counter Of Beans wrote:
Thank you for the kind words folks. One point I would stress is that Linas will remove your existing, then install the replacement console in about one hour while you wait; all part of the service. Obviously no good if you live in Aberdeen or something, granted.

Because he's done lots of these he knows what he is doing and won't damage anything. I don't think the process is especially difficult, but lots of people - me included - are anxious about removing and refitting cabin trim, so using Linas in person takes away that concern.

Meanwhile, that's another job crossed off the list - a visit to Center Gravity and the car will be just how I want it (then I'll sell it, fool that I am!).


SELL IT Surprised what why where Grin
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil 997 wrote:

SELL IT Surprised what why where Grin


Well, in the past every time I get a car "just so" I get bored with it and decide to sell. I think I just like having a project. I like planning and researching tasteful/subtle mods and when those have been completed, I start looking at alternatives (I rather like the idea of a gen 2 Turbo).

Of course, the sensible thing to do would be to just drive the thing and enjoy the car. The silly thing to do is to sell it having spent lots of money which I know full well I won't get back.

I must admit, this car has got under my skin more than any other I've owned! Next stop is Center Gravity to get the handling perfected, then we'll see what happens.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job, I paid for the tooling for the 4S lid and loved it! One observation if you don’t mind, I think you need to get the hand brake handle done to match. I did exactly the same and forgot the handle, I posted it to Linus and he did it FOC Thumb
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Counter Of Beans wrote:
Phil 997 wrote:

SELL IT Surprised what why where Grin


Well, in the past every time I get a car "just so" I get bored with it and decide to sell. I think I just like having a project. I like planning and researching tasteful/subtle mods and when those have been completed, I start looking at alternatives (I rather like the idea of a gen 2 Turbo).

Of course, the sensible thing to do would be to just drive the thing and enjoy the car. The silly thing to do is to sell it having spent lots of money which I know full well I won't get back.

I must admit, this car has got under my skin more than any other I've owned! Next stop is Center Gravity to get the handling perfected, then we'll see what happens.



Floor Floor COB thought it was just me , I did the same spent thousands on my gen1 finally got it just right and then spontaneously px it for a gen2 and started again. Grin Grin
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Design LS centre console retrimmed in leather Reply with quote

Counter Of Beans wrote:
Linas is a highly skilled craftsman, and a really nice bloke


Agree

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks great! Have thought of doing similar myself. Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like that apart from where it meets the gear selector silver trim:


I prefer this solution better (visually):
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