I have a 1913 Touring. The upholstery is still original leather, for the most part, in great shape, and has horse hair stuffing… with the exception of the front seat cushion. I have used leather honey to soften the leather, but the front seat cushion is a mess. Apparently the cushion got wrecked over time, and someone simply covered the cushion with a modern (at that time) replacement. My wife purchased a leather replacement cushion from Classtique (it is fantastic). But now, in removing the two layers of upholstery from the front cushion springs, I have run into a roadblock.
The bottom rim of the springs is bound in a wood tack ring that apparently was originally used to secure the leather. It seems solid, although it has a lot of tack holes. Does it make sense to repair all of the tack holes (toothpicks and superglue), or is there a better option. My plan is to repair the wood, blast the springs with walnut shells, and then paint the springs. Does this make sense? I do not want to toss away the old springs, but I want to make sure I am doing the right thing.
I would appreciate and guidance…
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