Are Neoprene Seat Covers Waterpoof?

Understanding The Composite of Neoprene Vehicle Upholstery Covers


For people who like to customize their vehicles, there is always a wide variety of investments that can be great additions. For many people who invest in vehicle interior upgrades for décor and interior finish, the changes they invest in often have to do with the lifestyle they lead. This is most often the case for people who invest in specialized seat covers such as neoprene vehicle seat covers. While this type of seat cover may not be the ideal upholstery covering for the average vehicle owner, they are the top of the line choice for beach and all-weather outdoor enthusiasts, divers, and surfers.

Neoprene for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Vehicle owners who live active lifestyles often carry more than a bit of the outdoors back into their vehicles after spending the day out in the elements. This is when the need to have great seat covers to protect the interior of the car’s upholstery can be essential. Neoprene is a well-known material in the athletic and outdoor enthusiast circle, but for vehicle seat covers, it is a reasonably modern usage.

Within the last decade, auto upholstery cover manufacturers have discovered that neoprene material is perfect for protecting car upholstery against weather elements since it is commonly used for wetsuits and scuba diver suits. The material composition of neoprene vehicle seat covers allows for an incredibly snug fit on the seat while affording it fantastic protection against the elements and comes in a variety of styles.

Material Composition

Neoprene is a lightweight, flexible material that is most often manufactured as a waterproof material. It is perfect for protecting vehicle upholstery against damage by both freshwater and saltwater, mud, dirt, and UV rays, which is well-known to discolor upholstery. The material offers excellent composite stability, so it doesn’t breakdown and stays stable in a wide temperature range. This makes it especially useful for vehicle upholstery. The flexibility of the material makes it perfect for covering auto upholstery. It is easy to install and stays snug to the original seat design without sagging.

Initially created by Dupont as a rubber alternative in the 1930s, the uses for this diverse material has expanded significantly. It is considered a synthetic form of rubber, and the material has long been used for aquatic usage and has been used for rain and weatherproof boots as well. Neoprene can readily be found blended with other materials such as spandex and polyester and can be found in a wide variety of clothing items such as face masks, gloves, leggings, wet suits, scuba gear, and more.

When looking for neoprene vehicle upholstery covers, it is important to verify they are waterproof. The material comes in two types, either waterproof or porous. It is essential to check the label on the product you are buying to verify if the product is waterproof. If the Neoprene is produced with a closed-cell design, the material is considered to be waterproof. If the material is created as an open-cell design, it is considered to be water-resistant and not waterproof.

Durability of Neoprene

Neoprene auto upholstery seat covers have become quite popular over the last decade because the material is well known for quality and durability. Neoprene is strong, rarely breaks down, is resistant to tears, offers a waterproof cover that protects against water and mud, repels spills, is quite comfortable to sit on, and is the perfect material for active lifestyle vehicle owners. The average lifespan for these seat covers is up to 10 years, depending on care.

Neoprene vehicle upholstery covers can be cleaned rather easily. The recommended method is to mix a mild detergent or mild shampoo with water in a container. Then using a lint-free cloth, each cover can be washed separately. Once this is complete, the upholstery covers can be water sprayed to rinse, towel-dried, and then hung on a clothesline or clothes rack for complete drying.