Front seat upholstery on 1996 Infiniti I30

Anyone know how to remove the back panel of the front seats in order to get to the hog rings for re-upholstering? It seems like they are clip-on, but I am unable to reach behind the panel. Do I need a special tool?

by in Valley Springs, CA on April 05, 2011
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ANSWER by on April 05, 2011
Even workshop manuals are scarce on that type of detail, have you checked around with any local auto upholstery shops to see how much they would charge to disassemble/repair the seat for you.
COMMENT by on April 06, 2011
Thank you, Patrick. I was able to slide my fingers behind the panel and discover I needed to use a flathead screwdriver to push in on the plastic pins. They popped off! Same with the headrest anchors....deep into the seat I discovered these have squeezable "legs"--a couple of squeezes and they too popped out. I am an upholsterer, but didn't want to break this panel so I thot I'd check to see if anyone had re-upholstered these type of seats. The old leather is off and ready to be taken apart as a pattern for the new material. AND, I was happy to see that these seats are truly made with real leather...just disappointed that I can't afford to put leather back on...but I got a close match. :)

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