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What is the average cost of a Cessna 172 interior restoration?

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  • Full Professional Restoration:
    • The average cost for a complete professional interior restoration of a Cessna 172 typically ranges from $15,000 to $30,000 or more, depending on the extent of work and materials chosen.

  • DIY or Partial Professional Work:
    • For those willing to do some or all of the work themselves, costs can be significantly lower:
      • A do-it-yourself (DIY) interior kit for a four-seat airplane averages around $6,000 to $8,000.
      • Some owners report completing DIY restorations for as low as $3,000 to $5,000, though this may not include all components.

  • Component Breakdown:
    • Seat Upholstery:
      • Full sets from manufacturers like Airtex range from about $878 for a 2-place Cessna 150/152 to $1,757 for a 4-place Cessna 170 through 185.
      • Custom upholstery work can cost $800 to $1,200 per seat.
    • Carpeting: Prices vary, but can be a relatively affordable component of the restoration.
    • Headliner: Often one of the more challenging and potentially expensive parts to replace.
    • Side Panels and Plastic Components: Can add $3,000 or more to the total cost if extensive replacement is needed.

  • Factors Affecting Cost:
    • Quality of materials (e.g., leather vs. fabric)
    • Extent of customization
    • Whether structural repairs are needed
    • Age and condition of the aircraft
    • Labor costs, which can vary significantly by region

  • Time Frame:
    • Professional restorations typically take about 4-8 weeks.

It’s important to note that these are average figures, and actual costs can vary widely based on individual circumstances, desired quality, and the specific condition of the aircraft. Additionally, unexpected issues discovered during the restoration process can increase costs. For the most accurate estimate, it’s best to consult with multiple interior restoration specialists and get detailed quotes based on your specific aircraft and desired outcome.

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