I purchased 8 of these exact seats from the same guy on ebay back in about January of this year. The fabric is in excellent shape. These were recently recovered. When mine came, I DID have to clean the rest of them up a bit. A little gum here, a little gum there. It just chipped right off pretty easy. I used 409 and a scrub brush on the rest of the seats and they cleaned up really well. I got a tough metal brush attachment for my drill and used it to get the little bit of rust and loose paint off of the legs. I then masked off the fabric on the seat bottoms (the backs were easily removable)and primed and painted everything with a nice acrylic paint. I used a grey color. I put on several coats, and then put several coats of clear acrylic on the armrests/cupholders. That really helped to protect them from scratches. I got aisle pieces and had to touch them up a but, and ended up painting them black. I have since put a decorative piece on top of the black end pieces and it really dresses them up.
It may sound like a lot of work, but it really wasn't that bad. It just took a lot of time and space for painting. I put a ton of coats of paint on so that it would look really nice.
Overall I am very happy. Sure, they don't recline. Sure they may not be perfect, but the only one that really cares seems to be me. Nobody else really thinks about it because they don't know that other kinds of seats exist. Besides, I would rather pay $40 per seat and spend a little time and a little more money (maybe about another $15 per seat) than spend $400 per seat for a new luxery style.
Now if I could just find the nice reclining theater seats for $40.....
Home Theater - The disease you want to catch!