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Old 11-29-2010, 07:48 PM
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Carpet interior

Would it be possible to carpet the inside walls of a 78 firebird like they did in this nova? I love the clean, simple look. The plastic in my car is shot anyway so i wanted to try something new. http://chevyhighperformance.automoti...ova/index.html

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Old 11-29-2010, 08:25 PM
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Why yes you can do it that way if that's how you want it. Looks pretty good too.



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With DAP Landau top adhesive you can do anything, the stuff is amazing.

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I don't think thats carpet. Looks more like tweed to me.
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I don't think thats carpet. Looks more like tweed to me.

I have to agree.. And also with Vince..DAP Landau top adhesive is the best in my book..
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:30 PM
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Centerline and Randy are right on the button, that's tweed.

You could carpet the kick panels, but you would not have much luck trying to do the rest of it with carpet, it's too unforgiving. Vince is right about the DAP contact adhesive.
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So what is the best but least expansive material that i could use? What would i have to do to install it? You said use adhesive but what about where it meets the roof and stuff? I don't want to do the doors, i just ant to replace the plastic pieces with it. I'm not an interior guy so I'll probably have some more questions. Thanks for the replies so far guys.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:42 PM
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What exactly are you trying to cover? I know you said the plastic pieces, but which ones and where do they go? If you could take pictures and post them it would really help.
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Here's some pictures. All the ugly blue plastic has to go. Most of it is in the rear and that little spot under the dash there.
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The kick panels are easy, but the two in the rear will require a little skill. First of all, you need to fill in the edge of the pieces that are chipped out. Once that is fixed, the rest is pretty straight forward. Clean off the pieces with mineral spirits and let the plastic completely dry. Then all you have to do is spray your contact adhesive on the plastic and on the back of whatever fabric you decide to use. Let both of them dry to the touch, and then mate the fabric with the plastic. turn over the pieces, spray the back side of the plastic with the glue, let it dry and wrap the fabric around the back side of the plastic. These threads may help you: CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE
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Oh, so i have to leave the plastic pieces in place? Just wondering, why don't i take them off? Oh, and what kind of material should i be looking for and how much will i need?
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Yes, you take off the plastic parts to cover them, and put them back on when you're done covering them. You can cover them with anything you like. 2 to 3 yards will do it easily.
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3 yard for each piece or each side? Is this difficult to do? because i have to experience with interior work. Also, what color should i go with? The carpet will be a medium gray and all the rest of the blue will be dyed black, and the seats will be gray. Think i should use gray to match the floor?
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If you get rid of the plastic pieces you will have to form some kind of replacement for them out of sheetmetal, wood, plastic, fiberglass, carbon fiber, etc, the structure behind these pieces is not a smooth solid panel, it is stamped steel with large open holes and reinforcement ridges. The smart way is to cover the factory molded plastic, unless you want to totally get into custom interior panel making, you have to have something to put the material onto.

3 yards of material is 3 foot wide by 9 foot long, should be enough to do it all if you plan it out before you cut.
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Ok, sounds good. I think i can handle it. What kind of materials are good for this?
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