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Old 04-16-2013, 09:44 PM
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What are the pros and cons of the 80-20 loop carpet vs the cut pile carpet.?

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Cut pile carpet means one end of all the fibers is embedded in the carpet backing, and the other ends of the fibers are cut off to make them all level. Loop type carpet is made up of strands of fiber which are all the same length, and both ends of those fibers are embedded in the carpet backing. It is easier to clean loop type carpet, but it is also easier to "catch" the loops on something. Sand and other debris goes down to the bottom of loop type carpet easier where it stays until you vacuum it out. Other than that, with the new man-made fibers they use now, they are about the same durability-wise, especially in a car that is not a daily driver.
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Thanks Dan. It makes a difficult choice as sand and dirt are a way of life for me and my car. I have a neat vacuum cleaner in my trailer so I guess if I choose the 80-20 loop I'll have to add vacuuming to the daily ritual of car cleaning after cruising.

I have a temporary carpet that is cut pile and it get plenty dirty as it is.

Along with new carpet I'll have to make some floor mats. I read your how to on this so it looks like something I can do.
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My preference is loop carpet, I think cut pile belongs in a house, but that's just me.
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cut pile feels better with bare feet
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Is one easier to "form" than the other? There's no molded carpet available for what I'm doing so it would all need to be hand-formed...

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What is the obsession with "forming" carpet? If you have a custom car, you can't find "formed" carpet for it anyway. If you have a high trans tunnel, do the tunnel separately and bump the rest of the carpet up to the tunnel. It will look like it's formed to fit your vehicle. New carpet is harder to form than the carpet that used to be used in cars. The formability depends on the carpet's backing.
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What is the obsession with "forming" carpet? If you have a custom car, you can't find "formed" carpet for it anyway. If you have a high trans tunnel, do the tunnel separately and bump the rest of the carpet up to the tunnel. It will look like it's formed to fit your vehicle. New carpet is harder to form than the carpet that used to be used in cars. The formability depends on the carpet's backing.
Definitely not obsessed with it, just asking. I'm not well versed in interior work so I'll have to pay someone to do this part. Just trying to get ahead in the knowledge department...

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Sorry, Russ I didn't mean just you. There have been a lot of questions about this lately which I found odd.
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This site has an unbacked carpet that is formable....so they say.

80" Wide Superflex Ozite Automotive Carpet
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That's the kind of "carpet" that is sewn on the back of some truck seat bottoms. It is very thin and pliable, but isn't very stylish, either. I keep 3 or 4 rolls of it in different colors around all the time.
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I call that stuff "Monkey Fur". Its great for doing like Dan said or covering speaker boxes or really cheap flooring.
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