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Old 06-02-2004, 10:16 PM
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Laying carpet and kick panels

I just got a roll of van carpeting for an 80s deluxe chevy van.Its a brand new still in the bag flat rear piece.Its enough to do the floor and kick panels on my hotrod and matches the seats nice.
My question is does anyone have any advice on how to make it look good???
I bought carpet befor and when I tried to lay it down it come out looking like hell.Lumpy bumpy a lil to short here a little off there etc..I basically pulled the seats out and layed it in there and cut allong the edges and around things ut it didn't work well.Shoukd make a template??How would that work with the tranny tunnel hump??

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Old 06-03-2004, 07:19 AM
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best to make a template out of lod carpet or underlay, and mark off all glue areas etc with a pencil.
cut the carpet slightly oversize and trim back when finally fitted.
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Old 06-03-2004, 01:28 PM
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I would make a template with cardboard or posterboard, then cut the carpet from that and glue it down with 3M Super77.

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carpet

Once you get the carpet cut to the right size....... Spray it lightly with water to get it moist. Roll up you windows and park you ride in the sun. The carpet will relax and conform to your floor pan a lot better........
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nice tip, knew there had to be some trick of the trade to get that carpet flat
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This thread is 7 years old, but the information is still relevant. If you spray your carpet with water, it will get the carpet wet and not much more. That's especially true of newer synthetic carpets with synthetic backing. Just sitting in the sun would do the same thing. There's more to installing carpet than making a template, which pros don't do. Why? Because the carpet and template are made of two completely different materials and thicknesses, and it would take twice as long to do the installation. Have you ever see a carpet installer in your house make a template? (They do for vinyl sheet goods, but that's a whole different thing.) Pros use a larger piece of carpet and cut it to fit as they go. This is especially true if you have a large transmission tunnel that is higher in the front than in the back. In that case, the transmission tunnel is covered separately and the rest of the carpet is fitted up to it.
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Pros use a larger piece of carpet and cut it to fit as they go.
Hey, Dan

Do you use any adhesive?
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I glue down the padding, and then glue down the carpet to the pad in certain areas.
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Thanks, Dan.

Hmmm ... in "certain areas," huh? What's your criteria for determining what areas get glued?
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Yes, like next to the transmission tunnel and a few other places just so the carpet doesn't move around.
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