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Old 09-25-2006, 07:16 PM
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where to get felt padding

I'm looking to get some of the felt padding that GM used behind door panels and under carpet. The closest thing I have found has a foil layer on one side. Is this stuff just available at upholstery shops?

I've already used some of the modern sound deadener sheets, but I want to get some of the felt for additional insulation.

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NVH material

NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) materials can be found in a J. C. Whitney catalog as well as Grainger or F. B. Wright. All are on-line. Unless you are going for a concours restoration, I would stay away from the felt because it holds moisture. If you really must have felt, try an upscale carpet store or upholstery shop. The modern materials are better in all respects.
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www.chevsofthe40s.com has the original felt, but there are far better/ cheaper products in today's market. if you were going concourse, the only exposed felt insulation would be in the trunk in the trunk lid.
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Oh... that kind of felt... I must have the name wrong.

I'm looking for the multi-colored stuff that GM used in the '70s and on... looks like fabric scraps all stuck together. My '96 Impala has it behind the doors, as does my '98 Ford 150. My '80 has it under the carpets, but didn't get the Quiet Sound option that put it behind the doors and rear seat.

I have looked at the modern products, but I don't want the foam pads that get stuck to the door panel. I want regular padding that I can attach with plastic nails and still have access inside the door. Also, the rear doors have all kinds of sharp angles, I don't think a heavy foam will form to the contours like the padding will.
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HI: Matt167 is right, there are cheaper, better products that will do the same thing. Any upholstery shop can tell you what alternatives there are. Take a piece with you. The product you are talking about was also used in living room furniture as padding over springs and thinner versions were used as support under outside arms and outside backs. The newer products won't hold water and are easier to work with. I use a product called poly-felt which is completely white and only 3/16" thick. Good luck.
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Thanks! I'll try an upholstery shop. I wouldn't mind a modern type of felt padding, but I don't want any of the asphalt or foil-backed products the catalogs sell.
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i believe you are talking about "jute"
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He's not looking for jute which is more in the way of carpet padding. There are thinner jutes that were used for padding and sound deadening, but that's not what he's looking for either. As I understand the question, he wants a very simple, thin padding to put under his door panels. He doesn't want to use Dynamat-like products. He described the product he was looking for as a felt that looked like rags bonded together. That product,in a variety of thicknesses depending on the application has been around for a long time , but is falling by the wayside as other products become available. For those kind of applications, the modern man-made fiber products which come in many different styles, densities and thicknesses would be perfect. Just my opinion.
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