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Old 12-01-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Looking for tips - carpet installation

Working on a very stock, 1990 LX convertible. It needed new carpet badly - the sun had faded it into 300 different colors. So I've gutted the car and removed the old carpet and the new ACC carpet (with rubberized mass back) is on the way. I've cleaned the floorpans, etc and you could eat off them. So my question is, what tips or installation secrets would you recommend for me?

I saw a video online where a dude used an old soldering iron to burn holes through the carpet instead of just cutting. It sealed up the hole and prevented the screws from pulling a thread from the carpet while installing seats, etc.

Any other tricks you might recommend? Much appreciated!
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Let it lay out for a good day or two to get its shape back. Use a carpet steamer to get any creases out. Go slow and remember you can always cut more so don't take off huge chunks as you fit it in. I used razor blades to do the cutting and to make holes when I did the acc carpet in my 98 and it came out pretty good.

I will say though, if you are expecting this to fit just like OEM... Its not going to. It'll be close and it'll look good but you'll have a few spots that are slightly off.

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Yeah, I've read they don't fit like OEM. Why is that? Why can't they just go a little wider and little longer so it does fit better? Thanks for the suggestions!
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They are just a little... off... Like I said its not bad, but its not like the OEM which literally just lays in in 3 seconds.
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I used a small hole punch to feel for screw holes in the floor pan. Once I found a hole I would push the hole punch through the carpet and make a small slit with a razor. It's Really not a hard task. Just remember to pull any electrical plugs through the new carpet before you start screwing down the center counsel. It make be a good idea to take a picture of the holes and connectors so you don't forget pull them through the carpet or make holes for them during the installation.


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This installation ended up being a great improvement. I found a trick online about pushing a nail through any holes you need and then use an old soldering iron to burn a hole in the carpet that is self-sealed. The soldering iron makes the perfect size hole for seat bolts, etc and fuses the carpet so it won't pull. Had to beat the carpet into submission, but after a lot of work it turned out great. I used the ACC mass-backed carpet and was later told by a parts guy that's much harder to install than the normal backed carpet.
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Yeah I used the normal backed carpet on recommendation of a bunch of ppl and it was easy to install but I have a feeling that once installed the mass back might be better.
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