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Replacing Your VW Carpet
by Mike C. -
Carpet is another one of those things that seem to make or break the feel of the interior of your VW. It can make your ride feel its age or seem like a spring chicken. Just keeping it vacuumed can make a lot of difference, but it is certainly nice to have new, stain-free carpet under foot. If all the original carpet is still intact and not torn or irreversibly stained, take it out of the car and to a laundromat. It may take about two or three tries to get it really clean, but the difference will astound you. If it shredded up and went down the drain, you needed new carpet anyhow. If it held together, you will be rewarded with like-new, fresh-smelling original carpet that will gain points with the restoration crowd. As an added plus, you didnít spend much at all cleaning it. Sometimes, however, carpet replacement is necessary if you want a custom look or the original is gone or some sections are missing or torn.
VW carpets come in all different price ranges, from $29.95 to $149.95. The old rule somewhat holds true here in that you get what you pay for. But, you can make the less expensive stuff look pretty good with some care, especially if you plan to fix Ďer up and sell it. Usually the cheaper carpet kits donít come precut for heater, shifter, and seatbelt holes, plus they are generally not as durable. If you plan on keeping the car or want to do a really good restoration, save your pennies and get the better carpet sets. The difference is readily apparent in fit, finish, and quality of the material used. Iíve seen carpet kits costing about $50 that look good and fit well. Itís up to you and what your plans are for your beloved VW. The most expensive kits will include the rear luggage compartment carpet as well as complete coverage from the kick panels and complete tunnel and rear seat area coverage.
To do the job, you will need the following:
*If you want a color other than black or grey, it will be more expensive.
**If your floorboard insulation has seen better days or you have new floor pans, youíll need some insulation (tarboards or aluminized jute padding). See the sound deadening articles for more information on how to do the insulation.
Some of the carpet suppliers offer matching trunk carpets, floor mats, and rear kick panels to match the carpet you put in. This really makes the VW stand out and have a more modern look. Thereís nothing like the smell of new upholstery in a car, and new carpet will give you that smell. Just be careful not to spill the bratwurst beans on your new carpet.
Your VW maniac and Tech Specialist,Mike Carroll
For Carpeting Kits,be sure to check with Danny, Ray, or Mike Glass at Roy Rogers
Your VW Maniac and tech specialist,