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Old 01-16-2010, 08:46 PM
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Carpet repair

A friend was helping me install an alarm and said, "I always thought the smell in your car was 'old car' smell, but it's wet over here. The smell is mold." So, not only did my friend inform me that I have a water leak, he also told me that my car stinks. I guess it is better that he told me than finding out from a lady.

The leak has soaked my driver carpet and padding material. I've also found water behind the pass seat, but I think that was just spilled water bottle. I want to repair the carpet so that my car doesn't stink.

Right now the carpet is removed from the car. I have rented a carpet cleaner and filled it with HOT water, shampoo, and plenty of oder eliminator. The carpet is drying, so I can't confirm that the smell is entirely gone.

I need to replace the carpet padding because there is no way to clean. Here is how the carpet is layered:
Top: black carpet
Layer 1: ~1/4in felt pad glued to carpet
Layer 2: black vinyl layer (forms a flat surface under carpet pad)
Layer 3: ~1/4in pad glued to layer 2 (I cannot clean this layer because it has a plastic coating)

My carpet repair plan:
Step 1: replace layer 1 with new felt from Jo Ann fabrics
Step 2: find a plastic replacement for layer 2 or reuse layer 2 by removing layer 3
Step 3: lay plastic on metal floor board. Place ~1/4in felt on plastic to act as layer 3.
Step 4: reinstall carpeting

I think that it will cost about $30 and take as much time as purchasing new replacement carpet.

Will my plan work or am I missing something?
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:56 PM
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Re: Carpet repair

Honestly, I believe it is worth the $120 some-odd dollars to buy a new carpet kit. Considering your carpet, and the padding, have been wet for GAWD knows how long, the mold process has already started.
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Re: Carpet repair

i have the same water problem
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Re: Carpet repair

Before you fix the carpet. Confirm that you don't have a water leak.
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Before you fix the carpet. Confirm that you don't have a water leak.
Like he said, I would find the leak and fix it so it doesnt happen again. After all no point in fixing the carpet if you dont fix the leak.
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Re: Carpet repair

Remove all your carpet, give the floor a nice clean, primer it and put a new carpet on. Thats wat i would do. Thats accually wat i wanna do wit mine lol
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Re: Carpet repair

Though your car is old but you should buy new carpet because old one is not tolerable now as you say. So don't wait for the low prices deal. Think about your car interior and buy new one. That will be good for you.
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Re: Carpet repair

just powerwash your old one. i left my windows and sunroof open a couple nights ago and it poured, now my car stinks. so i plan on just taking the carpet out and power washing it.
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