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Carpet How Much Do I Need?

PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:45 pm

I have an S4 FHC and hope to be replacing the carpet this summer.

I have found a supplier, in Australia, the carpet is one metre wide.

Has anyone done this job recently enough to remember how much carpet I need. Due to the distance, shipping and import charges, I want to avoid not having enough, but also do not want to waste money buying an excessive amount.

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PostPost by: Chrispy » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:56 pm

Who's the supplier in Australia? I was planning on doing my +2 shortly and that would be super conveinant for me :lol:
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PostPost by: prezoom » Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:21 am

Don't forget to factor in which direction you want the pile to run, with the width and length.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:33 am

RichardHawkins wrote:I have an S4 FHC and hope to be replacing the carpet this summer.

I have found a supplier, in Australia, the carpet is one metre wide.

Richard Hawkins


Why not use Sue Miller?, she stocks carpet & has sets ready cut I believe.
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:26 am

I did mine years ago with cut pile, 8' wide. I used the old carpet to make paper patterns for cutting new sections. I used 12 square yards including covering the boot floor. That included ensuring the lay of the pile was the direction I wanted. I had less than a square yard in scraps. YMMV
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:04 pm

Chris,

The supplier is All Car Carpets Montrose Victoria, which I think is a suburb of Melbourne.

Rob,

I did not realise that the carpet looks different when viewed from different directions. How much extra should I allow?

Phil,

Sue can no longer supply loop pile carpet, and to my surprise I cannot find a UK supplier.

StressCraxx,

Sounds like 12 square yards should do the job. 12 metres of one metre wide should be a safe equivalent.

Thanks everyone for the help,

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PostPost by: snowyelan » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:33 pm

I ordered some from yourautotrim.com. black nylon loop carpet. It was relatively inexpensive. I can't recall how long it was.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:50 pm

This UK trim supplier lists loop pile carpet.....

https://www.martrim.co.uk/car-trimming- ... carpet.php

Looks a bit thin though (5/32" ?) Anyone used it ?
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:06 pm

Roger,

Martrim list loop pile, but cannot get anymore, and what stock they have is not as was originally used.

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:10 pm

Hi Richard,
Oh well I thought it was too good to be true! Thanks for the update.

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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:20 pm

Scott,

I have written to your auto trim, asking them if they can export to the UK, and if they can supply a sample.

Thanks for the advice,

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PostPost by: snowyelan » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:33 pm

Hi Richard,

My car had a variety of carpets in it so I'm not sure what was original except it was looped. The auto trim carpet is a slightly shiny nylon with rows of loops that are visible but not well defined.
There was another manufacturer/supplier, Auto Custom Carpet, that had a similar product. Black 601 nylon loop carpet. They may have a distributor closer to you.
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:55 pm

Scott,

Thanks for the suggestion, I have written to Auto Custom Carpets, and await their reply.

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:48 pm

May I add a few ideas to this specialist subject?

Idea #1 : Newton Commercial in Suffolk supply quite a lot of OE trim. Perhaps they could run up a carpet set ?They supply the correct boot Hardura finish: newtoncomm.co.uk. NC would be my first port of call (when I get closer to this stage) as recommended by Sue.



Idea # 2 : Fall back solutions (for my S1 1/2 project where the original floor material was a dark grey "elephant hide" plastic (not my cup of tea) I had in mind fitting a tough period correct type carpet similar to those fitted to the Porsche 356. I found a possible source with http://www.lakewell.com in Belgium.

BTW: I was also slightly surprised by the quantities given above. Is there a typo ?

I hope these ideas help.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:53 am

When i made some Carpets for my TVR 3000M . I bought some Vinyl from Martrim and made some Piping to sew along edges of Footwell Carpets. Makes a nice finishing touch. Easy to do on old Singer sewing machine using a Walking Foot
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