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Old 06-06-2011, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Finished Edge Carpet

To those that have done it, what procedure did you use to finish the edges of the carpet where needed. Just leaving a raw edge just doesn't cut it when we pour so much time, money, and effort into building these dreams.
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you'll want the binding-see Bond Products-their web site-in Philly, PA. I used 54 regular black-one roll will do it but I was having so much fun I think I used two rolls-binding in the trunk too-started playing with it and getting creative on corners and around bolts etc-do some 'tests' first to get used to how you can improve the application-I used a cheap hot glue gun-glue from the back side-don't get sloopy-have lots of glue sticks-it don't take much of a bead-I'd glue 8-10 inches at a time-then move ahead.-used spring clamps or those wooden spring cloths line pins and always had a foot ahead of where I was glueing clamped so everything stayed lined up-then lift the edge of binding and lay a small bead-press it down-clamp-then move forward to the next 8+inches--and clamp what you just glued till the glue cools-remember your working from the back side-not the front-I found out hot glue burns pretty painfully too. hang the roll at the end of the bench to unravel as you merrily glue and cut. alot more fun than bodywork- update- yes that was the instabind that Bond sells and I worked from the front side Not the back-hey that was over 2 years ago! it does look very 'factory' too

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Old 06-06-2011, 10:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I took mine to a local auto upholstery shop in San Jose....cost was $250 to sew vinyl black edging on 25 linear feet of edges...so about $10 a foot. I had some cutouts around accel pedal and dead pedal some areas were pretty tricky, original quote was $175 and they called me to ask for an increase.

If I had it to do over again I would not use the FFR carpet if you are going to invest in edging....buy some better stuff, on some of the tight corners he had to glue woven cardboard to the carpet backing to hem it with Vinyl... since the backing was falling off....this raised the labor and cost.
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Trunk carpet with access flap for Darkwater boxes:
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I took my carpet to a local auto upholstery shop and had him sew on some vinyl edgeing tape and scuff pads on the right and bottom of the throttle pedal. See this Mk 3 build site for pictures. Carpet Overview [FFR Roadster]. Jim
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FYI- My upholstery guy charged me $40. for what is pictured in the Mk 3 build site and did it while I waited! Jim
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I used "instabind" carpet edging.

http://www.installerstore.com/Instab...t-Binding.html

I used it on the floor my floor mats and on a piece of carpet that covers my trunk storage box. It's really easy to install and makes a great-looking edge.

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I used "instabind" carpet edging.

http://www.installerstore.com/Instab...t-Binding.html

I used it on the floor my floor mats and on a piece of carpet that covers my trunk storage box. It's really easy to install and makes a great-looking edge.

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Instabind here as well. Worked great and looks very nice.
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Thanks guys. Great suggestions.
I needed something to take my mind off of sanding.
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Took my carpet after fitting to a local automotive upholstery installer. Bound all edges for me, picked up all piece about two hours later. Very inexpensive, looks professional.
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take it to an upholstery shop. like $50 to do everything.............and it keeps the economy moving!
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I watched a guy bind my carpet in my home many years ago so I tried his approach. No pictures since the car is in the paint shop now.

Lay the carpet face up on a table. Lay the carpet edging upside down along the carpet edge. With a heavy duty stapler, staple the edging to the carpet to simulate stitching it. Then pull the edging tape back over the edge, flip the carpet over, lay down a bead of hot glue on the tape and seal it to the bottom of the carpet. It worked great and looks great. I used this in the trunk since I wanted access to the access panels.

If this is unclear or if pictures of the process are desirable, I'll take some pics of the process next week and post them. PM me if more info is needed.
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Carpet edging instructions

Daryl:
It is actually not too hard to do if you have access to a sewing machine. Basically you sew the carpet edging along the pile side close to the edge and then fold the edging over itself (over the stitch) and then hot glue it to the back of the carpet.



Here are a couple of examples of what I did:





Let me know if you need some of the edging as I have extra.

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I took my carpet to a local auto upholstery shop and had him sew on some vinyl edgeing tape and scuff pads on the right and bottom of the throttle pedal.
I did the same. Here are some pictures:










The only edges I had them bind were the really obvious ones (like across the front and rear of the trans tunnel). Once floor mats are in place, they do a good job of covering or at least drawing your eye to their finished edge in the footbox, so I'm not sure it's worth your money to spend a lot of dough edging every piece there.

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professional hair trimmers.

There is a tutorial on now a member did his. He used professional barbers hair trimmers. Cut back the edges and bonded on some edging. Not sure who, when, where! But I am assuming its in the archives somewhere if someone can find it.

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There is a tutorial on now a member did his. He used professional barbers hair trimmers. Cut back the edges and bonded on some edging. Not sure who, when, where! But I am assuming its in the archives somewhere if someone can find it.

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Brought mine to upholstry shop for edge binding. I think it was $1 a foot, so maybe $20-$30. Really makes the interior look more finished.
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There is a tutorial on now a member did his. He used professional barbers hair trimmers. Cut back the edges and bonded on some edging. Not sure who, when, where! But I am assuming its in the archives somewhere if someone can find it.

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