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Old 04-24-2008, 01:39 PM   #1
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Cheap sound deadening

So I read about Dynamat and E-dead quite a bit on here. I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, here's what I'm looking to do, let me know if you think it will help at all....

I have a wagon and am looking to tone down some of the road noise from the back. I saw some rubber mats at Walmart that were 10x30 and about 3/4 inch thick. They were pretty cheap too. So I was thinking about picking up a few to put under the carpet in the back, as well as along the sides. Would it help any?


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i'd think it would. don't know a lot on this topic, but common sense says it would work, but don't expect it to be as great as dynamat and other specialty products for that purpose. but if they're cheap, what's the harm in trying right?
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secondskinaudio.com makes sound deadener exactly like Dynamat, but cheaper.
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secondskinaudio.com makes sound deadener exactly like Dynamat, but cheaper.
Or, if you want to go really cheap... Peel & Seal is almost identical to eDead, except it's sold as a roofing product instead of a sound dampener. They're both basically a rubberized asphalt. $17 for a 13" X 30' roll at most any hardware store. I've used it in a couple trunks with great results. Still prefer Dynamat for inside the cabin though.

EDIT: Oh, and the rubber mats would probably do a lot more than any form of Dynamat, eDead, etc. if you're just looking to block out road noise.
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Along the same lines as Peel and Seal, which might smell tarry, would be self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles. Cheap ones, less than .50 each. Easy to apply one square at a time, no smell, and they stick really well if you prep the surface. I don't have them in my car yet, but as an experiment I took a piece of sheetmetal, banged on it to get a sense of how noisy it was when bare. Then, I stuck on some flooring and banged again. Just a dull thud you could barely hear. The same principle applies when used in your Focus.
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Along the same lines as Peel and Seal, which might smell tarry, would be self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles. Cheap ones, less than .50 each. Easy to apply one square at a time, no smell, and they stick really well if you prep the surface. I don't have them in my car yet, but as an experiment I took a piece of sheetmetal, banged on it to get a sense of how noisy it was when bare. Then, I stuck on some flooring and banged again. Just a dull thud you could barely hear. The same principle applies when used in your Focus.
You're absolutely right about the Peel and Seal smelling tarry, which is why I only use it in trunks. I've never noticed the smell unless it's about 90 degrees out though.
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Do you figure these kid mats would cut down on noise any? They're pretty cheap.
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Well shane how much money is to much money for you i did my car 3/4 of it anyways in dynamat for 400$??? Kids mats wont work lol the reason why dynamat and other products like it work so well is because it froms a tight seal with your cars metal and its tar backing which someone let sound out or in. When you close my car doors it doesnt even really sound like a have it on and my car doesnt rattle at all. Theres alot of tech. work that goes into that stuff its like just like a p.o.s thing that anything will work. They know what they are doing when they made the stuff. The stuff works great dont cheap out on it do it right go to one of the wholesale websites and get it cheap. www.Onlinecarstereo.com Start there
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Has anyone ever tried FatMat?
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:45 AM   #10
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Well shane how much money is to much money for you i did my car 3/4 of it anyways in dynamat for 400$??? Kids mats wont work lol the reason why dynamat and other products like it work so well is because it froms a tight seal with your cars metal and its tar backing which someone let sound out or in. When you close my car doors it doesnt even really sound like a have it on and my car doesnt rattle at all. Theres alot of tech. work that goes into that stuff its like just like a p.o.s thing that anything will work. They know what they are doing when they made the stuff. The stuff works great dont cheap out on it do it right go to one of the wholesale websites and get it cheap. www.Onlinecarstereo.com Start there
I'm just looking for some cheap alternatives. I knew the kids mats were a stretch though! When the time comes I'm just going to do the trunk area and will probably use some of those heavy rubber mats I mentioned earlier.
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