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Old 03-24-2015, 03:40 PM   #1
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Sound Deadening Advice

Recently I have wanted to start focusing on the interior of my car and add to the ride quality. As a Start I would like to minimize cabin noise by installing some sound deadening in my sedan. I took a drive today and decided to turn off the radio and drive in complete silence to see what the true driving noise is from the outside while driving. So I took a quick 30 minute drive on some back-roads and after the trip I decided that the road noise was a bit too much. Also I was catching just a little bit more noise from the cat-back than I wanted so some sound deading would help to clean it up. So I decided to do some research so I can figure out what brand and method was the best for my make, model, etc.
Obviously the big brand-names dynomax extreme and such came up with their high prices. I came upon this website for a brand named RAAMaudio on a BMW forum. They specifically advertise as a hidden gem, their website markets them as a "better for cheaper alternative". Their testimonials on their page look great. I was just wondering if anyone on here had sound deadened their cars and what te best way is to go about it?


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Fully Sound deadening a car can get pretty expensive. I would go with this stuff , Peel and Seal. Here's a review from a car audio guy I follow https://youtu.be/tuZvFwV7xDo much Cheaper alternative to the name brands everyone uses, plus you can pick it up at lowes or home depot. Plenty of videos on YouTube of guys that have used this stuff already.
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Ok thanks for the tip. The RAAMaudio kit is $110 for 37.5 sq ft. How many square feet are need for a car?
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Just did my entire 4 doors and hatch with GTmat 80mil. 24 Sq ft did it all with a sheet left for the floor later or roof depending on what I think is best. Done many sound comp cars with many products in the past. Peel n seal is a super cheap way to go but IMO pay a little extra for the correct material. Peel n seal has a low melt point and contains little to zero butyl, its all tar. This full kit from GTmat with some nice install tools cost under $60 shipped and it's a American company in Texas which is nice. Their customer service was really good as well if its needed. Install took me many hours but I was able to cover over 90% of sheet metal and the difference is epic. Solid like a porsche when you shut the doors. Sony terrible stereo sounds better mainly because the rattle is gone. If you got the time and patience it's a worthy investment of time and $$. Just my 2 cents.
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Just did my entire 4 doors and hatch with GTmat 80mil
does GTmat stink at all? because of the asphalt in it?
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Put it on with a heat gun just to test it before I did the whole car and not even a tiny little bit does it smell. Peel n seal stinks without a doubt. This isn't 100% butyl but they have that also. I felt after testing it that it would be ideal for this application.
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Put it on with a heat gun just to test it before I did the whole car and not even a tiny little bit does it smell. Peel n seal stinks without a doubt. This isn't 100% butyl but they have that also. I felt after testing it that it would be ideal for this application.
Is it self-adhesive? Do you *need* a heat gun to get it to stick?
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These materials should always be applied with some type of heat for best results. Unless you live in a warm enough area. Cleaning the panels as prep is another critical step. GTmat actually includes some cleaner in the kit.
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Recently I have wanted to start focusing on the interior of my car and add to the ride quality. As a Start I would like to minimize cabin noise by installing some sound deadening in my sedan. I took a drive today and decided to turn off the radio and drive in complete silence to see what the true driving noise is from the outside while driving. So I took a quick 30 minute drive on some back-roads and after the trip I decided that the road noise was a bit too much. Also I was catching just a little bit more noise from the cat-back than I wanted so some sound deading would help to clean it up. So I decided to do some research so I can figure out what brand and method was the best for my make, model, etc.
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Rick from RAAMaudio is a fantastic dude to deal with period. He knows his craft and products in and out. If I was you, give him a call and he will give you great advice. You only really need about 50% coverage with BXT II and 100% of ensolite after that to get the desired result. Feel free to ask me and some others questions anytime. I WOULD NOT advise you to use peel and seal.
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I have deadened three of my cars and yes, it is a lot of work but it's worthwhile.
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