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Old 10-31-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Question Best way to fix carpet???

In my 2008 SES Focus, I carpet that's next to the driver side door and passenger side door is sticking out from underneath the litle panel that pops on and off next to each door. I took it to someone to look at and possibly fix and they said that the only way to fix it was to have Ford order more interior and have it completely re-done.. I can't afford to do that. So does anyone know of any fixes that I can perform myself to get it to stay down? I open to any options. My idea was to get some heavy glue or adhesive from the hardware store (home depot or lowe's) and pop off those plastic pieces and glue the carpet that's sticking out down really well and hold it to let it fully dry. I know this is literally permanent but I can't see how it would hurt since you couldn't visually look down and tell that I did that after I had the carpet tucked back in and glued. The problem is that from the factory, Ford didn't make the interior carpet larger enough which is what is causing it to do what it is doing. I just need a successful fix I can take care of myself because I can't afford new interior plus labor to install it, not to mention time lost without having my car. Any ideas???


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Old 10-31-2012, 02:13 PM   #2
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I'd recommend what's known as "Contact Cement". You apply some to each part (the carpet & the floor in this case) then stick them together when it's tacky.

I actually use something made for the purpose called "Spray Tack" from WellWorth. Got it from a canvas/Auto Upholstery shop, but I'm sure you could find that or an equivalent elsewhere. I like that in particular just 'cause it's a spray can for easy application to fabrics.

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By the way, it's a common issue with all cars - the fit has to be trimmed pretty close, then with some shrinkage over time & the carpet settling in to a final position it's "happy" in I've seen edges pop out in all brands & vintages....
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Thanks!! I'll have to make a little list of what you reccommend and go on a hunt lol! Its good to know that it is common and not just my car though.. It bugs the crap outta me! I just want a good fix that is at least semi-permanent (lasts for several years). It woudn't hurt my feelings to have to re-do it every few years (:
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old metal door edge trim that screwed down held the carpet better, but cost, weight (minor difference if any) and corrosion issues relegated that system to the scrap heap....

The contact cement solution CAN generally be reversed (pull up the carpet) when necessary, so it shouldn't CAUSE any problems.... (factory attachment of carpeting in certain locations...)

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3M 1300L is a real good contact cement and can be had in a toothpaste size tube. You can thin it with acetone,,,i.e. fingernail polish remover.
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Awesome ideas and suggestions everyone (: I need them oh so badly. I am getting more excited to fix my carpet now!! I think it will look more aesthetically pleasing when I am finished tinkering with it.
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