Car mats are generally sold based on a specific make and model of vehicle. The mat is pre-molded to fit the contours of the vehicle. If you have a typical car model or if you like to do projects on your own, you can mold the carpet to the vehicle yourself. The easiest way to complete this task is with a heat gun and spray adhesive. This project will take several hours to complete.
Step 1: automotive mat
Place the mat in a warm, sunny location to allow the mat to become flexible from the heat. Push any piece of the rug in shape to remove wrinkles or creases. You can also use a heavy object to flatten a warped rug.
Step 2: car mat
Remove the seats from the vehicle by loosening the bolts that hold the seats in place with a wrench. Remove the seats and set them aside.
step 3: change car mat
Pick up the old carpet from the vehicle. Use a utility knife to cut off any stubborn bedding adhesive from the floor. Remove any damaged padding in the same way. If the padding is not damaged, leave it intact. Add the new padding that came in the carpet kit, if necessary. Cut it out to the correct shape and glue it to the floor of the vehicle.
Step 4: how to mold a car mat
Open all the doors of the vehicle. Lay the new carpet on the floor of the vehicle. Check that there is enough carpet fabric to fit snugly over all contours of the vehicle floor. Before shaping the carpet, you will likely have excess carpet around the edges of the floor. If you don’t, your rug piece is probably too small.
Step 5: how to change car mat
Shape the carpet to the correct shape on the floor of the vehicle with a heat gun. Heat the mat with the gun and press it around the contours of the vehicle floor as you go. Allow the carpet to cool for about an hour before proceeding with the carpet installation.
Step 6: how to carpet a car
Trim any excess carpet from the edges of the vehicle. Cut holes for the gearshift, pedals, car seat anchors, and any other areas where vehicle parts need to adhere under the carpet. Make sure the mat is positioned correctly before making any cuts.
Peel off small sections of the carpet and use spray adhesive to spray the back of the carpet. A high-tack, water-based adhesive will produce a strong bond between the carpet and the floor. Spray adhesive all over the carpet for best results. Press the mat against the floor of the vehicle, smoothing out the mat as you go. The glue will help preserve the carpet trim and keep it from losing its shape.
Items You’ll Need: How to Change My Car Carpet
- Car carpet kit containing carpet and padding
- Utility knife
- Heat gun
- Carpet cutter or scissors
- High tack spray adhesive