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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-05-2017, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning vs. New Carpet

I had intended to treat my "new" FWB to new carpet. Even though only 55,XXX it had a pink sheen in areas from sun fade, along with the usual stains after 20 years. As it's a Fleetwood, notice the slits for the rear seat duct openings:



From having replaced the carpet in my SS 10 years ago I figured $160 at that time would grow to maybe $200 now for the same thick mass-backed order. Shock! I'm looking at $350 for the Cady, so I looked into cleaning and restoring my original. The original has good mass backing, and Cady didn't scrimp on the insulation/deadening:




I rented a Rug Doctor and mixed some laundry detergent, borax and 409 and it cleaned up well. Here's the problem though. I sprayed on some clean water trying to remove more soap residue and the vacuum rinse kept coming up pretty dirty and gritty:



I ended up following the advice from this thread https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...ning-tips.html
and put the whole thing over a fence and shot it with a hose and used the Rug Doctor to suck it dry each time. The second glass is the 2nd rinse on the ground. Each dose soaking/sucking over the fence got better even though I didn't realize I would still be using 3 more glasses lol:



The final final end result was very satisfactory:




For the sun fade I used this from Detail King: auto carpet dye



A regular spray bottle and my wheel-cleaning brush I worked on the pink areas until everything matched the hidden color under the rear bench. As advertised this stuff will never change your original color, but works perfect to restore the original. For the next time I'd order the next darker choice - and maybe use up less than the whole bottle.



BTW, I covered the whole floorpan and select vertical surfaces with a roll of FattMatt. And you can save the Rug Doctor if you have a real good wet/dry vac. I already have a hi-pressure washer and as long as the carpet has mass backing I might try it next time based on the guys in that other thread.

Cliffs: $72 vs. $350 = not too shabby for 2 hour's work.

\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-05-2017, 11:59 AM
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Nice before and after pics and write-up. I have a Stocker stored away for this very reason and plan on doing the Big Clean when the time comes. I also remember seeing somewhere or maybe it was a car show where they took the Factory Carpet to a Coin Operated CarWash, let it dry with excellent results.

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Nice job

For those who prefer carpets, a good alternative if you don't mind a lot labor. I was considering going to full police/taxi vinyl replacement, but decided to just go the weather tech/husky route;

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good B/A pics. Carpet looks good

I have a home carpet shampoo machine that also has a attachment to do upholstery (sprays on cleaner/water and sucks it up) that I have used to clean mine. Spot cleaning first with Resolve carpet cleaner. It takes multiple applications to get the water it sucks up to be somewhat clear mirroring the progression of the Op's pics of glasses

When I was doing the carpet on my 70 Torino I was building I did the same thing as the 45 year old carpet was also "sun faded" in areas but otherwise in very good shape. Got the dirt out but the fade was still there. Bought a matching color of SIM carpet/upholstery spray paint at a upholstery supply store and painted the carpet a few coats....it looked brand new when done.

Nothing beats elbow grease and multiple passes at cleaning

Note: if you saturate the carpet with water/cleaner you likely will get the backing wet also so lay the carpet outside in sun for the day..or two to dry out the backing

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When I was doing the carpet on my 70 Torino I was building
Coupe or convertible? I had a blue 'vert with a 302 that I dropped a built 351C into... fun times.
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Coupe or convertible? I had a blue 'vert with a 302 that I dropped a built 351C into... fun times.
coupe 302/C4. Bought it for $500 from original owner with 57k mi on it. Had a busted (plastic) timing gear that took out valves. Dropped in a cheap 302 crate motor with RV cam & long tubes. My 16 yr old son and I built it after we sold the 70 Nova we had started a few years earlier. That car had to much rust to continue

Getting another 70 Nova roller and putting in my original iron head LT1 from the SS but going Carb motor for that and a T56

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Glad I got to see the pix before they got zapped. My 95 SS carpet has seen much better days, will try using my cleaning machine (old Hoover) and see what happens.
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Using any sort of specialized machinery like maybe an upholstery attachment on a shampooer is definitely most useful if choosing to leave the carpet installed. I've done that a few times over the years, but recall the cars were all less than ~10 years old. If possible to pull out the carpet then simple spray-soap-scrub-rinse-wetvac-repeat gets pretty good results. And there's too much molding and contours with most carpets to make any floor shampooer worthwhile. One fellow poster swears by a pressure washer and I'll try mine whenever I do my next cleaning job. But, I'd skip all the fuss of anything like a Rug Doctor altogether. It did no better than the "elbow grease" method. The soap shooter pump on the handtool shot craps 5 minutes into the job, and their Cust. Serv. volunteered credited me 50%. So my REAL cost ended up $52. And $32 of that was the dye. lol

I read PB is not (yet) blocking those with less than a certain extremely low total usage megs or gigs or such. I showed only 6% used capacity but obviously that's enough to be forced to pay their new ransomware.

Yo - it still shows I can edit the OP, so maybe ongoing research pulls up an intelligent looking replacement host site.

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\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!
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Try flickr, has a nice useful IOS (apple) integration for uploading to your account with your iphone/ipad. The URLs are a little bloated, and I strip out only the [IMG]<link to image>[IMG] links and they work fine. For those of us with Amazon prime, they also offer free image hosting (haven't tried it). Google also an alternative.
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Legit leads, ...................... But.

1. I don't got no Apples stuffs. EDIT: I got me IMGUR. Waiting for PB to buy it now.
2. Any of the other currently free "sure to quickly become real popular as we all teach evil PB a lesson" hosting sites will certainly catch the eye as an attractive buy-out by crafty sorts looking to start charging. I pick PB as the most likely purchaser of current free hosters. And then there you are all over again.
3. You say better to find an outfit charging reasonable rates. Fine, at least until they raise rates. Because they know they can. And, to make themselves more attractive for buyout. And then there you are all over again.
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Seriously, I've got friends who've mentioned benefits having Amazon Prime, - I'll look into it. EDIT: I found out my wife has it. She claims paid for itself several times over at Christmas.

\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!

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