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Hey folks, having just returned some carpet which I was told "yeah this'll do everything, your floor, walls, roof, the lot!" which actually turned out to be a giant roll of traditional carpet that would in no way work for a van; I'm now looking at doing things the correct way with lightweight stretchy felt-like fabric from someone who specialises in it more!

I went to my first regional meeting this week and the lovely experts I met there both recommended Mega Van Mats, which reading on the forum seems to be an avid choice by many so I've just got a couple of questions...

1: Are there any other recommendations of companies that are worth checking out to buy the carpet from?
2: How much of the stuff do I need/how is it generally sold?

(Mine is a 53 plate T5 short wheel base) Really appreciate any feedback or suggestions, I'm really new at the van life and only bought my T5 just over a month ago!
 

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Also try Harrison Trim - they do similar stuff and very helpful.

Both MVM & Harrison offer "kits" - various lengths of carpet and adhesive - MVM include a user guide.

I run a T4 and have ordered a 10m kit to give me some scope for doing "bits and bobs"!

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Also try Harrison Trim - they do similar stuff and very helpful.

Both MVM & Harrison offer "kits" - various lengths of carpet and adhesive - MVM include a user guide.

I run a T4 and have ordered a 10m kit to give me some scope for doing "bits and bobs"!

Martin
Brilliant, cheers for that, Martin!
 

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10x2 will do a short wheel base just fine. I had a metre or so left over after doing mine, and I did the metal work and panels separate. MVM sold me everything I needed for it, very helpful.
 

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Also if it's your first time, I would recommend doing the wheel arches separate and not try to do the whole side in one piece. Wheel arches are hard!!
And a hair dryer will help immensely with the stretching.
 

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Hi Cornish Rattler,

I went to Harrison Trim Supplies and they were very helpful, it was my first attempt at lining a van so I purchased everything I needed via one of their deals.

Hope this helps

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Hey folks, having just returned some carpet which I was told "yeah this'll do everything, your floor, walls, roof, the lot!" which actually turned out to be a giant roll of traditional carpet that would in no way work for a van; I'm now looking at doing things the correct way with lightweight stretchy felt-like fabric from someone who specialises in it more!

I went to my first regional meeting this week and the lovely experts I met there both recommended Mega Van Mats, which reading on the forum seems to be an avid choice by many so I've just got a couple of questions...

1: Are there any other recommendations of companies that are worth checking out to buy the carpet from?
2: How much of the stuff do I need/how is it generally sold?

(Mine is a 53 plate T5 short wheel base) Really appreciate any feedback or suggestions, I'm really new at the van life and only bought my T5 just over a month ago!
My tip is start at the arch first ,and get more glue than you think them cans don't last long I used 10 cans of glue on my lwb t5 and that was just to do the sides ,ply wood sucks the glue up
 

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Hi Rattler

Bought 10m and 10 tins of glue from MVM for mine, had a fair bit left over, but that will be used to cover that 'box' that was in the back of the van.

If your over my way and fancy a bit of a go with some of the offcuts i've got left your more than welcome, drop me a PM and will sort something out. Good to meet you by the way T:
 

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Hi,
I apologise in advance for highjacking thread but I have a few questions:

I have a t5.1 with factory fitted high roof and am thinking of going two tone, lighter for the high roof then darker from original roof line down. I've already purchased all I need from MVM that being the mega stretch stuff.

1: does the lining butt up together OK.
2: I'm doing the frame and panels separate so if I do the frames in one piece how long does the adesive stay tacky (how long have I got to fit in place).
3: I have a lot of holes say about 30 to 40mm round how does the lining handle these if I just line over them. Do I put duct tape or similar over first?.
4: when you get to internal corners do you try to go round or butt the edges in the corner or wrap round slightly and start again from the corner (does it show when you overlap and does the overlap glue OK.
5: lastly does the lining have a glue side because mine looks a bit smoother on one side.

Any tips info appreciated and sorry again for highjacking thread.
 

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The mega stretch stuff is great to work with, generally it will stretch into all areas with gentle persuasion.

1.If you are going to butt up, it is best to overlap a bit then cut through both and peel top and bottom away, hey presto neat cut.

2. Generally once it hits it sticks, if you try and pull it off it may stretch to much an leave wrinkles when you reapply. I sprayed the frame and then sprayed the top of the lining and got this to stick neatly first and level. I then sprayed the lining as I went along and eased it into place. Top tip mask cover over you cab area and anywhere you do not want the glue to go, the aerosol spray glue has a tendency to shoot off in different directions if the nozzle starts to block up. If you get on the body work white spirit will get it off. If you get it on the lining, let it dry, resist the temptation to wipe it immediately, you will only push it further into the fibers. Once dry you can either pick it off or use white spirit. Trick is not to get it on there in the first place.

3. It will cover the holes, as long as you do not stick you finger into the hole and make the lining stretch into it. But up to you if you want to do this.

4. The lining will stretch into the corners no problem, just gently work it in.

5. Yes the smooth side is the glue side, furry side out (ahem)

Get yourself a good stanley knife. Go to ebay and buy a box of the hook type blades, I think I paid a tenner for about hundred, these will blunt off very quickly due to the lining and the glue. If it starts to get difficult to cut the lining or rag it change it, you may be changing the blade every three cuts or more if cutting a long run, say round a door aperture.

No doubt others will be along to give you further tips on how they did it.
 

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Thank you for all the recommendations and positive comments on this thread about us and the products we supply; it's good to read!

We do offer various different mega stretch lining carpet and high temperature spray adhesive packages, some of these are available with forum discount - give us a call or send us a PM and we can arrange the discount on the order for you*. As mentioned in a post at the start of the thread we do provide a guide with the kits which gives some helpful hints and tips for the lining process.

For any advice regarding the amount of lining carpet you will need feel free to send us a PM with the details of your van (SWB, LWB, windows etc.) and if you are lining the panels and metal work separately or together, and if you're lining the roof as well and we will be able to advise approximately how much lining carpet and adhesive you'll need and which kit will be most suitable.

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*Full list of forum discounts we offer are on this page of our website: http://www.megavanmats.com/forummembers.htm
 

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Forgot to mention MVM is where I got the mega stretch from, having used other stuff in a conversion, this was great to work with, it was like being a gynecologist you could in every groove. Well worth the extra dollar T:
 

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Couple more points to consider PNE...
If the holes allow air flow through the van body then these can make your carpet dirty over time as dust and the likes is blown through and pushed into the back of the carpet. Depends on how light the carpet is you are using. I'm using silver, so I covered the holes with a small piece of thin plastic card and stuck down with silver foil tape, the carpet covers it and you can't see it. There is still plenty of venting behind the ply panels.
And buy a quick release Stanley knife, if you need a screw driver to change your blade it will drive you insane! Also a bit of old sponge, foam or card is handy to stick the used blades in as you go, I nearly knelt on the wrong side of a stray blade.
 

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Thanks for the info it's all churning around in my head, so with that in mind I'm sure I'll do a good job.

Thanks again.T:
 

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IRT5.
Just ordered some carpet so which hook blade, full hook both ends or radius hook one end?
Is it better to hook the cloth and pull?
Thanks
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The mega stretch stuff is great to work with, generally it will stretch into all areas with gentle persuasion.

1.If you are going to butt up, it is best to overlap a bit then cut through both and peel top and bottom away, hey presto neat cut.

2. Generally once it hits it sticks, if you try and pull it off it may stretch to much an leave wrinkles when you reapply. I sprayed the frame and then sprayed the top of the lining and got this to stick neatly first and level. I then sprayed the lining as I went along and eased it into place. Top tip mask cover over you cab area and anywhere you do not want the glue to go, the aerosol spray glue has a tendency to shoot off in different directions if the nozzle starts to block up. If you get on the body work white spirit will get it off. If you get it on the lining, let it dry, resist the temptation to wipe it immediately, you will only push it further into the fibers. Once dry you can either pick it off or use white spirit. Trick is not to get it on there in the first place.

3. It will cover the holes, as long as you do not stick you finger into the hole and make the lining stretch into it. But up to you if you want to do this.

4. The lining will stretch into the corners no problem, just gently work it in.

5. Yes the smooth side is the glue side, furry side out (ahem)

Get yourself a good stanley knife. Go to ebay and buy a box of the hook type blades, I think I paid a tenner for about hundred, these will blunt off very quickly due to the lining and the glue. If it starts to get difficult to cut the lining or rag it change it, you may be changing the blade every three cuts or more if cutting a long run, say round a door aperture.

No doubt others will be along to give you further tips on how they did it.
Thanks for your reply, just a quick one. When doing one side of the van in one go just pillars, cross members and wheel arches (doing panels separate) is it better to do all the top first working down or going from left to right.

Thanks.
 

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Thanks for your reply, just a quick one. When doing one side of the van in one go just pillars, cross members and wheel arches (doing panels separate) is it better to do all the top first working down or going from left to right.

Thanks.
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Hook both end, just turn round when blunt.

I usually get the all the top in and work down and left to right, or whatever suits you. Most people do the panels separately. If you are working around a window aperture work round it and you make have to make an X across the aperture just to give a little relief to lining and it will stretch a lot better.

With regard to wheel arches, I managed to get mine in all in the same piece, but I have done it before. If you are unsure, do it separately, if you are ordering from MVM they send good instructions on how to do the arches.

Sorry I did not get back to you sooner but I have been at work, you can always pm me.T:
 

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Hey all, thanks for all your help on this thread, I'm really glad it's helped out more people than just myself, had a hectic week but back to normality now so about to order up the carpet. You guys are awesome!
 
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