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Carpet Restoration
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53 Cavalier
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Sprucing up my Cavalier's original carpet. This was the test piece, now onto the rest.

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Posted on: 2023/11/21 0:50
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Re: Carpet Restoration
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Russell Harmon
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53 Cavalier , what is your process for restoration?

Posted on: 2023/11/21 1:05
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Russell Harmon wrote:
53 Cavalier , what is your process for restoration?


First was a lot of research, then a bit of experimenting, which lead to this.

I had the carpet professionally cleaned. Then using Rit All Purpose Dye, which I mixed in a spray bottle, I sprayed the entire carpet and worked the dye in with a brush. This next step I'm not sure how effective it was as I didn't do any testing, but I used my heat gun and went over the entire carpet thinking it would help set the dye. The banding was still a bit scruffy so I masked off the carpet and sprayed the banding with Duplicolor vinyl and fabric paint.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out because it looks good, but not too good, which is perfect for my car. And it's still the original carpet, which I like, because my car is all pretty original.

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Posted on: 2023/11/21 1:23
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Re: Carpet Restoration
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Rich49
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Good tip, tks for sharing

Posted on: 2023/11/21 6:17
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Re: Carpet Restoration
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Russell Harmon
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53 Cavalier, thanks for sharing your process. Results look great, and as you said best part is you get the retain the originality of the car.

Posted on: 2023/11/21 9:44
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Re: Carpet Restoration
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Did you wash out the excess RIT dye?
If not, it can run onto something else when it gets wet again.
I've had new denim stain my light colored leather, before they were repeated washings.
Looks good otherwise.
After posting on some of this, I was thinking one of those hand held carpet cleaning attachments that spray cleaning agent and apply vacuum to pick up fluid might be a DIY to pro cleaning for door panels etc. It's what one does in the house. I've cleaned my carpets that way and they come out nice but they're not 70 years old. They 'oriental' rug cleaners deal with age and old dyes.
I have a floor dryer that I use on the boat - no heat. Fairly inexpensive at the chinese tool takeouts.
From my view, I don't see much sense if a piece of new carpet would do the same... I put new in the Cad but floors have to be sound/watertight..

Posted on: 2023/11/21 11:02
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Re: Carpet Restoration
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Fish'n Jim wrote:
Did you wash out the excess RIT dye?
If not, it can run onto something else when it gets wet again.
I've had new denim stain my light colored leather, before they were repeated washings.
Looks good otherwise.
After posting on some of this, I was thinking one of those hand held carpet cleaning attachments that spray cleaning agent and apply vacuum to pick up fluid might be a DIY to pro cleaning for door panels etc. It's what one does in the house. I've cleaned my carpets that way and they come out nice but they're not 70 years old. They 'oriental' rug cleaners deal with age and old dyes.
I have a floor dryer that I use on the boat - no heat. Fairly inexpensive at the chinese tool takeouts.
From my view, I don't see much sense if a piece of new carpet would do the same... I put new in the Cad but floors have to be sound/watertight..


I haven't rinsed out excess dye from the carpet, at least not yet. I did wipe it with a wet rag to see if any dye was picked up, and there was none. I'm not too concerned about the carpet as it's not likely to ever get wet and I'll have floor mats.

I'll be dying the seat covers as well, but they will have a different process, not spraying, so they will get rinsed to make sure dye doesn't transfer to clothing.

Posted on: 2023/11/22 12:39
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Nice work!!

Posted on: 2023/11/22 16:58
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Re: Carpet Restoration
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It's a sad day.

I discovered today that the bright idea of taking my carpets to the dry cleaners, instead of cleaning them myself, was not a bright idea after all.

This picture shows how much they shrunk them. So much for my all original interior......very disappointing.

I guess I'll be making, or buying, a carpet set. Does anyone have any advice? Is there a supplier for original looking carpet? Is there someone that makes a carpet set that fits well?

TIA

This is the first big cock up on my Cavalier, and it doesn't sit well with me.

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Posted on: 2023/11/29 23:09
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Re: Carpet Restoration
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Wow, that's a lot of shrinkage. I'm kinda surprised it did that.

How similar would the original carpet be to modern boat carpet? That would be readily available and could be easily cut and binding sewn by an upholsterer. Lots of colors to choose from also, so should be able to get something close.

Posted on: 11/30 1:26
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