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    Homemade rear hatch carpet

    After searching thru many posts, and surfing the carpet web sights for new rear hatch carpet, and finding that no one makes it I decited to make my own.
    I ordered 1-˝ yards of carper from 1aauto.com $60.00 shipped. Laid the new carpet down backing side up put the old carpet on top backing side up, this is important because the shape is not symmetrical, the center is 1-˝ inches from side to center different, and the cut out for each tower is slightly different.









    I then used safety pins in the corners, to make sure it would not move as I traced out the pattern with a black marker.



    I used a box knife to cut out the slit for the seat backs, and cut the V shape cut outs for the luggage strap.



    Removed the old carpet to reveal the outline.



    Next I used sharp scissors to cut out the pattern, leaving it on the outside of the marker line, better to have it a little large and trim latter if necessary. This took me a little more then 2 hours to this point.



    Put new carpet in car and check for fit, trim as needed I spent another 1-˝ hours to do this.

    Now I took the carpet to a upholstery shop, and had them sew a border around the outside to give it a finished look. They charged me $45.00 to do this.



    Next I laid the old carpet on top, and folded back the bottom so I could mark the location of the luggage slides.



    With a box cutter I cut out the luggage slides from the old carpet, them trimmed to remove any old carpet I missed. Next I used a cigarette lighter to burn off stray fibers.
    I left the old rubber backing on the bottom of the slides. This will give it good surface for the adhesive on the next step.



    Again lay the carpet down and with a hot glue gun apply the adhesive to the bottom of the slides.
    Place the slide down at the pre marked location. Press and hold so the glue can work its way into the carpet fibers and create a good bond.

    After all slides were down I went back and added glue to any spots that didn’t bond well enough.

    It seems like it has a good bond on the luggage slides, but I will be careful not to slide heavy objects side to side, as the slides sit up higher then the original carpet. It looks like they heat pressed them in at manufacturing, only time will tell how well my glue job holds.



    Then I trimmed any extra glue that was visible, try to keep the glue job as clean as possible, the glue stick package say they dry clear but it shows up white against the carpet surface, and takes forever to trim.
    Time to do this 4-5 hours ?. I lost track of time just wanted to finish it.

    Put carpet back in car, and replace carpet grommets stays, and luggage straps.



    looks a lot better, not good as factory but the old carpet was the only real bad part of my nice interior. Total cost around $125.00 total time 8-10 hours.

    PS I did talk to a couple of upholstery shops and got prices of around $350.00 to make complete without the luggage slides the places I went to said they couldn’t or wouldn’t put them back on.
    Kevin

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    Great job, definately spruces up the interior.
    I suggest a sticky for this one.
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    Definitely looks better than the old piece with holes and everything!! I wonder if it would have been any help (might ruin it) to cut out the carpet fibres where the slides go and glue them directly to the carpet backing? Can't tell if it is a long fibre carpet from the pics, doesn't look like it. That way the slides are a little more recessed into the carpet. Just a thought, haven't done this so I don't know.

    Great job though!!!

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    Wow...great job!!!! Should be stickied!!!!!
    I'd consider it a personal favor if you did not show up at the meet. you can just disappear.

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    Wow that does look awesome

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    outstanding job!
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    Very nice...

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    awesome. im definately going to have to do this. but ill need a template for the rear, since i have NO carpet over the spare. i guess i could just use cardboard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longbow_MkII
    i guess i could just use cardboard?
    Sure, you'll just have to meet someone to trace the design...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supra_Newfie
    I wonder if it would have been any help (might ruin it) to cut out the carpet fibres where the slides go and glue them directly to the carpet backing? Can't tell if it is a long fibre carpet from the pics, doesn't look like it. That way the slides are a little more recessed into the carpet. Just a thought, haven't done this so I don't know.
    Time will tell, but in my experience, ordinary consumer hot glue like you get at home depot doesn't hold up well at all in automotive applications. Park a car in the sun all day in summer and surfaces inside will easily heat up enough to release the glue. I would inquire at an upholstery supply what kind of glue to use, or even if "new" slides are available.
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