How to Install Carpet in Passenger Van Conversions

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Van carpeting can become soiled and worn over time. In fact, the carpeting that you were once so proud of in your van can begin look mouldy or stained. Replacing the old carpeting does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Van owners can convert their vehicle back into their dream van and restore its interior aesthetics.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet adhesive
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Goggles

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unroll your carpeting to allow for the carpet fibres to spring up. Give your carpeting two hours to relax its wrinkled shape.

  2. 2

    Unscrew any seats or moulding in the car. Store all of the screws in a safe area. If you are replacing the carpeting in the front driving and passenger area, remove the seats and accelerators with the screwdriver. To remove bolts, use a pair of vice-like pliers to turn the bolts counter clockwise.

  3. 3

    Pull up on the corner of the old carpeting in the vehicle and work your way around the passenger area and the rest of the van. Set the old carpeting outside and vacuum. Lay the old carpeting on top of the new carpeting.

  4. 4

    Place heavy objects around the perimeters of the old carpeting while it is on top of the new carpet to hold it down. Trim the new carpeting with a utility knife to the dimensions of the old carpet. Make slits into areas for any seat belts or moulding that goes through the carpeting.

  5. 5

    Place the new carpeting inside of the passenger van and centre. Examine the new carpeting to see if it correctly matches the floor of the van. Apply carpet adhesive around the perimeters of the van. Press the new carpeting to the adhesive with you hand.

  6. 6

    Replace the seats, foot pedals, moulding or bolts in the passenger van. Allow the adhesive to adhere to the carpeting for 24 hours before using. Fluff up the carpet fibres by vacuuming the carpeting in 24 hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Lay your van carpeting on the floor and allow three inches of carpeting to creep up the sides of the van in order to trim new carpeting without the help of the old carpet. Press your hands where the floor and walls meet when making your cuts.
  • Wear a mask, gloves and goggles when removing and installing van carpeting to reduce the amount of dust and carpet fibres you breathe in.

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