One of the most common problems you will find when restoring older cars is floor pans that have rusted through. This also leads to other problems with the interior of cars, such as rotted matting and carpet that has deteriorated over the years. When restoring a classic car, some of the first tasks for interior restoration are repairing floor pans, installing sound and heat barriers, and replacing the carpet. Here are the steps to get started on the repairs to the interior of your car:
1. Removing Old Interior Carpet and Padding Materials to Expose Floor Pans
The first step in repairing interior floors is to remove the old carpet and padding. Before you get started, you may want to vacuum out any loose dirt and debris to keep things clean. Remove the carpet to expose the padding beneath it. If the padding is stuck to the floor pan in some areas, you may want to use a heat gun to warm the materials and make them easier to remove with a utility knife and scraping tool.
2. Cleaning Floor Pans, Neutralizing Rust, and Priming to Prepare for More Repairs
Once you have all the padding removed, you will be ready to start cleaning the floor pan. In areas where rust has caused holes, clean the rust thoroughly by sanding it. There may be areas where rust has just started, which is where you will want to use rust-neutralizing paint. After you have no more rust, patch any holes with sheet metal, and prime the floor pans to get ready for new paint.
3. Replacing Metal Where Severe Holes and Decaying Floor Pans Are Too Much to Patch
Sometimes, the holes in floor pans may be too much to patch in with auto body filler or small pieces of sheet metal. If the floors in your car are severe, you may want to replace areas. Many auto parts services have floor pans that you can purchase for repairs. Cut out the area where there is severe damage, and cut the replacement floor pan to fit. Put the new floor pan in its place, and weld the seams back together.
4. Upgrading Sound Matting and Installing Molded Carpet to Complete Floor Restorations
Once you have all the floors repaired and primed, you will be ready to install new sound matting. Upgrade the matting with modern materials that help reduce vibrations and insulate the floors from the heat of your engine and transmission. Once you have the matting installed, you will be ready to install molded replacement carpet to complete the repairs.
When you start with restorations to your car and get to the interior, begin with these steps to restore floor pans, sound matting, and carpet. If you need the right parts to begin restoring your car's interior, contact an auto parts service to get what you need.Share