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Carpet question and a word of advice

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Panther, Dec 4, 2001.

  1. Panther

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    Hey everybody.

    Well I am stripping out my interior to prep for some herculiner and I hit a problem. The carpet is apparently "glued" down to the wheel wells. I had no problem with any other carpet but those two pieces. Any advice on an easy way to get the carpet up without ripping it to shreds (I'd like to put it back down over the Herc).

    Also, a word of advice. If you ever swamp your interior, pull the carpet up. I figured it would dry with the windows down, but the insulation under the carpet holds water like a camel. The interior hasn't seen water in MONTHS and the insulation was nearly soaking wet. So I have a little rust and a lotta pre-rust bubble spots.

    Stay tuned too cause I'm gonna need some opinions on how to handle the rust I do have. Thanks!!!

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  2. 90blzr

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    I just did the same thing...gutted the interior. My carpet pieces on the wheel wells were glued down too. I just pulled them up gently and they came up fine and in one piece. You are right about the insulation under the carpet. I gutted mine the day after and man that stuff was SOAKED!!! It must have weighed 20 or 30 lbs AT LEAST!! Good luck, oh and POR-15 is supposed to be the shhheeiiiittttt for preventing and taking care of rust. You can check it out at <a target="_blank" href=http://www.por15.com>www.por15.com</a>
     
  3. Panther

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    POR-15/Rust-proofing question

    I would love to do POR-15 on the interior first, but I have a question (I guess it actually pertains to the Herc too).

    There is a body cross-member than runs under the floor right behind the seats and the rocker panels run underneath the sides of the floor pan. I would think it wouldn't do any good to just POR-15 the top of the floor pan when it's really rusting out from underneath. Any suggestions????

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    I'd use a heat gun to help soften the glue...just be careful not to get it too close to the carpet and burn it with the heat. You want it just warm enough that the glue softens. If you don't have a heat gun or can't get one I'd use a flexible scraper and start at an edge and work it slowly and you should manage to get it in one piece.

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    TTT, repost of my post below.

    I would love to do POR-15 on the interior first, but I have a question (I guess it actually pertains to the Herc too).

    There is a body cross-member than runs under the floor right behind the seats and the rocker panels run underneath the sides of the floor pan. I would think it wouldn't do any good to just POR-15 the top of the floor pan when it's really rusting out from underneath. Any suggestions????

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    Re: POR-15/Rust-proofing question

    Well my advice would be tear it out or patch over it. If you have some holes up by the kick panel or where you're feet are, just clean the rust, paint it, and lay a patch over it. If you' got some big holes you can see through, you're gonna need to tear it out and redo it.

    My footwell area was destroyed. I cut out what was left and made pieces from a big ol section of sheet metal I had. Then I used 1/8" box tubing for the destroyed crossmembers. Overkill is better than not doing enough.

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    Hey 90blzr, you like the smell? I didn't know whether to barf or cry. I had that horrible smell and all that massive rot on my floors.

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    Didnt smell too bad. Most of the water drained out when I opened my doors[​IMG][​IMG]. I got pulled out finally about 10:30 pm then went home and left all of the windows cracked. Next morning I GUTTED the interior. NO RUST[​IMG] Floor is clean as can be! I could wax it if I wanted too!! Once I hose out the mud anyways.....
     
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    If you have rust... wire wheel it to the metal and then POR15 it. Herculiner is nice stuff but won't stop rust, POR15 will. The initial cost of it is well worth it compared to the time, cost and effort of replacing your whole floor.....

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    Well I finished pulling out the interior so I wanted to update. I should have some pics soon.

    The front floor pan is fine. Dirty, but fine.

    My problem areas seem to be the "cab pillars" (sorry don't know what they really are called). It's the metal between the seat belt retractor and seat belt bolt at the bottom. I have bad rust on both sides. It's rusted all the way through on at least one side. Plus there is rust on the vertical metal going up to the back floor pan.

    Any ideas on those spots??

    Plus any ideas on my question on how to stop the floor rusting from the outside in? POR-15 on the interior won't stop that. Should I POR-15 the underside too? What about the floor up under the rocker panels and crossmember?

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