Rubber Floor

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  1. K5Devil

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    Has anyone got a bulk rubber sheet like used in horse stalls, pond liner etc., and used a heat gun to mold it to the floor themselves?

    Asking since I am not sure how thick of material will both be strong and then malleable with a heat gun.

    Found some really cool looking diamond plate mat that comes in many thicknesses still cheaper than buying a molded one from LMC etc.

    Haven’t done this myself with rubber but in every car I’ve done I bought bulk carpet and laid it out myself as I can’t really justify spending extra money for a couple hours worth of work. Plus the job usually comes out looking better with a better fit in my experience anyways.


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  2. Alan2smiley

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    I put rubber roofing in my CC. it's okay, never tried a heat gun to make it flexible. It has seams that over laps and adhesive. Probably lots of different grade of rubber roofing material.
     
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    I have horses and have cut and trimmed those 1/2" thick stall mats to fit a stall, they would be a PIA to heat and mold into shape and too thick.
     
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    Well maybe not the 1/2" thick ones but the thinner ones like 1/16" or 1/8".
    I agree with you, I don't like to buy premade parts that I can make for the fraction of the cost.
    I am very frugal and I like the idea of custom work.
    I haven't gotten to that stage yet but when I do I will be looking for something simple and cheap
     
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    I’m surprised there isn’t a write up for this. Why give LMC and ACC money when it can be done for a fraction of the cost?

    I found this diamond plate 1/8” thick rubber mat.

    my plan is to lay it in the truck and use a roll pin used for Formica countertops and a heat gun to mold it to the floor. Working from the trans tunnel out as to let gravity help with the process.

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    HankScorpio Customize everything Premium Member

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    I bought the molded one from LMC for my crew cab and was disappointed. The material is real nice, fitment was terrible. Ended up having to take a heat gun to it anyway which is BS since it was expensive. Be careful with the choice of flooring. I used some ribbed "rubber" floor runner in the back of my K5. I tried to stretch it with the heat gun with poor results. I think it is more of a vinyl than rubber, doesn't stretch at all.
     
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    The horse stall mats are very thick (3/4" I believe) and I would n't want them in my vehicle. They are recycled rubber and they give off some bad fumes. I've had 6 of them in my shop gym for the last 3 months and the smell has not let up. Hoping it's not going to kill me while working out
     
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