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Old 01-01-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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My car currently has no carpet which I don't mind, but since I'm not trying to shave every pound off my car for racing it seems unnecessary. The carpet would add some sound deadening and a touch more civility to the car.

However, new carpet will have to be cleaned, will eventually get dirty and have to be replaced again.

Has anyone rhino lined their interior? They can color match any carpet, it is supposed to be fantastic as a sound deadener, tough as nails, won't get ruined by dirt, and might even add a little structural rigidity as well. I don't know what the cost is, but I might pursue this option.
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:54 PM   #2
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I've been thinking about this as well....
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Slick when it's wet or oily, looks like junk. My roommate's Blazer is rhinolined and it works in that, but not in a car.
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Slick when it's wet or oily, looks like junk. My roommate's Blazer is rhinolined and it works in that, but not in a car.
I think the wet and oily would be less of a concern. Any grease or oil while working can be wiped of with a solvent. When it's raining the top will be up, and when I get in I'm putting my feet on the pedals not dancing on the floor.
My carpetless, scratched, painted floor looks like junk too.

I've seen some really nice jobs, and the texture can be made much finer for this application.

I just emailed the local rhino liner place. I'll see what they quote me.
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However, new carpet will have to be cleaned, will eventually get dirty and have to be replaced again.
Yeah, maybe like 2 times in 100,000 miles.
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I vote just do it, and if it sucks you can still cover it with some carpet! In for pics.
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Not sure how I feel about this stuff but if it turns out good and not expensive it would be a great alternative to our shitty *** cheap crap miata crap they call a carpet.
My car only has 58k miles on it and the carpet is already ****.
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I vote just do it, and if it sucks you can still cover it with some carpet! In for pics.
I'm thinking the same thing. It shouldn't be too expensive, but I probably won't get a quote back until Monday. Let's face it. The carpeted area in the miata is probably less than half of a small pickup truck bed.

I saw the interior of a jeep done in tan and it looked fantastic. They sprayed it on with very low texture.

It does appear that you need to get it done professionally if you want quality end results. No roll on or brush on at the house job.
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I've heard it's very heavy. Heavier than carpet, in^2 for in^2.
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^ I wonder, then, if it can be applied in varying thicknesses depending on the application. A light-duty app like our cars would require less, I would think, than the bed of Bubba's F150.
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Why did you post a thread if you already made up your mind? I am curious to see how it turns out though.
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I'm in for cost and results too. I've been thinking about a rhino'd floor mat area for a while. I painted my driver side, looks decent but it won't last long at all. The rest of the car looks fine bare, although loud.
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Why did you post a thread if you already made up your mind? I am curious to see how it turns out though.
My post was more to see if anyone had done it. If speculating that it is going to be bad is the only negative response about it and it's cost effective, then I am going to have it done.

It appears to be sprayed on up to 1/4 inch with most applications being 1/8" - 1/4". They can color match any color. So if you have a tan or blue interior it's not like you have to go with black.

Weight for me is not my main issue. I don't track competitively. When professionally applied it is sprayed on hot and much more durable than the diy application. Another aspect that peaked my curiosity about this was when I saw a mythbusters episode where they blew up a truck with and without the bed-liner. The difference in destruction was amazing. The truck with the bed-liner really held together. It has me wondering if this would act like a poor man's seem welding. Probably too much flex in it, but maybe it will help. Car audio guys are spraying the inside of their vehicles with it and getting substantial differences in before and after results (google research, not personal experience). This has to be a result of decrease flex in the vehicle. Sound deadening will probably minimal, but it could get rid of some rattles.

All in all, my research is suggesting no negative aspects, only potential positives. It isn't going to have that thick large texture bedliner look.







"The first test drive was amazing. The Rhino lining is the best stereo upgrade I have done yet. It keeps out more noise and vibration than the carpet ever did. It is now very easy for the backseat passenger to hear the front seat passengers on the highway."
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I got my 2000 Silverado bed rhino lined and am very happy with it. I have a 1950 ****** CJ-3A and I plan of getting the interior of it rhino lined as well. The place I went to told me it's lifetime. I said, "what does that mean?" He said, "if you can grab it and peel it off, we'll re-do it for free, but if you take a pick axe and smack it around, it's on you." I can't complain with it. The difference is, I haul a lot of **** with my truck. I suggest for a miata interior, go to wal-mart and buy the roll on kit of herculiner and do it that way and save a few hundred bucks.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:15 AM   #15
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162,500 miles on my 1990 miata and the factory carpet still looks original. I personally think the rhino lining would look really tacky inside the car and would just go for new carpet and some nice floor mats. I also don't think it's going to offer any structural enforcement to the car. It is after all just a coating.
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I agree with dustinb, it just wouldn't look right or offer anything structural. It's nothing more than durable...
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I don't like Rhino Liner, but would use another brand. I will probably do this when I finally reach my snapping point with these ******* rattles and squeaks and rip my interior out, especially if and when I decide to do the LS1 and make this car a weekend/track car.

I would use a professional spray in liner and a gun that would work with something with grit, like sand. Make something that feels like skateboard grip tape vs a slick and smooth textured surface. If you are worried about weight, only do the floorboards and other larger flat sections.
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also wondering how much this would cost, i'd imagine it would quiet down the interior quite a bit. and i'd probably go black
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Thankfully our cars are small, so probably not much more than to do a full size truck bed, if not less.

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I have been thinking about getting this done under my carpet in the cabin and trunk on my soon to be daily LS1 car to help with a little of the road noise.
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