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Author Topic: Will carpet with foam backing work on walls?  (Read 775 times)
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« on: May 21, 2012, 05:32:36 PM »

Will carpet with foam backing work on walls?  Will I have problems getting it glued to the wall and staying glued to the wall?
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 06:48:56 PM »

When used on the floor the foam backing eventually crumbles and turns to dust - whether this is a result of mechanical damage (ie, continuous impacts from the carpet being walked on), or because of aging or some sorts of chemical deterioration I don't know; I dare say such carpet would last a while if stuck to a wall with glue, but despite the higher initial cost I would personally go for a rubber-backed or woven-backed contract carpeting every time.

Contract carpet is, in my experience, very close to the OEM carpet fitted by the vehicle manufacturers. In my garage I've still got loads of panels which came out of the inside of my bus, from the walls and also the ceiling. They've all got carpeting glued to them with contact adhesive, and 20 years after the bus was built that carpet is still stuck down really well - so well that all you can do is pull off a small area at one corner, then painstakingly slice off the rest with a knife.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 07:26:23 PM »

  Jute backed carpet was glued to the inside of my bus including the outsire of the bathroom and it was stuck real good. I glued 80's/90's 1/4 in. thick trunk padding  up the first 4 feet on the bedroom walls, still there. Also glued it to inside top,sides, an bottom of overhead compartment above bed, still nice. This stuff has no pile and is grey on one side and black on other side.   
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 07:31:24 PM »

The glue you use is critical.  Here in CA, due to environmental laws, a lot of glues are not what they used to be.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2012, 07:12:36 AM »

Use just the raw carpet-no foam backing.  We used a lightweight outdoor carpeting on the walls with Dupont 90 spray.  You need to spray a pretty liberal layer so not to come apart later.  Our carpet on the ceiling in the bedroom has pulled off in some spots-but just looks a little droopy-so not worried.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2012, 12:02:28 PM »

Just so I understand, we're talking new carpet correct?  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2012, 01:14:36 PM »

Yes, new carpet.  The reason for foam backing is to absorb more sound, but I'm leaning towards some indoor/outdoor carpet with no backing from either Home Depot or Menards.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2012, 02:48:35 PM »

I've had my eye on some marine carpet from Lowes... probably other box stores as well.

Nice colors, easy to handle, priced reasonable, and it has a bit of stretch that might help when pulling around odd shapes.
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2012, 03:54:29 PM »

Are you particular about whether the carpet matches the drapes?   Grin

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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2012, 08:10:04 PM »

My brother discovered it, but I have used kitchen carpet for a few cars now.  It has a rubber bottom, glues down good and insulates well.  It's generally short pile so it would look good on walls too I think.
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