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Old 13th July 2013, 22:44   #1
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I was thinking of changing the carpets in my car since sometime - I have a Palio but the mats are from a Swift. Not to mention they are smaller and move around. This would cause any dirt on them to get on the floor and thus render the mat useless.

I was seeing Karthik's review on 3M nomad carpets and I thought hey, why not do it myself?

Went to the market and bought 18sqft of rubber shag carpets. Cost me around 1100rs. 18sqft is all he had, so there would be a shortage of carpet for the transmission tunnel. Ah well I'll get another piece later when he has more stock.

I made a rough measurement and would need 2x3ft to cover entire front section. Made the appropriate cuts and started off!

First was the front left. I got too ambitious trying to get it perfect, made 3 pieces to fully cover it. Later realised joining these three pieces was near impossible. Somehow managed to join them using 5-6 tubes of fevi quik. I'll make some sort of permanent bond later, still need to figure out how!

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Lesson learnt. Keep it simple. With this, finished the driver side.

Ain't it simple? Old on the right. Made 3 cuts, two on top and one in bottom right, marked for trunk and fuel lid release latches.

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Fits like a glove!

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All you have to do is cut an approximate square/rectangle piece. Place it and look for folds. Mark them like so using a permanent marker :

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Cut them/make slots

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Ta-Da!

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Next step, get velcro strips and attach them to the edges so they don't wiggle about even a little bit.

Even if you'd want 3M nomad sheets, 2x3ft from emahendra site would cost you 600rs. Two for front would equal 1200 and pieces for the rear would come close to 2500 in total.
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@SunnyBoi, good one there. Helps to go DIY, in many ways.

One suggestion: check if you can get a border stitched (at any bag-repair kisok/shop). This will help prevent the carpet from tearing at the points you have made the cuts.
I have done DIY mats using PVC carpets, and that was the only problem I faced.
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One suggestion: check if you can get a border stitched (at any bag-repair kisok/shop). This will help prevent the carpet from tearing at the points you have made the cuts.
I have done DIY mats using PVC carpets, and that was the only problem I faced.
That is a fantastic suggestion! Now I finally know how to join the three pieces Thank you very very much!

I am adept with a needle and thread, I can do this by myself as well!
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Another suggestion:
1. The mat will wear out in the section below the pedals (where we rest our heel). Hence check if you would like to use a rubber mat only for the driver side.
2. In rains, when the soles of your footwear are muddy, flip the mats over - the hard (bottom) surface is easier to clean than the top side. If required, swap front left & right (when the mats are flipped)

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TI am adept with a needle and thread, I can do this by myself as well!
I would personally prefer a machine stitched border - makes it neater
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Even if you'd want 3M nomad sheets, 2x3ft from emahendra site would cost you 600rs. Two for front would equal 1200 and pieces for the rear would come close to 2500 in total.
Was trying to locate 2x3ftfor 600 bucks but not able to find the product. All cost more than 1400. If possible please put the link for the product you are talking about.
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@SunnyBoi, I'm also looking to do the same DIY. Have been searching for these mat rolls in shops but to no avail. Could you tell me the shop from where you got these mat rolls??
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@SunnyBoi, I'm also looking to do the same DIY. Have been searching for these mat rolls in shops but to no avail. Could you tell me the shop from where you got these mat rolls??
I bought these from my hometown. However I have seen these mats on shops lining JC road past the petrol bunk.

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Was trying to locate 2x3ftfor 600 bucks but not able to find the product. All cost more than 1400. If possible please put the link for the product you are talking about.
Here ya go, looks like they've bumped up the prices by 10%!

http://emahendra.com/matting/40-3m-nomad-loop.html
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And is there any difference in the material used in the mat?..
I mean between the ones u have got and the 3M terra loop ones??
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And is there any difference in the material used in the mat?..
I mean between the ones u have got and the 3M terra loop ones??
Only difference I saw was that 3M ones are double the price. Durability of 3M mats might be better; only time will tell.
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Next step, get velcro strips and attach them to the edges so they don't wiggle about even a little bit.
I got 3M Nomad mats installed at a 3M car care center, but they didnt put any Velcro to hold the mats firmly. I plan to put Velcro to prevent them from slipping (badly needed right now!)

Did you just glue strips of Velcro to the underside of the mats? What sort of glue did you use & does it survive in the dusty condition? I'll have to bind another part of the Velcro to the OEM floor, again using glue.
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I got 3M Nomad mats installed at a 3M car care center, but they didnt put any Velcro to hold the mats firmly. I plan to put Velcro to prevent them from slipping (badly needed right now!)

Did you just glue strips of Velcro to the underside of the mats? What sort of glue did you use & does it survive in the dusty condition? I'll have to bind another part of the Velcro to the OEM floor, again using glue.
I went to a bag repairing guy, he had Velcro strips with him. He even stitched them on the carpet! Hence no shakes, carpet is always planted firm.
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