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    Drying out carpets

    With all the discussion about hoods etc. on the site, if I do get caught out in the rain and the carpets get soaked, how much of a problem is this? Has anyone had problems with mildew or staining?
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    Re: Drying out carpets

    If they get completly soaked then the only option is to remove and dry.

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    Re: Drying out carpets

    cut my floorcarpets oversize and stabled them to varnished ply boards. Givers noice square edges in the flootwells, and dead easy to pull out for drying - well thats the theory.

    Kevin

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    Re: Drying out carpets

    Make sure you have drain holes in the fibre glass in the lowest point of the footwells too. :thumb:
    Without a doubt you will getsoaked one day hood or not.
    My carpets a glued in but they dry out eventually and I've had no problems with staining etc.
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    Re: Drying out carpets

    Robin -could vecro the horizontal bits of carpet in which works for some stalwarts who are always getting wet. Personally I use a tonneau cover over the passenger side which keeps most of the water at bay.
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    Re: Drying out carpets

    Drain holes in the floor? Plenty of those...

    Might not fit the floor carpets before SVA anyway... depends on whether I can be bothered as I don't think they really cover any sharp edges
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    Re: Drying out carpets

    Be careful about drilling holes in the floor, where the floor is a marine-ply/GRP laminate.
    The holes should be waterproofed by there being a bolt through them, etc..

    I fitted all my carpets "permanently" with that lovely evo-stik, except for the front mats, which, by their design, are removeable for cleaning.

    Any carpets which get wet, can be dried out using a wet-and-dry vacuum cleaner, or a home carpet cleaning machine.

    Where they have got wet, do not fit the hood or tonneau when storing the car, so that the remaining moisture has chance to evaporate rather than "sweat" into the rest of the interior.

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    Re: Drying out carpets

    Having been caught out in some rain on Tuesday, the Cobra got pretty wet inside, despite our improvised tonneau (kept the tunnel and most of the rear bulkhead dry!!) I'm glad I never fitted the floor carpets. The bits where the side carpets overlap onto the floor are pretty sodden so I've removed one of the seats (the passenger side seemed a lot worse) - will leave overnight to see if it will dry naturally - just hope for some sunshine!!
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    Re: Drying out carpets

    You would be amazed how well a dehumidifier works drying out the carpets provided the garage is reasonably well sealed
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    Re: Drying out carpets

    I'll try and get out tomorrow to buy one... will have to seal the gap under the garage door too, I suppose...
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