There are 2 ways to carpet line a panel van, so it’s important to find out exactly what type of job you’re paying for when shopping around: –
1. THE CAMPERLINERS WAY
Camperliners take time to manufacture carefully profiled panels, which are individually wrapped with high quality fire retardant and marine compliant ‘Veltrim’ lining carpet.
All the interior metalwork of the van is carpeted in sections with seamless precision, from the
rear door seal to the front door seals, using the same ‘Veltrim’ lining carpet. This method allows the carpet to be molded snugly to every contour without over stretching, and offers long lasting adhesion with no unsightly creases.
The panels are then fitted with hidden fixings and can easily be removed and re-fitted when required.
The glue used is a professional grade, high temperature & high solid content canister adhesive, not the widely available aerosol cans that have a very low solid content in comparison. i.e. they have a far higher proportion of propellant to adhesive than the professional canister adhesive used by Camperliners. I can personally guarantee that at least 2 coats of glue are applied to both the van and the carpet, without exception.
Contact adhesive requires high pressure to be applied to the glue line to achieve full strength. Each piece of lining carpet is applied using specialist tools to achieve this, ensuring a strong and long lasting bond.
The finished product looks very smart with attention to detail being second to none. The method used ensures the smoothest finish with clean lines that will look good for many years to come. You’ll definitely want to spend more time in your van…
2. THE QUICK WAY
This involves ply lining your van before carpeting over the ply and metalwork together, which is the quickest way and uses less material. This method can achieve some fairly good results but you have to stretch the carpet to its limit to avoid unsightly creases around the more intricate contours of the van. The amount of stretching needed puts excessive strain on the glue line between the van & carpet, causing a breakdown of adhesion in the corners over a relatively short period of time.
Another equally important factor to consider is that if you ever needed to get behind your panels again to expand your electrical systems, or to have any body repairs carried out, you would need to tear down the entire carpet job first.