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Old 09-03-2019, 10:17 AM   #1
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Need some flooring advice

I need to replace the original, worn out marine vinyl flooring in my project van. It's glued to 1/2 in plywood and hopefully will pull up without too much trouble. Then I have to decide what to replace it with. I know stuff like Loncoin is popular, probably because it's easy to clean. I've also seen a lot of wood grain sheet products, and I'm also considering some type of laminate or Linoleum, but personally, I prefer carpet because I enter and move around on my knees a lot of the time. Carpet with padding under is easy on the knees and adds a degree of insulation and noise dampening, but I know a lot of folks don't care for the maintenance required to keep it clean. So, I'm wondering what is popular in builds these days.
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Oh, I thought this thread was about flooring the gas pedal. I was going to recommend flooring as much as possible. My bad.



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Old 09-12-2019, 11:36 AM   #3
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Loncoin is not easy to clean.

I like the OEM carpet and keep an old time Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner handy for keeping it clean. Insulation and sound reading are also pluses.
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Indoor/outdoor carpet is also an option, it's fairly easy to keep clean. The nearly 30 year old stuff in my van still looks pretty decent.


Part of it has to do with what padding you use, too -- some padding materials will soak up water, mud, spilled beer, etc. and trap it under the carpet.
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I like the soft rubber gym flooring. It gets dirty easy, is not easy to clean but is nice and soft on my knees. I have a square of it that I use when I need to kneel on a hard floor.
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It seems there is no real favorite among folks here, I settled on a sheet vinyl product. The local flooring store had a bewildering array of options, but my final choice was approved by Mrs A/T, so I think I'm good. Thanks for the suggestions.
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2tec2 is interesting and what I am likely to use in my build
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Old 09-19-2019, 02:32 PM   #8
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I too had the marine vinyl installed in my SMB (2003 E-350 7.3PSD Quigley). After a number of years the vinyl wore through in spots, so I decided to pull it up. It will pull up alright, but you will be left with the adhesive to deal with. I decided to strip the floor with MEK and a belt sander, and then paint it. I used a black commercial floor paint and then I installed a black commercial carpet (available at Home Depot on a roll, cut to length) runner from front to back which I simply stapled with SS staples. I like it much better since I am able to replace pieces of the carpet as needed. I was glad I did it this way when a bottle jack leaked all over a part of the carpet. I can send pics if you want to see.
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I also recently gutted the original SMB cabinetry and removed everything down to the wood pressed flooring.. and patched all the bad and low spots with wood putty, sanded it down, and will be sealing it with kilz/mold resistant primer.

Also looking at using the Coin Flooring but might just go back to using the TrafficMaster Flooring from HD

https://www.homedepot.com/b/Flooring...5yc1vZapwrZdfo

Super easy to install and replace.

Still mulling what to use.

Rebuilding the cabinets/sink with DYI 8020 framing, also.
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The vulcanized rubber mat we've been using for floors works great. Very durable, easy to clean and forgiving on the knees and feet. The difference between this and horse stall or gym floor mats is that it isn't porous.

Product is called "Stamina" from NW Rubber Products.

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