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Old 11-11-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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What do you think about black carpet interior?

So I'm thinking about laying black carpet throughout my entire van. Headliner, sides, and floor. I'm wondering how hot it would get? The van is white exterior and running a DJ company makes me predisposed to want black everything. Lol

I have good ideas to make it look really nice, but I don't want heat radiating like crazy with all black carpet.

I already have EZcool lined as well as wool insulation. Then sandeply as the paneling.

Thoughts?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:37 PM   #2
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Re: What do you think about black carpet interior?

Black on the inside won't make more heat than any other color, except the surfaces which are in direct sunlight.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: What do you think about black carpet interior?

It will make your interior look small, and with no light reflecting off anything it will be hard to get any good light also. I like the idea because one would think that black would hide dirt/wear/etc. but in reality I think you would see every hair or speck of dust, which really accumulate in a van. I would avoid it, but that's just my opinion of course.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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Re: What do you think about black carpet interior?

I wouldn't change one inch of my all black interior.

However, not all of it is carpet. Black carpet on the floor will require regular attention. Our floor is black rubber and cleans up, like new, with a wipe from a damp rag/towel... so easy.

Heat issues (from direct sunlight) can be minimized by using reflectix in the windows. We have a lot of windows that help with ambient light, and an 8-pack of nice LEDs along the valances for night time lighting. Never use more than two or three at a time because they make plenty of light. PH has a two sided LED that lights up the blackness like a sunshine day, almost never use both sides at once.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:48 AM   #5
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Re: What do you think about black carpet interior?

I wouldn't want black because its dark and shows dirt. Don't think it would change heat gain.

OTOH a van is a vehicle of personal expression - you should build it so YOU like it!
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:35 PM   #6
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Re: What do you think about black carpet interior?

I have black interior in my Suburban. It never looks clean because every speck of lint and dust shows up. I will never have a black interior again.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:47 PM   #7
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Re: What do you think about black carpet interior?

Thanks for all your input guys. I ended up with black just because I pulled the trigger with the carpet already before I realized how it does pick up dirt really easily. For right now, it's only on the ceiling (pics to come) and then I'll figure out what to do about the sides and flooring.

It does double as my work van, and I do slide heavy dj gear in and out all the time, so I need something that is really tough and won't scratch. Any ideas?
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Re: What do you think about black carpet interior?

Johnsonite Rubber Flooring... yep, the website is unusable, so go to flooring store and ask for it... expensive, but unreal-tough.
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Re: What do you think about black carpet interior?

Now you have to charge admission, get some low profile 22" wheels and put some lights in the wheel wells.
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