Corvette Carpeting - Looks can be deceiving.
Know what you buy and from whom you buy your Corvette Reproduction Carpeting.
The fiber used in Mid America Motorworks molded Corvette carpet is a T6.6 nylon. Type 6.6 nylon is a harder fiber and is more durable, has a higher melt point, and has better light fast properties. The type 6.6 nylon is a more expensive product. The molecular structure of the type 6.6 nylon is tougher than the type 6 nylon.
GM specifies mostly T6.6 nylon and is the original fiber used in the Corvette as well as all vehicles prior to 1990.
Since Mid America Motorworks strives to be the best supplier of Corvette Restoration Parts to the consumer of Corvette Restoration Products, this is the best quality replacement carpet in the industry.
Corvette Cut Carpet Sets: 1953-1964 Corvette Carpet Sets consist of precision cut flat pieces of carpet fabrics. Fabric style varies by year of Corvette. Appropriate edges are correctly bound.
Corvette Molded Carpet Sets: 1965-Current Corvette Interior Carpeting is molded to the form of your Corvettes floor pans, console and wheel well shapes. On some modes, reproduction binding is used in the appropriate locations as factory OEM Carpet Sets had.
1953-1955 Corvette GrosPoint Carpeting:
Available with foam backing only, GrosPoint cannot be molded or mass backed. It is hand cut and sewn with the utmost quality control GrosPoint material is composed of 100% Nylon yarn. GrosPoint contains 31.5 ounces of yarn per square yard and is a fine loop style carpet. GrosPoint is a high-end carpet made of 100% nylon that has the appearance of fine embroidery.
1956-1959 Corvette Daytona Loop Carpeting
Daytona Weave Carpet is composed of Cotton, Nylon, and Rayon yarn. Daytona contains 27.5 ounces of yarn per square yard and is a loop style carpet. Daytona Loop Carpeting is available with Foam backing only. Daytona cannot be molded. It is hand cut and sewn with the utmost quality control for your Corvette Restoration.
1960-1962 Corvette Tuxedo Carpeting (aka Salt & Pepper Carpeting): Tuxedo is composed of Nylon and Olefin filament yarns. Tufted to a 1/8 gauge, Tuxedo contains 23 ounces of yarn per square yard. Due to the style of loop used, the Black Salt and Pepper Carpeting for 1960-1962 Corvettes has a olive color loop with the black base color. Other colors have the base color of carpet with the “accented” black loop – thus the nickname Salt and Pepper.
Reproduction 80/20 style loop material is composed of 100% 6,6 Nylon yarn called Raylon. Tufted to a 1/8 gauge, Loop contains 20 ounces of yarn per square yard. 80/20 Loop carpet was first used in Corvette in 1965 and was the carpet for all Corvettes with Standard Interiors through the 1975 model year.
1963-1976 Loop Carpeting for your Corvette is available in complete sets of front and rear carpets. Individual front or rear sets are also available. Reproduction 80/20 style loop material is composed of 100% 6,6 Nylon yarn called Raylon. Tufted to a 1/8 gauge, Loop contains 20 ounces of yarn per square yard. 80/20 Loop carpet was first used in Corvette in 1965 and was the carpet for all Corvettes with Standard Interiors through the 1975 model year.
1963-1964 carpet sets are cut to exact OEM Standards and include attached foam backing / padding.
1965-1976 carpet sets are cut and molded to fit your Corvette flooring contours and include jute backing applied as per factory standards.
1970-1993 Cut-Pile Carpet: Cut Pile is a fuzzy, modern carpet used in most domestic vehicles since 1974. Cut Pile is composed of 100% Nylon yarn. Tufted to a 1/8 gauge cut pile, it contains 14 ounces of yarn per square yard. Cut Pile was first offered in a Corvette in 1970 when the RPO Custom Interior Trim was ordered on a new Corvette. This carpet was also the lower door panel trim on 1970-1977 Corvette Door Panels.
1990-2013 TruVette Carpeting;
Low cut pile style carpeting. 100% Solution Dyed nylon yarn. Tufted on a 5/64 gauge machine, which give the carpet a plush look and feel. TruVette contains 14 ounces of material per square yard.
Carpet Backing Materials:
Foam Back Carpet: Is directly adhered to the carpet at the factory prior to cutting and binding. Foam backing allows for a more plush fitment and adds a level of sound deadening qualities to your carpet. Foam baking is typically about 1/4 - 3/8 inch in thickness.
Foil Back Carpet: Thickness average is 1/4” . A heat barrier with some acoustic advantages consisting of Jute Padding laminated with a Foil backing on one side. Most commonly used in all makes and models as a Heat Barrier
Jute Back Carpet: Just padding is used predominately under your carpet where your feet rest on the floor pans. This helps prevent the carpet from wearing out prematurely as the majority of the wear is where feet contact the carpet. Jute padding also helps prevent mildew by absorbing moisture and allowing it to wick out of the floor covering versus saturating your carpet.
Poly Back Carpet: Poly Back is the most economical and most common automotive carpet option. This is the same material that all discount carpet retailers offer. Poly Backing is a more flexible, plastic type backing that is easy to cut and fold for shipping. Our Poly Back carpet, also known as polyethylene backing is an economical replacement option, with a jute padding bonded to the bottom for comfort. The Poly Back carpet is made with the same quality carpet fibers, but will have a 1/16th inch plastic, more flexible backing than the Mass Backing. Please note that the fit of the Poly back carpet is the same as the mass back carpet
Mass Backing: Mass backing (trade name Keldax) is an approximately 45mil thick EVA material. It's a great sound and heat barrier and increases the overall look of the carpet after installation. Mass Backing is a special upgrade backing that's bonded to the back of your vehicle's molded carpet. The material is a 45mil thick Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) that makes your interior carpet heavier providing more sound protection and heat insulation than the standard backing.
Mass Backing is a special upgrade backing that’s bonded to the back of your vehicle’s molded carpet. The material is a 45mil thick Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) that makes your interior carpet heavier—providing more sound protection and heat insulation than the standard backing. It also makes the installation process easier and gives your vehicle a more luxurious look once completely installed.
It can be applied to any piece of your carpet set that is molded. However, it cannot be applied to die cut pieces (such as flat cargo and flat side panels) or “cut and sewn” style carpeting. Around 1990, car manufacturers began to install mass backing as the standard backing. Therefore, late model car owners are encouraged to purchase the mass backing when replacing their car carpet if they wish to enjoy the same standards and level of comfort.
Since mass backing provides excellent sound and heat protection by itself, there’s no need to install additional sound deadening material prior to laying down your carpet, which can save you time and money. Overall, mass backing creates a quieter, cooler, and more comfortable cabin for an all-around better driving experience.