Interior Carpet Installation

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Carpet installation in the front cockpit
Carpet installation in the front cockpit

Finally – a lot of headway was made on the installation of the carpet in the plane. Here’s a brief recap:

Here’s the front of the cockpit with the original carpet.
Here’s the front of the cockpit with the original carpet.
Now all of the carpet is removed.
Now all of the carpet is removed.
Then the old glue is removed and then the metal is painted with zinc chromate primer.
Then the old glue is removed and then the metal
is painted with zinc chromate primer.
The new carpet is trimmed to size, then glued in. Just the piece that goes over the trim wheel needs to be fitted, then press-stud in place.
The new carpet is trimmed to size, then glued in.
Just the piece that goes over the trim wheel
needs to be fitted, then press-stud in place.
Here’s the back of the plane with the original carpet and sidewalls.
Here’s the back of the plane with the original
carpet and sidewalls.

 

Now all of the carpet is removed....and quite a bit of effort later, most of the glue was removed.
Now all of the carpet is removed….and quite a bit
of effort later, most of the glue was removed.
Then the metal was primed - in this case, with self-etching primer.
Then the metal was primed – in this case, with
self-etching primer.
New pieces of carpet were trimmed to size, then glued in.
New pieces of carpet were trimmed to size, then
glued in.
...the back starts to look like a new plane!
…the back starts to look like a new plane!
Just the middle piece needs to be trimmed then press-stud in place, and the two side pieces need trimming and glued in.
Just the middle piece needs to be trimmed then
press-stud in place, and the two side pieces need
trimming and glued in.

At home I have been working on re-finishing the doors. I ran out of screws and one of the plastic paint colors!

The side panels need to be installed, then the seat belts, then the head liner….. the list is getting a bit shorter!