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Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« on: May 02, 2024, 16:21:58 »
Somewhat recently purchased a 68 280SL, and still learning about the car.

Recently I found that moths (!) were starting to appear, and lo and behold found them enjoy the padding/insulation that is under the floor mats.   >:(
I hadn't looked at this before, and am curious:

1. If under-floor-mat padding was original to these cars, or an owner would have added it later?

2. Regardless, I have removed the padding - it is partially disintegrated - but figure I should hang on to them after killing off the offending months (don't ask how my wife feels about the padding being in the freezer this week) as I want to keep everything that was original to the car with the car. Anyway, I was wondering if it was original, if there is "new" padding that owners use as replacement?

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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2024, 17:42:37 »
Just curious, is this under carpet or rubber floor mats?
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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2024, 18:16:14 »
These were under the floor mats
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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2024, 19:40:17 »
I'm asking the material of the floor mat - rubber or carpet?  I didn't know if early 280's still had rubber mats.
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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2024, 20:23:39 »
Ahh, gotcha. I didn’t realize there were multiple kinds of floor mats.  ::)
Mine look like carpet with some kind of coating on the back.
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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2024, 20:37:04 »
They probably changed mid-250SL when so many things changed.

Search this forum for "Cocomat", if you're unfamiliar with that company.
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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2024, 20:37:20 »
Those are original pads under the mats.  Mine are still in the car and like new...
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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2024, 00:37:19 »
I agree, those are original. I've had them on many Pagodas over the years.
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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2024, 20:59:07 »
For reference, under the drivers side their is a secondary mat below the accelerator.  Looks to be made by a company called Chadwick .   
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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2024, 22:49:02 »
Thanks everyone. The original floor mats have a bit of a fade, but at some point an earlier owned added a couple of (Palm Fibre) Cocomats, which don't look too bad  :D

A question on Dynamat - when those are added and stuck to the floor of the vehicle, is it easily removable later (say if I want to remove it, the next owner in 50 years wants to remove it, etc.)? Or to later get it off does it involved removing paint, etc.?




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Re: Original padding/insulation under floor mats?
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2024, 23:06:03 »
I would think you could use a heat gun to remove Dynamat.
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