Just because you don't see it, it doesn't mean it's not there. This is the sad predicament of the floor panel, hidden from the eyes of every car owner. One problem caused by such circumstance is that any damage to them can go undetected. That is why many car owners are surprised to see the amount of rust eating away the metal underside of their vehicles when they lift out the carpet from the floor. These panels are basically pre-fabricated sheets of metal that all fit together to form the metal flooring of your car. Perhaps a small amount of rust is eating away part of your floor panel and you just want to patch it up. Maybe you'd like to do a thorough job and replace the whole metal sheet lining the floor of your car. Whatever you'll need, there will be an appropriate floor pan repair panel for you.
So how much will you need to shell out for these floor pan repair panels?
Costs of these floor panels pretty much depend on their size. The smaller floor pans can set you back about $40 while the largest ones easily cost hundreds of dollars. If there is only some minor damage to your car, then getting a small appropriate repair panel will be enough. Getting anything bigger would be wasteful.
Most floor pan repair panels are made of heavy duty automotive steel to ride out any harsh conditions, they may even be though than the original body of you. Aside from that, most floor pans are also covered with protective coating to prevent rust.
Will you need anything else to install floor pans?
Putting in a new floorpan isn't as as putting together pieces of a puzzle. There are some specialized tools that you'll need to do the job. You can either buy them, or for the frugal of you, borrow one from your neighbor. Here are some of the tools you'll need:
- Floor panel installation tools ? You'll need some way to join your new floor panel with the rest of the metal lining of your car. For this type of job, you'll need tools like rivet guns and welders.
- Specialized cutting tools ? Cutting tools include reciprocating saws, grinders and blowtorchs. If you're looking to replace the old flooring in your vehicle, then you'll need one of these tools to cut them out.