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    What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    Right now my full sized 737 sim floor is 1/2-inch MDF--very solid and flat.

    I want a more durable floor finish/covering and am torn between several coats of epoxy, vinyl tile, or metal sheets.

    I can get sheet or tile vinyl in a medium or dark gray. Or I can get 24x48-inch, 22 gauge steel sheets and glue them down. I feel epoxy paint is too messy and not as durable as tile or metal.

    Has anyone had any experience with the sim floor covering?

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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    Now I'm leaning toward sheet metal. A 24x24 sheet of 16 gauge is $20 and looks like a good choice.

    Has anyone used metal sheets?

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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    I used a simple sheet of vinyl. If you study real cockpit photo's, you see a large variety of colours but it always seems to be linoleum*. I would personally not use metal simply because that's not used in real aircraft or professional sims. The only sheet metal is on the slide pads of the rudders.

    *don't know if this is the English word for it
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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    Yes, linoleum is the English word for the product. Linoleum would certainly be easier than metal.

    Are real aircraft cockpit floors really finished with linoleum? I'd think carpet or metal would be classier. I always associate linoleum with 1950's low-rent apartments.

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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    Almost (if not every) picture I have of the 737NG has a painted aluminium floor. I'll be replicating this with sheet steel or aluminium when the time comes (complete with fake rivets )

    Just a heads-up. A friend has used rubber matting. He is having a few problems with static electricity and we think it's even cooked a couple of his PC's memory sticks. I'm sure it has something to do with the rubber mat insulating us and his PC's from an effective earth. He has 8 PC's in there, and PC's are known to generate a high earth leakage current during normal use. Just a thought worth considering.

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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    The PMDG virtual cockpit floor looks like it's painted metal with spots where the paint has worn off.

    Good point about the static electricity.

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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    I'm using linoleum with a metal look ("traanplaat" in Dutch; don't know the English word for it). Looks great IMO, and no problems with static so far...
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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    That does look nice.

    Is the pattern "raised" or just part of the color? Did you glue it down with mastic like you would a floor linoleum?

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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Nixon View Post
    Almost (if not every) picture I have of the 737NG has a painted aluminium floor. I'll be replicating this with sheet steel or aluminium when the time comes (complete with fake rivets )
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    I didn't know that. Still, I find shiny steel or checker plate not realistic. It looks the business but next thing you know is you finish your glare wing with leather IMHO if you want to keep close to the real thing, use painted aluminium or vinyl. Anyhow, just a matter of taste.
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    Re: What's a good sim floor finish/covering?

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    That does look nice.

    Is the pattern "raised" or just part of the color? Did you glue it down with mastic like you would a floor linoleum?
    The pattern is slightly raised; no colour difference.

    I did not glue it down: The vertical support members of the MIP hold it in place. I put an aluminium L-profile along the edges; I did glue that down of course.

    Here is another picture; you can find more in my personal gallery: Hans's Cockpit - Mycockpit Members Gallery. (I'll have to put some more photos in there - there HAS been some progress since!)

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