In this guide, I will be showing you different DIY under hood insulation to help you soundproof against engine noise.
While it’s possible to use additives to quiet engine noise, combining this method with other sound deadening fixes will help achieve maximum benefits without overspending on your car.
The best part is that most of these DIY under hood insulation discussed in this guide will not only help sound deaden your car, but also help heat insulate it as well.
Therefore, you will be protected from high temperatures that can also cause damage to on-board electronics such as stereos and GPS tracking systems.
A-List of DIY Under Hood Insulation Hacks to Implement
Below are some of the best and tried DIY under hood insulation hacks you can implement right now. They are simple fixes to achieve using inexpensive materials available in your local store or online.
Sound Deadening Mats
The mats are also thermally insulated, which means you won’t have to worry about cold or heat.
It is crucial to go for materials that are resistant to heat since you are placing them under the hood. This is due to the hood’s proximity to the engine, which makes it likely to heat up when other materials are used.
Some recommended mats are Noico and Dynamat Car Sound deadening mats. Noico, for instance, is perfect when you are considering insulating your vehicle as a DIY project.
In addition to being cheap, Noico can fit on any surface. Whether the noise is coming from your hood or door or even the roof, the material will blend well.
Since this is your DIY project, the mat is designed in such a way that it’s easy for any person to install. It has an embossing cover, which becomes smooth when you have correctly installed it.
Both Noico and Dynamat have self-adhesive properties, which means you won’t have to spend money purchasing an adhesive for installation.
Sound deadening mat’s work by adding weight to the hood; this then reduces the amount of noise coming into the car.
Installing these mats is pretty easy, just follow the steps given and you are good to go.
You should wear protective gloves during the exercise since the materials are harsh on bare hands. The self-adhesive is also pretty sticky, and you would want that on your hands.
Install sound deadening mats on the hood of your car using these steps.
Ensure the hood is clean. Remove all the dirt and any previous mat to allow the adhesive on the mat to stick well.
Remove the adhesive from the mat.
Then attach them gently and ensure they fit correctly.
Using a Hood Liner
Hood liners have various benefits, which include deadening noise coming from the engine, thereby quieting your drive.
Hood liners also absorb and retain heat because of their proximity to the engine. The heat is absorbed and trapped in the hood liner’s pads.
The retained heat is useful during the cold weather when the engine takes longer to warm up. The retained heat heats up the cold oil into a running fluid, which then lubricates the engine parts faster.
Here is a recommended product Dynamat 10455 18″ x 32″ x 0.067″
One advantage hood liner has over mats is that they are made specifically for car insulation. They are thicker, which makes them more suitable for insulating the hood.
Hood insulators are made of different materials, including high-quality rubber and polyether urethane. These materials are also enhanced with aluminum.
There are different types of hood liners available in the market for DIY purposes, but the most preferred types are Dynamat and Fatmat hood liner.
Dynamat hood Liner is commonly used because of its affordability and ease of installation. When installed correctly, the material fits perfectly in place and reduces the engine noise.
Fatmat, on the other hand, has additional sound insulation features even though it is similar to Dynamat. Its acoustic foam material makes it good for sound absorption.
It has a peel-stick adhesive, which makes it easy for you to install. Fatmat is recommended in cold areas because of the composition of its materials.
Dynamat is not highly recommended in the hot areas because it quickly melts in high temperatures.
For Best Results- Sound Deadener Mat and Hood liner
If you want to enhance the effectiveness of hood liners, you can combine them with a sound deadener mat. The process is much simple, which makes it a good option for a DIY project.
All you need is to do is peel off the adhesive from your preferred sound deadener mat then install it on your car’s hood. Allow the mat to stick well before installing the hood liner on top of it.
Follow these steps to install the hood liner in your car’s hood.
Cut the liners into the required size. This will depend on the area on your hood where you intend to install the mat.
Clean your car.
Cleaning involves the removal of any existing hood liners and removing dirt using a clean piece of cloth.
You can install the liner as a whole or cut it into shapes similar to the dip of your car. To help you with cutting into the right sizes, lay the liner on the floor then place the old liner on top of it.
Make sure you cut them to correct sizes; otherwise, the noise will leak out through the gaps left after installing.
Ensure the liners have aligned before you start cutting using the scissors.
Then remove the adhesive covering from the shapes before applying them on the hood. Ensure you have glued it properly to prevent it from peeling off.
Then use a roller to smoothen the liners, then trim the protruding edges using a razor blade.
Ensure you conduct regular inspections on your car, specifically the hood, so that you can know when your hood needs fixing. Ensure you also clean the hood liners regularly to prevent premature damage.
One way of cleaning the hood liners involves using a non-solvent cleaner and a piece of rug. Avoid using a solvent cleaner because it might lead to a fire.
Also, don’t use water or soap to clean the hood because it might stick and cause the material to deteriorate easily. When cleaning, ensure you don’t scrub the liners as this can damage the hood’s insulation.
Final thoughts on DIY Under Hood Insulation
Above are some of the best DIY under hood insulation hacks you can try today. The best thing about under hood insulation is that you get more than sound deadening benefits.
You and the electronics components in your car will be protected against high temperatures.
Additionally, in case your car engine catches fire, the insulation installed will help prevent the fire from spreading.
With all these benefits combined, I would say that these hacks are worth a shot, if you’re not handy enough, call a professional mechanic.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
Most of the work documented on this blog comes from purely first hand experience, and the products recommended work as indicated.