So I decided to apply sound deadening to the interior of my truck.
I started with the back wall and worked my way forward. The install wasn't difficult, just time consuming. Due to availability I started with a bulk buy of Dynamat Xtreme. I was able to complete the back wall and floor with 9 sheets.
I then decided to tackle the doors. Since I needed to purchase additional sound deadening I decided to try Raam Mat.
After using both, I must say the they both have their pros and cons:
I liked working with the Dynamat. I found it easy to cut and install. The sticky layer doesn't appear as tacky as the Raam Mat, which makes it easy to reposition. Once it sets though, it will definately stay stuck. It also has a little stretch to it, which is nice to get into all the crevisis.
- Readily available (Circuit City, eBay, etc)
- Thicker foil topper
- Thicker Butyl layer
- Easier to install because Butyl layer isn't as sticky initially
- Sharp foil topper (I have cuts all over my hands and legs)
I found this mat a little more difficult to work with. The Butyl layer is quite gooey. It makes for a messy install. It is also VERY sticky - which means it is hard to position into small areas (like the inside of the doors).
- Cheaper than Dynamat (it comes in a large roll)
- I like the additional Ensolite material - easy to install
- Very sticky and hard to reposition
- Has more of a smell than Dynamat
- Not as thick as Dynamat
Overall I'm happy with my install. Installing the sound deadening really helps reduce the ambient sounds in the cabin and really seems to kick the stereo's sound up a few notches.
I think the Dynamat is a good product. I think the addition Ensolite material is what helps Raam Mat with overall sound deadening. If I had to do the whole thing over again I would have purchased Dynamat as the Butyl layer and then purchased Ensolite as a topper.