Top 5 Sound Deadening Myths in Vehicles: What You Need to Know

Top 5 Sound Deadening Myths in Vehicles: What You Need to Know

Top 5 Sound Deadening Myths in Vehicles: What You Need to Know

In the evolving world of automotive enhancements, sound deadening emerges as a pivotal factor in elevating your driving experience. However, amidst the myriad of advancements, several myths have taken root, leading to misconceptions about sound deadening. SoundSkins Global, a pioneer in car sound deadening, is here to dispel these myths and shed light on the true impact of quality sound deadening.

Myth 1: Sound Deadening Adds Unnecessary Weight to Vehicles

The Myth: A prevalent belief is that installing sound-deadening materials significantly increases a vehicle’s weight, adversely affecting its performance and fuel efficiency.

The Reality: Modern sound-deadening technology defies this myth. High-quality materials, like those used in SoundSkins products, are engineered to be remarkably lightweight. Their impact on a vehicle's weight is minimal, often less than 1% of the total vehicle weight. This slight increase is a small price to pay for the substantial benefits of noise reduction and improved acoustics. Moreover, these materials are strategically placed in areas where they have minimal impact on the vehicle's center of gravity and overall dynamics.

Myth 2: All Sound-Deadening Materials are the Same

The Myth: There's a common misconception that all sound-deadening materials are homogeneous in their composition and effectiveness.

The Reality: The truth is that the quality and composition of sound-deadening materials vary widely. Low-quality materials might provide insufficient noise reduction and degrade over time, especially in extreme temperatures. SoundSkins products, on the other hand, use a proprietary blend of materials that ensure superior sound insulation and long-lasting durability. The technology behind these materials involves advanced acoustic engineering, focusing on optimal density and thickness to provide maximum noise reduction without adding significant weight.

Myth 3: Sound Deadening is Only for Luxury or High-Performance Vehicles

The Myth: Many people think that sound deadening is a luxury reserved exclusively for high-end or performance vehicles.

The Reality: This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sound deadening is a universal upgrade that benefits all types of vehicles, enhancing the driving experience by reducing road noise and improving audio quality. SoundSkins products are designed to cater to a broad range of vehicles, emphasizing their adaptability. Whether it's a family sedan, a rugged SUV, or a high-performance sports car, sound deadening brings a noticeable improvement in cabin comfort and acoustics.

Myth 4: DIY Installation of Sound-Deadening Materials is Complex and Risky

The Myth: A common misconception is that the DIY installation of sound-deadening materials like SoundSkins is complex and carries a high risk of error, leading many to believe it's a task best left to professionals.

The Reality: SoundSkins is designed with DIY enthusiasts in mind, making the installation process straightforward and achievable. While it's true that installing sound-deadening materials involves more than just enthusiasm, SoundSkins products come with clear instructions and are engineered for ease of use. With basic tools and a little patience, most vehicle owners can effectively install these materials themselves. The key is to follow the provided guidelines carefully and take your time with the installation. Of course, for those who prefer a guarantee of professional-grade results, or who may not have the time to undertake the project themselves, professional installation remains an excellent option. SoundSkins aims to provide flexibility and support, whether you choose the DIY route or professional installation, ensuring superior noise reduction and enhanced vehicle acoustics.

Myth 5: Sound Deadening Doesn't Make a Noticeable Difference

The Myth: Skeptics argue that sound deadening does not significantly improve the in-vehicle experience, especially in modern cars that are already built with noise reduction in mind.

The Reality: The efficacy of sound deadening in transforming the acoustics of a vehicle is profound. Sound-deadening materials work by absorbing and dissipating sound waves, which significantly reduces external noise infiltration. This leads to a quieter cabin, allowing drivers and passengers to enjoy conversations, music, or simply a more peaceful ride. Additionally, it enhances the performance of the car audio system by creating an acoustically controlled environment, free from echoes and vibrations. The difference is not just audible but also felt in the overall ambiance of the vehicle’s interior.

Enhancing Road Safety with Sound-Deadening Technology

When we consider vehicle safety, factors like airbags and seatbelts are top of mind. However, the role of sound deadening in enhancing safety is often overlooked. By reducing cabin noise, sound-deadening materials contribute significantly to a safer driving experience.

  • Reducing Driver Fatigue: Prolonged exposure to road noise can lead to driver fatigue, particularly on long journeys. Sound-deadening materials mitigate this risk by creating a quieter cabin environment, helping the driver stay alert and focused.
  • Improved Communication: In a less noisy environment, communication between passengers and external parties (like hands-free calls) becomes clearer, reducing misunderstandings and distractions.
  • Enhanced Emergency Response Awareness: A quieter cabin also means that drivers can more easily hear external emergency signals, like ambulance sirens or honking horns, allowing for quicker and more appropriate responses.

Eco-Friendly Innovation: SoundSkins' Commitment to the Environment

SoundSkins' dedication to environmental sustainability is evident in its product design and manufacturing processes. In an industry often criticized for its environmental impact, SoundSkins stands out by offering eco-friendly sound deadening solutions.

  • Sustainable Materials: The materials used in SoundSkins products are chosen for their low environmental impact. This includes the use of recycled materials and substances that are free from harmful chemicals.
  • Energy Efficiency: By optimizing the acoustic environment within a vehicle, SoundSkins materials can indirectly contribute to energy conservation. For example, a quieter cabin may reduce the need for high-volume audio playback, saving energy.
  • Longevity and Recyclability: SoundSkins products are not only durable, ensuring they last for the life of the vehicle, but are also designed with recyclability in mind, reducing waste and promoting a circular economy.

Long-Lasting Quality: Maintaining Your Sound-Deadening Investment

Investing in sound deadening is a long-term commitment to your vehicle's comfort and value. SoundSkins products are designed for durability, requiring minimal maintenance to retain their effectiveness over time.

  • Routine Checks: Regular inspections, especially during routine vehicle maintenance, can ensure that the sound-deadening materials remain properly adhered and intact.
  • Cleaning and Care: SoundSkins materials are resistant to water and most automotive chemicals, making them easy to clean and maintain. Simple wiping with a damp cloth can keep them in optimal condition.
  • Addressing Wear and Tear: In the rare event of wear or damage, SoundSkins products can be easily repaired or replaced in specific areas, ensuring ongoing effectiveness without the need for complete reinstallation.


Dispelling these myths is crucial in understanding the real benefits of sound deadening in vehicles. SoundSkins Global continues to innovate, providing high-quality, effective solutions suitable for every type of vehicle. Embracing the right sound-deadening materials can dramatically enhance your driving experience, proving the misconceptions wrong.

Experience the difference and join the ranks of satisfied customers who have transformed their vehicles with SoundSkins. Visit our website to explore our products and learn more about the revolution in vehicle sound insulation.

FAQ Section

Q: How significant is the impact of sound deadening on a vehicle's audio system?

  • A: The impact is substantial. Sound-deadening materials reduce external noise, allowing the car's audio system to deliver clearer and more defined sound. This enhances the overall listening experience, making it ideal for audiophiles and everyday listeners alike.

Q: Can sound deadening improve the resale value of a vehicle?

  • A: Yes, installing high-quality sound deadening can potentially increase a vehicle's resale value. It demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the car and enhances the comfort and luxury of the driving experience, which are appealing factors for potential buyers.

Q: Are SoundSkins products suitable for all climates and weather conditions?

  • A: SoundSkins products are engineered to withstand a wide range of climatic conditions. They are resistant to moisture and temperature changes, ensuring durability and effectiveness regardless of the weather.

Q: How does sound deadening contribute to a safer driving experience?

  • A: By reducing cabin noise, sound-deadening materials allow drivers to focus better on the road without the distraction of external sounds. This can lead to a safer driving experience, especially on long journeys or in busy urban environments.

Q: Is there a difference in sound deadening needs between different types of vehicles, like SUVs and sedans?

A: While the basic principle of sound deadening remains the same, different vehicle types may have unique acoustic characteristics that require tailored approaches. SoundSkins offers a range of products designed to suit various vehicle models, ensuring optimal sound insulation regardless of the type of vehicle.

    Step 1

    To install the material you need be working on the metal surface of the car, remove upholstery. If you have never done this, we suggest searching it up on YouTube. Once the upholstery is removed, make sure there is no debris, waxy oils or rust by cleaning the surface with denatured alcohol.

    Step 2

    Once surface is clean and ready to go, cut the sound deadening material to the right size so it fits desired area. For small surfaces, we recommend that you measure the dimensions and then cut to fit.

    Step 3

    With the surface area clean and pieces cut to desired dimensions, peel off the paper and apply material to surface area starting from the top to bottom using the car door holes to help with alignment. We recommend using a hand roller to ensure that there are no air pockets and ensure the adhesiveness.

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    Sound Deadener Install FAQ: Tips & Tricks

    What tools will I need to for a sound deadening project?  
    • Rag & Denatured Alcohol: Apply the alcohol to the rag and use to clean the metal surface areas you will be applying the material to.
    • Gloves: Our product is pretty safe to install without gloves but if you have never installed a sound deadener mat, we recommend using gloves.
    • Hand roller: We highly recommend using a small roller to reach the tighter surface areas of your vehicle. You can find these on Amazon or most online retail shops. There are wooden, rubber and metal rollers, we recommend wooden or rubber, try and stay away from metal as they can tear the material.
    • Utility Knife: The utility blade is to cut the material. Make sure to cut the material on top of a pice of cardboard so that your blade stays sharper longer, if it's a big job, have some extra blades around.
    How do you apply sound deadener material? 

    We sell our roll on sound deadener product in 2 different formats: custom cut to fit pro kits and an easy to work with rolled up large sheet. If you can measure, cut, peel and stick you can install sound deadener! You can use your hand to apply pressure when positioning the material and then use a roller to make sure it sticks down to metal surface.

    After you cut the material and are ready to stick it on, some customers find it easier to peel off a small portion of the release liner and then apply it to metal surface, and then work their way across the sheet, peeling off a small section at a time.

    Make sure to always remove the air bubbles with the roller. The second most important thing when it comes to quality of sound deadener is the quality of adhesion to the surface area. You want the material to be stuck down properly to ensure it stays in place.

    Where do you apply the sound deadening material?  

    The great thing about our sound deadening material is that it can be applied to all types of metal surfaces. All SoundSkins sheets use extremely strong adhesive and they can even be mounted on fiberglass, plastic and even wooden surfaces, but it's not very common to apply to these surfaces since they don't vibrate as much. By covering all metal surfaces such as your doors, roof, trunk and floor you can make a significant difference to unwanted road noise.

    Your top priority when applying a car sound deadener is to cover the doors, floor and trunk. If you have extra material then proceed to other metal surfaces you wish to cover for extra sound insulation.

    How much surface area should I cover?  

    To properly deaden the metal surfaces, we recommend to at least do 25% coverage with our SoundSkins material, this will make a difference in unwanted road noise, but to have a huge impact we recommend covering up 60% of metal surfaces. If you want to get the most used from your sheet, one effective strategy is the CHECKER BOARD APPROACH, using this technique you cut the SoundSkins sheet into small pieces and apply them to the metal surface in a checkered pattern.

    It is very common for our customers to do close to 100& coverage to any metal surface because not only are they looking to reduce road noise, they also want to insulate their car from heat or they like the way the material looks on the car's bare metal surface.

    How do I make sure the sound deadener sticks well?

    SoundSkins products are made with a very strong adhesive and create a extremely strong bond with the metal, it's really hard to NOT make it stick. To ensure the best possible bond, we highly recommend cleaning the metal surface before applying our material and then using a hand roller to firmly attach the SoundSkins deadening mats.

    Great adhesion with no air bubbles is the absolute key if you want to get the best performance. Remember that any air pocket with poor adhesion means you will not get the full benefit of the deadener.

    How to install car sound deadener: Recap
    1. Remove upholstery and carpet from your vehicle. Proceed to vacuum to get rid of debris and dirt. Clean all greasy spots with denatured alcohol, other solvents or degreasers will leave behind a film that prevents a solid contact surface. Allow metal surface to try.
    2. Cut the SoundSkins sheet to desired size and cut using a sharp utility knife. Use gloves to avoid any cuts.
    3. Peel off the wax paper from the back of material and apply to surface, this can be done by small sections at a time. Use roller to create a strong bond between material and metal surface and to get rid of any air bubbles.

    If you have any questions, make to reach out to use and we'll be happy to help.