What is your proceedure for laying new carpet in your boat?

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Old 10-02-09, 06:08 AM
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What is your proceedure for laying new carpet in your boat?

Just planning ahead and seeking info..

Did you lay out a pattern first? Do you glue down the middle and work outward? Did you glue front or back and then work the other way? I'm just trying to figure out what the best way is.
 
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Old 10-02-09, 08:41 PM
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I have done a couple but they were factory cut for the boat. I started in the back so if I had extra or came up short I could hide it under the counsols.

I guess I would cut it to fit then take it out and burn the edges or something like that so it doesn't frey once it's in.
 
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Old 10-02-09, 10:50 PM
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We taped butcher's paper together with duct tape to make a template. We laid the carpet face down in the driveway and used push pins to hold the paper in place. We used several utility knife blades in the process. After dry-fitting the carpet (it fit like a glove) we rolled it up and laid down the adhesive. The correct adhesive is key -- it gives you about 20 minutes to work the carpet into place.

I used the table saw to cut 1/4 x 3/4 strips of mahogany off a plank and made trim strips to give it a finished look. The mahogany had four coats of Minwax Helmsman Spar.

Buy only marine-grade carpet. Don't use the indoor-outdoor stuff from the big box stores.

Also, once you glue it down, it is a real bear to remove & replace. On the aft and flybridge decks of the new (to me) 32-foot boat I'm going to cut the carpet, have someone seam it, then install it with snaps so I can remove it for cleaning.
 
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Old 10-03-09, 07:09 AM
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My floor is shot pretty much front to back, I was able to pull the carpet back by the transom and pull it loose from the plywood with ease, I think that I will be able to make a good pattern from it. My concern was how do you glue it down and get it straight, the 20 minute glue set is a pleasant suprise to me. Rolling it up and being able to pull it back up until you get it straight is a bonus.
 
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Old 10-03-09, 10:42 PM
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We had no problems working it, but I wouldn't recommend trying to pull it up to straighten it. Once it comes up it takes some of the adhesive with it, and that stuff will get on everything. It's water soluable, so if you catch it quickly you can remove it from shoes, the carpet, knees, elbows and hands. Don't ask how I know this!! Another downside of pulling it up once it's down is, you'll have an uneven coat of adhesive that will translate to the carpet.

It's much easier to roll the carpet out over the troweled adhesive with light pressure and line it up while it's still wet.
 
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