How to Recarpet a Boat

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Once you have owned a boat for a few years, the carpet may start to fray or fade. When this starts to happen, you can change the carpet and give your boat some new life. The process of recarpeting your boat is not complicated, but it will take some physical labor on your part. The hardest part is usually taking out the old carpet. At that point, you can install the new carpet and begin to enjoy your boat again.

Things You'll Need

  • Marine carpet
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • Marine glue
  • Tape measure
  • Roller
  • Clamps
  • Rags
  • Screwdriver
  • Mineral spirits
  • Trowel
  • Take all of the hardware off of the boat that is in the way of installing the carpet. For example, you may need to take latches, cabinets or rails off of the boat floor. Use your screwdriver to remove the screws and then take out the hardware.

  • Remove the old carpet from the boat floor. For this process, you will most likely need to use your utility knife. You may need to cut it in strips and then scrape it from the bottom with your knife. Once you get the carpet pulled up, you will need to scrape as much of the glue off of the boat as you can.

  • Clean the area with mineral spirits and rags. This will help clean off any extra glue or residue that is still on the body of the boat. Allow the area to dry before continuing.

  • Measure the area that you will be carpeting. Unroll the carpet and make a cut in the appropriate dimension with your knife. During this process, leave a few extra inches on each side so that you can make a more exact cut once it is in place.

  • Apply the marine glue to the area in which you will be laying the carpet. Use the trowel to apply the glue to the boat. Spread out the marine glue evenly and make sure that all of the area you are carpeting is covered in glue.

  • Press the carpet down into the glue. Use your roller to apply more pressure and to roll the carpet evenly. Allow the glue to dry.

  • Trim off the excess carpet around the edges. Use your utility knife to cut off the extra, while being as careful as possible. You do not want to cut off more than is necessary.

  • Reattach any hardware that you had to remove before carpeting the boat. This may require cutting a hole in the carpet to get to holes underneath. Once you have reattached the hardware, allow the carpet to dry overnight before using the boat.

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