How to Install or Replace Boat Carpet

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  • 3-24 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-400
What You'll Need
Marine carpet
Tape measure
Mineral spirits

While you can always buy new furniture for your boat, there’s nothing like installing new carpet to completely transform your vehicle’s interior. Learn the basics about installing carpet in your boat with this article.

Step 1 – Measure the Area

First, measure the dimensions of where you want to install carpet in your boat with a tape measure. Be as detailed and accurate as possible to get the correct dimensions for the carpet you will install.

Step 2 – Acquire the Materials

To install carpet in your vehicle, visit a carpet store and order marine carpet. Choose from a variety of boat carpets with different textures, colors, and quality. In addition, purchase the appropriate type of glue for the job. Not every type of carpet glue can be used in outside, wet areas, so make sure the glue you choose is formulated for this.

Allow approximately 1-2 weeks to get your carpet, as most carpet stores do not keep many styles of marine carpet in stock.

Step 3 – Remove the Old Carpet

Next, you should remove the old carpet by using a scraper. Once you have the carpet up, do your best to clean up any old adhesive. Using mineral spirits and a clean rag can help get the adhesive up.

Step 4 – Lay the Carpet

Lay out the carpet to make sure that it fits before applying adhesive. Check to see if there are any gaps in coverage, especially around the edges.

Step 5 – Spread the Adhesive

When you’re ready, pull up half of the carpet that is laid on the boat. Use your trowel and apply some of the carpet adhesive onto the deck of the boat. Make sure that you get plenty of adhesive on the surface and apply it evenly.

Step 6 – Spread the Carpet Evenly

Then, press down the part that you pulled up and smooth it down onto the floor with adhesive. Press it down evenly.

Step 7 – Spread More Adhesive

Next, pull up the other portion of carpet that does not have adhesive under it. Use your trowel and apply some adhesive to this portion of the boat.

Repeat this process with the remaining carpet. Then, use a flooring roller over the top of the carpet to ensure a strong adhesion.

Step 8 – Trim the Edges

Finally, take your utility knife and use it to trim around the outside of the carpet. Remove all of the excess carpet. If your carpet ever gets wet or has mildew, clean the boat carpet with a UV light or a homemade carpet cleaner.