How to Replace a Boat Carpet

by Kelly Shetsky
Replace a Boat Carpet

Replace a Boat Carpet

Eventually your boat carpet may wear out or fade, and you'll need a new one. Learning how to replace a boat carpet varies in difficulty depending on the type of carpet you have. Snap-on carpets are quite easy to replace, but glued-on carpets are a little more challenging.

Determine whether your boat carpet glues in place or snaps in place. You need to have this information when ordering a new one.

Choose the color and style of carpet. It is usually available in a multitone, heavy-duty loop texture, or a thick, cut pile texture.

Use your original snap-on carpet dimensions to cut the new one. Boating accessory companies will use those dimensions or a paper pattern to cut it to shape, then add an edge of binding and snaps.

Obtain exact dimensions of glue-down boat carpet. This is designed to stay in place for years, so when you rip it up you may tear it, making it difficult to use as a template.

Remove old carpeting. Use a scraper to get all the glue off the surface. If it's still not as clean as possible, use a drill with the stripping wheel and go over problem areas.

Vacuum the boat floor and wipe it clean.

Trim the new glue-in carpet to size with a utility knife. Trowel marine glue onto the floor. Press the carpet in place.

Create a dent around the edge of the glue-in carpet with a screwdriver. This will act as a line when trimming the edges. Follow the line with a utility knife at a 45 degree angle for a perfect fit.

Line up the fasteners for snap-on boat carpets. You can use the same snaps that are already attached to the boat.

Items you will need

  • Scraper
  • Drill with Stripper Wheel
  • Vacuum
  • Wet Cloth
  • Utility Knife
  • Marine Glue
  • Trowel
  • Screwdriver

About the Author

Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.

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