Pontoon Boat Carpet Replacement

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To properly lay or install your new pontoon boat carpet, make sure you’ve either installed new CCA treated marine plywood (or composite decking) for your deck or successfully cleaned up the existing pontoon boat decking. Before we get too much further, let’s discuss re-using your existing pontoon flooring. Once you have completely removed all the pontoon seats, railing and other pontoon parts from the deck comes the “fun” of removing the carpet. Some of the time, the old pontoon carpet will just come right up. However, if you have difficulty removing the existing marine carpet from the marine plywood, you may want to save yourself the hassle and replace the decking. If that’s the case, simply use a razor knife and cut the carpet at the deck joints (where the two sheets of plywood meet) and tear off the plywood and replace it with new.

Here is a list of things to look for before you even begin to remove the carpet. If the deck is bad, there is no sense in spending time removing the carpet. You want to walk the deck and pay special attention to any weak spots. Jump around a bit – if you fall through the floor, you need to redeck it! Seriously though, spend time accessing the joints where two sheets of plywood come together. Are they warped? Does the side of the plywood look delaminated or do you see signs of rotting? You might want to get under the boat and look around with a flashlight as well. The undeside of the deck may show major bad spots.

If you scope out the deck for 10 minutes and think it is in good enough shape, then begin removing the marine carpet by simply trying to pull it up by a corner and scraping it with a flat scraper. Cutting it into strips across the deck and pulling up the strips individually works well too. If necessary, you can use some laquer thinner along with your scraper to help break up the marine adhesive.

If you are able to remove the existing pontoon carpet, make sure that you remove ALL of the adhesive and bits of old rubber backing from the pontoon deck. If you leave clumps of old glue and carpet backing on the deck, you’ll end up with lumps in your carpet. Even worse, it will most likely react with the new non-toxic marine adhesive, causing your new pontoon carpet to lose adhesion. Once you tear off the carpet, take some sort of scraper and clean off the deck. If you are in the north, a window ice scraper works wonders (if you don’t have one lying around, a paint scraper will work just as well).

Once the carpet is removed, you can make the final decision concerning the pontoon boat decking. You might find that you only need to replace a sheet or two. More than likely though, you’ll be better off just replacing the entire deck. It would be a real pain if you only replace 2 sheets and in a year or so the others all go bad on you.

Okay so you’ve made the decision to either re-deck or use the existing plywood. We’ll discuss just the carpeting job at the moment. Make sure the plywood is brushed off and clean of dirt and residue before applying the marine glue.

Get your new boat carpet ready. Take the roll of marine carpet and lay it out across the entire deck. Unroll it so it covers the pontoon boat deck completely, and then square it up at the edges. This is the tricky part. You do not want to re-roll the carpet and apply the glue in 4′ x 8′ sections – this requires you to get up on the deck and crawl around unnecessarily. Often if you lay the adhesive and carpet this way, you’ll get done and find the carpet is crooked, and you’ll have to frantically try to straighten it out before the glue dries.


Roll the carpet out completely and fold it in half, so that it runs the length of the deck. For example, if you have a 24′ pontoon boat deck, get in the front of the pontoon and fold the carpet over width wise and do the same in the back, this will give you a 4′ wide by 24′ section of exposed deck. The carpet will be folded on top of itself on the other side of the deck. By folding the carpet in half the length of the deck, you’ll be able to stand on the side of the pontoon boat and spread the marine adhesive while standing up – much simpler! Empty a gallon and a half of glue on the 4′ x 24′ section of deck (a 24′ deck will need 3 gallons of our glue), and use a trowel to spread it. Spread the marine glue in a circular pattern, as if you were putting down adhesive for tile. By troweling the glue on in a circular motion, you’ll create lines of glue on the deck. These lines will then be compressed into the lines on the back of the marine carpet when you press it down. Apply the glue all over the exposed section of the deck, and then flip the carpet over and do the exact same thing to the other side. Once you finish applying glue to the entire deck in this manner, lay the carpet back over the entire deck. Use some sort of heavy roller – a carpet roller, a heavy pipe, or even a yard roller – to compress the lines of glue into the back of the carpet. You can use a stiff broom to press the carpet down as well. If you skip this step, the carpet and glue will not adhere properly and you’ll get bubbles, lines, and other spots where the carpet will come up. You can generally get the carpet and glue down in about an hour or so. Let the glue set up for 8-12 hours. If you can let it set 24 hours, all the better. Wait to put the railing and deck trim on until the carpet has had time to adhere.

Boat Carpet Buys® – Buy The Right Type Of Marine Carpet

When replacing carpet on a boat it is important to use the right marine carpet. Marine grade carpet has a specialized rubber back that is designed specifically for use on boats and in marine environments.  Indoor outdoor carpet is not a good choice for installing carpet on a boat, indoor outdoor carpet does not have a rubber back and is not designed to be glued down to wood, fiberglass or aluminum.  When buying boat carpet online be sure you choose the carpet that is best suited for your boat.  Marine carpet will work on any boat but there are different styles of marine carpet and it is important to choose the boat carpet that will install and work the best on your boat.  Boat Carpet Buys® offers for sale boat carpet and marine carpet that is designed to glue down to your boat’s deck.  We offer discount boat carpet and occassionaly have a clearance sale on boat carpet and marine carpet if we have overstock on specially designed carpets designed for a boat manufacturer.  Our price match guarantee and discount prices on boat carpet and marine carpet are the best in the marine industry.

Types Of Marine Grade Boat Carpet

Spectrum Boat Carpet – 16oz marine grade boat carpet with rubber back, this is the lightest weight boat carpet we have on sale.  Compare it to the lower weight, economy priced marine carpet sold at Home Depot or Lowes.  Our Spectrum boat carpet is denser and more durable than most standard marine carpet sold online that is usually between 12-14oz per square yard.  


Spectrum 16oz @ Boat Carpet Buys

Our Spectrum boat carpet is a general use marine grade boat carpet and can be installed on any style boat.  It is most commonly used on fishing boats and pontoon boats. While not as durable or dense as our 20oz Spartan boat carpet, it is better quality than what is installed on most used boats as original boat carpeting.  Many boat manufacturers have used lower quality 12-14oz boat carpet in the past.  New boat manufacturers are using denser marine carpet on today’s new model boats but 16oz boat carpet can still be found on many aluminum fishing boats and pontoon boats.   Spectrum boat carpet can be used as ski boat carpet, bass boat carpet, fishing boat carpet, pontoon boat carpet, speed boat carpet and as dock carpet.  


Spartan 20oz @ BoatCarpetBuys.com

Spartan Boat Carpet – 20oz marine grade boat carpet with rubber back on sale at Boat Carpet Buys®.  Our most durable and comfortable non textured boat carpet, popular on bass boats, ski boats and aluminum fishing boats.  20 oz boat carpet is dense and durable, this style boat carpet will not mat down quickly and will be comfortable longer. Boats where you spend time up moving about the deck can benefit from our Spartan boat carpet as it will last longer and be more comfortable.  In recent years 20 oz marine carpet has been used and installed on pontoon boats as well.  


Bayside 20oz @ BoatCarpetBuys.com

Bayside Boat Carpet – 20oz textured marine grade boat carpet with rubber back on sale at Boat Carpet Buys®.  Commonly used during pontoon carpet installation, our Bayside textured marine carpet is a popular choice on boats with large deck areas.  Due to the berber carpet style used on our Bayside boat carpet your flooring will lookgreat and appear cleaner than non textured boat carpet.  Bayside boat carpet can be used on any style boat but is most commonly used on boats with large deck areas where the berber design will show well.  Fishing boats and bass boats normally would not use this style of boat carpet due to the fact that hooks and lures will get caught in the berber pattern if they fall onto the carpet.  In recent years however, some fishing boat manuacturers have started installing textured style marine carpets onto their boats.  We have on sale 7′ wide textured marine carpet available in our bass boat carpet category for sale.


Tahoe 28oz Carpet Kit @ BoatCarpetBuys.com or PontoonStuff.com

Tahoe Boat Carpet – 28oz sculptured marine grade boat carpet with rubber back for sale at Boat Carpet Buys®.  Our thickest, most durable boat carpet for sale and designed to replace carpet on any style boat.  Tahoe boat carpet is the most comfortable marine carpet for sale at Boat Carpet Buys® and it is most commonly used on pontoon boats, ski boats and boats with deck areas for entertaining. 

Gray or Tan Vinyl Boat Flooring @ PontoonStuff

Alpha Vinyl Boat Flooring – marine grade boat vinyl flooring for sale at Boat Carpet Buys®


Bass Boat Carpet – Bass boat carpet replacement.  Boat Carpet Buys® offers two styles of bass boat carpet, Spectrum & Spartan boat carpet are both used on bass boats and fishing boats alike.  We always have discount bass boat carpet for sale, many bass boat manufacturers change their marine carpet options frequently so we sell the boat carpet they no longer use at sale prices throughout the year.  

Pontoon Boat Carpet Kits - boat carpet kits for pontoon boats, everything you need to replace the marine carpet on your pontoon boat.  Pontoon boat carpet kits and pontoon carpet are both on sale at Boat Carpet Buys®.  We sell boat carpet, pontoon boat seats & furniture, pontoon accessories, pontoon boat parts, boat ladders and canopy tops on Pontoon Stuff®.