New Flooring

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CaptainRandall, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

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    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    Here are a few pics of my 2019 projects. New aquamat for the deck and new vinyl planking in the cabin. Had I known the amount of work it took to take out the carpet, not sure I would have attempted it. Glad I didn't know!
    Randall
     

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  2. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

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    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    Isn't that how most projects go. :)

    Look really good. Worth the effort.
     
  3. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Super cool...
     
  4. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Nice!
     
  5. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Looks great! I like the color you chose for the cabin. Very cool...
     
  6. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

    40
    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    Thanks. That was the Admiral's choice. I wasn't crazy about it out of the box but once I installed it I loved it. She was right. Again.....
     
  7. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    What would be your advice for these two projects? I would imagine you need to build up the hatch to get it level with the floor? Did you use adhesive or let it float? Start from the middle and work out to the edge?

    Did you get the cockpit vinyl cut or did you cut it yourself?
     
  8. frosh coach

    frosh coach Member

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    Apr 20, 2011
    Long Island Sound, New Haven CT
    1994 300 Sundancer
    1989 230 Cuddy (SOLD)
    Twin Mercruiser 350 FWC, Alpha 1 Gen II
    great job. I've been thinking about doing my 94. The only issue is the carpet is green. At least your tan looks nice with the floor.
     
  9. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

    40
    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    I had to make a new hatch, then shimmed the part of the opening that it sits on to get it flush with the floor. I also started laying the flooring along the outer straight edge next to the hatch (the piece immediately to the right of the hatch in the picture below). This particular product was a peel and stick application so it was very easy to work with. The trick was getting the floor of the cabin completely clean so the planking would bond to it. Corinthian has a template for the aquamat for my model. I upgraded to the black 'Sunbrella' edging which they added at the factory.
     

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  10. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

    40
    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    Thanks. Sounds like an opportunity to upgrade your carpet too? ;)
     
  11. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    So were you in the camp of "the carpet came out in a million tiny pieces" or was it moderately easy to pull up???

    Removing the carpet is the only thing that has kept this project off my "real project" list so far. It sounds like it can be quite painful.
     
  12. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

    40
    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    It came out in basically one piece but it was very difficult to remove. I pulled at the carpet as I scraped under it with a trowel. It literally came up centimeter by centimeter. I had about 10 hours into pulling it up.
     
  13. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Ughhh....my knees and back hurt just reading this. :)

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  14. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

    40
    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    You're welcome. This project was exactly like saving money or losing weight. Painful to do but totally worth it once it was done.
     
  15. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    653
    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    Would you see any benefit using a heat gun to loosen the glue?
     
  16. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    What brand vinyl flooring did you use and would you be willing to use it again?

    Do you think the carpet would release better with the use of a heat gun?

    -Kevin
     
  17. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Active Member

    966
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    I did a similar project a couple of years ago. I started with a scraper to remove the carpet, and quickly started looking for another way. It manifested itself in a Harbor Freight ad, and worked like a charm. Turned the job into a couple of hours total, with little effort on my part. I got the carpet out in basically one piece, which I used as a template for building a floating floor with Allure from Home Depot.
    I recently moved my photos to icloud because I kept overrunning the dropbox free accounts. I will get a link to all of my pics. It came out quite well, and if I ever change my mind, I can get the new floor up in about 45 seconds.
    Here's the magic tool:
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  18. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

    40
    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    I think a heat gun would get the carpet up quicker, for sure but the old glue and other debris still needs to be scraped off. Better to scrape the glue when it is cold and hard.
     
  19. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

    40
    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    This looks like the answer!
     
  20. CaptainRandall

    CaptainRandall Member

    40
    Dec 6, 2017
    1997 Sundancer 300
    Twin 260 Mercs
    It is called 'Style Selection' from Lowe's. It's 2mm thick and is easy to work with. I liked this product because it was flexible enough to follow the imperfections of the fiberglass floor which were previously hidden by the carpeting. If you use more rigid or 'snap n lock' planks, you have to level, sand, patch and re-epoxy the floor or put a sub floor in, neither of which are practical in my opinion.
     

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