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Re-carpeting 1988 Ranger 680-T...suggestions?

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#21 Dan_T



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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:52 PM

BassCat has the best carpet in my opinion and reasonably priced. They will send you sample piece if you want to see it first. It's 24 oz. so you might need to shave your hatch edges but it's worth it. Good stuff.

#22 Oldfart9999



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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:01 PM

When I was doing my Tournament V-17 I learned two main points. 1) Darker carpet doesn't show as much dirt. 2) A chalk gun with a tube of Liquid Nails is the good way to wrap carpet around corners and get a water tight seal at the edge of the carpeting.

If the deck is made of plywood, pressure treated plywood is a good replacement, but consider having a local metal shop bending some marine grade aluminum plate deck hatches with square or rectangular tube stock on the edges for a nice, neat fit.

Do not use pressure treated plywood in an aluminum boat, the copper base treatment is a problem, copper and aluminum combined are instant corrosion. Use exterior grade plywood and coat with fiberglass resin.

#23 RonH520


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 09:24 AM

I'm no expert, but I replaced the carpet in my 520, and it turned out pretty well.

Buy quality carpet. This is a project you want to last. I got my carpet and trim from Ranger, as I knew it would be a quality product.

I used Henry outdoor adhesive on all flat surfaces, as it sets slower, giving you time to adjust the carpet. On the lid edges, I used Weldwood contact adhesive, as it bonds quick. When you put your carpet down with this, you better have it where you want it. You really need a second person to help lay it.

I removed my old carpet with Goo Gone, removing the carpet in intact sections to use as a template to get you close, and then trim to fit. Be careful applying it, as it may discolor any surface it touches.

Mark each lid as to where it went, and the same with the hinges if reusing them.

MAKE sure you lay it with the grain of the carpet running the same for the entire boat. I marked the back of the carpet with arrows showing the direction as a precaution.

Go to Bass Boat Central for instructions on cutting the corners. Works well.

Take your time, and let it cure well before use.

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 06:37 AM

I`ll bet U-Tube has a tutorial on the subject .  Audio and visual.