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Champion Carpet Redo
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:25:38 AM »

In the midst of freshening up my 2003 Champion 187DCX.  Carpet, seats, molding, HDS 7's, Trolling motor etc..... She is almost done and should be complete by Saturday. 





















More to come when she is complete!!!!   
« Last Edit: February 06, 2014, 10:30:50 AM by clarker2000 »
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 11:38:29 AM »

That looks awesome!  I'm doing my 2002 "other" brand in March.  Thanks for the detailed pics.  How has your Yamaha been to you?  I have a 2002 200HPDI and, knock on wood, it has been solid.  With new carpet and new seats, who needs to spend $50-70,000 on a new boat? They have out priced the common man in my opinion.  Good job and thanks for the pics.
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2014, 11:45:21 AM »

Slimshad, I agree.  New boats are way overpriced.  My Yami is awesome!   She runs like a scalded dog!!!    lo  11 years old and runs like the day I got it.   Just put a water pump and seals in last week and now in the home stretch for the carpet redo, seats etc....   Taking the carpet off is a b!tch though!! 
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014, 11:46:00 AM »

NICE job clarker.
When you get finished, you need to come spend a week down here on Toledo Bend. I have a '92 Champion 204 that needs a carpet job. We can do it in stages when we come in from the lake each day.  ;)
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2014, 12:15:35 PM »

   Looks good Clarker2000 nice job. YOur right removing the carpet is the toughest part. I use to do the hand scraping years ago then used Lacquer thinner the remove the residue then a final wipe with Acetone. I started using a Dremel multi tool to remove the carpet. I usually get a folded edge up by hand and then the multi tool goes to work sort of like shearing a sheep it get's most of the glue up at the same time so I use less chemicals for the clean up. Lacquer thinner doesn't evaporate as fast as Acetone and cost's a lot less than Acetone. We buy it in five gallon cans. Hand scraping sucks! I don't really know how you do your process but thought I'd give you some more Ideas for ya. 
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 12:40:35 PM »

Looks great! Even those weird shaped areas. Looks like it came from the factory.
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 02:04:45 PM »

Thanks guys.  I offer carpet replacement with my marine business here in Maryland and I certainly try to make it perfect.  I have a few very minor spots where its just a tad off but I dont think anyone would notice but me.  These boats are very hard to work in and around some times.  Somebody needs to make a nice new boat with snap out snap in carpet.  Wouldnt think that would be that hard. 
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 03:05:52 PM »

Somebody needs to make a nice new boat with snap out snap in carpet.  Wouldnt think that would be that hard.
You just give me an idea.  :-* :-* I may just try that on my install on the front deck.
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014, 08:33:19 PM »

   Looks good Clarker2000 nice job. YOur right removing the carpet is the toughest part. I use to do the hand scraping years ago then used Lacquer thinner the remove the residue then a final wipe with Acetone. I started using a Dremel multi tool to remove the carpet. I usually get a folded edge up by hand and then the multi tool goes to work sort of like shearing a sheep it get's most of the glue up at the same time so I use less chemicals for the clean up. Lacquer thinner doesn't evaporate as fast as Acetone and cost's a lot less than Acetone. We buy it in five gallon cans. Hand scraping sucks! I don't really know how you do your process but thought I'd give you some more Ideas for ya.
I am about to start doing mine. Have you tried using a wire wheel on a Metabo? Just trying to think ahead before starting the project, dont know if it would actually work.
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2014, 08:43:57 PM »

Well I just scrapped away.  What I realized after doing this process is that you don't have to get it as clean as you think.  It's get up the lumpy stuff.  All else can stay.  Hatches are easy the main boat deck was harder but I cleaned it up way too much.  I used a flimsy 2" scrapper and a sturdy 2" scrapper.  I tried soaking stuff in goop off and acetone and it's all a waste.  Just pull and scrape.  Shortcuts just don't exist in my mind with removing glue. 
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2014, 09:14:25 AM »

   clarker2000 I've tried lots of short cuts and your right most don't work but the multi tool to strip the carpet was one of the best things I came across. You remove the glue and rubber backing at the same time and it saves the hands fingers and wrist a lot of wear and tear.
   I agree that a small amount of residue is ok to recover but it's just one of my anal querks to remove it all. I think it gives me a much better looking final product and i know if there are any problems it wasn't from leaving any old residue on the decks. Plus I like the way it looks.  lo  I know I'm starting with a clean slate.
  I started doing carpet when I worked at a fiberglass boat repair shop. A friend of mine had that business for about 18 years before he closed it. A few of us were then snatched up by a local boat dealer, Ranger/Triton Mercury/Yamaha/Evinrude. They were a Skeeter/Gambler dealer before he switched over to Ranger. I've worked on just about every brand of boat on the market, glass and aluminum until last July, when I had to hang it up, now I just stop by and hang around and do little things around the shop.  ~beer~ thirty is my favorite time. Good luck with your business.
   
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2014, 07:50:01 AM »

I a about 99.9% done.  Need to wrap up a few minor punchlist items, such as a newly fabricated step up storage area and carpet under drivers side.  Other than that, she is done!!!









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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2014, 08:16:55 AM »

Beautiful! ~c~
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2014, 08:22:23 AM »

   Looks good! New carpet does wonders for a used boat.
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2014, 11:16:27 AM »



Almost done!!!!
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2014, 04:09:28 PM »

Looks great, good job.
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« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2014, 04:11:24 PM »

   Looks good Clarker2000 nice job. YOur right removing the carpet is the toughest part. I use to do the hand scraping years ago then used Lacquer thinner the remove the residue then a final wipe with Acetone. I started using a Dremel multi tool to remove the carpet. I usually get a folded edge up by hand and then the multi tool goes to work sort of like shearing a sheep it get's most of the glue up at the same time so I use less chemicals for the clean up. Lacquer thinner doesn't evaporate as fast as Acetone and cost's a lot less than Acetone. We buy it in five gallon cans. Hand scraping sucks! I don't really know how you do your process but thought I'd give you some more Ideas for ya.

Would you mind showing us a picture of the tool and attachment or at least the part numbers so if any of us decide to do it ourselves we can take your advice.
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2014, 10:43:37 PM »

 tdt91 what I use is a Dremel Multi Max tool with the stiff scraper blade. I paid a $100.00 for mine when they first came out. I bought it for remodeling work I was doing on my house and knew immediately what else I was going to use it for. I've seen sale adds for them around $79.00 now. 
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2014, 12:37:59 AM »

Looking beautiful!!
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2014, 09:57:02 AM »

tdt91 what I use is a Dremel Multi Max tool with the stiff scraper blade. I paid a $100.00 for mine when they first came out. I bought it for remodeling work I was doing on my house and knew immediately what else I was going to use it for. I've seen sale adds for them around $79.00 now.

Cool thats what I thought you were talking about. I have one in a different brand. The blade you use is it the one with the teeth for trimming moulding and such? Or just the scraper blade with an edge?
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Re: Champion Carpet Redo
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2014, 10:34:22 AM »

   Just the stiff scraper blade. If I can pull the carpet off by hand I do and then all of the scraping is done with the oscilating scraper. I do the whole surface to make sure it's smooth but it doesn't have to be 100 % bare. But I like to clean about a 2" area around the edges bare and any areas where the carpet wraps around the lids.
   When I"m done with clean up I run 3/4" masking tape any where there are hinges. I lay this in the flat where the lids rest. Then I take a sharpie and make a mark where the screw holes for the hinges are. It makes it easier to find the holes when your done gluing the carpet down.
   At this point I have some T pins (get them at Wal-Mart) using the pins I put one in each screw hole then I burn them with a hobby tool like a wood burner (i get them at Harbor Freight) or you can heat an Ice Pick and burn the holes it makes starting the screws easier when your trying to put the lid and hinges back on. Hope that helps ya for the DIY guys.
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« Reply #21 on: September 25, 2014, 02:20:11 PM »

 ~c~  Outstanding work, looks excellent
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« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2014, 04:33:59 PM »

That looks phenomenal!!  ~c~
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« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2014, 05:44:49 PM »

Nice job...where did you purchase the Ben-It Mount? I googled it and came up with nothing.

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« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2014, 03:44:57 PM »

Very nice. I did a complete restore on my 1989 201. Llebroc seats, carpet deck extension and converted it from a FNS to a dual console.
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