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    I have the top of our boat carpeted with cheapo Home Depot .30 cents a sq ft indoor-outdoor carpet. I have found that the areas that are shaded get moldy but the rest exposed to rain and sun all day stay mold-free. I have the same stuff on our swim platform and no problems. I did spray down our trex deck with that stuff they sell to remove mold and algae from shingle roofs. I also sprayed it on the carpet. It takes a couple of weeks to work it's magic but it is magic. It ate the black algae off the deck I had difficulty removing with a wire brush. I'm told the active ingredient is the same stuff in Lysol and Bactine???

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    Yep, we had 7 houseboats. When I put down new carpet I scraped off what I could, put another coat of glue down and relaid the carpet. Never saw a need to grind anything down dead smooth. Never kept a boat long enough to put down a second carpet job.

    [QUOTE=Jeepster04;3588]Do you know how miserable it is to replace carpet on a bigger houseboat? It days days to scrapping and grinding to get the old carpet and glue off. Why would I want to do that every 4-7 years?
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Endurance,
    It's a pontoon boat, so I have a channel lock aluminum deck. I'll check that product out. Thanks!
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    Hey Bamby,
    You guys bought that teak material from that guy, but you haven't installed it yet? Can you give me your impressions on the material? I'm very currious about the material b/c that's exactly what I want. i'm looking at spending close to $600 for just the materials + shipping. I'm wondering if I should quit day dreaming about this already and move along to something else. I'm wondering if it's comperable to the Aqua Tread material.
    http://www.pontoonspecialists.com/p-...-flooring.aspx

    What do you think?
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    have you looked at nautolex or marideck vinyl flooring? I've used it on 3 pontoon type houseboat decks with good results.the one I did in 2000 still has the same nautolex on it and still looks good
    44 gibson executive
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    Thanks for the suggestion 42Gibson. After seeing how much SeaDeck, Plasteak, Flexiteak would cost, I'm back-peddling a bit. They were all around $3.5K just for the material!

    I looked at the Nautolex and I really like the Sandstone color. Does this stuff get hot in the sun? I'm also having a hard time finding a local place that can sell it and their website is far less than helpfull to find a distributor. S&H will be terrible on this due to size and weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoVols View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion 42Gibson. After seeing how much SeaDeck, Plasteak, Flexiteak would cost, I'm back-peddling a bit. They were all around $3.5K just for the material!

    I looked at the Nautolex and I really like the Sandstone color. Does this stuff get hot in the sun? I'm also having a hard time finding a local place that can sell it and their website is far less than helpfull to find a distributor. S&H will be terrible on this due to size and weight.
    we got it from defender just because we could get it in 72" width. I had the dark on 2 boats just because it didn't show dirt but a friend put the "natural" on his and loves it.by the way,i never had any trouble with it getting hot enough that we couldn't walk on it barefooted.granted,it will get warm but not scorching hot. I just looked on e-bay and found several places selling it by the foot with very reasonable shipping.you can also go to "defender" and they will send you color samples. I hope this helps you.
    Last edited by 42gibson; 06-23-2014 at 01:12 PM.
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    Another alternative that worked well for us years ago is INTERLUX "non skid poly deck" compound. You mix it with your favorite deck paint. It is easy on the feet and washes up well. This is NOT a sand compound. It lasts about 3 years and then all you do is a recoat. We used this on the decks of steel boats with excellent results. When doing decks stick to light colors. Dark decks will burn your feet.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoVols View Post
    Hey Bamby,
    You guys bought that teak material from that guy, but you haven't installed it yet? Can you give me your impressions on the material? I'm very currious about the material b/c that's exactly what I want. i'm looking at spending close to $600 for just the materials + shipping. I'm wondering if I should quit day dreaming about this already and move along to something else. I'm wondering if it's comperable to the Aqua Tread material.
    http://www.pontoonspecialists.com/p-...-flooring.aspx

    What do you think?
    Sorry about getting back to you but we've been on our boat. Anyway we purchased the sandstone vinyl he's offering at 9 dollars a foot. But there are other options for vinyl flooring out there. Here's a site that sells Marideck which is a recognized brand and shipping is built into the price. And here is another site that sells vinyl flooring by the foot with free shipping, Yea sure. And as far as getting hot, on our previous pontoon boat we had it and I can't remember it ever getting nearly as warm as some dark green marine carpet that had be two stepping it last weekend. Carpet is cooler my a$$...
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    We have used a product called Wet & Forget from Lowes. Just mix it up is a sprayer and soak the carpet, repeat twice a year and no more mold mildew or slime.

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