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Old 03-25-2009, 05:34 PM
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I need to replace the carpet on my trailer bunks and am not sure what to use for installation,(staples,glue, etc), it will be used in saltewater.
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I strongly suggest Monel staples.
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I used 1 1/2" galvanized roofing nails to do mine, I do have the benifit of having 4x8 boards for bunks though. Got 4 years on them with moderate salt water use, no rust so far. Cheap & quick to install if you can swing a hammer.
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x3 for the monel staples. You can get them at Lowes. A box will last you several overhauls of those bunks, so long as you don't use that staple gun for other projects without changing out the staples.
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Ditto. Stapling is the easiest way to apply the carpet and the Monel staples last forever, even in salt.

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monel staples with the air gun
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Why don't you ditch the carpets and just use bunk slicks?
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Default bunk covers wasnt a good idea

here is something i saw interesting at a boat ramp..brand new bunk trailer with a brand new grady white must have been 25 to 30 feet..tri-axle trailer with bunks..the guy backed the boat in the water....off loaded the boat..i guess to test fire the yamahas and check the the boat out..he loaded the boat back on the bunk trailer,,it had some type of plastic or something over the bunks to make it load easier..as he loaded it..there something in there that put a gouge all the way down his brand new boat at least a quarter inch deep...a few of us walked over and looked...it was a brand new boat on a brand new trailer...there was a nail or something sticking out that attached the cover on the bunks..ate the mans boat up....he had not had the boat more than three days.....dont they make a spray for the bunks to make loading and offloading easier...i felt so bad for that man and his brand new boat..we was down in tampa when it happened
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I used the plastic decking from depot instead of the bunk slicks -- much cheaper
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I used the plastic decking from depot instead of the bunk slicks -- much cheaper
Bunk slicks need to be totally smooth. Doenst that plastic decking have a wood grain finish to it??
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contact cement works
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I'm sure it will work, but if you load and unload your boat more than just a couple times a year, you'll need to change that carpet maybe every year. That glue will get old, pulling the old carpet off, gluing new on...am I wrong on this? And to hijack the thread, how often are ya'll recovering your bunks?
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I'm sure it will work, but if you load and unload your boat more than just a couple times a year, you'll need to change that carpet maybe every year. That glue will get old, pulling the old carpet off, gluing new on...am I wrong on this? And to hijack the thread, how often are ya'll recovering your bunks?
Never after i got bunk slicks. Best investment i ever made. I launch 2-3 times a week from apr-nov and i would barely make it through a year. Check the bottom of your hull real good before you install bunk slicks. Especially if you have the hard plastic type of slick. The bottom has to be perfect and blemish free. If you have a scratch in line with the slicks going from a smooth perfect surface of your gel to the rough surface of a scratch will make that scratch bigger and bigger. That is a problem i am dealing with now.
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I just replaced the carpet on my bunks. I bought grey indoor/outdoor carpet from home depot for $15.00 and a pack of stainless steel staples for my staple gun $15.00. i had both rear bunks and the front bellie bunks done in 1 day and i even took the bunks off of the trailer to do the job. Pulling the bunks of made it alot easier to get the original carpet off and the new on. Hope this helps. It is definatley alot cheaoer to buy the carpet from the depot than a marine store.
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.....dont they make a spray for the bunks to make loading and offloading easier...
I have used this stuff:


Be careful if you use it though, it does work as advertised. Never unhook the boat before you splash it.

If you just want it to slide off/on a little easier you might spray some of the bunks, not all of them. I'd recommend that - perhaps spraying a bit more each time until you get it the way you want. If you spray them all fully...the boat will roll right off.
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I just replaced the carpet on my bunks. I bought grey indoor/outdoor carpet from home depot for $15.00 and a pack of stainless steel staples for my staple gun $15.00. i had both rear bunks and the front bellie bunks done in 1 day and i even took the bunks off of the trailer to do the job. Pulling the bunks of made it alot easier to get the original carpet off and the new on. Hope this helps. It is definatley alot cheaoer to buy the carpet from the depot than a marine store.
you must not work on trailers for a living. back to the topic at hand. go with staples and staple on the bottom of the wood.
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