1) Brown masking/frottage or contractors paper (or clear 3ml plastic sheet). (This can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes or any other hardware store).
2) Utility Knife
3) Masking tape. 1” and 2”
5) Pencil, Crayon or Permanent Marker for clear plastic
1) Lay template material out over the deck and secure in place with tape. Make small holes in the paper using the utility knife and tape the paper down over the holes so the paper/plastic is as smooth and flat as possible ensuring it wont's slip during the process.
2) With a pencil, mark the shape of the deck, you can use the non-skid pattern or to the size you desire. Use a pencil or Peel off the Crayon label and put it on its side over the paper and rub on the perimeter of the nonskid pattern of your deck to copy the pattern on the paper. Write how far you want to offset to the outside of the tracing usually ¼ to ¾. If you are using the nonskid as a guide, check to see it follows the edges the way you want. If using clear plastic, use a permanent marker to trace the pattern. If you accidentally create two lines while outlining an area place a small "x" through the incorrect line. Never assume we will know which line is the correct one.
3) Mark the direction of the planks on each template with a straight edge. If you have to tape paper together for large areas, draw a few squiggly lines crossing over both edges so if the pieces were to separate, we would know the location and be able to match up the joins precisely. Do not cut out the hatches, use your fingers to locate the corners, using your utility knife cut out circles at each corner of the hatches and mark the edge of each hatch leading up to the corners. Be sure to make notes on the template by writing down useful information. For example: 3” diameter. Mark reference lines from one template to the other and name them alphabetically. For example; if you have a step to the cockpit that you would like the plank lines to match, draw a straight line from one to the other template and name it “A” on both templates where they meet. The next alignment line would be called “B” and so on. Keep in mind that patterns that are long and narrow do not retain their alignment, a straight line must be drawn using a straight edge down the length of the pattern (use 2 lines if needed) so that we can re-align the pattern. Be sure to include specific notes, we are working from your template and do not have the benefit of being there when you produce it. There is no such thing as too much information.
Using two (2) inch masking tape, place "X" marks on your templates. This will help the paper retain its shape.
If there are any radiused edges, rough cut the area, then by over lapping the masking tape build up the radiused corner.
Please write your name, include the make and model of your boat and your telephone number including area code. We also encourage you to follow up with email images of the areas you are covering, this would help our staff greatly!
- Have you checked the template accuracy, especially around corners, fittings and hatch areas?
- Have you marked the direction of the planks on every template?
- Have you marked reference lines between decks?
- Have you marked a straight line on long and narrow patterns?
- Have you written down your name and contact details?
If you answered yes and are satisfied with your effort, roll it up and send it to us, we will do the rest.
If you answered no because you are feeling overwhelmed and out of your element, don't feel bad, most people are apprehensive. Sometimes things aren't always as easy as they appear, or perhaps you're simply not a DIY enthusiast, just ask us about our turn-key installation/Premium Service by clicking on our contact page.
We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have so don't hesitate to contact us.