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Vinyl Flooring Glue Instructions

Suggested Tools List

Measuring Tape 


Utility Knife

9" Medium Nap Paint Roller with 4' Extension

Push Broom

Linoleum Roller 

Throw Away Rags 


Surface Preparation 

Ideally, it is best to remove any objects that are attached to the floor of your pontoon boat. Also remove any plastic or metal trim pieces. These will be reused to secure the edges of the vinyl flooring after application. The removal of all pontoon seats, pontoon tables, and or pontoon accessories, will allow for an easier and better application of the MariDeck® product.

Any existing marine carpet or vinyl will also need to be completely removed in addition to any adhesive residue left on the surface to be covered. 

MariDeck® recommends ¾” Marine Grade CCA treated plywood screwed to the structure.  Install new wood securely with high quality moisture resistant screws. Plywood sheets should be butted against each other leaving no more than a 1/32” space. If your pontoon boat require new plywood you can find it here.


Wood Surface Application

Prior to applying the MariDeck vinyl, inspect the surface of the boat to be covered to make sure all debris, saw dust, screws, or any foreign objects have been removed. Use a leaf blower or broom at this time to insure the surface is completely clean.

Be extremely careful when unwrapping the roll. Sharp objects can damage the MariDeck® vinyl. Take caution in removing the packaging to avoid damage to the product.

 After the packaging has been removed, unroll the vinyl over the surface to be covered. Take this time to determine that the roll is of sufficient length to cover the surface required. Center the vinyl on the surface and adjust for appropriate overhang requirements on all four sides. Pull out any wrinkles or folds in the vinyl if they exist.

Once the vinyl is adjusted to the ideal position, install a couple weighted objects (i.e., tool box, adhesive pail, brick) on the membrane at one end of the boat. The weighted objects should be within 24” from the edge of the boat. Starting at the opposite end of the boat, roll the membrane loosely back to the weighted objects. As you roll the vinyl, try to maintain a straight and consistent roll. Wood surface applications require the use of RPVFG adhesive. Prior to opening, shake the glue container slightly for 60 seconds. Coverage rates for this pontoon boat vinyl adhesive is approximately 80/SF per gallon or 8' x 10' . Depending on the ambient temperature, the adhesive will begin to dry relatively fast after application. If you are working alone, do not try to install more than 15 linear feet at a time. The vinyl needs to be applied when the adhesive is wet. Open the container and pour the adhesive in a serpentine pattern onto the wood deck in front of the roll. The serpentine ribbons of adhesive should be approximately 1.5” wide. Cover an area that extends the width of the roll and out form the roll 15’. Using the medium nap paint roller, roll over the adhesive blending it together and completely covering the wood surface. The consistency and coverage of the adhesive should represent a heavy coat of paint. Do not leave puddles of adhesive or dry spots on the wood surface. Finish the area of adhesive application in a relatively straight line across the width of the boat. Standing on the vinyl near the weighted objects, slowly and careful begin to unroll the vinyl over the freshly applied adhesive. Make sure that the roll is unrolled straight and wrinkle free. If a wrinkle does appear, lift the roll of vinyl off the adhesive slightly and straighten to remove wrinkle. Continue to unroll the vinyl to cover all of the adhesive. Take a clean stiff bristle push broom and sweep over the surface installed using medium pressure. The process will help distribute the adhesive under the vinyl evenly and help provide for consistent contact between the adhesive and vinyl. Make sure any air pockets are pressed out if they exist. Return to the beginning of the roll and remove the weighted objects. Fold the vinyl back exposing the un-adhered wood surface. Apply adhesive as described above and follow same vinyl application procedure. The remaining vinyl (or next 15’) can now be adhered to the wood surface. Make sure the new application of adhesive slightly overlaps the previous to eliminate voids in the coverage. It is acceptable to separate the adhered vinyl from the initial adhesive to 3 ensure 100% coverage as long as the vinyl has not dried. Complete the application as described above. 


Drying Time

You can walk on the vinyl immediately after installation. However, excessive walking and foot traffic could put small wrinkles in the vinyl. Take caution in walking on the surface and always inspect the area after contact. In dry weather conditions and temps 60 – 90 degrees F. the glue will be dry in 2-3 hours. It is recommended that the glue be allowed 24 - 48 Hrs to dry completely over night before installing seating and equipment. Please make sure your cover the pontoon boat if there is a chance of rain as if this application gets wet it could stop the curing process