Cladding with Carpet - August 16th 2016
An ideal way to dress up your patio or steps is to clad with indoor/outdoor carpeting.
- Indoor/outdoor carpeting is inexpensive and readily available
- It covers up nail holes, chips, splits and other imperfections in wood
- Adhesive and paint coatings, form a protective layer, impervious to rain, sun and scuffing.
- You can use any type and color of paint, helping you use up all those paint leftovers from other projects, and keep it out of the landfill.
- The newer indoor/outdoor carpet styles have a lower nap and is more resilient than the traditional Astroturf indoor/outdoor carpet. It is much denser and thinner and can be contoured to the surfaces it covers.
- Apply exterior all purpose adhesive to the (plywood/concrete/lumber) you wish to coat.
- Precut carpet an extra 1/2" wider, 1" longer than needed, and apply adhesive to the underside.
- Apply carpet carefully to desired surface once the adhesive is tacky. To get an even finish and maximum adhesion, use a rubber roller to roll the carpet out nice and flat.
- Once you've allowed time for the adhesive to bond with the carpet and base material, you can trim the excess carpet with a utility knife. (if making angled cuts and mitered ends, best results are achieved by sawing the wood and carpet once it has bonded.)
- Apply first coat of acrylic paint or deck coating to surface and allow for drying.
- Apply Second coat of acrylic paint or deck coating to surface and allow for drying.
- Repeat the process again with a third coat of acrylic deck coating.
- Add a final coat of exterior clear acrylic coating to achieve that finished look that will last.