Before painting, make sure you prepare the surfaces. Get some wax removing liquid used for de-waxing floors, follow instructions scrubbing with a hard floor brush, all the in-between diamond pattern. Then, after rinsing well and drying, just apply 2 part polyurethane
paint with a hand paint brush and try to apply just enough to cover the surfaces without leaving little puddles between the diamonds. Bugs and body hair will stick to the paint as you are applying it, just watch for that and do not paint yourself into a corner that you cannot get out of.
If you are only painting the non-skid parts
, even if using the same color, remember that the painted areas will be shinier than the older gelcoat
, so use masking tape to make neat borders.
Some 2 part paints do not like to be covered for days without air circulation, even years after the paint job, so try not to have them covered with cushions
or something for a long time because the paint tends to bubble up somehow.
Use a very thin coat of any paint not to lose the non-skid qualities. What I prefer to do is to clean the existing gelcoat
well all over and apply, all over the deck
with a sponge, several coats of "Mop and Glow", a type of liquid floor wax. Lasts over 6 months. Can remove and strip it with ammonia. easy, fast and very lustrous. Not slippery either.