Originally Posted by Rex Delay
I have been contemplating this for a couple of years but keep putting it off. Waiting for a neighbor to do it first. My decks are gelcoat
with painted non skid. The plan is to only deal with the non skid portion and use Kiwi Grip. All hardware
is mounted on the gelcoat
so no issue except for a lot of taping. Plan is to tape, wait for the right day and go for it. Liveaboard
should not make any difference, go for a hike or other distraction for at least several hours while things cure. The biggest challenge is to match the color or accept contrasting colors. That is what has stopped me, I am lousy at matching colours or choosing acceptable contrast.
You might want to think twice about Kiwi Grip, or at least buy a small amount and get your impressions on a test. I found it to be rubbery and rather thin. It strikes me as latex house paint
. I did one hatch
on my boat with it. It's quite thin and when dry, I could pull on an edge (that had bled onto the smooth gel coat) and it stretched like a latex glove. I highly suspect, that once you use this product, there will be no going back.... kind of like once you put latex paint
on a house, you cant sand it and cant put real paint over it. If your boat is pretty nice and you are just doing the non skid, you should probably use Awlgrip or a good product like that. If you dont mind a fairly rough industrial surface then a product called Dura Bak is super durable, thick, dries rock hard and sticks like glue. Just my 2 cents worth having use all 3 products at least once....