Originally Posted by forsailbyowner
In my prior lifetime I was a drywall contractor. Naturally when I did my nonskid I went with texturing the finish like I would doing a wall. i used gelcoat
but an epoxy paint
could also be used. i rolled it on as thick as possible and kept rolling it as it tacked up and started peaking. Afterward I "knocked it down" with sandpaper till it got to a comfortable nonskid that wouldnt eat skin. This method i dont think would require primer if you were going with epoxy on epoxy.
On my first boat I tried adding a sand texture but when it wore it looked dirty and awful.
This is actually an excellent technique. Using a thickening agent like cabosil would have allowed you to roll the peaks in on the firstbgo around.
I know a guy who owns a wwell known trawler
production company and he does this. Only issue is epoxy won't stand up to sun and polyester won't stick to epoxy.
Painted myself into a corner there. :/
This would be ideal though if I had the right coating. hmmmm