I applied the Sure Step to much of my non-skid at the beginning of last season (April or so, I live in Maryland), and by mid-summer I was disappointed. Here is what happened.
I did not wash the boat with other Aurora products as stated in the directions before applying the sure step, but I did wash it with my usual stuff, and the surface was clean and dry when I applied the sure step. I first treated the cockpit
area and was impressed: it repelled water
like wax would, and it was not slippery when wet as advertised. My cockpit
is not very large, so it was not a backbreaking task to apply 2 or 3 coats and complete it. Couple days later I got real ambitious and began applying to the deck, small areas at a time. I finally finished the job, but it pretty much WAS a backbreaker. The directions say 'When the polish dries to a haze, lightly and quickly buff the surface to a shine with a clean dry cloth or soft bristled brush'. I found this technique to be effective in the cockpit areas which get a lot of traffic and the non-skid is worn down somewhat. However, the non-skid was less worn over much of the deck, and it was difficult to buff out the haze. (I wanted protection from dirt and stains on the deck, it was not slippery). Halfway into the deck job, 'lightly and quickly buff the surface to a shine' took on a whole new meaning. I had a heck of a time buffing the stuff out of the deck areas. The bristle brushes
that I used were ineffective in removing the haze and residue, so it became an elbo-grease marathon with dry cloths. When I got the job finished I was somewhat pleased with it, but within a month much of the deck had turned light in color (lighter than before the treatment) and was not protecting against stains,etc. Then I was not pleased with it.
The directions say to used only in the shade at temperatures b/w 45 and 75.
When I applied it may have been closer to 80, and not totally in the shade, so I didn't to things exactly right. But even in areas like the cockpit where it seemed to 'take' well, the beneficial effects were gone after a couple months.
For my money
, it is not worth the effort, except for perhaps high-traffic areas.
I would recommend trying a small area first, and wait a couple/weeks or so and see how it holds up.