I have several cans of Kiwigrip Sand color, and have applied it to the majority of the inner surface of my fiberglass dinghy
sole. We have old treadmaster all over the boat, and are experimenting with things to see what we like.
I've worked with many different paints, including two parts
, and this stuff is darned easy to apply. Just like it says - stir a bit, spread it out on your surface (working in small areas), trowl it around, then stipple with any texturing roller. Easy to make mostly even, though roller lines appear (and can't be tipped) if the material is too thick.
One problem I found with application is, because the material can develop lines, it has to be fairly thin. I applied it over uneven color, so this Sand colored Kiwigrip, when applied thin enough to get an even stipple, does show through. A second cote goes on and works fine, though that raises the costs of the coating enough to question it's value. This may different with the other colors.
The other problem I have is, as someone else pointed out, when applied with a texturing roller, it tends to be very prickly. The first few days of use is very uncomfortable, and the coating "sheds' a lot of the peaks. I still find it uncomfortable to kneel on, even after a few months (though no where near as bad as diamond treadmaster!!!) Also, being so sharp, it does catch dirt and I'm finding my cockpit
sole looking consistently "dirty". Any bit of grime gets locked in. I'm having greater trouble getting it clean, too. Though I haven't tried, I imagine adding a bit of water
and cabosil to the yogurt would help to round the peaks, but I haven't tried and probably won't.
I was very excited about Kiwigrip at first. Its easy of application was nice. However, while it seems to be wearing OK, it consistently looks dirty, and while the antiskid qualities are good, I do not think I would be happy having it in places where I would kneel or sit in shorts (or less) often.
In all, I feel there are better options available for non-skid. Though more work at first, I keep falling back to my proven friend - thickened, stippled gelcoat
. Gives a wonderful, long lasting non-skid. I'm also considering using SeaDek foam all over. I really, REALLY like the insulating qualities of treadmaster. It is nice to not worry about the paint getting nicked and peeling...
Hope my comments help someone!