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Old 05-06-2015, 08:50   #1
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Non skid deck refinishing

If your nonskid deck gelcoat has worn through..there is an excellent remedy.
I removed the hatch cover on my Islander 30....40 yrs old and went to Home Depot paint department. They measured the color and made a perfect match with Behr porch and floor paint...satin finish...alkalyd.

Coating the non skid is a breeze with a small 3 inch foam roller...about $3 at Home Depot. The foam permits the roller to deposit the paint on the raised gelcoat without touching the adjacent flat gelcoat.

Been doing this for many years...when the paint wears off, simply recoat. I have a near perfect match and am able to redo any gelcoat surface with ease.

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Old 08-06-2015, 09:49   #2
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Re: Non skid deck refinishing

[QUOTE=Dean Paul;1841362]If your nonskid deck gelcoat has worn through..there is an excellent remedy.
I removed the hatch cover on my Islander 30....40 yrs old and went to Home Depot paint department. They measured the color and made a perfect match with Behr porch and floor paint...satin finish...alkalyd.

Coating the non skid is a breeze with a small 3 inch foam roller...about $3 at Home Depot. The foam permits the roller to deposit the paint on the raised gelcoat without touching the adjacent flat gelcoat.

Been doing this for many years...when the paint wears off, simply recoat. I have a near perfect match and am able to redo any gelcoat surface with ease.

Enjoy a renewed non skid
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Old 10-02-2017, 10:30   #3
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Re: Non skid deck refinishing

Hi,

How is this holding up after a couple of years?

Was considering using Behr "Deckover" for foredeck non-skids and cockpit. It has been covering a plywood deck outside of my door for two years. The deck gets a huge amount of foot traffic in boots and shoes and huge temp swings and high UV exposure and seems to be holding up well.

The manufacturer says it will cover 'composite' which (maybe?) is pretty similar to fiberglass boat decks, but with more flex.

Has anybody actually done this? with a boat on saltwater? and Florida levels of UV?

As ever, thanks for any insights
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:04   #4
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Re: Non skid deck refinishing

Hi, I have used KiwiGrip on my boat for many years. it looks great has an excellent grip (formed by a textured roller after spreading the buttery compound).

I have seen a number of newer hardware store products for pools and decks that are similar, but they probably won't guarantee this application. I used one for exterior wood around my basement and it's still in perfect shape 4 years later. Not so much texture as KiwiGrip though.

They are all fairly pricey, but you don't need much to cover a boat's non-skid.

A few tips:
- You can colour KiwiGrip to match your deck as it only available in a few colours, but only do this if you really want to spend an afternoon trying to stir the stuff. It is really thick!
- Put down a wide masking tape margin around your target area, spread on the compound like butter, roll over with a coarse textured nylon roller until it's got a decent looking grip surface and them take off the masking tape immediately! The stuff sets so fast that if you leave the tape for even a few minutes you'll be ripping up the edges! Get someone else to take off the tape, preferably.
- You can go back to do a bit more textured rolling as the compound dries.
- Don't paint it when it's going to rain, or late in the evening. I've had the stuff go smooth after texturing because it didn't set fast enough.
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Re: Non skid deck refinishing

Oh, and clean your tools and yourself with water before letting it set otherwise its quite hard to get off!

You can paint over it with the same stuff anytime it looks too dirty or worn. It is pretty resistant to scrubbing and pressure washing but will eventually need overcoating.

To get it off requires sanding, but it sands off quite easily.
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