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Old 29-01-2013, 13:53   #1
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Anti-skid

I am going to re-do my anti-skid with Durabak, Non-skid Safety Coating for Your Boat or Ship, which is one of Practical Sailor's recommended product. We are planning to do this in about 2 weeks to be ready for the season. My question is what have others used to treat the surface and did you sand it also?
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Old 29-01-2013, 15:28   #2
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Re: Anti-skid

I have used plain (International perhaps) deck non-skid paint on two project boats. The stuff works fine and is more non-skid than say gelco diamonds but less so than TBS/Vetus/etc..

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Old 29-01-2013, 16:29   #3
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Re: Anti-skid

Is this gel coat? Has it been painted before?

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Re: Anti-skid

My concern with products like this is what to do when you have to replace it? With nonskid paint, you just repaint...
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I am needing to do my non skid as well. I'm hoping to put some decking on. I expect it to be cost prohibitive. Who knows, she's a really little boat. How much can it really cost? Wish they would get back to me with my estimate already.
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Re: Anti-skid

We had a very bad experience with Durabac, not once but twice. The colors turned from the cream to gray spots, the stuff was impossible to clean and looked like crap within months. The manufacturer replaced it once, we still had to do all of the work again, and wouldn't even talk to us after the same thing happened again. We switch to Tuffcoat, and love it. It the same type of product except no problems and the manufacturer is easy to work with and very responsive. We have used it on our second boat now we are so satisfied. Do a web search and you will find many with the same issues with Durabac. Chuck
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I forgot the link to our blog post on redoing the non skid, The Trawler Beach House: Transforming The Non Skid Decks . Chuck
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Re: Anti-skid

Nonskid is sooo easy to do with gelcoat. Prep the area good.Roughed up, mineral spirits then acetone. Roll it on thick and keep rolling until the roller starts sticking. If its too rough and sharp hit it quick with sandpaper. Used to call it a knockdown when texturing walls. Looks great. Lasts and lasts and is rough as you want to leave it. .
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