Although there is no single, universally proven deck surface that will prevent people from slipping on a boat deck, a low-cost, slip resistant finish gives added protection and can be easily applied. Find out how below.
A deck demands a tough coating to protect it from the damaging effects of foot traffic, anchors and other gear that may fall on it.
With that in mind, a two-part polyurethane paint with a non-skid additive / powder is possibly your best option. You aren’t limited to using a two-part paint though, you can also add such additives to single-pack topcoat paints. Alternatively, you can use products that are premixed with suitable non-skid aggregates.
There are various ways of applying the material and it really comes down to how you’d like to tackle the job. Below are a few suggestions and pointers.
This can be difficult to do, however the easiest way is to sand the existing system back to a smooth finish and re-apply undercoat / topcoat / additive powder. Attempting to clean and prepare the existing surface and then apply new coats of paint may result in the original non-skid finish being partially buried. This could cause adhesion problems with the new system if it’s not prepared properly.
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