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 top coat 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 our suggestions, but you may have other ideas and it really doesn’t matter as long as you achieve the effect you want.
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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