Non skid replacement

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  1. mike@mpi

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    The forward deck on my JC had a non skid texture that was molded into the gelcoat. It held up well but the boat's over 30 years old and it's worn almost smooth and is now dangerously slippery. I was hoping for some suggestions on redoing it. I'd like to use something that uses vinyl or polyester resin because that's material I've used a lot and am familiar with. When I rebuilt the boat years ago I finished the cockpit deck in grey gelcoat with added in play sand and it worked well and has held up over 10 seasons. But I don't think it will look nice up on a white forward deck. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks
     
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    For my non-skid, i thickened gelcoat with cabosil and rolled it on with a nap roller.

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    awl grip makes white non skid, i use a blend of medium and fine. mix it in with the gelcoat..
     
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    I 2nd this.
    Nothing last forever but this method is easy to sand/prep the next time around.
    I had a deck that was gelcoat mixed with black beauty (sand blasting abrasive)
    That a nightmare when it came time to redo !
     
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    Thanks, that's the look I was going for. For the pattern around the forward bitt, just mask it off? And like you said , the old pattern on my boat just needs a light sanding which is easy. No real material to remove.
     
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    That looks great. Do you happen to remember how much cabosil you added to the gel coat?
     
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    I’m curious as well. Surprised you were able to get that much texture with the cabosil
     
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    Yes, Mike.

    Not sure exactly, on how much cabosil I used. I usually just mix a hand full in at a time. For non skid, i like to see the gel get noticeably thicker but still a far ways from a peanut butter like consistency. Couple clearer shots of the texture. the bugs were dive bombing that night lol.

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    I've also used Kiwi grip roller to texture gel coat.
     
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    So you've simply rolled gel coat, then rolled with Kiwi grip roller to create nonskid texture? No application of griptex or nonskid additive, just gel coat?
     
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    That is an extremely impressive tape job
     
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    Good looking, nice job
     
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    Yeah. I have applied with 3/8 nap to coat and then the last coat I go over with the kiwi grip roller. If you wait until it starts to set up you'll get a more aggressive pattern
     
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    I spoke with Joe from Mertons. He suggested the cabosil & gelcoat method as well. He sent me all the stuff to do it at a very reasonable price. 2nd for prep/refinish for the next time. I am going thru 2 layers of epoxy paint, a 3rd layer of paint, and a layer of gel coat. 2 of the layers have sand in them. That SH$! is tearing up everything I throw at it. I'll be posting pictures of my progress as soon as I make some. Lol
     
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    That looks great jd. Exactly like I was looking for. My second post I forgot that it was BHC that mentioned that abrasive additives are terrible to remove later which is so true and I hope RCL shows more pictures of his project.
    How did you make those perfect radiuses (radiei?) , curves , in the masking. I couldn't freehand that. Trace around something that has the right curve? Pictures are great ,nice work, big help.
     
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    Traced a mojority of the radiuses and did freehand some of the irregular corners. Easier than you would think though. The little imperfections hide pretty well in the non skid.
     
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    For the radius I saw a guy use a quarter and a razor blade - worked well.
     
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    I usually use a big fender washer but yes same idea.
     

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