that the deck is completely painted and cured for a few days, you begin by
laying out these waterlines all over the decks with masking tape. By making
non-skid patches smaller, you gain more waterlines which routes the excess
water off deck faster from each patch.
take your time and lay them out in a nice pattern or with rounded corners,
they add tremendously to the appearance of the decks.
should not be very wide or you end up with an area of slippery deck. We
generally limit them to about one to one and a half inches.
the areas are designed and taped you need to start the preparation by taking
a regular house hold metal spoon and by placing it in your hand so that the
ball or round part is facing down, simply start rubbing down the edges of
the tape on all the lines.
very important if you intend to use a different color on the non-skid. It
helps prevent this color from bleeding under the tape and/or leaving a rough
220 sandpaper, lightly sand the entire surface where non-skid will be
applied. Using care and the edge of the sandpaper, sand right up to the tape
paint as you would normally for any other application.
3 inch foam roller, roll on a fairly thick first coat of paint to the area
you are working. We sometimes do a couple of areas at a time and save the
others for when easier access is available. You can paint yourself into a
corner if not careful.
we have a completely wetted surface, use a commercial kitchen size salt
shaker filled with the GripTex and by holding it about 18 to 24 inches above
the wet paint, start to shake and spread an even coat over all the wet
get little mounds, don’t worry.
GripTex has been applied, look for any remaining shinny spots and cover them
with more grit. When finished you should have a fairly dull surface.
until the next day so the paint has had a good amount of time to cure
(Enamels and epoxies may take longer to cure). Using whatever method you
have available (a small air compressor works best) blow off all the loose
grit without ever touching the surface. NEVER try to brush it off. That will
ruin the whole project. The excess particles need to be blown off.
enough paint to cover all the areas you are working with. Once again, using
a three inch foam roller, gently apply a coat of paint right over the
particles that remained stuck to the first coat.
is enough and it too needs to cure now.
step is to apply more coats to build up added protection to the non-skid.
a couple tips here to consider.
want the non-skid area to have a flat or satin finish rather than gloss, add
some small amounts of Johnson Baby Powder to the paint and mix vigorously .
of the non-skid can also be changed a little bit here.
As I said
previously we use the coarse on decks as a general rule. But this is a vary
aggressive texture and sometimes needs to me softened some.
away that bite, just add more coats of thicker paint on top of the non-skid
until you achieve the results you want’
of this has cured, remove the masking tape and now you have a beautiful and
functional deck area.