Non-skid paints can be used for various different applications and circumstances. The most common use of non-skid is on boats, or for marine use. Although that is the most common, it is used in many more conditions. Here are some other examples of how non skid paint can be used outside of the nautical setting.
- Industrial Buildings
- Amusement Parks
- Utility Vehicles
- Mechanic Shop
- Walk-in Freezers
- Ski Areas
- Handicap Utilities
- Residential Decks
- Restaurant kitchens
- Warehouse floors
- Wooden Decks
- Food prep areas
When it comes to non skid paints, there are two types of paint you can go with. The first category are non-skid paints that come with the non skid formula pre mixed. An example of this is the Non-skid paint called Floor Grip, or Floor Grip II for wood. The Floor Grip paint is an easy paint to apply, especially for the “do it yourselfer”. For best results you will want to remove any of the existing paint on the surface with sand paper followed by a good pressure washing. This removes any grit or oil that may interfere with the adhesion of coats of non-skid paint you will be applying.
After cleaning the surface, you will need to let it dry before applying any primer. The recommended primer for this job would be TS-644 etching primer . Note, the Floor Grip II when applied to wood needs no primer. This will give a good surface for your non-skid paint to grip on to.
Please note: You only need the etching primer for Glazed tile, fiberglass, aluminum and composite materials. Once the primer dries you are ready to mix your non-skid paint. You may start by scraping the containe, using a stir stick, down the sides to help loosen the aggregate. This step may be difficult and the use of a high speed mixer will ease the process as well as some of the TS-605 thinner . Easy application, brush or roll it on depending on surface and specific application requirements. Covers 250 square feet per gallon. Mix component A with component B at a 7:1 mix ratio, blend thoroughly and let sit 15 min before applying. Apply 2 coats for best results. Available in 100+ colors. Keep in mind the non-skid paint maintains its color and gloss without chalking, yellowing or fading.
The next option is to add non-skid to paint or gelcoat. This process is when you take paint/gelcoat and add a non-skid additive such as Duralux non-skid additive , Seahawk non-skid additive for gelcoat, Griptex for Awlgrip and Pro Tex for Top Secret.
The additive for gelcoat is extremely easy and adds just one extra step to the gelcoat application process. You simply mix the additive in with the gel coat before application and then apply. Alternative preferred application methods include using a flour sifter, powdered sugar shaker, or the punctured container itself, sprinkle the non skid into the gelcoat or paint. To use the container, first punch holes in the lid with a nail or ice pick overlappping the broadcasting stroke to provide a uniform pattern.
The amount you use is completely subjective and dependent on what your goal is; it is recommended to use no more than a quart of non-skid per gallon of paint. The available sizes of additive are a quart and a gallon.