you wish to make the deck more nonslip,
you can sprinkle Interlux’s InterGrip onto
the wet-paint layer or add it to the can of
paint. InterGrip is a polymeric (it contains
tiny plastic spheres) nonskid additive available from most chandleries.
4. Roll the paint onto the area to be painted.
Use a high-nap roller that can withstand
marine paint. If you sprinkle the paint with
Intergrip instead of mixing it into the paint,
you’ll need to cover the area with a second
layer of paint.
5. Wait until the paint is almost set up, then
peel off the masking tape. Be sure to lift the
tape clear of the deck as you peel it; there
may be a little wet paint on the tape, and you
need to keep it off the deck. Job done!
6. Allow 24 to 48 hours before walking on deck.
GET IT RIGHT
You can color match and make a longer lasting nonskid surface by doing the job slightly
1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above.
2. Set up your paint. You can use Interlux’s
Brightside enamel (one-part), Perfection,
Awlgrip topside paint (both two-part paints),
Pettit’s topside Yacht Enamel (one-part) or
any of the other topside paints. Mix a flat-
tener into the paint. A flattener will take the
gloss off the paint, which is advisable because
the sun can reflect off a high-gloss deck and
make it difficult to see.
3. Roll the paint onto the deck using a high-nap roller.
4. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle it with
Interlux’s Intergrip or any other microsphere
product. (You can use sand, but it will do
what sandpaper does to clothes, knees, and
shoes, plus the sand particles will eventually work their way out of the paint layer.
You can also use crushed walnut shells, but
they add a brownish cast to the paint and
can be even harder on you and your clothes
than sand.) To sprinkle
the powder, make a few
1/8-inch holes in the top
of the can with a metal
fid or marlinspike. Hold
the can about 18 to 30
inches above the surface
and sprinkle away. No
wind is a must when you
do this or you’ll find most
of the Intergrip alongside
5. Let the paint and
Intergrip dry thoroughly.
Now roll on another layer
of flattened (non-glossy) paint over the nonskid area. This seals in the microspheres and
makes the final layer look nice.
6. Let the paint dry until it is almost set,
then carefully peel off the masking tape.
7. Allow 24 to 48 hours for the paint to set
up hard before walking on it.
Roger Marshall is the author of 17 books and more
than 700 magazine articles. His latest marine
book is Fiberglass Boat Repairs Illustrated
published by International Marine in 2010.
Changes to the deck included fitting a new sliding companionway hatch and
sea-hood, a Lewmar forehatch, and repairing rotted balsa core. After repainting, the finished job is shown above right, with some of the deck gear installed.
For more great renovations see this
article at www.BoatUS.com/Magazine
Round all the corners using a small
paint can or a coin to ensure that
the finished job looks professional.
HOW TO INSTALL NONSLIP TAPE WHERE YOU NEED IT
Make sure the
cockpit sole is
If you paint it
last, you may
not be able
to leave the
boat except by
Nonslip tape is usually installed
over slippery areas such as on
hatches, where it provides grip
without blocking too much light.
You can also install it on the
edge of stairs, any sloping sur-
face, and other areas where the
danger of slipping is present.
1 Make sure the area to be covered is clean. Use
a proprietary cleaner recommended by the manufacturer to clean the clear
part of any hatches. Don’t
use acetone, which might
discolor hatch glazing.
2Decide where you want to put the tape. Use a grease
pencil to mark off areas. Cut
tape to length and use a coin
to make quarter-circles at each
corner. Trim corners around the
quarter-circle to prevent them
from lifting later.
3Peel the backing off the tape and
press it onto the area to
be covered. Press the
tape down firmly (stand
on it!) to make sure it
adheres properly. That’s
it, you’re finished!