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Old 01-18-2002
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choice of nonskid paint

We had the molded-in, non-skid deck pattern ground off our deck, had the deck faired and then painted with Awlgrip with Interlux micro-balloons mixed in. There were several sizes of the micro-balloons or micro-spheres available as I remember and the painter mixed various amounts of each and sprayed numerous test patterns so we could pick which we wanted. For the cockpit seats we picked a pattern with lots of small spheres (not too abrasive) and for the deck and sea hood we picked a mix that is agressively rough. One good point about the micro-balloons is that they seem to absorb the paint color so that when heavily scuffed they don''t show a scuff mark so readily. Also we didn''t choose to mix a flattener in with the non-skid paint assuming the micro-balloons would knock the shine off the gloss well enough. We used the same paint and color (actually base white) for the entire deck and the contrast came out beautifully. Also the painter used a cross-hatched pattern as he applied the several coats and apparently that was to achieve a more even pattern on the non-skid portion of the deck. He also used an electrically driven stirrer that kept the micro-balloons evenly mixed as he sprayed. I understand he did mix in a portion of high gloss clear with the paint for the gloss part of the deck but I don''t remember what proportions he used. Experiment with several mixtures before you commit to your final decision.
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