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Kiwigrip - first experience...

I've been working on getting the decks and cockpit painted for the better part of two months now, beginning with the slick surfaces that were done with Petit two part expoxy paint, the first application being a disaster, and the second coat, just OK. Yes, I followed the directions to the letter, but the weatherman didn't give a damned if I was painting and hit me with higher than predicted humidity, thus the loss of the gloss finish.

Now, I'm working with Kiwigrip, which is water based and requires lightning fast timing. This stuff is the consistency of Yogurt, and the best way to apply the paint is with a trowel with 1/8-inch V-notches. I had to cover the boat with a tarp, thus keeping all painted surfaces in the shade. My boat is a 1973 Morgan Out Island, and the non skid had completely worn off over many years of usage. I was down to where I could see dark black coming through the finish and it was really slick when wet.

To get the paint out of the can, I used an old soup spoon, which worked best. Then after trowling the paint on the area, the next step is to use their texturized, loopy-goopy roller to obtain the non-skid finish. The paint dries very, very rapidly, therefore, as soon as the texture is achieved, you must quickly remove the masking tape or you will lift the edges of the paint. They recommend doing about 4 square feet at a time, but I was able to get away with doing about 10 square feet.

Bottom line - the finish looks great, there's no way in Hell that you will slip on this finish, and with luck, another four days of painting and I'll be done and ready to go sailing. I'm already two months behind on my sailing schedule because of the weather this spring.

Attached are some videos of the works in progress.

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Re: Kiwigrip - first experience...

Thank you for your write-up and the video.

Most of my boat has cleaned up nicely, but the non-skid looks like garbage. Some previous owner needlessly put some sort of gritted non-skid over the original non-skid. The new stuff is wearing off in blotches and just looks terrible. I've been thinking that Kiwigrip might be the way to cover up that ugliness.
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Re: Kiwigrip - first experience...

At this point, I recommend it very highly.

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Re: Kiwigrip - first experience...

doing the kiwi as we speak. Humidity makes a huge difference. First few days with very high humidity it took a while to dry and was easy to work with. Today was drier and I had to work very fast, even with the work area shaded by a tarp.
With high humidity, it went on thicker. Today, with lower humidity, it went on thinner. Hope the thick application holds up.
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Xort, The beauty of using that trowel to put down the paint is it is very uniform. No thick or thin spots.

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Re: Kiwigrip - first experience...

I am using a trowel. And the loopy goopy roller.

Last week the foredeck was wet 12 hours later. Today's work was dry in 1 hour.
Same technique. Only difference was humidity.
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Re: Kiwigrip - first experience...

Looking good, but I was kind of disappointed in your videos. I was expecting a sound track by you on the keyboard kind of ala Benny Hill with you running around rolling yourself into a corner then chasing some woman off who stepped on the wet Kiwi grip.
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Re: Kiwigrip - first experience...

Thanks for the tips. I'm contemplating on doing this as well and have been looking for those that have used the Kiwigrip. How much material did you use?
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Re: Kiwigrip - first experience...

At this point, I've only used 1/3 of a gallon, but I still have a lot of deck to cover. I purchased two gallons based upon their recommended coverage specifications.

If I were chasing a good looking woman off he deck it be be DRFerron - Hopefully, she'll be aboard in a couple weeks when the job is finished and the boat is ready to sail.

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Re: Kiwigrip - first experience...

Gary can the stuff be tinted to a different colour?
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