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Companionway Steps

Finally, spring has arrived here in New England. Finally

My companionway steps need some TLC. The wood down below is all teak oiled. It appears the sides and back of the engine cover/steps are also teak oil.

I'd like to add some anti skid to the steps themselves while keeping the rest of the woodwork on the engine cover in teak oil.

The steps themselves do have grooves but they are not enough to keep wet feet from sliding on them.

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Google walnut shell non-skid. My favorite builder uses it, and it's nice non-skid and has held up 6 years so far.
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Re: Companionway Steps

You can buy self sticking non skid 'tape'.. years back I even found some that was 'clear' and less visibly obvious. Adding a few strips to the step tread is easy and doesn't look bad.. on our current boat they are 1/2" - 3/4" wide and black on teak.They come in rolls and I think you can buy by the foot.

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I'll be doing the same. Mine have anti-skid tape on the tread of the stair but not the nosing. On several occasions I've hit the nose and gone completely down on my keester, barely missing some serious injury because I was carrying a house battery at the time.
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Re: Companionway Steps

Rob I put this non-skid tape on our steps after my wife slipped and fell. I figured for $3 it was a cheap temporary solution.

It turns out it doesn't look bad and it's held up for three or four seasons.

When I refinish out steps this spring I'll probably go with a silica non-skid paint additive mixed into some polyurethane floor finish. The silica goes into the final coat.

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Re: Companionway Steps

I just stripped and refinished all the teak in my boat. Have one more coat to put on the steps, and it will be with Interlux non skid grit added on the tread surfaces. I've never used it with varnish before, but I'm told it's nearly invisible. I use it in paint all the time.
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Re: Companionway Steps

I'm struggling with a solution myself. We have non-skid pads adhered to the treads, but they are worn down and don't provide much friction any longer.

The problem I have with all the replacement products I've seen (and I have a roll in front of me) is the side of the tape is white, like the color of the backing. What I have on there now is color consistent throughout, much thicker and much more finished/professional looking. I've seen taped on non-skid start peeling on other applications and it looks terrible.

In fact, I'm a bit reluctant to remove what I have now, it just isn't terribly effective any longer.

One solution I'm considering is masking around the current non-skid and painting a non-skid material on to it, to rejuvenate the friction. I can't say for sure, if a paint would adhere to old non-skid or not.


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Rob I put this non-skid tape on our steps after my wife slipped and fell. I figured for $3 it was a cheap temporary solution.
I used the same product for almost the same reason (it was my son who fell--twice--,not my wife). I think it looks fine and works well. I sometimes get a little anal about what I attach to otherwise nice looking wood, but these are stairs after all.
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Re: Companionway Steps

I installed 3M anti-slip tape for that exact application. It's available in 1, 2 and 4 inch widths and a variety of colors. I used the gray in the 4 inch width which covers the step nicely with a small border of teak. It has held up very well for 4 years now. Good stuff.
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Re: Companionway Steps

Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm leaning towards using a poly type floor coating with walnut or silica and see how that goes. after that I'm gonna teak oil the sides and back.

I'll post pics when I'm done. Worst case is that it looks horrible, I re-sand the steps and go to plan B (tape).

Thanks again!

edit: I just found "natural" (wood colored) non-skid tape on Lowe's web site... This might be plan A http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1

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