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kiwigrip photos at last

For those that wanted to see the application check my photo link. Given the price, ease of application and cleanup, and the terrible state of my deck before....I am really pleased with the outcome. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I should have thought of using the gray/white mix instead of pure white over my previous blue. But in the end, I will only need to do a second coat on some of the areas, and I think this was as much to do with applying the product in very warm weather this past week. But hey, I was impatient to get the job done and behind me. So my tip is to do the work on cooler days. Also, take the paint tape off when the product is still damp. I believe there are photos of the distributors boat here in Seattle on the kiwigrip website and he's been a big help in getting to know the product. Let me know if any of you has further questions.


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It looks good, is it sharp on the feet. what prep did you use, cost and size of boat. Well done.
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Thanks for the pictures. Like I said in another thread, based on the pics and reviews that you all have given the Kiwi grip, I put my order in this morning. Can't wait.
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it isn't sharp at all, even though my roller technique produced smaller more jagged edges. Again, I think this was from trying to apply it when temp was too warm. What's interesting is that the old deck condition would get very hot underfoot, but with the kiwigrip I can walk barefooted and not feel any heat. It was about $100 for a gallon which can do upwards of a 30' boat depending on the area covered. Mine is 27' and I used the entire gallon, but I was covering quite a lot of deck, cabin top and cockpit area. The only prep is to make sure that there are no oils or waxes on the surface to be coated. Any suitable cleaner that will remove those will do. And of course, the taping is the time consuming part, particularly if you do an in water job like I did and are leaving shrouds ands handrails etc in place.
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Looks really good! The application does look a bit "spikey", kind of remind me of that texturized wall paint in my parent's house.

Did you give it a good hose down and try a skid test?
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yeah....I think I got more of the spiky look because I applied it when the weather was warm and I recommend putting a really thick layer of product on then it will have more of a bubble appearance. It's got great sticking power, though....I'm not sliding around like an ice rink like before. So for anti skid purposes it's an A+.
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Yeah, but how is it on the skin...say should you fall and slide on it... the sand was bad...road rash like you'd get from a spill bicycling... the original fiberglass gelcoat antiskid not too damaging, and the interdeck was pretty gentle.
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Yeah, but how is it on the skin...say should you fall and slide on it... the sand was bad...road rash like you'd get from a spill bicycling... the original fiberglass gelcoat antiskid not too damaging, and the interdeck was pretty gentle.
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Here is the Comparison of nonskids

Well I didn't forget the pic's and now I am going to try to post them here. I have been cruising and this is my first attempt on this site. I might need someone's help.

This is the Duraback coating. This was applied 3 months ago and is white (there is nothing wrong with my camera) Like I said it attracts dirt. The boat has been in the yard for a refit.


This is another shot of the Durabak. The edges are coming up. I don't know if it was applied correctly or not. I do know the owner used the special primer. This product is great at hiding imperfections.


This is Awl grip with sand. The owner said it was allot of work, as the surface has to be prepped to hide imperfections and requires 2 coats. I also have heard the paint will wear and then you have the sand showing.



This is a shot of the Kiwi stuff. Owner was very happy with ease of application and the results. It is also good at hiding imperfections.



Here is another shot of the Kiwi grip


It kinda looks like rolled gel coat and has a nice feel. How long it will hold up is another question. I contacted them and I was told about 3 years in heavy traffic areas.

The last pic will be of the Interdeck. seems it wont come through on this post. look for part 2

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Thanks for the pics. I will now be trying the Kiwi Grip on the Harpy.
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PART 2 pic's of the various nonskid coatings

Here is the interdeck. It dosen't cover blemishes in the deck well. It has a good feel, seems to good underfoot. I haven't tried it while wet.


I hope this helps. So far I am impressed with the Kiwi Grip product.

The ease of applying was most impressive, followed by the look and feel of the product. Durability is still the question.

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My boat has this stuff on its steel decks:

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It's very nice and "grippy", which is important because painted steel can be slippery as hell, but I think I'll need to redo it before we start voyaging.
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