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replacing deck non-skid
I''d suggest you start by looking closer at what you''ve got. Peel back a section of the Treadmaster - you''ll be replacing it anyway, right? - so you can both examine the condition of the deck under the covering and also experiment with the adhesive used to anchor the Treadmaster. How easy is it to remove mechanically? Will it respond chemically, e.g. to an agressive solvent? Call the Treadmaster distributor and explore what they recommend, on the chance it was installed IAW their instructions.
Playing with removal of the existing material will also tell you what a workable approach might be for the next treatment. E.g. if agressive mechanical removal is required, then you''re probably looking at using an especially agressive non-skid additive if repainting, since the original non-skid pattern may be wiped by the adhesive removal. Or it may make you reconsider using Treadmaster again, despite the cost. OTOH if the old adhesive will respond chemically, you might be (re)starting with original molded-in non-skid working for you.
Good luck; this sounds like a challenging project. Also sounds like you''ll make a huge improvement in the boat''s appearance and functionality when you''re done.