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I recommend Flood's Penetrol, a low viscosity penetrating oil. It works like Armor-all on a car. Your deck needs to be clean first, and make sure its going to have a while to dry and don't put it on too thick...very thin layer with a rag, wipe off surplus after 2-5 minutes, before it gets tacky...and your boat will shine until you have to do it again. If it's too thick it will run after it dries and looks like spilled varnish and can attract dirt.
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I painted mine and I did not have any problems with "pooling" paint. I used interdex nonskid and put it on with a roller cutting in at the edges where the color changed with a brush. If the paint is pooling your putting to much on at a time. It took two coats on mine. The moulded non skid areas a giege and the flat areas ( I used non skid paint in these areas as well) are white. This is probably the best picture I have.........but you can clearly see the moulded non skid is still there and the deck is far grippier now...........

Good job. Another satisfied Interdex user.. Did you sand your deck at all? I pretty much annihilated by molded non-skid, but that was only to removed the last guys paint attempt. It says it sticks to properly de-greased gel-coat. I would bet Banshi here used a drill attachment paint mixer. I did a couple small sections hand stirring that looked like crap. Stir stir stir!!!
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We used Interdeck on our cockpit sole after removing aged glue-on non skid which left smooth gel coat behind. Once the glue residue was scraped away a light sanding was all we did. Two seasons later it looks good and grips well.
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A gentle lesson on terminology for you here... the "topsides" of a boat is the area between the waterline and the deck edge - ie the surfaces of the hull itself above the waterline.
I thought that was Freeboard. I thought topsides was anything above the hull deck seam or above the gunwale. Anyway, you are correct. I should have just said deck.

Banshi, that looks very nice. It does appear that we may have a different type of molded non-skid. Mine is almost like mini diamonds on end all compressed together. Probably 1/4" deep and rather pointed on top. Actually can be uncomfortable with bare feet.

When I attempted to paint it, the paint tended to level itself into the recesses of the non-skid and expose the points. Plus each little recess between the points ends up with a different level of paint so I looks rather sloppy. Perhaps as suggested I should just sand out the texture and paint it with interdex.

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Interdeck is pretty thick, if you have not tried rolling it I would give it a try before I went to the trouble of sanding it down unless of course you just wanted to go ahead and get rid of the diamond points anyways. A orbital pad sander with some 80 grit paper would probably make quick work of it. Don't forget to clean the surface with some sort of form release solvent.
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I recommend Flood's Penetrol, a low viscosity penetrating oil. It works like Armor-all on a car. Your deck needs to be clean first, and make sure its going to have a while to dry and don't put it on too thick...very thin layer with a rag, wipe off surplus after 2-5 minutes, before it gets tacky...and your boat will shine until you have to do it again. If it's too thick it will run after it dries and looks like spilled varnish and can attract dirt.
Are you using the penetrol for cleaning or for finish coat? I think you are saying you use it for a finish coat but I'd like to be sure.

I'm having trouble getting diesel spot stains out of the non skid.
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I painted my non-skid areas with Durabak 2 years ago and am happy with the results. It is very easy to apply, the color is uniform, and the traction is fantastic. It goes on thick and easily fills small cracks and chips.








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A caution on Penetrol (not a cleaner, btw) - it's extremely effective at "restoring" chalky gelcoats, esp the deeper colours.. but it's temporary and makes subsequent painting difficult. All traces of it must be removed prior to painting,- it does "penetrate" the surface so it's difficult to know for certain it's all gone - and could lead to unsatisfactory results with the new coatings.

Heinzir: Pretty shippy little boat!! Nice.
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I second the power washing and Woody Wax. Its worth a try and you can always remove the wax and paint it if it doesn't meet your satisfaction. We use it on my cousin's fishing boat and it keeps the non skid looking new. Easy to apply, follow directions.
I have used Penetrol on chalked gel coat. Looks ok when first done, but it doesn't last long and is a pain to remove.
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Are you using the penetrol for cleaning or for finish coat? I think you are saying you use it for a finish coat but I'd like to be sure.

I'm having trouble getting diesel spot stains out of the non skid.
No...It's definitely not a cleaner. It has just been the only thing I have found that would clear up the chalkiness on our 20 year old nonskid and make it look glossy again. It is temporary, but so is a cleaner if you think about it.
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