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Very slippery wooden steps

Hi All...

My boat has steps with wooden tread down the companion way and when they get wet they are very slippery. I have tumbled down a few times I looked around but didn't find anything I could refinish them with to make them very not-slippery. Maybe there is something I could mix into a varnish?
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Our companionway steps are just oiled, not varnished or anything, and they don't seem to get all that slippery. (Then again: I guess we've never gotten them all that wet, either.)

Fine sand in a pepper shaker, after whatever you put down starts to tack a bit? Dunno.

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You can apply some 3M Treadmaster tape, available in any good hardware store. Similar to white duct tape with "sand" grains in the top, used commercially for exactly that problem. Or you could apply a layer of varnish or epoxy and scatter in sand or any other grit of your choice to get a similar effect.
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Sand, ground walnut shell, rubber bits, etc, are all good candidates for the steps. You could also go with treadmaster or some other non-skid type stick on finish.
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I got clear (whitish, actually) Permastik Safety Flex at Home Depot. Works great, and has been standing up well so far.
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I took a router and cut grooves in mine. I don't remember the name but the beads that are used in reflective highway paint make excellent non skid when added to paint so I would think they would work in varnish also.
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Mine has grooves already, I think they have Cetol on them. The PO really liked Cetol. For a quick fix I like the clear permastick idea from Home Depot. I'll refinish the steps when I have time and either use Cetol with the non-skid additive they sell or go with something else and mix in sand.

I just need a quick fix for now before someone gets hurt (again - I was the first).

Thanks everyone! Off to Home Depot I guess!
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Here's two other ideas to consider. Ultimate Sole, a high gloss varnish with a high amount of friction. If you or your wife is handy old fashioned rope mats made of cotton rope like the sailors of yesteryear used looks great. You tack down the edges with brass escutcheon nails. Have both in my boat.
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Found a good tread on how to make a ladder step mat right here on Sailnet.
http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-m...rope-mats.html
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You think bath tub appliques would work? They are pretty water proof and designed to be anti skid and gentle on the skin.

Skateboard tape is really cheap and durable. You could also try a sprinkling of sugar or salt or something else soluble on your last coat of varnish. You let it dry then rinse it out and you have a reverse pattern of whatever you sprinkled on there. You see this done alot on the concrete around pools.
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