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Unless you want a really dark finish, you don't need 3 color coats. We found a single coat of Natural Teak did nicely, although you can judge that once you've got the first coat applied. As for the gloss, each coat needs to cure somewhat before the next is applied. Once it is pretty well "skinned" over and not "tacky", you can apply another coat with no sanding. If you do wait 24 hours, you will need to scuff the surface lightly. I found that a Scotch Pad worked well although 320 grit sand-paper will also work. As a wearing surface you'll need 3 coats minimum and preferrably more as sand and dirt on peoples feet and footwear will be taking the finish off. Once the surface is fully cured and hard, say 7-10 days, your adheasive non-skid patches can be applied directly to the finish withour difficulty. There are clear non-skid patches available now that some friends of ours used to good effect. We used off-white patches as I prefer that the treads be more visable in the dark.
The foregoing is our experience. Others may have different suggestions. In any case, good luck,
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