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Non-skid worn down to fiberglass

I'm looking to buy a '78 Catalina 30 that appears to have some issues with the non-skid. I'm trying to get an idea of how extensive the fix may be. Is it a basic new non-skid application or even more significant top-side work?

Has anyone seen something like this and can offer some advice?
Don't want to pay for a survey if this is a show-stopper right here.

Although the boat is a bargain, don't want to get myself into a money pit.

Some picture...the yellow/gold area is the non-skid:
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Re: Non-skid worn down to fiberglass

Essentially what you would need to do is paint these areas with a suitable finish (eg Kiwi Grip?) or with paint with an anti-skid compound added. Fair bit of work, especially if there is much hardware to remove, but not a high-skill job or very costly.

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Practical Sailor reviewed the non skid paints last year. It is. dIY project.

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Re: Non-skid worn down to fiberglass

Strange that there is not any gelcoat under the non skid - which looks like paint. You can see the mat underneath, especially in the last pic.

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Re: Non-skid worn down to fiberglass

Looks like somebody ground it down... or used a holystone on the deck
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Re: Non-skid worn down to fiberglass

I think I'd roll on a coat of gelcoat to seal it then use Kiwigrip or Duraback to coat it
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Re: Non-skid worn down to fiberglass

2 - 3 coats of epoxy plus two coats of nonskid deck paint will do a good job.

2 -2 coats of exterior grade enamel paint with sand mixed in will be almost as good.
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Thanks for the tips!
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Re: Non-skid worn down to fiberglass

I would prime with a high build, fair it, prime with high build again, then a epoxy prime with silica sand broadcasted ( heavy ) over the epoxy primer; once that has gone off, remove excess silica, at that point you'll have a nice even non skid. Now you apply your finish ( at least 2 coats ) of whatever finish color you want

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I know I will get some negative feedback on this but here go's I re-finished my non-skid on my 32 Fuji with a good quality porch and deck paint with non-skid that I added to the paint just before applying. All from lowe's total price 30 bucks. Two year's and it looks good !
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