Over Hill Sailing Club
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Re: Kiwigrip advice needed
Sloop, I did all my decks with Kiwi three years ago, right after recoring the decks. Am very satisfied with the way it has held up, even up where it gets the most hard use up near the anchor. It is the consistency of mayonnaise. You can control the amount of texture by the kind of roller you use. They supply a roller that leaves a VERY rough surface. When I go over it again will find something a bit less aggressive. It dries fast, so it is best to have two people- one spreading to a uniform thickness, one texturing. A small pc of the roller is necessary to get in under stuff where the roller will not reach. Taped edges need to be pulled before it sets completely or the tape will lift the edge. I don't know how deep your existing tread is but the Kiwi is much thicker than a regular paint. I CAN see where the old non-skid lines were if I look for them where I went below the radii on the corners of the cabin top so as to eliminate them as slip zones.
I would not use it for seating areas. It's too rough. The only place I used it in the cockpit is under foot. A bit of warning- the stuff is really rough. It's perfect for my taste but would take your skin off readily if you fell on it. With kids around, I'd be wary of making it too rough.
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