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Which white?

Dearest wise Sailing Gentlemen and Ladies,

I am shortly going to be putting the cover on my old boat for winter, and when I do, I am going to take away the anchor locker cover, the spray hood, and the cockpit locker doors so that I can paint and kiwigrip them at my leisure in my warm and dry basement. I see it as an opportunity to hone my skills with two-part polyurethane and kiwigrip textures in perfect conditions.

My question, what colour white is most appropriate for deck surfaces? I have read some discussion on this topic, but it seems inconclusive. Some have been called "too white", some have been called "too bright."

If it makes a difference, I live in Toronto, and this boat will likely never venture off the Great Lakes or its tributaries ever again. Also, if it has any influence on colour, I am planning to do kiwigrip in tan to have some contrast on the decks and in the cockpit.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.

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Re: Which white?

If you're doing the nonskid in contrasting tones I think you can go as white as you like. We refit our last boat from grey decks/white hull to Whisper grey hull/white decks without contrasting nonskid and honestly never found the bright white to be an issue, even during summer. Everyone is wearing sunglasses by then anyway.

The biggest benefit of the change we made was the coolness under(bare)foot of the white compared to the grey, so be careful and keep your contrasting tone as light as possible to avoid hot decks in the sunshine.

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Re: Which white?

Kiwi gripped my whole topside nonskid with a pale grey the original was white, looks and preforms great. Also have heard that the lighter you go the more it seems to show the dirt, as it settles in the little vallies of the texture giving the apperance of being dirty. good luck, its a great product with ease of application. Just remember to remove the tape while the kiwi is still wet as it will give it a rolled edge. Here;s a pic or 2 of my finished C&C 31.
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Re: Which white?

I recently checked out a boat that had fairly fresh grey Kiwi Grip - it looked very good and appeared paler than in Corvette's pics. I asked if it was a custom mix and he said it was right out of the can.

I prefer very pale grey over white for the non-glare aspect as well as the patterns it can add to the deck if you do it in panels like moulded non-skid. The attached pics are Sikkens Anti-Slip Deck Paint and they also appear darker than they were in person. The long shot better shows how they appeared in person.

The Kiwi was much the same colour.
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