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Awlgrip sells a product called 'griptex' to add to the paint for a non skid surface. It is available in several grits (ie coarse, med, fine). The general idea is to add it to the paint pot, and also add a couple of ball bearing or marbles. Keeping the pot agitated between sprays keeps the grit in suspension.
The result is a nice, uniform looking nonskid esp if you take care in masking off the non skid pattern. However it's not as effective as I'd like, though it did improve with time as some of the paint wore down a bit.
Interlux Interdeck is another product, it's a one part poly paint that has the grit in it already.. we've used this on the cockpit sole of our present boat and the non skid characteristics are excellent, it's wearing well through 3 seasons and rolls out quite nicely. With proper surface prep it seems a stable coating and I'll probably use it again. The coverage is not great, it's a bit thick so it doesn't go far but it's not real costly either.
And of course, one can add sand, silica beads, walnut shells etc to pretty much any paint, or 'sprinkle' it on a wet layer and then repaint. Another technique is to mix up a real thick mixture of epoxy with pigment and use a roller that will pull it into a rough pattern. This type can be very aggressive and painful to kneel on.
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