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03-01-2010 02:28 PM
Kiwi Grip

I used Kiwi on my core-rot-repaired Alberg 35 last spring, sailed all summer and fall, giving the stuff a pretty good workout. The first thing I can say about it is that you are NOT going to slip around with this under foot. Being a single-hander, that was my #1 criteria. It is certainly not as pretty as a finely tailored job using Awlgrip and shaken-on aggregate but if staying on deck is important to you, it is infinitely better than any textured resin surface I have ever seen. Painting it on is very easy and quick, requiring just brush and roller. It IS tough on the knees if you need to crawl along on it but I applied it with a double roll which really gives it a rough surface. As far as durability goes, it seems to be tough as nails, taking any number of anchor abrasions. We'll see how it holds up over a number of seasons. Have done some patching and the Kiwi blends in quite well (white). I will likely knock down the roughness a bit and give it another slightly less rough coat this spring. It seems to overcoat well although I don't know how it overcoats after a year of service. If you are applying it, make sure you remove masking tape while it is sticky. The tape will pull up the edge if you let it dry completely. It is also a pain to get off woodwork should you splatter it around. So wipe off any splatter before dry.
06-22-2009 01:23 PM
Kiwi Grip update?

I'm considering the Kiwi Grip product for my '76 Catalina. Are there opinions of durability now that this thread is 2 years old?
07-10-2007 07:08 PM
Freesail99 Thanks very much capn dave. I been looking forward to your pictures and report.

07-10-2007 06:43 PM
PART 2 pic's of the various nonskid coatings

Here is the interdeck. It dosen't cover blemishes in the deck well. It has a good feel, seems to good underfoot. I haven't tried it while wet.

I hope this helps. So far I am impressed with the Kiwi Grip product.

The ease of applying was most impressive, followed by the look and feel of the product. Durability is still the question.

Fair Winds

Cap'n dave
07-10-2007 06:38 PM
Hyperion Thanks for the pics. I will now be trying the Kiwi Grip on the Harpy.
07-10-2007 06:36 PM
Here are the pic's of the various nonskid coatings

I posted this on the orginal thread PArt 2 is there also,

Well I didn't forget the pic's and now I am going to try to post them here. I have been cruising and this is my first attempt on this site. I might need someone's help.

This is the Duraback coating. This was applied 3 months ago and is white (there is nothing wrong with my camera) Like I said it attracts dirt. The boat has been in the yard for a refit.

This is another shot of the Durabak. The edges are coming up. I don't know if it was applied correctly or not. I do know the owner used the special primer. This product is great at hiding imperfections.

This is Awl grip with sand. The owner said it was allot of work, as the surface has to be prepped to hide imperfections and requires 2 coats. I also have heard the paint will wear and then you have the sand showing.

This is a shot of the Kiwi stuff. Owner was very happy with ease of application and the results. It is also good at hiding imperfections.

Here is another shot of the Kiwi grip

It kinda looks like rolled gel coat and has a nice feel. How long it will hold up is another question. I contacted them and I was told about 3 years in heavy traffic areas.

The last pic will be of the Interdeck. seems it wont come through on this post. look for part 2

Fair Winds

Cap'n Dave
07-10-2007 08:01 AM
sailingdog Thanks Capn Dave.
07-10-2007 06:21 AM
I have seen the Kiwi deck paint

Used in our marina. Real easy to use, The person that tried it said taping the areas took the longest. It looks great and feels good also. The big question is how will hold up. I wont be able to answer that until November when the guy comes back to the marina.
I have also seen the Interdeck. It's not near as good looking as the Kiwi product.
The Durabeck stuff looked like it had promise but, it really holds dirt and the chunks of rubber are rather large and you wouldn't want to fall on it. It hurts my bare feet to walk on.

If I don't forget I will try to get some photos of all three products posted tonight.

Fair Winds
Cap'n Dave
07-09-2007 05:56 PM
Freesail99 I am still looking to see some pictures of this kiwi product.
07-09-2007 11:17 AM
sailingdog i just used the Interdeck on the new bridge deck I built back in May. It is pretty easy to use, and provides a mild non-skid, that is pretty grippy, even when wet, but not too hard on the skin or clothes. That was important, as the bridge deck is also used as a seating are in my cockpit.

I still think that durabak would last longer, but wasn't able to get my hands on durabak in a small enough quantity. The interdeck I used was left over from a friend's boat refitting.
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