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06-24-2012 09:22 AM
PorFin
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

If you REALLY want to keep it more or less original, you can do that too.

The diamond texture is nothing more than gelcoat, and can be repaired. Here's a
on how to do it.

The Gibco mold can be a little expensive -- I've made my own for small repairs using latex available at crafts stores (like Michaels.) You just find a spot on your nonskid that is in good shape and add multiple layers of latex to build it up into a usable thickness.
06-24-2012 09:03 AM
fiberglass1
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

If you want to preserve the original diamond pattern you can purchase any production pattern from Gibco Mold Flex. They manufacture fiberglass panels with the pattern molded in gel coat and you just cut to shape and glue them down. There is a little finish work to do on the cut edges but no big deal.
06-24-2012 08:39 AM
CorvetteGuy
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

I refinished our deck with kiwi grip and went right over the original diomand nonskid. Applied thick enough it covered the old, very happy with the results
06-24-2012 07:17 AM
Irunbird
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

We're redoing our deck now (in stages, the aft half done first) with kiwigrip and love it. I've found that if the current non-skid areas are well-worn (ie scuffed), then it does stick, but needs to be clean first. If all you have is crazing in the gelcoat, and no real penetration where water can get into a cored area, then you can probably just clean/scuff the gelcoat and coat over it directly with kiwigrip. I've had to replace a small 1ft x 2ft section of deck core, and numerous other places where water did get in around hardware bolts, which I'm fixing and rebedding first, then I'm going to finish the rest of the deck. One thing about kiwigrip- it is much easier in cooler weather (<80 deg), or you have to work either fast or in small sections. Once it starts drying, you really need to be finished with the roll-texturing.
06-24-2012 03:40 AM
tap
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

I was under the impression you could apply kiwigrip over the nonskid without sanding it out first. The kiwigrip goes on thick and fills the molded in textured pattern.
06-24-2012 02:24 AM
SVTatia
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

Willddad

The tiny diamonds pattern you are describing is called molded non-skid. Yes, in a simplistic way, you would need to either sand it smooth or fill the tiny cavities and sand some more, depending how much "wear" you've got. After that you'll need to paint the deck where the non-skid will not be applied. The third step is to mask, sand then apply the new non-skid.
06-24-2012 01:10 AM
willdadd
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

yes sorry I was referring to the fiberglass at and above deck level my sailboat terminology is still growing
06-24-2012 12:34 AM
Faster
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

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Ok I read up on kiwigrip, it sounds like a great product, I guess it would be best to sand smooth and patch the entire topside, and then to mask out the areas to be non skidded and apply kiwigrip after
Sounds good..... except the 'topsides' are the sides of the hull above the waterline.. you're going to be refinishing your 'deck' .. (and maybe the topsides too, eventually... but hopefully not with Kiwigrip!)
06-24-2012 12:28 AM
willdadd
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

Ok I read up on kiwigrip, it sounds like a great product, I guess it would be best to sand smooth and patch the entire topside, and then to mask out the areas to be non skidded and apply kiwigrip after
06-24-2012 12:03 AM
willdadd
Re: fiberglass textured deck repair questions

Thanks for the information guys, so basically the process to refinish the topside decks would basically be to sand down (removing the texture) epoxy and repair cracks chips etc, glaze putty, air board etc, prime paint and add texture etc?

I want to get the topside and hull back to beautiful looking.

thanks again
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