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The ranger 28 has quite a nice molded non skid pattern... unless extremely worn it should not really need such treatment as treadmaster, and I think it would be overly destructive to "sand it out" - not to mention the work involved.
The risk in painting this surface is, of course, reducing the non skid qualities by filling the pattern with paint. If the pattern is painted lightly you should be fine. As an added precaution you could add some grit to the paint you use, or use something like Interdeck. It has a good grip and rolls out quite nicely, however its quite thick and I think you would pretty much bury the existing pattern (which IMO looks pretty good)
Years ago we repainted my brother's R28 - we ended up painting the hull and deck, but not the non skid areas themselves. It turned out great and we didn't impact the nonskid because we left it alone.
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