I've been working on getting the decks and cockpit painted for the better part of two months now, beginning with the slick surfaces that were done with Petit two part expoxy paint, the first application being a disaster, and the second coat, just OK. Yes, I followed the directions to the letter, but the weatherman didn't give a damned if I was painting and hit me with higher than predicted humidity, thus the loss of the gloss finish.
Now, I'm working with Kiwigrip, which is water based and requires lightning fast timing. This stuff is the consistency of Yogurt, and the best way to apply the paint is with a trowel with 1/8-inch V-notches. I had to cover the boat with a tarp, thus keeping all painted surfaces in the shade. My boat is a 1973 Morgan Out Island, and the non skid had completely worn off over many years of usage. I was down to where I could see dark black coming through the finish and it was really slick when wet.
To get the paint out of the can, I used an old soup spoon, which worked best. Then after trowling the paint on the area, the next step is to use their texturized, loopy-goopy roller to obtain the non-skid finish. The paint dries very, very rapidly, therefore, as soon as the texture is achieved, you must quickly remove the masking tape or you will lift the edges of the paint. They recommend doing about 4 square feet at a time, but I was able to get away with doing about 10 square feet.
Bottom line - the finish looks great, there's no way in Hell that you will slip on this finish, and with luck, another four days of painting and I'll be done and ready to go sailing. I'm already two months behind on my sailing schedule because of the weather this spring.
Attached are some videos of the works in progress.