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Re: Cockpit and Deck Painting Advice
Thanks for all of the advice. A few additional data points:
1. My current non-skid is a embossed waffle diamond pattern. The pattern is in good shape and appears to be painted with a flat paint that didn't contain grit. Guessing there is the original and the current coat. Current coat was likely done by a PO. Very light tan along the lines of Interlux Sand Beige and Bristol Beige).
2. Cockpit surfaces and other deck surfaces are a mix of glossy and flat white. Generally the flat is on areas where you might step (coamings, cockpit seating, etc.) and glossy are on vertical surfaces such as the companionway and vertical walls of the cockpit well.
Based on all of the advice and reading online, here is my current gameplan:
1. Thoroughly wash surfaces prior to sanding. Remove as much deck hardware as I can stand. Sand existing painted surfaces with 80 grit, 120 grit, and finally 220 grit. Wipe with acetone in between and when finished
2. Fill and sand any dings, crack, etc.
3. Prep existing non-skid pattern with a cupped wire brush to remove/scuff existing paint. Maybe a light sand on top of the pattern to scuff but I think I want to preserve the pattern.
3b. Paint with primer depending on product choice
4. Paint cockpit with appropriate white/off white with flattner for non-gloss areas
5. Paint non-skid with Interdeck or similar.
I would like some rougher texture in addition to the diamond pattern but would prefer not to obliterate the diamond pattern. Also don't want too much roughness since the kids play around on deck while at anchor. Don't have a great idea how aggressive the various non-skid textures are. Read about someone adding glass blasting beads to adjust coarseness.