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Old 19 June 2012, 11:25   #1
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On a lighter note, organic non-slip discovery

Finally got a dry day and set about painting some pigmented resin over some bow deck areas showing wear. I did it with the boat half covered to keep dust etc off the fresh new surface.
What I didn't reckon on in June was a huge low pressure system flying in dropping the temperature so much the resin took more than 24 hours to harden. Meanwhile the accompanying gale blasted some nearby evergreens and.....
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drove them everywhere resulting in an environmentally friendly naturally occurring non slip deck
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Well, non-slip requires texture in the surface. You'll have lots of that in a year or so when the organic matter decays and washes away...

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What I didn't reckon on in June was a huge low pressure system flying in dropping the temperature so much the resin took more than 24 hours to harden.
Don't they have weather forecasts in Ireland anymore?
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Something I've heard of on the grapevine is sprinkling sugar onto paint/resin before it goes off. Makes the surface really rough, and the sugar just dissolves away the first time it sees any water leaving a hard wearing surface.
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Well, non-slip requires texture in the surface. You'll have lots of that in a year or so when the organic matter decays and washes away...
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It pretty much scrubbed off OK with plenty of hot water and a stiff brush leaving an effective if not exactly symmetrical non-slip. Turned out better than initial impressions as per the photos. Got out of jail!

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Don't they have weather forecasts in Ireland anymore?
We do hence the covering but it was colder than forecast and the unusual NE direction bore into the transom end. Hint of a perfect storm to mess up the job.

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Something I've heard of on the grapevine is sprinkling sugar onto paint/resin before it goes off. Makes the surface really rough, and the sugar just dissolves away the first time it sees any water leaving a hard wearing surface.
You can use sand or salt too. Sugar or salt tend to absorb the resin for bigger 'lumps' and all of these techniques can easily leave you with a surface like a rasp file so I'd recommend a trial patch plus add less grit than you think you'll need.
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