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Old 29 August 2004, 14:06   #1
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Ready for painting?

spent all day yersterday rubbing down the floor in my searider, going to be adding some sand to the orange paint to get a grippy result, not sure what grade to use tho, any of u guys done this?



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Old 29 August 2004, 14:24   #2
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Haven't used sand - best stuff to use is sandblast type grit - should be able to scrounge/buy some from your local shot blasters - aluminium oxide is the most common.

It is pretty abrasive stuff - if it is too rough for bare feet to cope with just put some more paint over it until you get the desired texture!

Of course you could always buy some treadmaster!
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Old 29 August 2004, 14:34   #3
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Don't mix it with the paint. Paint it and sprinkle the grit on with a shaker, (A tin with holes punched into the bottom.). Wait until it's dry and overpaint it. As codprawn says, it can be sharp. Pet shops sell grit and it works fine.
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International paint have already done the hard work for you. There deck paint has just the right amount of grit in it so no need to go looking for something else that might not work. And its available in orange. Just make sure you stir the paint as the grit settles in the tin. Brilliant stuff, doesn't fade and if you need to touch up at the end of the season you can't tell once its dried.

3/4 of a litre just did 3 coats of a 5.25 rib with the first coat thinned slightly.

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We use Kiln dried silver sand sprinkled on wet paint for non slip steps.
sand is available from early learning centres . and have seen it in wickes.

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When I did my floor I was told to use Playpit sand to mix with my flo-coat. I would imagine the same would be true for paint. It is a very fine sand that is dry so doesn't stay in big lumps when mixed in with the paint.
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And whilst on the subject maybe someone should tell P&O - recently made a crossing on the Pride of Portsmouth to Bilbao and the decks were deadly slippery - no non slip in sight - how the hell a British company that size gets away with it with all the health and safety crap beats me!

Maybe it is a case of the decks being so slippery people are extra carefull and don't get hurt? Put nonslip down and someone probably will.............
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international also do sachets of polyurethane granules that you can add to paint of your choice. thats what i used when doing my floor mixed with bilge paint for better oil and fuel resistance and its perfect the granules arnt sharp so bare feet isnt a problem. and its really grippy.

i used 750ml of bilge paint and one sachet of granules and it done three coats on my 4.2m rib with lots to spare and touching up just blends in no problem. thats what i would recommend.

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If you use 'normal sand' it will show in on the deck after a while, as the paint wares off the sand... so you deck will have orange with dark speckels all over it....

I would use the 'proper' deck paint , and then it will look good for years , instead of months .......
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