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Nonskid opinions

Post by Bogieman » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:39 pm

Hello everyone. I'm in need of some opinions/ suggestions about nonskid types/ brands etc.

I'm in the process of fairing the cockpit and seat tops of my AD16 and will use nonskid in those areas. The plan is to use Systems 3 primer to be followed by EMC paint. There are a lot of options...

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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by cvincent » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:00 pm

I have the EMC non-skid and kiwigrip on hand but I have not decided which one to apply. The kiwigrip is easy to apply and touch up. The EMC paint with non-skid is easier to clean but is more difficult to apply. It's a tough choice.
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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by OrangeQuest » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:41 pm

I am going to be testing EVA foam soon. I ordered some but then also found some at the local art supply store today in white and black. All of our paddle boards use the stuff and they all have been holding up nicely. I don't think it is the same grade as the art supply has.
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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by BarraMan » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:21 pm

I'm going to use Kiwigrip on my cockpit floor. Was going to put SeaDek down but now think it would be impossible to keep clean - especially with the red dirt from places we like to fish. I will still use SeaDek on the decks, steps and gunwales.

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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by Bogieman » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:50 pm

Does the Kiwigrip go on before or after primer or after paint? I've got things pretty fair in the cockpit andI'm wondering if the Kiwigrip will alleviate the need to have stuff close to perfect underneath it...

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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by cvincent » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:44 pm

The kiwigrip can go directly over primer or paint. You need to lightly sand the primer or paint with your choice of 100 - 220grit sandpaper. After sanding clean the surface with a damp rag. I use damp microfiber cloths to clean up the dust.
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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by Aripeka Angler » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:45 am

Bogieman wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:50 pm
Does the Kiwigrip go on before or after primer or after paint? I've got things pretty fair in the cockpit andI'm wondering if the Kiwigrip will alleviate the need to have stuff close to perfect underneath it...
I’ve used kiwigrip a half dozen times. I like the stuff, it’s easy to put on and has great traction.
As cvincent said, be sure to rough up the surface you are putting the kiwigrip on-100 grit is perfect for this.
Do not skip or do a half job sanding or you will regret it later on.
In my experience, kiwigrip sticks much better to primer than shiny paint-even sanded shiny paint.
Kiwigrip will cover up a LOT of fairing defects, kind of like texturing sheetrock.
Use the loopy goopy roller to put on the kiwigrip, at least the first coat.
I mention first coat, don’t panic if you see a little bit of primer through the kiwigrip when you roll it on.
You can go back with a smooth roller after the stipple drys to cover any small missed spots.
Last thing, don’t get the impression that kiwigrip doesn’t get filthy.
I clean it with a solution of 50/50 outdoor sudsing bleach and water.
When the kiwi starts looking dingy after hard use or a couple of years, bleach it and throw on a light overcoat to freshen up the deck...
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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by fallguy1000 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:21 am

Kiwigrip is easy to apply.

The tinting part is a bit of a pita; trial and error method.

Application is easy and as others said, covers imperfections like a dream.
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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by Bogieman » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:44 am

Ok thank you everyone! That answers all my questions. Kiwigrip it is!!!!

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Re: Nonskid opinions

Post by terrulian » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:49 am

One thing Cracker warned us about is that when applying Kiwigrip, be forewarned of its tendency to splatter from the roller. Otherwise, I really liked using it and it's a great surface for traction.
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