KiwiGrip Non-Skid
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KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating

KiwiGrip is a durable, non-skid deck coating system developed by New Zealand yachtsmen specifically for use on boats. Most other traction or anti slip coatings are simply repackaged industrial products.

This hard acrylic polymer provides a durable, homogeneous, elastic surface. It spreads quickly and easily. By using one of KiwiGrip's proprietary rollers (sold separately) and by varying application technique, the texture can be adjusted from fine to aggressive for the right amount of traction.

In late 2011, KiwiGrip introduced a new, improved formulation for longer working time and improved color retention. Note: the cream color is now a slightly different shade compared to earlier batches.

Receive a free complimentary 4in Kiwigrip Roller cover with any Quart or Gallon size purchase. Roller cage not included.

 
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  • Low-glare, IR reflective finish
  • Homogenous color that won't wear through and expose filler materials
  • UV stabilizer for consistent color
  • Vary texture by application technique used
  • Apply over wood, fiberglass, epoxy, concrete, or metal
  • Rolls over other worn non-skid surfaces nicely
  • Non-toxic, no volatile solvents, very low VOC
  • Cleans up with soap and water
  • Complete, detailed "how-to" instructions come with every can
  • Coverage: 2 square meters per liter (80 SF/Gal)

 

How is KiwiGrip different from traditional nonskid coatings?

Most non skid surfaces are created by mixing in a gritty additive during the painting process. This makes it tricky to get the additive to coating ratio right. In addition, the non slip properties wear away with time and use.

Because KiwiGrip is a single part with no additives, it suffers none the problems associated with non skids that use sand, walnut shells, beads, rubber fleck, or other fillers. Anti skid coatings with fillers tend to wear through and the fillers fall out. This makes decks slippery, hard to clean and hard to recoat.

While you can apply it with a brush, there are rollers designed specifically for Kiwigrip. Using these rollers lets you work faster and easier than traditional spraying. The gel finish dries to form tiny peaks and valleys that form a high traction surface impervious to the elements. Fine tuning the aggressiveness and amount of traction provided is as easy as using the rollers to change the size of the peaks and valleys.

BRAND: KiwiGrip
Type: Anti-Slip Covering
4.5 51

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KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating
 
4.5

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to clean (29)
  • Even paint distribution (24)
  • Ergonomic grip (16)
  • Easy to apply (9)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

  • Messy (4)
  • Deteriorates (3)

Best Uses

  • Large areas (23)
  • Small areas (16)
  • Detailed work (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (35), Casual do-it-yourselfer (9), Professional (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great system!

I rolled a first coat with a 4"x1/2" whiz roller removed the tape then recoated using the whiz and finished with the texture roller (availabe at [@] for...Read complete review

I rolled a first coat with a 4"x1/2" whiz roller removed the tape then recoated using the whiz and finished with the texture roller (availabe at [@] for half the cost) The texture roller. worked great. I got a finer anti skid and was able to press the roller in firmly without compromising the coverage.In doing 2 thinner coats I achieved the same coverage rate and got a finer texture.I would not try messing with getting a texture on the first coat. Dries too fast. Texture becomes spotty and coverage is compromised.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Easy to apply, great grip, but very soft

We did interior sole, and full deck on a Quest 30 raceboat. Product is very easy to apply. The grip is excellent. Their rollers break down very fast and do not last you...Read complete review

We did interior sole, and full deck on a Quest 30 raceboat. Product is very easy to apply. The grip is excellent. Their rollers break down very fast and do not last you must buy extras. Removing tape and setup are key to a good job.
Now with a month of use we fine the product rubs off very easy with any line running over it. We will put Interlux Brightside in those areas and million dollar tape (teflon chafe tape). Would I use it again, I think so but will know better after a season.
I am between recommending it and not recommending it time will tell.

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4.0

Looks great, touch up for scuffs needed

By 30' SISU

from OCEANSIDE, NY

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Easy To Clean

Cons

  • Scuffs Hard To Remove

Best Uses

  • Decks Gunnels

Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

I've used Kiwi over previously coated rubberized surfaces and it holds extremely well. Two coats were needed for cover due to previous coating expanding in the sun's heat. The supplied roller cover is too hard and doesn't lay down the Kiwi as does a foam textured cover I found. The only issue I have is that scuff marks are almost impossible to remove as compared to a fiberglass deck, but touch up is easy.

 
5.0

KiwiGrip

By Mike

from SLIDEL, LA

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Pros

  • A Lot Of Grip
  • Easy To Clean
  • Ergonomic Grip
  • Even Paint Distribution
  • Great Looking
  • Lightweight
  • Real Easy To Put On

Cons

  • Heat Decreases Work Time

Best Uses

  • Large Areas

Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

Applied to a large section on a hot day. I didn't remove the tape fast enough. Got some rough edges. Still, this is a great product so far (6 months).

 
2.0

Does not last

By A&J Marine

from Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Me Professional

Pros

    Cons

    • Deteriorates

    Best Uses

      Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

      Kiwi Grip is easy to use but does not last nearly as long as other deck finishes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great product

      By JASON

      from POWELL, OH

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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      Pros

      • Easy To Clean
      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

      • Messy

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas

      Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

      Easiest way to apply was to spread with a puddy knife, then use the kiwi grip roller.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Tough to clean

      By dalidali

      from Baja Mexico

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

            I like the non skid properties. Better than those that contain sand or silica.
            Major problem is it stains really easily and is a bear to clean. Even with aggressive brushing with a stiff brush.....it's tough.
            Gasoline will soften this stuff and then it peels off.
            Price is over the top expensive IMO.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            works great

            By JOHNC

            from sanibel, fl

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            Pros

            • Even Paint Distribution

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

                just applied, so no long term results, but looks beautiful, took just 4 1/2 quarts to do decks and cabin top on 43 foot sailboat, easy to get consistent appearance, good hiding power over old nonskid

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Watch the weather

                By Werner

                from New Bern North Carolina

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to apply
                • Even Paint Distribution

                Cons

                • Sensitive To Drying Condi

                Best Uses

                  Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

                  I applied the product late afternoon after carefully taping and preparation it was warm, in the seventies but high humidity. The job looked great. The following morning a slip mate called me and told me the paint had pretty much washed off. It had rained during the night about six hours after application. Be aware of the temperature, humidity and the forecast or you could see two days of preparation wash away. The company was sympathetic and offered a replacement can even though it was clearly not a problem with the material. Will try again in the spring.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By Hooksetter

                  from Cape May NJ

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Clean
                  • Ergonomic Grip
                  • Even Paint Distribution
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

                      I used this product on the floor of my 1979 28 Topaz. The floor was rebuilt and all paint was removed. I painted the floor prior to using this product. I then applied blue painters tape around all of my hatches and areas that I did not want a rough surface. One thing I noticed when using the roller is when you apply pressure and roll away the paint is not as rough. I did this and went back lightly and got the texture I wanted. I also used a 4" taping knife to get the product out of the can. I would recommend watching any video's before using this! It is very easy to use but watching the video helped a lot! I removed all of the painters tape after I was done. You have limited working time so if your doing a floor do one side at a time working towards the middle so the blend is even working with a wet edge. Then remove the tape on one side. I also did the same thing with the hatches. It came out great and worth the investment.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Kiwi Grip

                      By aquastan

                      from Plymouth MA

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to apply
                      • Even Paint Distribution

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Areas

                        Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

                        Our boat is a Pearson Countess, 44' ketch built in 1969. The decks were worn when we bought her in 1995 and I made the mistake of painting the decks and adding non skid (sand) to the paint. It was never a satisfactory finish or solution.

                        So I spent the last 2 months sanding, filling and fairing, painting accent stripes around the perimeter, hatches, deck fittings, etc. then masking and applying Kiwi Grip. The product went on relatively easily but it did take some time to get the knack of rolling it out evenly. Also I used a dark gray primer but the Kiwi Grip is a light gray and I do have areas where the primer shows thru as the roller has a tendency to skid.

                        The end result looks good. It effectively hides many of the irregular surfaces that were not perfectly repaired/filled and sanded.

                        Next season will be the test. Kiwi Grip appears to provide an effective non skid surface but it hasn't been tested in action. How it wears and cleans up will determine whether or not the product lives up to its advertising.

                         
                        4.0

                        Added some non skid silica sand

                        By carboman

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Clean

                        Cons

                        • Getting It Out Of A Quart

                        Best Uses

                        • Cockpit Floor

                        Comments about KiwiGrip Non-Skid Deck Coating:

                        I used this on the cockpit floor of my sailboat. I applied it as it came out of the can and it was ok on the non skid properties. I was out on the boat and with the combination of saltwater and bare feet it was not good. I added some of the silica/non skid mentioned above and mixed it in well. Reapplied over the first coat and what a difference!

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