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To be used with AwlGrip and AwlCraft 2000 Topcoat Boat Paints to give a Non-Skid texture for deck and step areas. Anti-Slip and non-skid additives are mixed directly with topcoats, or added to a "tacky" paint surface. People have had success adding these polymeric particles to varnishes (actually 2-part clear polyurethanes), as well as other similar multi-part polyurethane boat paint finishes. Griptex is available in fine, coarse and extra coarse, letting you customize grip or traction levels.
Application Instructions Griptex particles may be added to mixed topcoats and applied by spray. Dry particles may be broadcast or sprinkled into a tacky paint film. Do not apply to surfaces warmer than 105 F or colder than 55 F. Do not attempt to cure below 55 F (13 C).
Cautions Previously painted surfaces must be tested for compatability before applying Awlgrip products. Gelcoat non-skid areas need to be thoroughly cleaned abraded. Use Scotch-brite, water, abrasive cleaners, and stiff brushes to ensure proper cleaning. For final removal of abrasive residues and sanding dirt, wrap a stiff brush in clean cotton cloth. Scrub the sanded surface with the cloth wrapped brush. Brush bristles force cloth into the grooves and valleys of the old non-skid, removing contaminants from the surface. Change cloths frequently. Flush the surface with fresh water and allow to dry before wiping with Awl-prep.
Note Even on small jobs, long term performance is improved if surfaces are primed before an Awlgrip or Awlcraft 2000 Topcoat is applied.
June 24, 2020
Works great. Easy to apply with popcorn salt shacker. Like that it is plastic not sand or organic.
January 24, 2020
We are using the fine grit additive and I believe the directions said to just sprinkle it evenly over the first topcoat while still wet. Perhaps in a perfect environment (an enclosed building with no air moving whatsoever) that 'may' be possible, but most DIYers don't work in a perfect situation. We are in the middle of painting our non-skid while in the water and having to deal with daily wind. Here's the method I've evolved to using and am getting pretty good/even results. Within 10-15 minutes of putting the first topcoat over the primer, I 'attempt' to sprinkle the particles with the confectioners sugar dispenser that is recommended. Keep in mind that for every 1 cup you get on the paint, about 1/4 cup blows in the breeze and is lost, either overboard, to another area on the boat, or even your neighbors boat! This stuff is extremely lightweight! It actually looks much like confectioners sugar. Buy extra if you have a large project. Once you have a 'whole' section covered completely, use a 2-3 inch chip brush to move the crystals around to get even coverage. You'll want to make sure you have plenty of crystals on before starting this because you will drag paint around if you don't. After 3-4 hours or so the paint will be dry enough to go back and lightly brush the excess off and vacuum off. AND......make sure your hatches and ports are all closed before opening the can! Ask me why? You'll be cleaning up non-skid particles/dust for days inside your boat!! I was skeptical that the 'fine' particles would have enough grip for the deck, but now that we have 2/3 of the boat done, I would say that since we don't wear shoes on deck, it is the perfect amount of grip.
September 21, 2012
I used this product on 36' Rinker top non skid area. I rolled it on, tried shake method, did not yield great results. mixed with paint and gelcoat before hardener or other activators worked best. Took 3 coats to get results desired. Used coarse size. Product must be mixed thoroughly.
April 11, 2010
I dont know why so little product is being called for here. Awlgrips product sheet calls for much more product per gallon.............. "For spray application, add 8-10 oz. (227-284 grams) by weight of GRIPTEX Non-Skid Particles to each gallon (3.785 liters) of mixed color base and converter"
March 10, 2008
You'll need to use twice the amount specified to get a surface that is truly "non-skid". Other than that it is an awesome product. I used it with gelcoat.