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Product Details

Add SoftSand Rubber Particles to urethane, epoxy, and acrylic coatings to create an attractive, flexible, skid-resistant surface that feels better, looks better, and lasts longer than sand or other abrasive non-skid paint additives. Great for added safety on boat decks, hand grips, walkways, patios, pet ramps & more.

These spongy rubber granules are softer than standard abrasive non-skid additives, making them more comfortable to walk or kneel on. High-quality, durable granules have color pigment throughout, unlike other rubber non-skid additives made from recycled car tires—so the granules wear evenly & consistently, with no change in color. The long-lasting, stain-resistant surface remains attractive and easy to clean.

Choose White or Beige in Fine, Medium, or Coarse grade particles in 1/4 Pint, Pint, Quart Sifter Bottle, and Gallon sizes.

Tech Specs
Item Number Color Grade Size
SPT-SR-101-WF White Fine 1/4 Pint
SPT-SR-102-WF White Fine Pint
SPT-SR-104-WF WhiteFine Quart - Sifter Bottle
SPT-SR-105-WF WhiteFine Gallon
SPT-SR-101-WM White Medium 1/4 Pint
SPT-SR-102-WM White Medium Pint
SPT-SR-104-WM White Medium Quart - Sifter Bottle
SPT-SR-105-WM White Medium Gallon
SPT-SR-101-WC White Coarse 1/4 Pint
SPT-SR-102-WC White Coarse Pint
SPT-SR-104-WC White Coarse Quart - Sifter Bottle
SPT-SR-105-WC White Coarse Gallon
SPT-SR-101-BF Beige Fine 1/4 Pint
SPT-SR-102-BF Beige Fine Pint
SPT-SR-101-BM Beige Medium 1/4 Pint
SPT-SR-102-BM Beige Medium Pint
SPT-SR-101-BC Beige Coarse 1/4 Pint
SPT-SR-102-BC Beige Coarse Pint
Technical Specifications
Material Proprietary, fully cured, cryogenically ground elastomeric particles
Broadcast Application Method Sprinkle the particles by hand or shaker directly onto the first coat of paint while it is still wet.
Direct Addition to Paint Application Method Mix the particles directly into the paint, then use a brush or roller to apply.
Specific Gravity 1.4 (Approximately half that of mineral additives)
Compatibility Compatible with most solvent-based and waterborne paint systems, including polyurethane marine topside paints and epoxy or acrylic floor paints
Quantity Needed for Non-Slip Surface 10-20% SoftSand rubber particles by weight
1/4 Pint of SoftSand Add to 1 quart of paint
Pint of SoftSand Add to 1 gallon of paint
Recommended Number of Coats Two coats generally create a more even distribution of rubber particles
Info & Guides

How Much SoftSand™ Do I Need?

  • 1/4 Pint of SoftSand - Add to 1 Quart of paint
  • 1 Pint of SoftSand - Add to 1 Gallon of paint

Technical Information

Features:

  • Rubber-based paint additive creates a comfortable, skid-resistant surface
  • Much more durable and barefoot-friendly than rigid particles like sand, aluminum oxide, pumice, plastic, and carborundum
  • Specially formulated elastomeric compound is not derived from scrap material
  • Excellent adhesion to acrylic, epoxy, and urethane surfaces in need of texturing
  • Superior weatherability, flexibility, & durability
  • Attractive color consistency
  • Non-staining
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Solvent resistant
  • Easy to use
  • Contains no free silica, which can be hazardous to your health
  • Ideal for a number of residential, marine, and construction applications, including decks, tennis courts, hand rails, pools, and much more

Important Safety Information

SoftPoint products contain no free silica. Crystalline silica (quartz) can be hazardous to your health. Breathing crystalline dust can cause the occupational lung disease silicosis, and may cause cancer and scleroderma. Always follow OSHA health standards when using crystalline silica dust.

Reviews for SoftSand Rubber Non-Skid Paint Additive

10 of 18 Reviews

August 16, 2021

Superior product
By Grauncher from Westport, CT

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We needed a non-slip finish for the deck of the 30ft sailboat that we're restoring, to provide a good grip for shoes, but not too abrasive for people sitting on deck. I know Griptex (fine) is very good. For test purposes I ordered a small amount of Griptex, and having heard good things about SoftSand added a small packet each of their fine and medium stuff. I now believe Griptex works well if you're spraying, or perhaps mixing then brushing on, but it's an extremely fine powder so unsuitable for "scattering" or "broadcasting" because it blows all over the place. SoftSand has more heft to it, much easier for scattering onto the wet painted deck. I ordered a couple of quarts of fine, and we did it outside with a gentle breeze blowing, ending up with a truly excellent non-slip finish. After brushing off the residue the second day we recovered almost half the particles. If I did it again I'd probably order 3 quarts to make life easier.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 13, 2021

Follow a plan
By Merrs from New Jersey

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Fantastic product. DO NOT WING IT. Follow the instructions. I used with 1 part Wet Edge Topside Paint. Later found out SoftSand does not recommend 1 part paints. I still got ok results and would have gotten perfect results if I had done a couple of things differently. I worked in too big an area and some paint skinned over and the sand didn't stick. Work in a smaller areas and have someone follow with the sand to get it on while it's wet. Buy twice the amount of sand you think you'll need. You really need to pile it on (completely covered). Using the one part paint is doable, but drying time is increased a lot. Don't apply additional coats until paint is fully cured. If I was doing it again I would use 2 part paint and buy a couple gallons of the sand. You can recover all the extra sand and use it again by sweeping it up and back into a container but you DEFINITELY need to FULLY cover with the sand until you can't see any paint underneath then let it fully cure. Couple of days is best. You will thank me. Do not mix into the paint and roll. Comes out really uneven. Even with my mistakes, I am very happy with my results. It's a great product. I would just follow the directions more closely next time.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 29, 2021

Nice stuff
By Tmas from Brooklyn

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I painted my deck & used soft sand broadcasted over deck & it came out great & looks factory.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 14, 2021

Great Product!
By SV Isabella from Biloxi, MS

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I used this with Awlgrip paint and it turned out very nice! I followed Andy's method on BoatWorks Today YouTube Channel With one exception. I didn't wait 16 hours between coats. Yes this works. I masked off the non-skid area, light sanded with 220 grit, primed with awlgrip 545 primer and waited the 10 hrs min, then lightly sanded with 220 grit. I applied the first coat of Awlgrip topcoat and immediately liberally sprinkle SoftSand over the paint. You want this covered so you can't see the paint. I waited for 1-1/2 to 2hrs until the paint was tacky. I then used compressed air at about 2-3 psi and moved the loose Softsand on to a piece of brown paper with the back creased up 90 deg to catch the material. This material is reusable, put it back in the shaker. I was able to recalm about 90% of the loose material. I then was able to apply the 1st top coat. I used a mole hair roller and yes you pick up some of the loose SoftSand but this doesn't hurt anything. I waited another 1-1/2 to 2 hrs and put on the 2nd and final top coat. I pulled the tape about 30 mins later. Perfect finish and cured nicely after a couple days. What made me experiment with is method was the specs of the Awlgrip. When spray application it is ok to apply up to 3 coats after the previous coats tack off and we are going for finish shine so sanding between coats is not an issue.

Base coat covered in SoftSand
Finshed SoftSand Non-skid
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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January 29, 2021

Fantastic product
By Diy'er from MN

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I broadcast spread it, then two coats over it...turned out perfect. .only qualm I might have is it takes alot of extra product to broadcast spread but you retreive it after,

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 17, 2020

Super Nonskid Additive
By Bill F. from SW Florida

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Broadcast this product using the supplied sprinkler. Far superior to Awl Grip product as it is more coarse but not too rough.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 6, 2020

Excellent results
By Bob from Kansas City MO

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I used the "Medium grade Soft Sand" on the cockpit floor on my sailboat in combination with "Perfection" [2- component polyurethane]. 1st stage - paint only // 2nd stage - masked areas - wet paint+ soft sand sprinkled on // 3rd stage brush off excess sand when dry [can reuse sand] // 4th stage - to get a uniform sand coverage I recoated and sprinkled again with sand & brushed off excess when dry // Final coat with Perfection. Note: I am using the "Medium Grade" for walking surfaces. "Fine Grade" for sitting surfaces.

Sailboat - cockpit floor
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 29, 2020

Great product but I used a lot more than I thought.
By Howard from NJ

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I am very happy with this product. I used the white and purchased a small pack which I found to not give me the coverage that I wanted. I applied by painting the surface first, then spreading the Soft Sand . I waited a few hours for the paint to set up , then swept up the excess to reuse and applied two more coats of paint. This gave me a very uniform surface

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 23, 2020

It is soft
By O'day 23 from Aiken, SC

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I started with my hatches using Andy's method from boatworks today. Looks great and feels good. Still have the deck to do. It does take more paint that I thought. I'll post more when I complete the rest.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 16, 2020

Yes
By Langis from Fort Lauderdale

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Used as directed and are Beaty happy with outcome

1977 seasquirt
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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