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KiwiGrip Application Instructions

How To Apply KiwiGrip Non Skid Deck Paint

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Always apply KiwiGrip over a completed and sealed surface finish. In the case of new construction, completely paint the boat to a finished stage.

Mark out selected areas for the application of KiwiGrip with a soft pencil, using compass or calipers to mark curves.

Sand the selected areas to a flat finish using 180 grit paper, paying particular attention to ensure an even, flat, surface is achieved — right up to the edge of the pencil mark. Remove dust.

Mask using 1" or slightly wider tape as close as possible to the pencil marks. Check to see that there are no glossy surfaces visible, particularly around the edge of the masking tape. If any shiny surfaces are present, ensure you sand carefully up to the edge of the masking tape. Remove dust.

When applying over existing antiskid surfaces no sanding or grinding is required. Abrade the selected surfaces thoroughly with a rotary green pad or wire brush, making sure all the peaks and valleys are well dulled off. Then scrub with a detergent based boat soap and water, allowing the surface to dry before masking and applying KiwiGrip.


Apply KiwiGrip to clean, dry surfaces, with glossy areas scuffed or sanded to a dull finish.

Always apply KiwiGrip in shady conditions if the weather is warm, as this allows the coating and the roller to provide a more even finish. In direct sunlight or very hot conditions, the coating can dry too quickly, and the surface may be subjected to air pockets or pinholes. If this happens, either wait until it is more shady or thin a small amount of KiwiGrip with 20 - 25% water, and apply one thin coat over the whole surface by brush. This thin coat will fill up the air holes but continue to provide an effective non-slip surface.

Cold and damp weather can inhibit curing, so be sure your surface and surrounding air temperature are above 50°F (10°C) and the surface is protected from dew and rain.

Choose the smallest section on the vessel for the first application of KiwiGrip. You will get better as you go, so to ensure an excellent outcome, have as much practice as is required on small sections before proceeding with the larger areas.

Using a brush, apply a large amount of the coating to the selected area
— similar to the equivalent of troweling on a thick film of yogurt over the surface. Apply at a rate of about 20 square feet per liter.

Apply the loopy-goopy roller to the surface and roll it out evenly, spreading the coating to a visibly even distribution. Once that is achieved, lift the weight from the roller and glide it lightly and gently over the surface to dial in your texture.

Once the texture looks even and you are happy with the result, remove the masking tape. Removing the tape while the coating is wet allows the edges to roll over and create a nice looking radius. If the coating sets up, the surface edge will be quite sharp — but that looks nice also, and increases non-slip potential.

If you are not happy with the evenness or result, repeat the application but use less material on the second coat.

For a very slip resistant surface, allow the coating to partly dry out and then back-roll over the surface. This will make the hills and hollows more pronounced.

Drying Time

Apply only when surface, air and product temperature is 50° to 90° F (10° to 32° C). Normally dries in one hour at 77° F (25° C). Allow at least 4 hours before recoating. High humidity may prolong drying time.

At 60° to 70° F, KiwiGrip will tack up in under an hour. You can walk on your new decks without shoes in 24 hours. The product will be tough but slightly rubbery in less than 48 hours, and will reach final hardness in 48 to 72 hours.


When maintenance or re-coating is required, remove all surface contaminants with boat soap to ensure the surface is completely clean. No sanding is required - you simply need to apply the coating as you have done previously. If you are competent with the brush and roller, it does not require any further masking. If you are uncertain of your technique,
re-mask the surface to the edge of the previous KiwiGrip coating and then proceed.

Clean Up:

Wash tools and equipment with soap and water while material is fresh. Be sure to thoroughly wash out your loopy goopy roller so you can save it to use for touch-up and repairs in the future.

Using a cup to define a radius
Using a cup to define a radius
Sanding right up to the tape
Sanding right up to the tape" title="Sanding right up to the tape
Ready for KiwiGrip
Ready for KiwiGrip
Applying a thick coat
Applying a thick coat
Spreading with roller
Spreading with roller
Matching existing texture
Matching existing texture
Peel tape while still wet
Peel tape while still wet
Remaining photos show ideas for masking corners, transitions and objects
Remaining photos show ideas for masking corners, transitions and objects

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