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.
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Mixing and Reduction For spray application, add 4 oz/113.4 grams by weight of Griptex non-skid additive to each gallon of mixed color base and converter.
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.
Type: Polymer bead
Use air atomized spray equipment. Fluid tip must be at least .070". Do not use airless or air assist airless spray equipment
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Non Skid Additive
I am planning on using coarse GripTex with gelcoat. If I am using a cup gun, is it better to mix GripTex into the initial coat or spray the gelcoat by itself and use a large shaker for Grip Tex to get even coverage? After that should I wait a full day or apply the final coat of gelcoat after the first kicks in? Lastly, what additive do I use for matte gelcoat finish?
I don't think you could spray the coarse Grip Tex mixed in the paint. Best to spray a coat of paint and shake on the grip tex. Let that dry, vacuum up any excess then apply another coat of paint. Use Awlgrip flattening agent for a matte finish.
JD Tech Team
Would you use on a deck? How would I do the hull? Tks.for the info. Jerry Kokoska
It's great on a deck. Follow the instructions Awl-Grip gives but you don't need to apply as much as they say. It's a very effective non-skid. Again Awl-Grip is good on the hull, obviously without non-skid. There are more choices than I have any use for. Again, follow directions carefully. Give maximum attention to respiratory safety. The solvents are very toxic, and the worst don't even have an odor. Using charcoal filters on a 3-M mask, full face, you need to change filters at least every hour. For a big hull it might pay to use a supplied air respirator, because those filter costs add up fast.
JOHN A CALOGERO
I used The non skid additive to my awlgrip top coat for the deck I followed the pacjae directions it looks and worked perfectly. I Did not use on the hull whipch was the customers question I can't see where it would have any benefits spying the non skid to a hull
Yes I have used this on deck with excellent results. I would suggest briefly reading the manufactures guidelines to get familiar with there product and application procedures. There are two ways to apply this material, one is with a method called telegraphing. This is where you roll on the Awlgrip paint and while it's still wet, the Non-skid material is telegraphed or drop over the top by hand in a fashion that looks consistent. Be sure you have good coverage and excessive is ok. After the awlgrip has dried for a day use an air compressor with an air/water separator to blow off the excess nonskid material that didn't stick into the paint. Don't walk on it though as it's still soft paint underneath. The final step is to mix some more paint reduced by 10-15% based on your climate and role one coat over the Non-skid. This seals the material in place on adds a nice consistant look. Let it dry thuroughly for at least a week. The other method is to spray the Non-skid on. I've found this a more costly solution if your in a refit. This is due to material and labor to cover the areas you don't want sprayed.As for applying to a hull side, it may be possible using the telegraph method but I haven't tryed it.Hope this helps.JP
Yes you can, add 1/2 cup of skid additive to a gallon of paint or urethane and roll it on.
Want to use this product with gel coat or some other non skid additives any suggestions?
MattI used Griptex mixed with paint & brushed on a deck. I also used it sprinkled into wet paint, which was equally sucessful. I had best results by mixing coarse and fine Griptex. This gives a very good non-slip surface that is not as aggressive as all coarse , and hold much better than all fine. I have NO experience using it with Gel coat. I do not think it would work well sifted onto the wet surface of a gelcoat patch or sprayed on coat. I do not think it can be used against a mold surface.
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Ask Akzo Nobel for specific gravity. The stuff is very low density polymer beads. Works well on the sloped deck of my Tri.cheersDave
i applied nonskid yesterday can i spray more awlgrip topcoat to it today without sanding?
yes, if you've used awl-grip all the way through.
JOHN A CALOGERO
Why not? Only, why would you ever "sand" after applying a non-skid surface. I apply Griptex into a wet epoxy painted surface, let it dry followed by another coat of the paint to seal the non-skid. This works well and gives a durable non-skid surface.
The short answer is yes, if you do it within the re-coat time frame. One day should be fine - sanding is difficult at best when you add non skid. Realize you will lose A LOT of your non skid grip if you do this. I top coated with Interlux Perfection- that stuff is so good it smoothed the surface out so well I had to go back and re-do with non-skid in the paint of the final coat. Top coating reduces the effect of the non skid by more than 50% I would estimate.
can I re-coat non slip without sanding all the old non-slip off ?
Yes, we have done it many times. You may lose a little of the grip when spraying over it but it can be done
Yes you certainly can. I would however suggest a good cleaning of the surface beforehand, and a lite Scotch Brite rubdown. I have done this using both Awl Grip and Enamel with no issues.
I have recoated but some light sanding seems best, also scrub and rinse to be sure all dust and dirt is removed.
we have always made a clean surface to reapply....so i really can't answer if you can or can't...sorry
I have always sanded off the non slip. I've also never had any pain failure by doing so. The non slip paint sands off pretty easily, considering how well it sticks.
How many square feet will on quart cover if I sprinkle it the way you show on your youtube video?
One pint covered the foredeck, side decks and ten foot long aft cockpit on my 36 foot trawler yacht. In other words, a quarrt covers a whole lot.
JOHN A CALOGERO
I have experiemented with the very coarse. It forms a very sharp large non-slip texture. I would use the extra coarse sparingly in a mix of coars with some fine griptex. I can not give any advice as to coverage.
What was the preparation process?does it require two coats?Is med, non skid additive okay for a 40'sailboat deck?Any additional thoughts appreciated.Thank youNorm Jackonen
Hi Norm, with the sprinkle method, preparation is the same as for paint. That will vary depending on what the surface is (gel-coat, old paint, new paint etc.) It requires two coats of paint, one wet coat which the qriptex is sprinkled onto, and a final coat on top after the first has dried and the excess product has been vacuumed up. I used coarse griptex and it was very fine textured, the surface is grippy but not abrasive. My biggest problem was with paint seeping under my masking tape so use good tape and make sure it is stuck down before you paint. Best of luck with your project.
I cleaned and sanded first coat of West Systems epoxy with sun protection hardner then applied second coat rolled on followed by "salting" or shaking the non-skid onto the wet coat. This allowed me to visually control the amount of non-skid applied and resulted in an excellent surface with lots of grip even when coated with water and fish slime. This is a great product and goes a very long way.One coat is adequate...work one 4" X 4" area at at time. Medium should be ideal but leave areas for sitting uncoated or provide cushions. Have fun. One tip is to try a limited and isolated, out-of-the-way area first to confirm your process yields desired results.
Norm,I had a old non-skid deck on my center console that I wanted to re-do. I started by removing the old non-skid with a belt sander. I then rolled on a coat of gel coat using a foam roller and then sprinkled AwlGrip Fine Non Skid over the gel coat before it cured. After that I swept up the Non Skid that had not adhered to the gel coat for re-use in other areas. I then rolled on another coat of gel coat using a new foam roller. After this cured, I brushed on PVA Mold Release to create an air tight barrier that would allow the gel coat to harden. This has seemed to work fine and give enough traction. There was one area of the deck where I rolled on a second coat of gel coat over the first coat and that area is a little slippery when wet.Matt
What type of paint roller works best when rolling awlgrip with grip tex?
I followed the advice of a couple professionals and sprinkled the griptex over wet paint. This way you can saturate it to the point where it no longer sticks to the paint, then vacuum up the excess after it is dry. You will use more product but ensure even coverage. I used a peanut butter jar with holes in the lid to sprinkle the griptex. Good luck with your project.
I use a candy cane stripe soft 4-6"- Home Depot - wet down 1st coat,sprinkle grip tex out of salt shaker let dry overnight. Sweep residual off deck apply 2nd coat your done.
We use a general 3/8" nap roller from Ace Hardware to apply Awl Grip.AddieWing Inflatables, Inc
We used the fine so we mixed it with the paint and sprayed it on with a HVLP paint gun with a large tip.
can I roll this with regular awlgrip over my spayed awlgrip liner?>
you will need to scuff your sprayed liner with a red scotch bright pad, then add your additive to your AwlGrip paint until you achaive your desired texturethen roll on as normal.
I'm no expert but I had good results rolling on the paint (one part polyurethane) and sprinkling the griptex on it while it was still wet. When it had dried I vacumed up the excess and painted over it one more time. Hope this helps.
I don't understand the question? What is an "Awlgrip Liner"? Do you mean headliner? If so, why would you use non-skid there? It's usually used on decks.
Takes a little practice to get it spread.
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.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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.
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AWLGRIP MIX RATIO
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"
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.