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.
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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: 20 sq. ft. per quart; 80 sq. ft. per gallon
How is KiwiGrip different from traditional non-skid 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 of the problems associated with non-skid paints 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.
Can you apply kiwi Grip non skid system over existing non skid paint?
Yes, it is a latex base, if you can apply it in sun light you will get arougher finish for better non-skid. You can make a custom color by adding alatex die to the white but remember the amount if you ever need to make anew batch to recoat down the road.John
Yes, it works well over other existing paint. Make sure deck is very cleanand dry .
Yes it can be applied over existing nonskid. Just sand the surface topromote better adhesion clean the area and apply. I did this on my boat 2years ago and it is holding up well.
After initially applying the kiwi grip, about a couple years later I needed to touch up some areas that had peeled off.?? so I bought another can of kiwi grip, thinking that the exact same formula would work best. It doesn't hold. And I tried everything, prepping it carefully, peeling up anything that would peel up, cleaning it with detergent before applying the touch up areas, cleaning it with alcohol, Etc.?? The touch up areas only last a few months.?? I even tried prepping and cleaning carefully, and then applying an entire new coat, and that entire coat peeled up, leaving the initial coat which oddly, was still adhered quite well. I finally gave up. The only thing I have not tried yet is to remove it all, and then reapply.
Yes. Sand with 80 grit. You don't have to knock down all the previous grip, just enough for the kiwi to grab.
I stripped and sanded the surface of the deck I covered with the KiwiPeter
Yes, a very light sanding to roughen surface is all that is needed
I plan to use Kiwi Grip on my Cape Dory 26. My investigation indicated noissues that would prevent use over existing non-skid. However, I plan tolightly sand and then wipe down the areas with acetone.TR
Yes you can. I would suggest sanding the existing non skid to a uniform height and appearance as possible. This will aide in application and adhesion. I used a 1/16" notched plastic trowel and supplied roller with excellent results. It has been going on 3 years, still looks great. Use the 1/16" or it will be way too thick and messy if you use a thicker towel. Good luck. Great product.
I am restoring a 13 Whaler (quick and functional for the kids) and the nonskid is shot. I am thinking of sanding it down and covering with Kiwigrip. Two questions - is that a good option and is their blue close to "Whaler blue" or can i paint over the kiwi grip?Thanks.
i dont know about the color match but i do like the kiwi grip.... and ithink you could paint over it
Is there a based paint color to match KiwiGrip for the areas that will be "flat" ie the trim area around the nonskid. I assume we would want to "paint the field" with a matching color, mask the areas and then kiwigrip.Thanks in advance
Not when I bought Kiwi-Grip 2 years ago. If there had been, I would havebought it.I asked a similar question and as I recall, was advised that it could be puton and not textured and it would lay down pretty flat.That didn't fit my schedule, so I didn't try it. I only applied it over themolded nonskid, so the OEM flat spots were a kind of different color(oxidized white not that different from Kiwi-Grip tan!) so I just masked.It's not yachty, but we just race, so mainly I wanted a uniform nonskid thatcovered all the old filled holes from equipment moved over the years.
On the boat that I've finished I used the creme color KiwiGrip with the"flat" areas white. I'm getting ready to do a white on white and if there'sa little color difference I don't think it will matter because of theextreme difference in texture. Take your best shot at color matching yourtopside paint with the KiwiGrip and go with it or do as I did, make it acontrast.
I mixed white and grey total boat wet edge paint to desired color. Matched near perfect.
Not from the same manufacturer. Personally I prefer the colors to be slightly different.
KiwiGrip is a paint that can be tinted to any color. Iwould take your base color to a paint store and have themmatch it if you want an exact match or since the base paintand KiwiGrip will probably age differently you might wantto choose a color that is a shade or two off or acompliment color so when they age it won't be sonoticeable.
I actually went the "other way". I took a painted dried sample of my "smooth" deck paint to the local home improvement and had them tint my white Kiwi-Grip to match it. Since the Kiwi-grip is a water based acrylic, it can be tinted with the same materials as typical acrylic house paints
Both Interlux and Awlgrip make flattening agents that you can add to theirhigh gloss and two part polyurethane finishes. Personally I like thenonskid areas to contrast slightly with the trim areas, look moreproduction to me. I used the light gray kiwigrip in my nonskid and thesurrounding areas are white like the rest of the cabin top
Kiwi Grip does not really have a defined paint color, and despite how great the product works, we have noticed a fair color variation between each lot number of their non-skid product. Most of the topside paints that we sell do have a flattening agent additive that can be used to achieve a desired finish.
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It may be easier to match the KiwiGrip to a desired topside paint color. We have noticed that between lots of KiwiGrip there can be some variation in color tones which can make choosing a topside paint to match a little more difficult. Any of the topside paints that we sell can be flattened by a flattening agent. Please feel free to contact one of our techs at (800) 497-0010.
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I painted into the field where kiwi grip was going. I have 2 part epoxy primer under the kiwi grip. I then taped and sanded to the edge and applied kiwi grip. 2 years and it is on secure and looks great.
not quite sure what it is you have in mind.
Can you use this over a painted area
This product is water based (should not have any incompatibility issues) and should be fine so long as the paint is in good condition still.
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what color is the beige? can you provide a pantone number for the color?Thank You
The beige is a bit lighter than I had anticipated, but came out nicely. We redid the entire deck, which involved roll & tip Awlgrip for the white and the beige Kiwi Grip for the non slip. A faint bit of yellow was added to the Awlgrip. Again it was a bit less dark than expected but came out looking fantastic. Recommended without reservation. BTW, the KiwiGrip is a very effective non-slip product.Sorry, but I am clueless about pantone numbers.Good luck!
Hi Larry, I wish I could. This product seems to notoriously vary from lot to lot so I don't want to mis-direct you with a pantone swatch.
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what is the coverage for the quart of kiwigrip
Bill CoonWaterworks, Geos, RCP and HDPE190 North Oberlin Ave. Lakewood, NJ 08071I used 5 quarts to cover a 17 whaler from the rubrail bow to stern. Great stuff.
If it helps with 1 gallon I had enough to cover the deck of my 22 ft center console and still have about a quart left over. This can also depend on how thick it is applied
One gallon covers roughly 80 square feet, so a quart would cover roughly 20 square feet (minus any waste incurred from the process)
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can it be tinted yo hatteras off white? or light cream
This is a water based latex paint, it can be tinted but we don't have that ability.
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How much does 1 gallon cover?
Coverage: 2 square meters per liter (80 sq. ft./gallon)
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Can kiwi grip be used over a MarineTex repair?
Yes, be sure to sand first.
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Does the cured coating attract and hold dirt? How should it be cleaned?
The texture is achieved by a rough roller. If you leave a real rough texture in the paint achieved by the amount of pressure on the roller, it will hold dirt.
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I like this paint, I would recommend it for and non skid deck surfaces. I relocated some sail tracks on my boat and after filling old holes with epoxy and sand in surfaces the kiwi grip went on and sealed my deck. Great texture also.
Love this product
Did deck with this, looks beautiful and feels great under foot!
Best deck surface!
Easy prep. Easy application. Fast cure. Impervious to most chemicals. Attractive. No slip!
Oak Island, NC
Best Non Skid
Kiwi grip beats all other non skids on the market. Easy to put down. Easy to clean up. Can be color matched for your own custom color. All around the best non skid I have ever used.
Orange Beach AL
I would NOT recommend this product
Most reviews are written shortly after product application.Yes, the grip is great and the first year or so still looks pretty good, But, after a couple or three years, the grip is still good....HOWEVER...it is impossible to keep clean.It looks terrible after the third and fourth year. No matter what I use or how hard I scrub it will not clean up.
Vancouver Island BC
Great for easy nonskid application to any surface
Great product, just make sure you want it to stay. Very tough and lasts a long time
Colors - yes you can tint to the color desired - however - the 3% maximum volume of tint limits you to approximately 4 ounces of tint to a gallon can. This means you cannot achieve darker more vibrant colors with this product. Also paint stores are really reluctant to work with you on this.Coverage - Yes the coverage listed is accurate - however this will give you a really thin and largely unsatisfactory job. I ended up using 5 gallons of product to achieve the desire thickness and appearance on my 20 x 8 pontoon deck. It does however look great.
New use for KiwiGrip
I've used KiwiGrip on my boat and it works as expected. However, I am also using it to patch cracks in my home's sheetrock. In the past, I'd patch it with mud and paint, but it would re-crack within a year. Now I patch with mud and KiwiGrip to match the texture then paint over the KiwiGrip and I have not had a single crack re-appear. It flexes instead of cracking.
For good quality results it is best to have at least two workers. One to spread the coating and one to apply texture with the special roller. Removing the painters tape is also helpful to have two people as the coating is still wet on the tape and can be messy.
Babs the Cat Lady
i love this product
I recoated my boat decks . It was easy to apply. First class product.