Expert Advice

How do you paint non-skid decks?

Although there is no single, universally proven deck surface that will prevent people from slipping on a boat deck, a low-cost, slip resistant finish gives added protection and can be easily applied. Find out how below.

Interlux now offers three solutions for refinishing a non-skid deck:

  1. Stir and apply Interdeck – a pre-mixed, slip resistant, single component, ready to use deck paint that can be applied over Prekote primer or Epoxy Primekote primer 404/414.
  2. Mix your own non-skid finish: any one of the Perfection or Brightside Polyurethane finishes can be transformed into a non-skid deck finish by the addition of Intergrip Polymeric non-skid compound 2398. Intergrip is made from small plastic spheres that have regular shape, low tendency to collect dirt and excellent non-slip properties. Once Intergrip has been added to paint general application directions are followed, except there is no need to sand between coats. Our two part polyurethane, Perfection, provides the most durable and long lasting finish for decks.
  3. Hand Broad casting method - while the first of paint is still wet, sprinkle the Intergrip as required to obtain the texture of your choice. It is best to put the Intergrip in a flour sifter or salt shaker to dispense the compound. Avoid heavy application which will not assist in providing a more slip resistant surface. After the paint has been allowed to dry overnight remove the excess Intergrip and apply the second coat of paint.

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