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Adding Non-Skid to Gelcoat With Boatworks Today

Andy Miller is continuing to use his time quarantined in his shop providing extra springtime launch tips for boaters who might also be putting this time to good use. Today he gives some advice on how to add non-skid to your gelcoat. He experiments with a few different ways that non-skid additives can be used with thickened gelcoat and even without adding any of the Soft Sand texture particles.  Always offering some extra tips, Andy finds that gelcoat is harder and more scratch-resistant than using typical tread paint. Looking for the best grip and resistance and excellent durability, Andy compares two great ways to change the look and feel of your tired non-skid decks. Enjoy Andy’s latest video!

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18 responses to “Adding Non-Skid to Gelcoat With Boatworks Today

    1. I just redid my on my Olson 29, Used the thickened with the textured roller application. Laid a double set of perimeter tape to get consistent clean lines. Pulled top layer of tape at four hours, and it was almost too much time. Pulled the bottom layer of tape at two hours, just right.
      Captain Red

  1. Is the white gelcoat tintable?
    Also….i have a Fortier 26 which has the “modeled/built in” non-skid. It is worn and I’ve like to freshen it up…but it is not really sandable as there are peaks and valleys? Help

  2. If you have a previous soft sand application and need to renew it, do you have to sand all of the old finish off, or would you recommend just applying another thin coat of gel coat or paint over it?

    My non-skid looks like sand but if you set on it with Lycra, it will pill the fabric. Maybe an overcoat would reduce that aggressiveness, but still leave me with a non-skid surface?

  3. Good video! I always wondered how the non-skid surfaces are created. Question, on the finished panel close-up, it looked as if you could see through the gelcoat on the soft sand side. Does that side need another coat of paint?

  4. Could you use waxed thickened gelcoat for the non-skid roller application? In your video you used no wax layup gelcoat.

  5. I have enjoyed all of your videos. I have a question. Have you ever experimented with a splatter finish for the inside of a boat?

  6. HELLO, DO I GELCOAT OR PAINT MY DECK. CLEANING BLOOD AND SCRUBING IS A CONCERN, ALSO A BRIEF HOW TOO IVE NEVER DID THIS, FIRST IM FIXING A SOFT SPOT THEN PAINT OR GEL COAT , I HAVE A 2X2 SPOT TO FIX THEN I WANT TO PAINT ENTIRE DECK SO IT WILL MATCH, THANK YOU NICK 609-351-2040

  7. Hi Andy,thumbs up on all you,I love boats, had my own at twelve years of age, 8′ three point hydro with 1949 18hp Chris craft.
    Ok ,watched your video ,soft sand in gelcoat, nice !! got a BW 1984 15′,
    Holley whaler ,holes for days in the deck. To many ,so sanding off the 30 plus yrs nonskid,all of it

    Ok question why no wax gelcoat on the first coat.
    I’ve got desert tan from Advance. Coatings, with wax , 24hr window .
    Is there a reason I can’t use it for the first coat

    1. No wax gelcoat ,first coat with soft sand?????,
      I’m using a gelcoat with wax it has a 24hr recoat time, no sanding.

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