[Public-list] Painting Topsides was -- still agonizing over non slip

C.B. Currier cbcurrier at spinrx.com
Wed Jun 2 04:24:43 PDT 2004

I have had this agony in the past myself.
The solution:
Take great pains to prepare the topsides by sanding to 100 or 15 grit 220
is a little fine for your base coat.
ROLL & TIP (Spraying yourself will likely leave you with many "bullets"
and drips) If you find you really want to sty with the spraying ... do the
same thing you would have done for roll & tip between coats ...

wetsand after each coat... to 300 grit. Focus particular attention on the
first coat & be sure to hit all drips This wet sanding will get you
farther along with the really flat surface you need to get that perfect

All of the great roll & tip jobs I have seen have done this. It requires
more time and effort but the finished job is excellent.

With spraying ... which I have the tools for and have done... I find I
linger too much & seem to rush in other places. It requires a rather
steady & sober hand so bring beer if you must. :)

Also remember with spraying ... many coats not a few. Be sure to thin your
paint both for spraying and for roll & tip. It really makes a difference.
The thinner evaporates and your errors are hidden better since you have
less of a volume of paint to fix.

Finally, always step back a minimum of 10 feet to evaluate your job.
Noone can see your errors ffrom the 2 feet you are viewing it from. If you
have to be a perfectionist... then fine but otherwise, don't worry it'll
look great.

Good Luck.
C.B. Currier
Infinity #57
Daybreak #458

Bill Blevins said:
> I have a friend with an 1986 Liberty 38 that was a live-aboard for 5 years
> in the Caribbean. The brown non-slip Treadmaster deck looks really worn. I
> guess it still serves it's non-slip purpose, but looks rough, especially
> around the edges.
> The boat next to me at the marina also "had" Treadmaster non-slip until
> this
> weekend, but due to multiple leaks from cracks in the deck he couldn't
> find,
> he ripped off everything. Now he has a real mess. It was the smoother type
> of Treadmaster non-slip.
> I'm not suggesting anything because I'm still considering this as an
> option,
> but the more I look into it, I'll probably paint on a coating myself (as
> soon as I get enough practice spray painting to finish my black topsides -
> I
> practiced 3 times over the weekend and almost cried all three times - why
> did I choose to stay with black?!)
> Bill Blevins
> "Sabrina" #158
>> From: "Roger L. Kingsland" <rkingsland101 at ksba.com>
>> Organization: KSBA Architects
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>> Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 13:36:36 -0400
>> To: Alberg30 <public-list at alberg30.org>
>> Subject: [Public-list] still agonizing over non slip
>> Albergers;
>> "PERFECT intentions" is coming dangerously close to being ready for a
>> huge
>> milestone, the paint job.  I have taken a serious look at Treadmaster
>> non-slip, glue down matting but, even though it seems you would cut your
>> foot
>> before slipping on the stuff, it is expensive and, I think, would look
>> odd
>> because it is so thick (1/8").  I keep going back to non-slip paint but
>> am
>> concerned that the paint on top of the non slip granules wears off to
>> expose
>> ugly black "spots."
>> Of the variety of non slip paint discussed in the past, does anyone know
>> of
>> any that hold their (light) color after a few years of use?
>> I have filled the original no slip gel coat with epoxy.  One thing I
>> thought
>> of is routing out sections under the non slip matting (Treadmaster)
>> "patches"
>> to 1/16" depth which would place the continuous matting (below the
>> raised
>> triangles) flush with the deck. this way it would drain well and only
>> the
>> 1/16" high triangles would be above the plane of the deck.
>> Any thoughts would be most appreciated.
>> Roger Kingsland
>> Chief Boat Boy
>> "PERFECT intentions", A30 #148
>> on the hard at N40° 33.945' W79° 51.260'
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