Nonskid: tape vs. sandy-paint

I'd like to put some non-skid on the bow and stern deck to make it a bit safer when kids are scrambling around (when we're anchored).

Any thoughts on the use of non-skid tape vs. sand applied with paint (I know this isn't precise, but hope the idea comes across).

My priorities are function, comfort, durability, ease-of -installation and looks.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks, Dan

I've got the tape on mine, and suspect that it has lasted since new-1974. It is holding up fine.

I think I prefer the tape. Sand mixed with paint would be a good friction surface, but would lead to abrasion anytime bare skin touches it, I would think. I also prefer to keep the original gel surface, and wax it. It seems to me that waxing would be hard with the sand/paint combo.

When I walk up on a wet deck I make sure to keep one foot on the strip. When I kneel, I try to keep the knee on smooth deck.

I used Interlux Interdeck. It is a one part urethane. I can't speak to the durability yet, but I like it so far. It also reduces glare. I used the gray. It is a little hotter than the white deck so if I were to do it over, I would mix white and gray for a lighter shade. It is harder to keep clean than the smooth deck. That's why I wanted a lttle darker color. I masked off a 1-1/2 inch egde around fore deck side decks and rear deck and it took every bit of a quart. I nearly ran out! It's about $30 a quart. I have pictures if you're interested.



I'd love to see pictures. Can you post them here?

Last weekend I sanded and faired the entire deck and cockpit, then laid on a coat of urethane (the boat is 35 years old and there's no going back to gelcoat). It's the first time I've used the paint and I am blown away at the depth of the finish. In fact, it's so nice that it highlights very slight flaws in my fairing job -- flaws I used to get away with when I used regular marine paint.

I can hardly wait to get to the topsides!


I don't know how to post pictures here. Email me and I will send pictures.


I've never cared for the look of the taped non-skid so I made patterns from cardboard for the fore and after decks. I traced the patterns with pencil and then put masking tape over the pencil marks after thoroughly cleaning the surfaces. By placing the patterns back into the original positions I was able to take a utility knife and lightly cut around the pattern and remove the waste tape. That was the easiest way to get a smooth, curved line not made of a bunch of little pieces of tape.
I mixed micro-balloons with Interlux Brightside and rolled on three coats. Still looks good after a summer on a mooring. If anyone is interested I'll email photos.