Mailport February 2012 Issue

Mailport: February 2012

Nonskid Application

Nonskid Paints
Photo by Frank Lanier

Before applying nonskid paint, you have to prep the surface. That means removing old paint or sanding down molded-in nonskid.

Can the nonskid paints you reviewed in the January 2012 issue be applied over the molded non-skid, or must it be stripped off? I share a 2007 X-35 with a partner, and the molded nonskid is actually dangerously slippery when wet. I’d prefer to paint something over it to add traction, rather than trying to remove the nonskid that is there prior to painting.

John Owen
Via e-mail

While you do not need to remove the molded nonskid, you should sand the surfaces to ensure even coverage of the nonskid aggregate and good adhesion with the epoxy primer and nonskid paint. We recommend first scrubbing the texture with steel wool to abrade the low areas, then machine-sanding.

Comments (1)

Just to clarify the letter a bit.

TiN coatings are used to impart galvanic protection on non-titanium metals. Titanium itself is the least susceptible structual metal available. On boats the only material likely to cause galvanic corrosion to titanium is carbon fiber, and in that case the titanium will take significantly less damage than 316 stainless parts.

Greg Rubin
Allied Titanium

Posted by: Greg R | June 13, 2012 2:09 PM    Report this comment

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