Features November 2013 Issue

Do-It-Yourself Nonskid Test Update

Nonskid paints and mats get one-year checkup.

It’s been 12 months since testers mounted the 12 nonskid test panels on the roof, subjecting them to south Florida’s semi-tropical weather around the clock, without any cleaning. The test field included the big names in marine maintenance products—AkzoNobel (Interlux and Awlgrip), Pettit, West Marine, and Epifanes—as well as companies specializing in nonskid paint, Pachena (KiwiGrip) and Durabak, and three that make nonskid mats, SeaDek, Tiflex, and Soft Deck. With the service life of nonskid paints and mats ranging from three years to a decade or more, we didn’t expect to see much change in the test panels, but there were a few surprises.

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