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Old 02-03-2016, 06:35 PM   #1
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Deck paint suggestions

I'm embarking on repairing a couple cored deck areas and then painting the entire deck when finished. Rather than try to match faded white gelcoat, I am planning on going with a tan color, which I have always liked the look of.
Any suggestion of paint brand and type? I have been cruising many (probably too many) site searches and it's all over the boards.
The existing fiberglass has a aggressive non-skid pattern so I'm not any non-skid additives.
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:00 PM   #2
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We use Interlux Brightside Poly.

Should have put a small bit of anti-skid in or on it.

The light tan is Bright Side in all three pics. Same as the darker reddish tan on the cabin sides. The white deck in the first pic is old ?? but it's BS now. The green is gone. The cabin side is "Sundowner Buff". It has some red in it. It gets lots of compliments.

In the cabin I use "deck and patio" latex. Excellent wear resistance.
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:06 PM   #3
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To add non skid to paints, Home Depot sells a bag of non skid for about $2.
It works extremely well. Just stir into paint, one bag does gallon, it is not sand and it is not too abrasive, whatever it is, it's just right. I have used it with white paint and it is invisible to the eye.
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Said he didnt need non skid. I'd use a 2 part polyurethane, but thats a lot of work taping and all, then mixing depending on temp and humidity, etc. I am not a fan of 1 part paint for exterior decks, but some folks are. Personally, I dont use latex or oil base for anything anymore, just not durable enough. I do use a lot of spray on 2 part P.U. with rubber granules added, same as truck bedliner stuff. The granules come in various sizes, depending on what surface you want. I have also used ground walnut shells. It also comes in assorted "grit". Anyway, I spray a lot of the LinerExtreme stuff. Cheap on ebay and comes with a spray gun. Never had a problem in 10 years using it. Super tuff, kinda like the spray in bedliners, oh yeah, thats what it is.
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Interlux interdeck...the light nonskid is nice even on moulded nonskid and it fills small holes and cracks nicely.
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We painted our deck and cabin sides last summer . We used interlux brightside . A friend gave me two gallons of white and we mixed sundown buff to get our color .
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That is what was nice about the interdeck...nice consistency and already flattened for deck reduced refection. Plus wears well because of the added nonskid (not very aggressive but it does work well).
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Going thru the same process, Max. Practical Sailor eval @ SeaDek Review In Practical Sailor | SeaDek Marine Products Blog – Swim Platform Pads I really like what I've read/heard re KiwiGrip. One part, water base, applicator controlled texture, reasonable "grip", ability to fill minor cracks & imperfections, seems to last and look decent with typical Gulf Coast exposure. Still a ways away from that piece - interested to see what others have to say.
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I really like what I've read/heard re KiwiGrip. One part, water base, applicator controlled texture, reasonable "grip", ability to fill minor cracks & imperfections, seems to last and look decent with typical Gulf Coast exposure. Still a ways away from that piece - interested to see what others have to say.
Went with KiwiGrip with all deck surfaces. Very happy with it. Very very easy to apply and repairs perfectly. Feels just right under foot. Textured, but rubbery. The rubbery-ness makes it pretty darned durable when stuff is dropped on deck. The texture roller is easy to work with. If you want a specific color, you can bring a can of pure white to Home Cheapo or a paint shop for them to add pigment to your liking. Some tips on application include:
1.) Don't... apply when it is too hot (less than 80 degrees is good)
2.) Do... keep an extra roller ready and switch every 20 min or so. You will see the roller start to load up with "boogers".
3.) Always... pull the tape *immediately* after putting down a coat to avoid pulling the paint up wit hit. When I say immediately I mean pull the tape a few feet at a time as you are painting.

My only complaint is it holds dirt more than a 2-part poly with non-skid. The "trick" is... Apply Woody Wax every now and then.
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Good info, Panacea - thanks! How long has your install been in service?
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Good info, Panacea - thanks! How long has your install been in service?
We're on the 3rd year on the swim platform and steps. There is no sign of "wear" yet. Realistically though, I don't expect to get 8 - 10 years like with a 2 part poly, but its so easy to reapply and touch up (almost... fun?) its a non-factor for me. I think you can expect to "want to" reapply every 4 or 5 years and "need to" reapply every 6 to 7 years. That's based on what I've heard though and not my personal experience.
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I've had extremly good wear experience w "floor paint". I was given some and applied one coat on our back porch. Lasted and looked great for years. Since it's latex I only use it on the salon sole. Nice color too.
I had some (in a small area) in the cockpit but it got dirty real quick. Need to Interdeck or Brightside that.

To who mentioned Interdeck I tried to get that but they were out so we went w Brightside. That's what the guy at Harbor Marine had on his boat and he had a high opinion of it. Just an opinion but now we share it now.
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I was contemplating tinting the KiwiGrip on deck surfaces to a color similar to yours, Manyboats. Really admire that.

In discussing the project with a local yard owner who is also a good friend and advisor (I can't afford his excellent work at a boatbuck or so per foot), I mentioned the color I intended. It was a sunny morning in the low 70s. He grabs his Flir thermometer, takes me outside, and starts shooting deck temps on a boat they'd just finished. The nonskid was a very light grey on a basic "white" deck. The grey was running 10-14 F higher than the white. We then went to an older Catalina (I think) that had the baby-blue nonskid. That was 12-17 F higher than the white. I expected a little difference, but was really surprised by the magnitude even a lightly shaded coating makes.

Looks like I'm going to be KiwiGripping in white. I guess I'll have to leave the attractive stuff to you guys up in the more temperate zones.
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Have a medium-gray deck. It's definitely warmer than my white saloon roof, but I don't notice a difference in the two interiors. The deck is over the forward cabin but not the saloon, yet there is an indistinguishable difference in the interior temperatures, perhaps thanks to insulation. (Raised forward-cabin roof is a warmer-than-white straw color too.)

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Another vote for Kiwigrip. Very happy with it on my decks!

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Looks great, Ted. Is it lighting, or is the KG extended up the vertical on the lazarette?
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Looks great, Ted. Is it lighting, or is the KG extended up the vertical on the lazarette?
It's just on the decks, steps, and swim platform. No vertical surfaces.

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I am half tempted to use bilge paint when I get to doing my decks. I redid the paint in the stern, and was really surprised at how well the paint came out. Super glossy, and I literally just gooped the stuff out and spread it around with a $3 paint brush.


P.S. This post just lowered the market value of your boat just from reading it.
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If it's truly bilge paint, I would check to make sure it's long term UV stable.

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O C Diver,
How is the Kiwi-Grip working out? I was at a local fiberglass supply shop and they are recommending Tuff Coat paint Tuff Coat Marine | Worlds #1 Rubberized Non-Skid
Has anyone used Tuff Coat?
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