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Posted: 17 Dec 2007 at 5:12pm
Hey fellow Dolphinites:
I'm noticing that the gel coat on my '68 Yankee, Parakletos, is chalky and showing bits of black, which I suspect is a sign that it's time to paint. The topsides I think I can handle by consulting with the people at Fisheries Supply. But what about the non-skid? Is the skid itself gel coat or a molded pattern, and does that matter? Any sundry advice?

Posted: 21 Dec 2007 at 2:52pm
Hi Eric
On Passage which is a fiberglass Dolphin we sanded off the non skid which was a molded-on pattern, It was rounded and chalky (I gather because it was just gelcoat, which is just a kind of paint anyway)so as to be practically useless as non skid. Our plan is to repaint the deck and use one of the non skid particles you can buy for this purpose.

On Marionette which has wood decks I have done this both ways - paint and sprinkle, and mix it into the paint. I prefer the latter, remixing/stirring occasionally. My back up plan if it did not have absolutely perfect grain distribution "sprinkle a bit in the lacking areas and paint over" happened only once and was not worth the effort.

Posted: 31 Jul 2010 at 9:50pm
I realize that this is not a timely reply to the thread. However, I thoughts perhaps someone will look at it down the road, so I'd throw my two cents in...

I just redid the non skid with a product called Kiwi Grip. It is super easy to use and I've always had very, very good results with it (This was the third time I've done it...all different boats). One can control how aggressive the non skid will be, it is super easy to apply (roller) and clean up (water).
Bob L.

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 at 6:55am
Here's the website for Kiwigrip www.kiwigrip.com

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 at 10:15pm
There has been some controversy regarding the use of Interlux Brightsides. I used all Interlux products on this restoration. Started with Interprotect 2000e below the waterline (4 coats). Used Brightsides on the deck and hull, and placed Intergrip on the treaded surfaces, which gave excellent grip and also cleans-ability. We rolled on three coats of primer, mixing the third coat with 1/4 of top coat to add blue to the gray. We sprayed 4 coats total of the dark blue. the first coat went on a little heavier (we used the brushing liquid 1 teaspoon to a quart) and it left a mirror-like finish. We then changed to a finer sprayer ti and fogged on three more coats. It never was as smooth and shiny as that first coat, so if I ever do this again, I will stay with the #3 tip and keep it shiny. They recommend waiting 30 days before placing a good carnuba wax and buffing it out.

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