Sweepin, shoveling snow lately but thinking ahead for summer.
My porch rises about 6 steps and back porch 4 steps. I'd like to apply
anti-slip paint, so stairs will be little safer. Any recommendations?
My front steps were like ice when wet, they were wood painted with
floor and porch. Next time I got some anti slip in the form of silica
powder that I mixed with the paint from Lowes. Works like a charm and
does not settle out of the paint during a painting session.
I used Shark Grip on the top of the pontoons on my boat. It worked
great and a bottle of it was only about $5.
The way I did it was to paint the top, shake on the Shark Grip from a
spice shaker bottle, then I dusted a little more paint on top with a
spray can to seal it in.
1. Mask off the steps except for 3-4 one inch areas running the long way
2. Paint the unmasked areas and sprinkle grit. The grit can be most
anything including ground walnut shells but plain old sand is generally
3. Let dry and paint the unmasked area again.
4. Let dry, remove tape and paint the entire area.
You *could* do the above without masking and wind up with the entire step
being anti-skid instead of just strips but non-skid areas tend to hold dirt;
the strips hold dirt too but at least you have a nice pattern :)
Get the anti slip from your paint store. Stay away from sand additive.
Had some Sears epoxy garage paint containing it, and all it does is
make cleaning impossible without improving traction. Subsequently used
the commercial plastic safety strips, a far better way to go.
Many years ago I built an 18 foot inboard boat from wood; no fiberglass
involved. There were areas where I need non-slip painted surface, and was
advised to use ground up pecan shells mixed with the paint. I guess the
idea is similar to the sand mixed in, but the pecan shells did not readily
sink to the bottom.
At any rate, it worked great. That was almost fifty years ago, so I don't
know if it is an outdated technology or not.
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