I've got a metal manhole cover on my front path, and it is slippery when
I've looked at the antislip tape from toolstation at £4 - but does it stick
on such a surface or is there a better way of making it antislip?
Did wonder whether to paint it with gloss paint and sprinkle sand on the wet
I've seen it quite a lot cheaper than that and International Paints do a
pack of non-slip additive for about £5. Otherwise, if you want to make
your own, I would suggest using coarse carborundum powder rather than sand.
Non slip paints are really meant for indoor use, and they aren't very
good when used outdoors, I've found. One option is to use ribbed rubber
flooring material. I have in the past used this outdoors successfully by
first painting the area with thick gloss and liberally spreading sand
on it, to give the underside of the rubber something to grip to. What
you have to do is cover the paint completely with a layer of sand (don't
just sprinkle it) then put a board over it and walk about on the board.
The wait til it's dry, then brush off the excess. Then hose it after a
day or two so there's absolutely no loose grains. The rubber mat can
have ordinary aluminium carpet edging strip around the perimeter. This
will grip the rubber firmly. Fasten the strip down with self tappers.
An alternative to the sandy paint is Evode impact adhesive, but an £8
tin will only barely do 2 sq ft.
Whatever way you fasten the rubber, warm it first because otherwise on a
hot day it will form ridges. It needs to be under v slight tension.
You've never seen a canal boat deck, then. They use the same
International Paints anti-slip products. They're expensive, but good.
They need hosing off fairly regularly, but that's all, and I'd expect to
do the same to manhole covers in a path.
It was exactly that which prompted my post! Saw someone painting afresh
with an ordinary paint, someone else with a newly non-slip painted deck
area and that looked fine, and a few which were very algae-covered and
at least looked slippery. Maybe it was because they were moored under
trees? And no-one had done the hosing off in a while.
When at school, we did the paving slabs around the outdoor pool with sand
and paint, we mixed the sand with some of the paint and applied it, then
once it was dry, put a top coat to seal in any bits of sand that had become
exposed and thus would probably get washed out over time.
It did the job just fine so i guess for the manhole it'll be ideal, and the
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