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HENRY SULLIVAN posted 04-07-2002 12:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for HENRY SULLIVAN   Send Email to HENRY SULLIVAN  
I have 1971 13 that someone previously sprayed the old swirl marked gelcoat over the interior hull and then textured, covering the original "pebble finish" on the deck. I do not believe I can remove all the sprayed on gelcoat from the deck; is there any way I can sand it down and impress new gelcoat or other coating to recreate the original "pebble" non-skid finish to the deck area, or should I just go with a non-skid coating?
dfmcintyre posted 04-07-2002 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Henry -

Welcome to the forum.

I have seen advertising in either Professional Boatbuilder or Soundings by a firm that makes sheets of material that duplicates various antiskid designs. Don't remember what issue though.

There was some mention of recreating the anti-skid in some previous threads from some months ago. If you set your age box back beyond the default of 10days, you may be able to find them.

Having said that, the easiest may be to sand down smooth, tape off the area, apply a epoxy paint with roller and brush, and add silica sand, like the type used for sandblasting to the paint while wet.

When it is dry, remove the remaining sand with a broom and shop vac, and roller a thin coat of epoxy over the sand, which will seal it in, but still will retain the non "skidability"....

Best - Don McIntyre

jimh posted 04-08-2002 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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DJS posted 04-08-2002 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     

A product you may find useful is called Flex Mold. Go to the url below for information.

Arch Autenreith posted 04-08-2002 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Here's an article on non-skid replacement/repair from (Adobe format). Looks like a lot of work to me.

I hope I'm not out-of-order by using or mentioning that site. I just don't know how else to forward the information in cases like this.

HENRY SULLIVAN posted 04-08-2002 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for HENRY SULLIVAN  Send Email to HENRY SULLIVAN     
Thanks for replies- I found Gibco Flex-Mold
at Minicraft of Florida( It looks like it will do the trick for small or large deck area repairs by pouring on gelcoat & using the Flex-Mold over the gelcoat to form new original style non-skid finish.
dangc78 posted 04-18-2002 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for dangc78  Send Email to dangc78     
I have a 72 13' whaler that i am restoring right now. The antiskid portion of my boat was painted over several times so that when i got the boat it was smoothe. I am using a west marine paint stripping product model 493056 to remove the many layers of paing and it is working like a dream. After applying the product and letting it set it the layers of paint are blistering off right down to the original gel-coat, without damaging the original gel-coat or interior foam core.

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