How to Apply KiwiGrip

KiwiGrip formulator Barry Whalley is going to show you how easy it is to refresh your boat decks with KiwiGrip.  Links in the slideshow will take you to more detailed FAQs about each step.  We also have full instructions you can download here  and a few video demonstrations here.

To apply KiwiGrip, you will need enough KiwiGrip to complete your job, a paint brush and/or notched trowel or spreader, good quality masking tape, and a special 3 inch KiwiGrip Loopy-goopy roller. Click the photo to see our FAQ on KiwiGrip coverage.
As in painting, preparing your surface for KiwiGrip is key. Wash and scrub the surface well, fill any holes and sand or scrape any loose or very rough patches. Mask around the areas you want to KiwiGrip. Here Barry uses a cup to get an even curve in his tape. Click photo for masking tips.
If the surface is smooth, sand right up to the tape to ensure a good bond with the KiwiGrip. Otherwise a good brushing with stiff brush to add a little tooth is good.
Next step is to apply a thick even coat of KiwiGrip with your brush or a notched trowel. Shoot for about 2mm thick (between 1/8 and 1/16 inch). Work in small sections if possible. Click for tips on how to get an even coating thickness.
Roll over the spread KiwiGrip with a Loopy-goopy roller pre-wetted with KiwiGrip. This is where you dial in your texture from mild to super-aggressive. Click photo for more about our adjustable texture.
Pull the tape while the KiwiGrip is still wet, then let it dry for a day or two and you're ready to go sailing!

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