How to Apply KiwiGrip

Barry 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 the photo for tips on masking.
Make sure your surface is dry, not too hot and not too cold. Plan your order of KiwiGripping so that you are always working the next section against the wettest edge of the previous section. Click to see a tip on achieving consistent texture.
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 for a FAQ about our adjustable texture.
For best results and a crisp edge, pull the tape off while the KiwiGrip is still wet. Let it dry and cure, and you're ready to go! If you get KiwiGrip where you don't want it, mop up with a clean damp rag before is cures. Wash the roller with soap and water rinse well for reuse. Click for curing rates tips.