KiwiGrip FAQs & Tips

About KiwiGrip (2)

What is KiwiGrip?

KiwiGrip is an anti-slip marine deck coating that is a revolutionary, safe, non-toxic, durable, non-skid deck treatment. KiwiGrip comes out of the can with a thick, yogurt-like, consistency — but spreads quickly and easily with our proprietary Loopy-goopy roller. KiwiGrip … Continue reading

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What’s so special about KiwiGrip?

Unlike other marine anti-skid deck coatings, KiwiGrip was developed by a New Zealand yachtsman for yachtsmen. It’s not just another industrial product stumbling upon a marine application. KiwiGrip is . . . A very hard acrylic polymer providing a durable, … Continue reading

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Applying Kiwigrip (10)

Can I apply KiwiGrip myself?

You bet — KiwiGrip Anti-skid Deck System is Perfect for Do-it-yourself Projects!  See our slideshow, videos and downloadable (pdf) instructions elsewhere on this site. KiwiGrip rolls on quickly and easily One-coat application Cures in 24 hours Cleans up with soap … Continue reading

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How much will a liter cover?

Stock Answer: Each liter covers 2 square meters (about 20 square feet). Application is very thick – about 2 to 3 mm (a little less than 1/8 inch). A 4-liter pail will generally be sufficient for a 30 foot sailboat. … Continue reading

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What do you mean when you say “adjustable texture”?

The non-skid properties of KiwiGrip come from the texture applied by our proprietary “loopy-goopy” roller. As the roller passes over the coating, the open cells of the foam roller leave peaks behind — not unlike the stipple that results when … Continue reading

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Do I have to mask?

Masking is always advisable for the best result. Always remove the masking tape when KiwiGrip is still wet. Otherwise, you’ll need to use a razor blade to cut the KiwiGrip away from the tape edge. If you’re careful when re-coating, … Continue reading

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How can I get an even coating thickness?

Most customers are happy to slather the KiwiGrip around with a 4″ brush averaging a coating thickness of about 2 mm (between 1/16 and 1/8 inch).  They even out the coating with the loopy-goopy texturing roller.  Gary in Texas suggests … Continue reading

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Can I apply KiwiGrip over my old non-skid?

Yes. To prepare the old nonskid to accept KiwiGrip, scrub the surface thoroughly with a rotary green pad or wire brush, making sure that all the peaks and valleys are well dulled off. Then scrub with boat soap and water, … Continue reading

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Buying KiwiGrip (7)

Where can I buy KiwiGrip? Do you have a distributor in my area?

You can check to see if there is a KiwiGrip retailer, dealer or distributor near you on our Where to Buy page.  Check back from time to time, as we’re adding distributors at the rate of a few per year. … Continue reading

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How much does KiwiGrip cost?

Please see our online store for current prices.  Roller(s) are included, 1 per gallon or at least one per order. Tags: price, pricing, roller, rollers, included Tweet

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What colors are available?

Standard colors are white, dove grey, light blue, light green, and creamy yellow. Our standard colors have been selected for being low glare and as cool as possible underfoot in direct sunlight.  We do not currently provide color swatches or … Continue reading

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Can I have a custom color?

Yes, indeed!  We use the same water-based tints that most paint retailers use. Technically, there is no limit to the color as long as it is a light color, since we start from a white base. Dark colors are not possible … Continue reading

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Can I get a sample or swatch of KiwiGrip?

We’ve discontinued sending out color and texture samples because the samples showed only one texture while KiwiGrip offers many textures ranging from very gentle to very aggressive (bloody knees).  Instead,  we encourage you to order a single liter of KiwiGrip … Continue reading

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Is there a performance warranty?

Like any other coating, your success will depend as much on your application technique and surface preparation as it does on our product. We are confident that you will be very happy with KiwiGrip if you apply it according to … Continue reading

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KiwiGrip Performance & Specifications (13)

What do you mean when you say “adjustable texture”?

The non-skid properties of KiwiGrip come from the texture applied by our proprietary “loopy-goopy” roller. As the roller passes over the coating, the open cells of the foam roller leave peaks behind — not unlike the stipple that results when … Continue reading

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How long does KiwiGrip take to cure?

Apply only when surface, air and product temperature is 50° to 90° F (10° to 32° C). Normally it dries in one hour at 77° F (25° C). Allow at least 4 hours before re coating. High humidity may prolong … Continue reading

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What happens if I spill Gasoline or Diesel on KiwiGrip?

KiwiGrip is impervious to common caustics — such as cola, soda-pop, peanut butter, jelly, alcoholic beverages, and detergents — although it can be damaged by some solvents. Diesel, oil, acetone, and gasoline spills should not be allowed to pool. Quickly mop … Continue reading

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Notes on Colors

First, we use the same universal water-based tints that every other paint manufacture uses.  This makes it possible for you to take your KiwiGrip to your paint reseller and have it custom tinted.  Do not exceed 3% tint by volume. … Continue reading

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How long will KiwiGrip last?

This depends on your usage. If you are a weekender, you can expect 10 years or more on your decks and a couple years less in your high-traffic cockpit. If you’re a deck-scrubbing fanatic or live aboard, you might see … Continue reading

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Does KiwiGrip resist mildew, mold and stains?

Yes the acrylic formula is inherently mold and mildew resistant. You’ll find however, like any other anti-skid, if you don’t wash it regularly dirt will accumulate in the valleys providing fertile ground for mold and fungus growth. Stain resistance and … Continue reading

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KiwiGrip Tips, Warnings and Advisories (6)

IMPORTANT WEATHER ADVISORY!

Getting a SuperYacht quality result depends on technique AND WEATHER CONDITIONS.  KiwiGrip won’t cure properly in cold humid conditions.  Here’s a rule of thumb:  if the temperature (or 24 hour forecast) is under 50F (10C) and humidity exceeds 75%,  wait … Continue reading

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Achieving a consistent texture

KiwiGripping is technique sensitive.  Here are a few tips for achieving a super-yacht quality finish: A) Apply a consistent amount of KiwiGrip with your brush or trowel before rolling texture. B) One person should do all the slathering. One person … Continue reading

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Roller sizes: Dealing with tight spaces & large, flat areas

A 3 inch roller  gives better control than a larger one yet the project advances quickly. It’s important that only 1 person does all the rolling to avoid slight differences in texture resulting from different rolling styles/techniques.  A 2nd person is … Continue reading

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Splatters

Beware! If you get excited and roll too quickly,  your roller will fling speckles of KiwiGrip onto surrounding surfaces.  If this happens, wipe up immediately with a damp rag, or come back the next day with a credit card or … Continue reading

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Notes on Colors

First, we use the same universal water-based tints that every other paint manufacture uses.  This makes it possible for you to take your KiwiGrip to your paint reseller and have it custom tinted.  Do not exceed 3% tint by volume. … Continue reading

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Will KiwiGrip stick to Starboard® Plastic?

Nope.  Following a good sand-up and acetone wash we get a moderate bond to Starboard®.  Certainly fine for cosmetic surfaces, but not adequate for floors or other wear surfaces.  Sorry. Tags: bond, surface, plastic, substrate Tweet

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Maintianing & Repairing KiwiGrip (4)

How do I keep my KiwiGrip decks clean?

KiwiGrip cleans up nicely with a good biodegradable boat soap, water, and a soft bristle brush that can penetrate the peaks and valleys. KiwiGrip can be high pressure washed if required, but it is often best to use a boat … Continue reading

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What happens if I spill Gasoline or Diesel on KiwiGrip?

KiwiGrip is impervious to common caustics — such as cola, soda-pop, peanut butter, jelly, alcoholic beverages, and detergents — although it can be damaged by some solvents. Diesel, oil, acetone, and gasoline spills should not be allowed to pool. Quickly mop … Continue reading

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Can I recoat KiwiGrip?

Yes. This is a wonderful feature of KiwiGrip. You can re-coat after a good soap and water scrub. You can change color or texture during a re-coat, too. Tags: renew, recoat, reapply, refresh, patch Tweet

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How can I remove KiwiGrip if I need to patch or repair my decks?

To remove KiwiGrip it is normal to grind it away, make repairs and then re-coat to patch. The nice thing about KiwiGrip is that patching can look very good because of the rough texture, so repairs can be almost undetectable. … Continue reading

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