One of the many benefits of KiwiGrip is the fact that you control the finished texture of your nonskid surface. Some vessels call for a very aggressive finish, while some have a need for a lighter, finer finish. With KiwiGrip, both extremes and everything in between are possible. Below are a few examples of different techniques used to achieve different textures commonly used when applying KiwiGrip.
In general, a thicker coat of KiwiGrip applied to the surface will allow for a more aggressive texture, while a thinner coat will allow for a more mild texture. From there, different techniques will achieve different textures.
A thick coat of KiwiGrip rolled out within minutes of spreading will result in a beautiful medium texture that is not overly aggressive while still maintaining great functionality.
A more aggressive texture can be achieved by spreading a thick coat of KiwiGrip, rolling the texture with the included application roller, waiting approximately 5 minutes, and re-rolling over the KiwiGrip one more time.
A very aggressive “alpine peaks” texture can be achieved by spreading a thick coat of KiwiGrip, rolling the texture with the included application roller, waiting approximately 10 minutes, and re-rolling over the applied KiwiGrip to pull the stipples back up after the KiwiGrip has had some time to tack up.
A very fine texture similar to a sand/epoxy finished look can be achieved by switching out the included roller with a 3/8” NAP roller found at your local hardware store. This texture is especially nice on boats that do not heel over, docks, pathways, and other flat surfaces.
A “rolling hills” texture is achieved by first diluting the can of KiwiGrip with 10% water by volume. (example: 100 mL in a 1 L can)
- Ian Smith