For a really smart job use fairly narrow marking tape to mask out lines (parallel to planks) within the non slip zones so you get a 'striped' effect.
Rod & Jo
Chinchilla bathing sand worked best for me, not quite the same consistency as budgie sand. If you want the wood to really show through then use salt, but don't varnish over it. The salt will dissolve on your first wet sail and leave a roughened varnish surface. DONT do what I did & use sugar; it turns into a horrible treacly mess which gets on everything.
Rod & Jo
Salt or sugar, once dissolved, leaves, as you say, a dimpled and grippy surface; I think the two are equivalent; maybe I just didn't wash the sugar version enough before going sailing.
"I found with the FRP NSM1 that the only thing that was going to get it off was the hot air gun, but there is a point long before it actually bubbles that it first softens. Expect blisters on your hands as the resulting scraping is much harder than for bubbled paint. \r\n\r\nIn the case of the NSM, I think the coating was epoxy as it softened at the same time as the laminate also softened, and the core beneath. Took a few hours spread over a few days to get it off, but it seems stiff as it was before on cooling. Even 36 grit Makita sanding discs were bouncing off it though, it was like masonite granules or something!"
Great tip thanks...!
I have used sugar a couple of times with good results. gentler on the kit than sand and i think neater as well. apply varnish first then sprinkle the sugar over the top. Best to wash off with warm water before you go sailing or things can get a wee bit sticky.
Yep, I use sand for budgie cages too. Although I tend to mask, varnish, sprinkle then varnish again. I would think it makes little difference.
We last used fine sand sprinkled onto rolled 2 part perfection varnish - the thin coat of varnish only accepts so much sand and the excess just brushes off as its nearly dry.
Brian - 3496
"as I recall dave fowler fell on them...dave had his own imaginative ways of fixing things, then the boat went to earlswood, and was ted kington'ed....he also modelled repairs on the cheap and cheerful school.....all I can do really..good luck!!"
"Can anyone tell me what the non-slip paint is that has been applied?\r\n\r\nI am trying strip it off to see what damage was done to the starboard planks/lands.\r\n\r\nI started using hot air and scraper, but it has to be so hot to bubble this stuff that it is setting fire to what appears to be unsaturated fibreglass matting underneath it.\r\n\r\nThanks in advance\r\nMiles"
"Slowly getting the stuff off, then I hit about 5 coats of hard baked paint.\r\n\r\nThis seems to had a very colourful interior, cream, brown, blue, white, grey."