Blue Turtle Cruising

KiwiGripping the decks

So, after all the fun we had last weekend, it was time to get back to work. For me, this meant diving head-first into my laptop (I had to really work). Randy is still on vacation so he and his dad spent about a day and a half this week refinishing our lower decks. Our trawler’s decks are in bad shape, worn very thin and very hot in the summer…it’s totally worn down as is most our exterior paint. The boat desperately needs a paint job all over, but that is another project all-together. Doing the KiwiGrip has two benefits, it looks awesome and like we have totally new decks and it keeps us from falling on our ass when wet (or drinking!).

Once the deck areas are taped off, they began to KiwiGrip
Once the deck areas are taped off, they began to KiwiGrip
Our decks were worn thin as you can see from this photo
Our decks were worn thin as you can see from this photo

Last week, they repaired holes and imperfections in the fiberglass in preparation for KiwiGrip. KiwiGrip is basically the non-skid surface on the decks of most boats. It has a little texture to keep you from slipping and protects your feet from the hot surface in the middle of summer (or basically, most the year here in Florida). The deal with KiwiGrip is that it’s relatively easy to paint on and texturize, but the prep work is time consuming. You have to tape off areas on the deck that you want done and most areas have rounded corners requiring an exacto knife (I have several being a designer) to cut them into the tape. Taping took most of the time and once the boys had their areas tapped off, they flew through the painting like pros. One applying the paint, the other rolling the textured roller over it. I tell ya once you get these Kalisik boys moving, it’s hard stopping them…the tough part is to get them moving in the first place 🙂 They did a fantastic job and our trawler’s decks look like new. The lower deck is complete which is the largest area. They still have the bridge and middle deck to do once the third gallon of  KiwiGrip comes in. I can’t wait until it is all done…It’s going to look so great!

A two person team went to town on the decks
A two person team went to town on the decks
As Johnny painted on the substance, Randy used the texturized roller to go over it
As Johnny painted on the substance, Randy used the texturized roller to go over it

The finished product
The finished product

 

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