Anti-slip paint is basically a sand type material added to paint to give the paint a grit type surface. You can also DIY and just add some sand to paint.
Yes, anti-slip paint works. Anti-slip paint is a useful product that can be used both on interior and exterior surfaces. Anti-slip floor paint can be applied on many surfaces and materials like concrete, metal, wood, and asphalt.
Read on to find out how anti-slip paint works.
Anti-slip paint - introduction
Before we start I want to explain to you the different types of treatments available these days on the market for this purpose. The two main solutions are anti-slip coatings and surface modifiers.
Anti-slip paint additives
Anti-slip coatings are applied on top of an existing surface and generally contain additives like;
- Aluminum oxide
Ingredients like epoxy, resin, urethane, or even concrete are typically used and the grit is either mixed in with the base product or broadcast over the surface between application coats.
How to choose the right anti-slip product
The following questions are the most important questions you need to ask when selecting an anti-slip product:
- Cement, timber or tiles
- Does the product need to be visible once it is applied? (Stairs)
- Will the product be permanent?
Once you have answered these questions, you will be closer to making the area non-slip and safer to walk.
Anti-Slip paint for wooden decks
Untreated and natural wood is always the best choice for your deck. Untreated wood tends to dry out quicker and is allowed to breathe. If it is kept clean regularly shouldn’t be slippery. On the other hand, if you prefer stained and treated decks remember they can become slippery when wet.
My recommendation to you is to apply treatments that contain invisible microbeads that will make the deck safer to walk on:
Anti-slip solutions for steps and stairs
If wooden stairs become slippery anti-slip tape is a good remedy. The Fine-grade sandpaper-like surface of the tape together with the self-adhesive backing is the perfect combination. Before applying the tape make sure the surface is clean and dry. The following are recommended anti-slip materials for steps and stairs:
Anti Slip Tape
Non-Slip Safety Stair Treads
Anti-Slip paint for concrete and tiles
Few things you need to take into consideration when making slippery concrete safer to walk on. Concrete is very dusty when dry so it may be difficult for paint to adhere. Check before you buy the paint if it is for interior or exterior use. Also, if there is a chance the floor may be subject to grease in a professional kitchen or oil from a workshop, look for anti-slip paint that is resistant to oil and grease.
Floor tiles are prone to slipping, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Anti-slip treatments for floor tiles provide a great non-skid surface. The treatments are easy to apply and are completely invisible once they have dried.
Blackfriar Anti Slip Floor and Step Safety Paint Mid Grey
SlipDoctors Stone Grip Anti-Slip Treatment for Tiles and concrete
How long do they last?
The level of effectiveness of anti-slip coatings and their serviceable life do vary considerably and are heavily dependent on the product used and the skill of the contractor.
Depending on the amount and type of traffic these coatings have an effective lifespan between 3 to 5 years.
Etching surfaces for anti-slip
Etching is used for stone floors and refers to the process of modifying the current surface with acids to dissolve the calcium carbonate which roughs up the surface.
Eating away at the surface of the stone may sound aggressive, but a skilled contractor will know just how strong to make the mix and and for how long to apply this treatment and in most cases will leave the surface looking much the same but much safer to walk on particularly in the wet.
What surfaces are suitable for anti-slip paint?
Usually, anti-slip coatings work well with the following surfaces:
- Stone (polished)
- Metal decking
No matter what surface you apply it to, it will prevent falling and slipping if applied properly, regardless of whether the surface is dry or wet. Anti-slip paints are one of the most effective ways of achieving long-lasting surface resistance.
It is perfect when using it in high-traffic areas. After all, it is part of the floor’s surface, making it withstand the testament of time. Even with repeated use, it will take a long while before it starts showing signs of wear and tear.
Few tips when using anti-slip products
- Don’t use anti-slip tape on uneven surfaces. The water can easily go underneath, weakening the adhesive and the tape would have eventually lifted.
- When using anti-slip paint, ensure that the paint will adhere to the surface to be painted. If a surface is already slippery, rough the area with 80 grit sandpaper or score it in a crisscross pattern with a screwdriver.
- Save money by using anti-slip additives in the paint you are already using. This is basically a grit material like sand that when mixed, adheres with the paint to create a non-slippery surface. Ideal for garage floors, etc.
Homemade anti-slip paint
Yes, it is possible to make your own anti-slip paint. Epoxy resin will stick to any surface except plastic. You will need around 20 minutes to prepare the paint.
You will need a two-part epoxy and sharp sand. Follow the steps:
You will need a clean and dry plastic tub for mixing, a kitchen scale, a stirring tool (wood), protective gloves, dry sharp sand or play sand.
Epoxy comes with the mixing instruction so read it well before starting. It is usually mixed together using a quantity of resin and hardener, with a ratio of 5:1. Place the plastic tub on the scale and pour in the product 1 ml = 1 gr. Reset the scale and pour in the hardener, 5:1 ratio as we mentioned above.
Mix the Epoxy resin
When everything is ready and in the tub mix all together using a stirring tool. When you think that it is enough mixing, mix a little bit more:)
Apply the mixture
Epoxy resin has a working time of around 20 minutes before it starts curing so don’t waste your time. Apply the resin to the surface thinly using a paintbrush.
Apply the sand
When the epoxy resin is sticky to touch, scatter the sand by hand over the area. Lightly brush the sand using a soft hand brush to ensure it covers the whole surface. Allow the epoxy and the whole mixture to cure fully before allowing foot traffic.
Never mix the sand and epoxy together in the tub. The sand is heavier than the resin and it will sink once applied and this may not give enough of a texture to the surface.
The most common among the machines that can help you measure slip resistance is the tribometer. It works by rubbing a pad of common materials used in shoe soles over the floor while testing the ease of the pad’s passing over it.
The maintenance of the anti-slip coating is quite simple because the topcoat doesn’t hold dirt. Dirt, grease, and oils that make the floor dirty won’t penetrate the coating and the underlying surface. To optimize and maintain its slip-resistant properties, the anti-slip coating should not be waxed, abraded, polished, or burnished.
You will have to use anti-slip paint on areas with ample foot traffic. In a typical scenario, floor treatments get applied when the hard surfaces become slippery when wet. Such as interior and exterior ceramic tile, polished stone, polished concrete, coated flooring, and metal decking to obtain acceptably slip resistance in both dry and wet environments.
When you decide to treat your floors, you have to look for a product that not only suits your type of surface but one that is made from durable, quality ingredients that will last for years to come. You should also keep in mind the application method and the drying time of the product because you don’t want to get stuck for days or even weeks applying and drying the product.