Applying Non Skid Coatings

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July 29, 2015

Applying Non Skid Coatings


Nonskid Paint & Coatings Applications

Non-skid coatings are used in many different industries and applications. Non skid coatings have been engineered to withstand heavy traffic; from forklifts and steel-wheeled vehicles to jets and helicopters. Rapid-cure slip resistant coatings use a complex coating system containing aggregates that help provide a slip-resistant surface in walking or traffic areas. The United States military relies heavily on nonskid coatings for the decks of their aircraft carriers to keep personnel safe from slips and falls under the most extreme conditions.

While nonskid coatings are typically used for marine usage, they are also used for the following additional applications:

  • Entertainment industry: amusement parks, stadiums, pool facilities and ski resorts
  • Industrial manufacturing and warehouses
  • Bathrooms
  • Ramps and ADA-compliant needs
  • Food manufacturing
  • Restaurant kitchens, including walk-in freezers and refrigerators
  • Hospitals
  • Transportation
  • Schools

Why Use Non-Skid Coatings?

Nonskid coatings have numerous benefits for nearly any application and industry. Below are just a few of the most important features that non-skid coatings provide.

  • Increase the longevity of surfaces to make them last up to a decade.
  • Protect facility and product surfaces from damage such as abrasion, impact, chemicals, heat, moisture, excessive traffic, corrosion, and wear-and-tear.
  • Create traction in slippery areas for a safer work environment to prevent accidents and costs associated with them.
  • Increase uptime and productivity with more easily maneuverable facilities, fewer accidents and less maintenance.
  • Prevents cost of additional equipment and maintenance for long periods of time.

How to Apply Non-Skid Coatings

Non-skid paints and coatings combine abrasive mixtures made up of aluminum oxide, barium sulfate, and epoxy resin. Given the characteristics of these aggregates, nonskid coatings are typically applied with a roller after mixing by hand. But with larger applications such as military aircraft decks, with average deck sizes ranging around 1,000 feet long and 250 feet wide, this is extremely time-consuming.

To save time, C.H. Reed would like to introduce the industry to a new method of applying non skid coatings by using the Graco M680 Mortar Pump to spray it on rather than rolling. The M680 pump applies the material significantly faster than rolling allowing you to cover more surface area with extremely consistent mill builds, less material waste, and improved quality. During test sprays, C.H. Reed and APC Equipment Rental were able to spray 4’ x 8’ surface areas as fast as 3.9 seconds.

Aside from being a profitable shortcut to hand rolling, the Graco M680 Mortar Pump is engineered to withstand the grittiest of materials, including the abrasive elements found in nonskid. Its high-velocity flush is often all you will need to clean the pump and prevent build-up in the lines. The quick knockdown for easy cleaning adds on to your labor cost savings. We can now add “easy to apply” to the list of nonskid coating benefits!

To learn more about the M680 and its benefits or to order one today, contact C.H. Reed.

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