Textured Non-Skid or Anti-Slip boat decks, cockpits and swim platforms provides important traction, but they all suffer from the same problems. They’re constantly getting chalky and dirty. They stain easily from fish blood, red wine and bird droppings. They require constant scrubbing to keep them clean. They get dull, making your boat look old and tired before its time. And, you can’t protect them with boat wax without making them dangerously slippery, especially when they’re wet.
It doesn’t matter if yours is a fishing boat, a sailboat a RIB, a wakeboard boat or a cruiser. Maintaining non-skid boat decks is the most tedious part of boat cleaning. There’s no end to it.
But now, there’s a better way. Sure Step promises to restore your faded boat deck to like new again and reduce your maintenance. Imagine your boat decks looking shiny and new and never having to scrub them again. That’s what Sure Step can do for you.
Today, we’re going to show you how easy it is to restore the deck on this tired 1987 Sea Ray. with Sure Step
The deck of this boat has more chalk than a math teacher’s blackboard and look at the dirt and stains. Sure Step is a sealer as well as a protective polish. We need to get this deck pristine so we don’t seal in the crud.
First, we’re going to clean a small test area to verify that we get the results we want and to make sure there are no unexpected problems.
This looks good. Can you see how bright white it is? It almost fluoresces.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to get the surface spotless.
The finished job can only look as good as the gelcoat, before we seal it with the Sure Step anti slip coating. Boat Clean Plus and Boat Scrub are the best products you can use for this boat cleaning. No other boat deck cleaner can give you the same results. These two cleaners will deep clean the gelcoat, not just the surfaceand remove any chalk or oxidation.And they’re free rinsing so there’s no residue to impair attachment of the Sure Step.
Now that we have a successful test, getting this deck clean will be quick and straight forward. We’ll use the deck brush for the large areas, a scrub brush for the tighter areas and a Marine Power Mitt for the smooth surfaces.
First wash the deck with Boat Clean Plus. Apply some Boat Scrub and give it a good scrubbing.Now rinse everything clean. These products are biodegradable so they won’t hurt the lake or the fish.
Check the surface for marks and stains that didn’t come out. I can see that the birds have been in the berry patch and have left stains in the gelcoat.
Use a 50 – 50 solution of Boat Clean Plus and Boat Scrub and scrub the stains out.This may require some effort,but, they will come out.
Well, that’s the hard part done. How would you like to get your decks this clean and bright?
Let the deck dry completely so you don’t seal moisture into the gelcoat.
Now we can apply Sure Step to all surfaces, non-skid as well as smooth. Use a white, high density foam, mini paint roller.
They work best. You can press the Sure Step into the pores and spread it out thinly so you get maximum coverage and don’t waste material.Do the whole deck including the walk around areas and let it dry to a haze.
Here’s a tip from a professional boat detailer. Wipe the deck with a soft cloth before buffing in order to remove excessive surface haze. This will reduce buffing time.
Buffing is the easy part. Attach a loose cotton buffing wheel to a portable drill and your special buffing machine is ready.
By the way.Rotary buffers don’t work on non-skid surfaces.
Lightly buff the deck until it shines. Let the wheel do the work for you.The cotton fibres get into the crevices and polish out the haze. Alternate the direction to buff out all the surfaces. This is easy and fun.
Look at the how the shine is starting to come up on this old boat deck. And, this is only the sealer coat. Isn’t that beautiful?
We need to let the 1st coat cure for a minimum of 24 hours before we apply the polish coat.
Because of the weather, it’s been a week since we applied the sealer coat so we’re going to rinse off any dirt and bird droppings before applying the polish coat. Since the deck is already sealed, dirt will hose off easily.
The 2nd Sure Step polish coat goes on just like the 1st, with a paint roller. When it dries to a haze, give it a quick wipe and buff it to a beautiful shine.
There you have it. Shiny, clean and looking brand new again.
To prove that this deck is not slippery and safe to walk on, we sprayed it with water and then got Pete to walk on it.Nope! No slipping.You even get more grip when the decks are wet.This is an important safety feature of Sure Step deck polish and protector.
Do you remember what these decks looked like before? Well look at them now. Even though this is an older Searay, the owner is once again proud of his boat. Plus, he’s just increased the value of his boat by thousands of dollars.
Sure Step is a proven product and results are guaranteed.
The new discovery of pressure sensitive polymers, now makes it possible to have a shiny, easy to care for, deck and swim platform with no slipping, making it safe for you and your family to walk on, even when they’re wet.
You’ll love how easy it is to keep your decks clean and shiny and how much time you’ll save.
Your shiny boat will be worth more when you sell or trade and you can once again, be proud of your boat.
You’ll save money because you will no longer have to buy deck cleaners
You too can restore the decks cockpit and swim platform on your boat, in only a few short hours. It’s easy, fun and one application lasts all season long.
Sure Step is available as a value added kit or you can buy Boat Clean Plus, Boat Scrub and Sure Step individually.
For more information about Sure Step, visit our Website at Aurora Marine dot Com