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Forum topic by Rob Bois posted 07-27-2010 08:14 PM 1389 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob Bois

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07-27-2010 08:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: non-slip question

I’m working on a job right now to construct some pedestals for a bridal boutique. These pedestals are for the boutique’s customers to stand on while they are fit for a bridal gown. The owner wants the tops to have some kind of non-slip surface so women in heels won’t be apt to slip getting on or off the platform. At the same time, it needs to be something that won’t catch or abrade the silk on the dresses. Anyone out there use any kind of non-stick products on anything that might fit this bill? The trick is it has to look halfway decent in addition to doing the job at hand. Thoughts or ideas out there?

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 08:36 PM

Use the paint/spray on plastic that is used for protecting the beds of pick-up trucks “rhino Liner” It comes in different colors, is textured to be ‘grippy’ but doesn’t have any of the sharp grit that there would be if you embedded sand, or used the traction tape.

I have seen similar stuff that is used on ‘Denray’ Down Draft, sanding tables. Doesn’t mar your work but has some traction so the workpiece doesn’t slide around while you sand.

I’ve only used it on trucks/trailer decks – but no reason is shouldn’t work

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 09:31 PM

I don’t know what kind of finish you are looking at, but there are no-slip additives like this.

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 09:46 PM

I should have mentioned this is a paint grade item so being able to pick colors is a nice benefit. I am considering the paint additive I’m just concerned it might abrade fine silk – not sure. I like the truck liner idea but it seems to only come in larger expensive quantities. Would love to find a ‘touch up’ size.

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 09:57 PM

Sherwin- Williams will have a product called Shark Skin or Shark Hide that is a paint additive used for concrete decks. Or you can go the cheap route and add silica (sand) to your paint. It will not catch on silk, the paint rounds the edges. Do some tests on scrap to get the right amount.

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 10:52 PM

Whatever surface you finalize, more importantly, be sure the platform is a short, petite step up, and long and wide. Similar situation years ago we built more of a mini-stage more than simply a platform. Any structure should be braced rock solid.

Keep in mind gowns can be wonderfully fluffed and brides cannot see their steps.

Still, with a new bride taking her step, along with the best-built platform, an outreached hand helping along the way is an excellent idea.


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