Adding Additional Non-Skid Properties to Monstaliner - 1st Trials
OK, here we go.
This material you see in hand is some sort of ground up plastic. It comes in many different particle sizes. Traditionally, we have used it as an non-skid additive
that either gets broadcast into wet floor epoxy or even mixed into the coating for rolling on the epoxy. It also works very well in gray Chassis Saver,
mixed into the coating and rolled on concrete floors.
I did not like what happens when I mixed it directly into Monstaliner. The mix got too thick to handle and roll correctly. Also because Monstaliner goes down
pretty thick, the particles got burried under the coating and the non-skid effect was not dramatic enough for my liking. It would take too much additive
thus making the Monstaliner almost like peanut butter, so...
I rolled 1 nice coat of Desert Sand tinted ML and broadcast the particles into the wet coating. I let it dry 2 or 3 hours (time will vary at diff temps and time of year)
and then rolled another coat of Desert Sand on top of the particles that were embedded in the first coat. Results below show straight Desert Sand (no aggregate) compared to the test.
I like it ALOT. We have a customer right now in Alaska building a custom wood canoe that will be getting his stuff this week. He is going to use this method to
try the process for himself and I am very anxious to see the results. Spent an hour on phone with him and will speak to him again after packages are received.
We've had sooooo many requests recently from people doing boats I am committed to ironing this out to work with complete documentation. I'm looking to
package the stuff for sale in some kind of shaker jar so it will be easy to use and broadcast as evenly as possible.
I do not suspect this will make a Monstaliner surface any more difficult to clean. As long as the material is broadcast sparingly you will not have any deep pockets to trap dirt.
This was just the first experiment so we will improve it over time.
Opinions - Comments?