Awlgrip containing GripTex should be sprayed by professionals only, using proper equipment and adequate ventilation. Awlgrip containing Griptex is not recommended for roller application because the non-skid texture will be uneven.
According to AwlGrip, the easiest way for a beginner to get a non-skid finish is to use the broadcast method (sprinkling with a shaker that has holes in the lid) to apply the Griptex onto a still tacky application of AwlGrip. Just follow the simple steps below.
- Clean the primed and sanded surface with Awlprep Plus T0115 Wax & Grease Remover using the *two-cloth method.
- Mask the perimeter of the non-skid areas. Use 3M #218 Fine Line Tape for most areas. In areas with tight curves, use 3M #471 Blue Vinyl Plastic Tape.
- Apply a light, smooth coat of Awlgrip by spray, brush, or roller (specified for use with urethanes and epoxies, such as a solvent-safe foam roller). Allow the topcoat to flash off for 10-20 minutes until the surface is slightly dry but still tacky.
- Sprinkle the Griptex onto the paint film. You can use a flour sifter, powdered sugar shaker, or the punctured container itself (punch holes in the lid with a nail or ice pick). To provide a uniform pattern, overlap the broadcasting stroke. Let dry for 12 to 16 hours.
- Vacuum or blow off any loose, excess Griptex. If there are any areas needing additional texture, repeat Steps 3 and 4 on those areas.
- Apply 1 or 2 sealer coats of Awlgrip over the entire non-skid surface. The sealer coat encapsulates the Griptex particles in the paint, for maximum durability.
*Two-cloth method: Pour an appropriate amount of solvent onto a clean, dry, lint-free cloth. Wipe the surface with the solvent-wetted cloth to remove surface contaminants. Rotate the cloth to ensure that clean solvent-wetted cloth is touching the surface and you're not rubbing dirt around. Immediately wipe down the freshly cleaned area with a second, clean, dry cloth to remove residue. Change to clean cloths often for both the solvent wetted-cloth and the drying cloth to ensure that the surface is as clean as possible before applying paint, as directed.