Creating a Non-Slip Surface
Creating a non-slip surface to promote safety within your area of concern, or organization is important for health and safety. The following information will give instruction on creating a non-slip surface to your new, or existing surface even if the surface is damaged or in need. Creating non-slip surfaces is crucial for flooring where there is continuous foot traffic, or even minimal foot traffic. It’s not rocket science, but with the strongest and safest products in the industry, you will get excellent outcomes.
Tools Needed for Creating Non-Slip Surfaces
- DX-ETCH Surface Cleanser
- DX-1100 Primer – This is Ideal for Concrete Surfaces Only
- PANSEAL 2000PG – PANSEAL is the Topcoat for Floor Coating
- SHARK – SHARK is the Non-skid Additive for Optimum Foot Traffic
- Mechanical Mixer, or Drill with Mixing Attachment
- Xylene – to Clean Drill
- Course Roller – to Apply Material
- Brush – In Case you Need to get in Confined Areas
Preparation for Creating a Non-Slip Surface
It’s ideal to have a clean surface and ensure that there is no grease, oils or acids on the surface. Our DX-Etch Cleanser and Etcher is ideal for a thorough prep to clean concrete prior to coating. If there is paint or other coating on the surface, we recommend removing it because it will sit in the way of optimum adhesion strength to the surface. We would recommend sand blasting, grinding or pressure washing. However you can obtain a clean surface, it s not as important as to what technique you use.
* New concrete must be cured 28 days at 75°F (24°C) and 50% relative humidity or equivalent. Mortar joints should be cured a min of 15 days.
- Concrete – Tilt Up, Poured, Precast
- Masonry – Stucco, Cinder Block, Cement Board
- Brick – Glazed, Unglazed
- Steel – Hot Rolled, Cold Rolled
- Galvanized – Hot Dipped, Galvaneal, Electrodeposition
- Cleans & Etches in One Step
- No Acidic Vapors
- Saves Time and Labor
- Neutralizes Alkali Salts
- Cleans & Phosphates
- Improves Corrosion Resistance
- Form Release Compounds
- Oil, Dirt, Soot
- Efflorescence & Laitance
- Fabricating Oils, Lubricants, Smut, Fines and Rust Inhibitors
- Passivation Films
*See DX-ETCH Product Data for further information
Step One: Apply DX1100 Primer for Concrete
For concrete surfaces, a concrete primer is necessary. DX-1100 is a thin viscosity epoxy which will penetrate the pores of the concrete and strengthen the structure, as well as provide an optimum condition for the topcoat to adhere to. You can apply the primer at 3 to 5 mils. thickness and it will cover 320 to 530 square feet per gallon. DX-1100 can be applied by brush, roller or sprayer.
DX-1100 Features & Benefits
- Low viscosity, deep penetrating sealant
- Eliminates outgassing caused by traditional primers
- Increases adhesion to concrete due to deep penetration 800 psi or greater based on ASTM D4541
- Easy brush/roller/spray application
- Adheres to damp concrete
- 100% solids and entirely free of solvents and VOCs
*This step is only required for concrete surfaces, otherwise go to step 2.
* Pay attention to the recoat window on DX-1100 product data – attached, or on our website
Step 2 – Apply PANSEAL 2000PG
PANSEAL 2000PG is a multi-component, epoxy system that is ideal for flooring due to its abrasion proof properties and superb adhesion strength. After applying the DX-1100 and within the re-coat window, you are ready to install 2000PG at 10 to 15 mils. thickness. 1 PANSEAL gallon will cover 100 to 160 square feet per gallon depending on the mils. thickness. PANSEAL can be applied by brush, roller or sprayer.
PANSEAL is also a permanent leak protection coating and sealant. PANSEAL has extreme chemical resistance and temperature resistance properties.
PANSEAL Product Features & Benefits
- Very Minimal Odor – safe to apply
- Easy brush/roller/sprayer, self-level application
- 100% solids and entirely free of solvents – NO VOCs.
- Works on metal, fiberglass, stainless steel, concrete and wood surfaces
- Bonds chemically and mechanically to the substrate
- The Shark Additive is recommended for Creating a Non-Slip Surface in Flooring
- Excellent adhesion strength – 2,750 psi (pull-off adhesion test ASTM D 4541)
Step 3 – Apply Topcoat of PANSEAL 2000PG with Shark Additive
Shark Slip-Resistant Additive is a micronized polymer which can be added to PANSEAL for the purpose of creating a non-slip surface. When added to PANSEAL coatings Shark Additive will provide slip resistance, fine texturing, and gloss reduction. Due to its low oil absorption and high solvent resistance, it will easily mix-in with minimal effect on the viscosity. Its low density allows it to stay well suspended within.
* Step 2 assures a strong chemical and mechanical bond from the actual surface, to the coating itself. This 3rd step provides the non-slip surface and final topcoat.
Within the re-coat window you will need to apply a second coating of PANSEAL, along with up to 3 ounces per gallon of Shark Additive mixed into the product which adds the ideal non-slip texture. The PANSEAL and Shark Additive combination should be installed at 10 to 15 mils. thickness. 1 PANSEAL gallon will cover 100 to 160 square feet per gallon depending on the mils. thickness. Once the final coat is hard, the surface ready for traffic.