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Old 08-08-2016, 09:09 PM   #15
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I have always used beach sand on oil based enamel, no problems. The nice thing about sand is it is too hard to wear down; and cheap. Shaking it onto wet paint with a salt shaker gives you an even spread. Rough at first, each subsequent coat makes it smoother, and easier to clean.

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Old 11-16-2016, 01:37 AM   #16
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There's also the water-based acrylic called "Kiwigrip" which seems popular on some cruising forums. Have not used it, but have seen comments to the effect that it is tricky to apply in hot weather because it dries quickly.
My concern would be that a water based acrylic may be a bit soft in hot regions, and, if you choose a white (or light) colour, dirt would not wash off as easily as it would from hard surface paints like enamels.
But then it is very easy to touch up with minimal preparation, a big advantage.

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