Fiberglass gelcoat is porous. Areas on the deck, along the gunwales and the swim platform are often textured to provide a non-slip surface commonly called a non-skid surface. If the smooth parts of the deck are waxed, they become very slippery and dangerous to walk on, especially when wet. The non-skid areas are normally not waxed for safety reasons. As a result they are subject to degradation from UV, stains, dirt, bacteria and water penetration. The unprotected surface is also subject to a very high level of maintenance. Scrubbing with heavy duty cleansers and a deck brush is almost a daily ritual if the decks are to be kept pristine. This constant scrubbing dulls the finish, opens the pores wider and over time erodes the gelcoat making refinishing a necessity, which can be very expensive.
Sealing the decks with Sure Step eliminates these problems and restores the original shine to the gelcoat, including the non-skid surfaces, adding value back to the boat. It eliminates the necessity of scrubbing the decks thereby reducing maintenance to rinsing, wiping or washing the decks with the rest of the boat. Since it’s not slippery, even when wet, it adds a degree of safety as well. Sure Step is recommended for new as well as older boats.
The labor rate for prepping or restoring the deck and applying Sure Step ranges between $70 and $125 per hour and the time required is usually between 3 and 8 hours, depending on the size of boat, the age and condition of the decks, if stains need to be removed first or if the deck needs restoration. Application is simple and professional results can be obtained even with unskilled labor. Sure Step is applied like a polish and the haze buffed to a shine. Preparation and restoration is with Boat Clean Plus and Boat Scrub. Two coats are required for seasonal protection and we recommend one coat over the winter and the second prior to launch. Thereafter thoroughly washing the deck in the fall and application of one coat prior to winter storage and a second in the spring prior to launch is all that is required.
In tropical areas where the boats are subjected to a greater amount of sunshine and the boats used all year long, reapplication may be required every 3 to 4 months.
It’s not unusual for trade in boats to bring $1,000 to $10,000 or more when the decks are sealed with Sure Step. The decks look new which tells the buyer that the boat was obviously well maintained and therefore worth more.