Non slip paint for timber

non slip paint for timber

Increase safety with non slip paint for timber

Wooden surfaces are not slippery as long as they are not wet. Walking on wet timber might, however, be risky and lead to falling or slipping. Fortunately, as there are many different slip resistant coating solutions, there are also suitable products for wooden surfaces. These include traditional multi-use anti slip systems and special non slip paint for timber. The surfaces which usually require an anti slip treatment include:

  • Decking
  • Stairs (interior and exterior)
  • Floors

Australian slip resistance legislation

Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) includes design regulations for increasing safety. Applying anti slip solutions in is included into the regulations. There are three main aspects of the legislation:

  • Commercial buildings are obliged to provide non slip surfaces in areas of emergency access and egress.
  • In general, pedestrian ramps, stair treads and landings are to be made anti slip
  • Disability access: all parts of buildings that must be accessible comply to Design for access and mobility Part 1 general requirements for access- Buildings. This means that all these travel ways should have slip reistant surface.

Types of non slip wood coatings

Wood is a popular flooring and decking material due to its appealing, natural appearance. Most of slip resistant coatings are opaque or include visible roughening particles, which changes the natural appearance of timber. Therefore, there are also special clear coats, oils and waxes for timber with anti slip function.

The traditional anti slip paints can be either one or two component systems and they include aggregate of particles which makes the surface rough. Furthermore, it is possible to apply a clear coat and add the particles on it afterwards.

Nevertheless, those traditional options affect the looks of the surface. To retain the natural appearance of the wooden surface, it is better to choose for a non slip oil or wax.

OsmoAnti slip decking oil: clear, oil based coating for exterior timber171.35 AUD /2.5 LitreIncreases durability; protects against mould, algae and fungal attacks; reduces risk of slipping; surface becomes water-, weathering and UV reistant
Whittle WaxesSolvent free anti slip micro structure solution for wood and mineral surfacesUnknownAnti slip properties; non toxic; algae, moss and dampness resistant

Applying non slip paint for timber

When an anti slip system is applied on new, untreated timber, the surface must be appropriately prepared. Before applying non slip paint for timber, it is crucial to fill small cracks, voids and joints on the surface with a crack filler. When the surface is free from cracks and other inequalities, it is time to apply a primer if the non slip paint requires it. The surface is ready for the slip resistant coating when the primer is dry.

However, if the anti slip application takes place on an already painted timber surface, first remove all the loose material and sand the glossy areas to make sure that the (optional) primer and anti slip coating adhere properly.

Application steps

The following steps help with application of two component non slip paint for timber.

  1. First, prepare the surface appropriately: apply crack filler on untreated timber; remove loose material and sand glossy areas when applying on treated wood.
  2. Make sure the surface is completely dry and free from dust.
  3. Mix the two components (particle aggregate and resins) together and stir well.
  4. Apply the anti slip mixture onto the edges of the area with a mini roller (or paint brush).
  5. Use a bigger roller for coating the rest of the area.
  6. Apply another layer of anti slip solution if need be. Do not apply before the first layer is completely dry.

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