Slippery steps can be made safe with traction tape, but the steps themselves must first be sealed well to prevent water from getting under the tape and breaking the adhesive bond.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:October 2009
Traction tape sticks ferociously, but only to a well-sealed surface.
Cover the steps with masking tape.
Then hold down the traction tape (with
the paper liner still on) while you cut
around the edges with a utility knife.
Remove the tape in the cutout area
and apply the primer or contact adhesive
with a brush. Let it dry before applying
Peel the paper liner off one end and
secure the tape to the step. Then position
the opposite side and square it up. Pull
the liner off at a 90-degree angle to the
tape, smoothing the tape as you peel.
Traction tape is a quick and easy
solution for slippery steps, whether
they’re wood or concrete, but you
have to seal the pores so the adhesive
will hold. Sealing the pores prevents
water from getting under the tape and
breaking the adhesive bond.
If the steps are painted and the
paint is in good shape, just clean it
well and apply the tape. If the paint is
chipped or peeling or you have raw
wood or concrete, clean the surface
with lacquer thinner. Then seal it
with the recommended primer
or contact adhesive, let it
dry and apply the tape.
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