Various types of grit added to paint will make wood steps slip-resistant. Use special plastic grit and you’ll never see it, even as the paint wears away.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:September 2011
Apply a fresh coat of paint to the steps.
Then immediately sprinkle a generous coating
of rubber grit to the surface. Allow it to
dry. Then add a second coat to seal the grit.
Before winter hits, apply a coat of paint
and traction grit on slippery wood steps.
Sand and aluminum oxide grit are
cheap, but both require constant stirring.
And they show up as dark specks
as soon as the paint starts to wear.
Instead, try polymeric plastic grit (such
as Seal-Krete Clear Grip),
available at home centers and bigpaintstore.com. Polymeric grit stays suspended
in the paint as you apply it, and
because it’s clear plastic, it won’t show
up as dark specks as the paint wears.
If you want grit that’s easier on bare
feet, add rubber grit to the paint (such
as Soft Sand Traction Grit; available
from softsandrubber.com). Use the broadcast method shown to apply it.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Grit additive for paint
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