Boating How-To’s - when is my kiwi-grip going to dry????
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04-19-2012, 05:43 PM
I put kiwi-grip on my hatches of my Mako about a week ago and they are still soft. It has been a constant 55-60 degrees F in the garage where they sit and I can still put a thumb nail print in them.... I figured that that stuff would dry up harder than that. In the process of putting it on my decks of the same boat now and it is not going to get over 60 F for quite a while. I am so anxious to get the project done but don't want to walk on the kiwi-grip prematurely.
04-20-2012, 09:33 AM
Taken from there website......
Apply only when surface, air and product temperature is 50° to 90° F (10° to 32° C). Normally dries in one hour at 77° F (25° C). Allow at least 4 hours before recoating. High humidity may prolong drying time.
At 60° to 70° F, KiwiGrip will tack up in under an hour. You can walk on your new decks without shoes in 24 hours. The product will be tough but slightly rubbery in less than 48 hours, and will reach final hardness in 48 to 72 hours."
04-20-2012, 04:13 PM
Thanks for taking the time to research and reply Badlatitude, I have reviewed the manufacturers directions and info. However, I am experiencing different results than what they outline. Also, I was looking to hear from someone that has the product on thier boat to see what the hardness is.
finn, i put it on my boat but dont remember how long it took to dry but it is pretty hard when it was dry i sanded it lightly to make it less aggressive came out very nice.
04-21-2012, 12:09 AM
I've used it also. It was about 80* the night we put it on and within an hour it was tacky. The next day it was pretty soft but wasn't tacky at all. We rolled the boat into the sun where it was about 90* and that afternoon we were able to rig the boat. It's been 1 year since we painted the Kiwi grip on and it still looks great. It sits out in the South Florida sun with no cover and gets used 3-4 times a week. The paint never really gets hard, it's still soft on your feet but not to the point where you could dig a nail into it.
We were extremely happy with the way it turned out and I'm getting ready to do another boat with it in about 2 weeks. I would recommend it to anyone and I would suspect that since you were on the lower side of the recommended application temps is why you are experiencing these results.
Looks like you are gonna have to either wait for the weather to warm up or turn the heater on to get the temp in the garage up. If you can dig a nail into the surface then I definitely wouldn't walk around all over it.
Here are a few pics from right after we rolled it and the tape was pulled. We started at the stern and worked towards the bow. As you can see, by the time we were done rolling out the Kiwi Grip at the bow, it was dry enough at the stern that we were able to drop the 2 bomar hatches in and they weren't stuck to the paint. It dried to a not tacky but not ready to be walked on status very quickly for us. I would NOT recommend anyone to try to apply this in the sunlight. This should be a night operation or at least in a garage out of any direct sunlight if you want optimal results.
Good luck with the project and I hope it pans out for ya.