method on varnish not only gives a clear finish but is also a softer
less harsh non-skid surface, much kinder to bare feet.
an ideal ‘grit’ to use on a wooden boat, though you could use anything
that is water soluble, however I wouldn’t use sugar or anything which
could make a sticky mess or attract insects.
So, when you've sanded off ready for that final coat you can if you
wish mask off the areas to be made non-slip.
Having glossy frames around the non-skid areas will look better than
just doing the whole area.
It will look even better is you can radius the corners.
Now, lay a thick coat of varnish within the masked areas making sure
you go right up to the edges of the tape.
Then before it dries sprinkle the coarse salt, as evenly as
possible over the wet varnish.
A sieve or kitchen sifter of some sort will help in getting an
The salt just needs to sit on the surface, don’t rub it in as
it needs to be washed off when you have finished.
the non slip areas are dry brush off or vacuum any loose
salt, take off the masking tape and then finish varnishing the smooth