Slipping and sliding can be fun when that is what you intend to do but unexpected slips can cause injury and spoil your fun. Accidents will happen, of course, but there are certain areas where slippery conditions regularly appear and therefore preventive actions taken. Areas that are likely to become slippery or that are particularly dangerous when slippery prove less hazardous when anti slip paint is used.
Places where anti slip paint are helpful include factory floors and warehouses where ultra smooth surfaces can become dangerous with the introduction of only a little liquid as well as driveways. Ramps and steps are also good candidates for this type of paint. Anti-slip paint is not a ‘one size fits all’ product; indeed, there are varying degrees of ‘anti-slipperiness’. The difference between this industrial paint and regular paint is the addition of aggregates. The aggregates increase the coefficient of friction between a painted walking surface and the shoes of those who go across it. The degree of slipping protection depends not on the amount of aggregate but on the grade of the aggregate mixed into the paint.
The use of special paint to minimize accidents is not obvious to the observer. These paints come in many different colours and cannot be distinguished from regular paints. They are suitable for indoors as well as outside use and can be used on a variety of surfaces such as wood, concrete and metal among others. In addition to industrial use, there are commercial applications as well. Restaurants, shops, schools and care facilities make use of this safety paint.
Although most anti slip paint is used by businesses or in government buildings, the public purchases it as well. One common area where an individual or family may use it is the decks of their privately owned boats. As anyone who has enjoyed time on a pleasure boat will attest, the deck can easily become slippery with the slightest addition of a salt or fresh water mist. This is the reason canal boats and pleasure boats safety boat paint and why all pleasure boaters should do so as well. Without the use of these special paints to give one’s soles a little more grip ,a fun afternoon on the water could easily become a less than pleasant day at hospital.
In addition to fall reducing paints, there are that coatings that can render otherwise slippery surfaces less slippery. These are used to cover but not obscure ceramic tiles in changing rooms, around pools and on patios. Anywhere there is an increased likelihood of loosing traction while walking or where it is vital that you do not lose your footing, anti slip paint or coating can be used. To find out which product is most suitable for your individual situation find an industrial paint professional to consult.