LESLIE: Gary in North Carolina is facing a slippery slope. What’s going on at your money pit?
GARY: Yes, I have a Trex decking that goes down a slope and when it gets wet it gets very slick; in fact, I slipped and fell and broke my hand and I …
TOM: (overlapping voices) Oh, no.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Oh, good Lord.
GARY: What can I do to put on it or clean it or whatever to make it unslick?
TOM: You know, it’s interesting. I was out at Yellowstone. They had composite decking there as their walkways and we were out one morning running through the geyser field. And it was very, very damp and humid and I was amazed at how slippery that surface got. I know that not all composites are like that and some that are textured, that have a grain pattern to them, are not going to be as slippery. But to deal with what you have, you’re probably going to want to add an anti-slip coating.
LESLIE: Yeah, and you know there are several coatings out there. A lot of them are available through sort of marine suppliers but the problem with those is sometimes you have a hard time finding non-colorized ones because obviously you like your Trex decking; you don’t want to paint it a color. But there is one that we’ve found; it’s by a company called Evercoat and it’s called Skid-No-More. And you want to make sure that you apply at least two coats. It’s going to go on clear but it’s going to give you sort of a gritty, sandpapery feel; so if you’re barefoot on it, you’re going to feel some sort of – you know, a little bit of abrasion to it.
GARY: (overlapping voices) Grit to it.
LESLIE: It’s not going to hurt you if you’re barefoot on it but you will notice a difference. But it will stop you from slipping and sliding with shoes on.
GARY: Skid-No-More. OK.
GARY: I appreciate that. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
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