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Old 07-01-2016   #1
 
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Any body know where NRS sources the material for their sideboards? Or a source for something similar. I've made my own from marine plywood and would like a decent traction material (white or light color) that doesn't break the bank.

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Check out kennel flooring. It's black but, it's a mesh so, not really relevant. It's light, cheap, and super easy to work with.
I use it as the floor of my cat but, it would be at the top of my list for side board materials.
Added bonus; you can strap things on anywhere you like!
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I don't know where they get it from, but have seen the new stuff up close. It's supposedly a UHMW covering. To me, it's too aggressive and would hurt to kneel on...

I make my own "skid guard" by using MDO (paper covered plywood) and sprinkling aluminum oxide powder into the final coat. It's a little more maintenance oriented but gives great grip and feels like 220 grit sandpaper. I don't seem to have any pictures on my and I'm out of town but I really like the feel and look - I finished with spar varnish but you could also finish with porch and deck enamel.
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or use composite decking, that works great for me. (veranda makes it in a light gray that looks sharp)
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Look at some of the textured deck coatings out there, maybe try Home Repo website.
Could always sprinkle some sand on top of wet spar varnish or deck stain.

BTW, I've never had a problem with my side boards being slick, our southwestern rivers sand the shine right off of them, instantly!
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Look at some of the textured deck coatings out there, maybe try Home Repo website.
Could always sprinkle some sand on top of wet spar varnish or deck stain.

BTW, I've never had a problem with my side boards being slick, our southwestern rivers sand the shine right off of them, instantly!
I've tried behr deckover - at first I liked it but it really didn't stick well long term. Further research indicated that it's designed to penetrate porous wood (old checked decking) and when the wood is too new or dense it doesn't penetrate and flakes off. That's what I had happen, nor horribly but when I did a redesign of my decks, I went back to spar varnish and aluminum oxide. I've used sand in the past but it's too coarse and eventually pops out. The fine grit of AL-oxide is far superior in my opinion. In the end it has a similar feel to the deckover type products but appears to be much more durable. The AL-oxide is sold as a a no-skid additive but is very fine grained, perfect for decks in my opinion.

As far as no additive goes, I left my back deck (actually a table) just as straight varnish (no additive) and on one of the first days I used it I jumped on it from the bank and slid across. Nothing serious but it was clear to me that the additive makes a big difference. It also makes a big difference for my dogs, they'll slide on the back deck but stick like glue to the front and side decks.
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