Problem with slippery step

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:26
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Gday everyone, just wondering if anyone knows if there is a product that you can buy to put on the slide out step on our caravan. It is getting a bit dangerous as both Jude and I have both slipped off the end of it, Jude just landed on her back, thankfully not badly hurt just a bit sore, thanks Hayd n Jude
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:38

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:38
A long time ago when I used to sail 16 foot Hobie catamarans, you could buy this product which was like emery paper with an adhesive backing, in a roll from ships chandlers. You would put it on such that when you were out on trapeze, you wouldn't slip. It was about 25-50mm wide.
Boy you didn't want to rub against it if you capsized!, sure took a good strip of skin off. You could buy different levels of "grip"

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Follow Up By: Member - Hayjude (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:51

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:51
Thanks Mark as we are in Carnarvon we will look it up here or Geraldton. cheers
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Follow Up By: new boy - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:07

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:07
Hayjude
Know the stuff Mark is talking about as your coming through Geraldton "Max Marine" down near the fishermans wharf I,d be pretty sure they will have the stuff as they are the only dedicated yacht chandlers in town.
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Reply By: Member - Rob D (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:52

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:52
Hi Hayjude,

There is a 3M product (I think) available from Bunnings as far as I know.
It is about 1 inch wide and like emery paper on the top with a strong glue on the other side. I put it on my Ultimate steps and it worked well.

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Follow Up By: Member - Hayjude (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:58

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:58
Thanks for that Rob, no Bunnings here but there is a Mitre 10 and Home hardware will try them tomorrow.
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:58

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 20:58
If you are not near a boat chandlery Whitworths have an on line store that you can buy a adhesive backed pyramid type non slip step pads, they come in a variety of sizes in white or grey and cost about $20 or you could use the emery cloth type ones as others have mentioned
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Follow Up By: Member - Hayjude (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 21:01

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 21:01
Thanks Alby if i dont do any good here i will try them for sure.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 21:35

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 21:35
Hayd,

As well as the stuff from Whitworths, I bought some of the "emery" type stick-on stuff, from a paint shop in Mt Isa. As well as giving plenty of traction, it is also yellow & black strip, so easy to see.

Seem to remember there was a paint-on anti slip product available too, but can't remember where. If you're near a Caterpillar outlet, Hayd, they also sell foot tread stuff, for fitting to earthmoving machinery.

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Follow Up By: J & Me - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:14

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:14
We also used the 3M emery type stick on from Bunnings. After 9 week trip we replaced it as it was a dirty red colour. Worked great, will keep using it.
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Reply By: sweetwill - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 08:08

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 08:08
hello Hayjude.
skate board shops sell grip tape it comes in a large piece, and very sturdy, cheers Bill.
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Reply By: bobldo - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 09:58

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 09:58
Hayjude - not sure if it helps, but I have a product that may help with your caravan slide out step. I call it Edge Grip (its on my webiste monacodistributors.com.au) and it is anti slip and goes on the front landing edge of your step. It is fibreglass 70 x 30 angle with grit top bonded to top of it. You can either pop rivet it or countersink screw it to your existing step - job done. I might have an off cut piece so send me a PM of your width of step, and I will send it to you. You just pay the postage.
Safe travels, Cheers Bob.
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Follow Up By: Member - Hayjude (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:29

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:29
Hey Bobido,
That would be great but I can't find you in the list of members? If I know what your email is I can send a message then? :-)
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Follow Up By: bobldo - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:38

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:38
my email is monacofrp@bigpond.com or you can use the one the webiste

cheers, Bob.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:18

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:18
Ovesco (ovesco.com.au) sell it on the online store comes in yellow too which makes the edge of the step much more visible in the dark.
We stuck it on the edge of the Oka's steel checkerplate steps about 12 months ago and while some of the high spots have worn smooth the rest is as good as new. Just take care when applying it to ensure it follows the contours without stretching as you stick it down.
We used the 25mm wide stuff but it does come in wider sizes.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:52

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:52
hi hayjude
there is a rubberized paint that can be painted onto any surface
i have used it on my concrete paths and also on my 6x4 trailer floor so my 4 wheeler motor bike could get a grip when backing it up the tipping tray to load it and its very easy to apply and last a very long time its still on the trailer floor after 6yrs use it has ground up rubber particals in it but is not abraisive like the other stick-on tape products
so wont rip your skin off if you brush up against it
i bought it at a paint store a few years ago its also recommended for boat decks and ute trays etc to stop items sliding around
so boat store should know about it and probably bunnings will have it too
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Reply By: Member - Matt@Outback - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 14:19

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 14:19
Hi!

Like so many of the other members have said, the 3M adhesive roll product is the way to go and you can actually pop rivet it down with some of the thicknesses. It is avail from Bunnings (there's one in Gero), or try Nobles, Blackwoods, Coventrys (there's one in Canarvon on the road out) or similar automotive/industrial supply company.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt@Outback - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 14:30

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 14:30
Worse comes to worse, you can always buy a tin of paint from the hardware and a bag of garnet (or see if there's a panel beater in Canarvon and ask for a milo tin full of spent garnet). Paint the step (dayglo yellow for example) and while the paint is still wet, sprinkle the garnet onto the paint fully covering it. Wait for the paint to dry, blow off the excess garnett, and paint over it.

I'm a rigger but have worked for an industrial paint n blast company and that is the method they use for stair treds for BHP, Woodside and Rio. Cheap too....
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