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Approximately one quart of primer is required for every gallon of Overton's Rubberized Nonskid Coating.
Tuff Coat Nonskid Coating FAQs
Q: My existing flooring is dirty and damaged. Can I apply Tuff Coat directly over the old flooring, or will I have to remove the old flooring?
A: If your flooring is dirty or damaged, it's recommended that you remove it and thoroughly clean the area to ensure proper adhesion.
Q: What is the expected coverage?
A: One quart of primer and one gallon of Tuff Coat (applied in two coats) should cover a maximum of 40-50 sq. ft. for most non-heavy commercial applications.
Q: Do I have to use the Tuff Coat Application Roller for both the primer and the Tuff Coat Nonskid Coating?
A: No, you can brush or roll on the primer with a regular paint brush or roller. The Tuff Coat Roller (item #73215) is only required when applying the Tuff Coat Nonskid Coating.
Q: What should I use to clean the area prior to application?
A: Use a commercial-quality degreaser or laundry detergent with a scrub brush. Make sure all grease, oil, and other contaminants are removed from the area where Tuff Coat will be applied.
Q: Can I apply Tuff Coat with a sprayer? Can I use my HVLP (High-Volume Low-Pressure) gun to apply Tuff Coat?
A: Only use the spray gun recommended by Tuff Coat - Superior Brand Spraying-Mantis Handheld Hopper Gun. For larger projects, Tuff Coat recommends Graco Brand Tex-Spray Compact.
Q: Can I apply Tuff Coat to a painted surface?
A: Yes, if the surface is not cracked or chipped and is structurally sound. To apply Tuff Coat to a painted surface, aggressively roughen the surface by sanding it with 36 or 40 grit sandpaper. The surface must be rough for proper adhesion. Clean all oils, grease, dirt, silicone, and other contaminants. Leave no residue. Prime with Epoxy Primer CP-10 (item #73216), then test a small area for adhesion. If adhesion is acceptable, then apply the Tuff Coat.
Q: Can I apply Tuff Coat to a steel or aluminum surface?
A: Yes. All smooth metal surfaces should be cleaned and aggressively roughened by sanding with 36 or 40 grit sandpaper or by acid etching. Acid etching is recommended by the manufacturer. After roughening, clean and dry the metal surface, then prime with Metal Primer MP-10 (item #73217). Test a small area for adhesion before applying Tuff Coat. If adhesion is acceptable, then apply the Tuff Coat to the area.
Q: Can I apply Tuff Coat to plywood or treated lumber?
A: Yes. New lumber needs no sanding, however old lumber should be sanded with 36 or 40 grit sandpaper. Make sure the surface is clean and completely dry. If applying to pressure-treated wood, be sure the wood has had sufficient drying before applying the primer or Tuff Coat. Prime the surface with Epoxy Primer CP-10 (item #73216). Test a small area for adhesion before applying Tuff Coat. If adhesion is acceptable, then apply the Tuff Coat to the area.
Q: I previously applied Tuff Coat to my boat and now need to repair an area. Can I apply Tuff Coat over existing product?
A: Yes. If Tuff Coat ever becomes damaged, it can easily be repaired or coated over since the product bonds to itself. To repair, use a utility knife to remove all the damaged Tuff Coat. Then with the knife, make clean, sharp lines to establish a well-defined area for re-coating and eliminate any uneven edges. Sand the area with 36 or 40 grit sandpaper, so the new application can adhere well. Clean and dry the area, then prime with Epoxy Primer CP-10 (item #73216), before re-applying Tuff Coat.
Q: Are there any special requirements for maintaining the Tuff Coat finish?
A: When cleaning Tuff Coat, do no use bleach or other caustic materials. For best results, clean Tuff Coat with a stiff deck brush and a general, all-purpose cleaner, such as Simple Green, TSP, laundry detergent, etc.
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Q:Can I add my own color to tuff coat? If so what kind of dye should I use?Asked on 6/21/2014 by AD redoing my first boat floor from WA
A:Thank you for your question. SInce Tuff Coat is a water based product---you can go to any home improvement center and have them tint the product to the color of your choice.Answered on 6/30/2014 by Anonymous
Q:Is this fuel and oil proof. I would like to pull the carpet out of the engine compartment, as it had a tendency to get wet and stay wet, but when I am working on the engine sometimes oil and fuel are spilled in the area.Asked on 6/11/2014 by dale from IL
A:Thank you for your question.
Per the mfg testing on a scale of 0-5 (0 meaning no resistance and 5 being 100% resistant) the Tuff Coat product was awarded a 4 in oil/fuel resistance.Answered on 6/11/2014 by Anonymous
Q:We have a premiere pontoon with a fishing station in the back. The vinyl rubber flooring always looks dirty and is damaged . Could I put this over top of the existing floor or would I have to scrap the old floor off? Expensive pontoon that I want to keep looking nice.Asked on 5/19/2014 by Water lover from North Dakota
A:Thank you for your question. If the vinyl is damaged -- it is suggested you remove it to ensure proper adhesionAnswered on 5/21/2014 by Anonymous
Q:....buying older boat that has some surface (no water penetration) cracks in the gelcoat. Would this be an appropriate product to cover those cracks...giving the added benefit of having the non-slip surface?Asked on 4/1/2014 by CC Rider
A:Thank you for your question.
If you are asking about covering gelcoat cracks in the floor---I would first us a filler such as our 3m filler # 81513 before applying the Tuff Coat. While the Tuff Coat may initially fill and cover the existing cracks---they may eventually print through. To ensure a top quality job--fill the voids with appropriate filler before applying.Answered on 4/8/2014 by Anonymous
Q:Any special instructions for using this on rubber?Asked on 3/18/2014 by Greg
A:Thank you for your question.
Per the mfg:
#1. Sand with 36/40grit sand paper
#2. Clean and Dry Surface
#3. Prime with rubber primer (primer available from Sherwin Williams--Part# DTM Bonding Primer B66 A 50 136-0668
#4 Test to ensure adhesion before completing the job.Answered on 3/20/2014 by Anonymous
Q:I am considering replacing all the carpet in my fish and ski with Tuff Coat. I have a lot of little bare feet in my boat often so I need to know if it gets very hot when in the sun.Asked on 9/24/2013 by ibassfish from Bedford, TX
Q:I recently applied this product on fiberglass and I have a few areas that are bubbling up/peeling. What is recommended to fix these areas?Asked on 4/12/2011 by 1800Bowrider from Belle Fourche, South Dakota
A:Some cleaners will have a reaction of this sort. If this is an area that you had to use cleaner on before applying the tuff coat this could explain the bubbling occurrence. Unfortunately the best thing to do is to remove the coating from these areas and reapply it after washing the areas with water to remove any chemicals that may be present underneath.Answered on 6/8/2011 by Justin from Overtons
Q:Will this product stick to a epoxy boat floor?Asked on 3/8/2011 by creteus from Atlanta
A:You will have to use the water based epoxy primer along with this product no matter what surface you are applying it to. Yes it will work for epoxy boat decks.Answered on 3/16/2011 by Justin from Overton's
Q:1. What air temp can this product be used in?
2. What is cure time ?
3. How dry does the plywood need to be on the deck of my poontoon boat ?
4. Is is water clean up ? If not what does clean it up ?
5. Any warrenty for fading, cracking, etc ?Asked on 1/19/2010 by john from waco texas
A:I would have to ask you to call our tech department at 1-888-683-7866 to discuss the details you are seeking.Answered on 1/25/2010 by Bryant from Tech
Q:I recently had a carpet put on the floor of my pontoon boat (2 years). It is impossible to care for and keep clean.
I definitely want to get this product to replace the carpet later on this spring. Can you tell me how to remove the carpet and adhesive to prepare for this primer and coating product?Asked on 1/3/2010 by Grandnet from Julian, NC
A:If it was glued down then you should remove anything off of the deck that would keep the carpet from coming up. Then find a good starting point, usually in a corner and pull it up as carefully as possible. Then just lightly sand the top of the deck before you apply the tuff coat primer.Answered on 1/6/2010 by Justin from Overton's Technician