anti skid paint on a walkway

Better slip resistance and increased safety with anti skid paint

Anti skid paint is a floor coating system which provides a rougher surface on usually slippery substrates.  Most accidents that happen at work or at home are caused by slipping or falling. Problem areas include steps and stairs, bathrooms, hallways and other areas at home and work. If an employee slips at work not only might they be seriously injured, the employee is not able to work for a while and health care costs can run up quickly. The roughness created by the anti skid paint, provides more grip and so reduces incidents caused by slipping and tripping.

Anti skid coatings are the most common in public places and working environments, yet they are also becoming more and more popular in residential buildings. This article will guide you through the different types of anti skid paint as well as providing you with information on anti skid coating specialists in India.

3 types of anti skid paint & how to choose the best for your project

How you choose your anti skid coating depends upon a number of factors. Non skid paints are numerous, and many are intended for specific substrates or end uses. When choosing your paint therefore, it is paramount that you keep in mind:

  • Your substrate type: metal, concrete, wood, plastic, etc.
  • Your substrate’s environment: Is there a risk of chemical exposure, abrasion, UV radiation?
  • The intended end use: Will it need to withstand mechanical loads and heavy impacts, or is it for foot traffic? Is it in a setting where health and cleanliness is a concern?

Once you know exactly what you need from your coating, you need to understand the demands of each coating type. Anti skid coating comes in three different types: as a separate paint and non slip additive which need to be combined, a premixed coating, and as a nano coating.

1. Nano anti skid paint

Description: An anti skid paint based on nanotechnology uses the numerous benefits of nano coatings and adds one more by making them non slip, too. A relatively new process, the non slip coating with nanotechnology provides a textured surface on a scale so small it is virtually unnoticeable, but which actually becomes even more non slip when it is wet. These coatings are also durable, waterproof, abrasion resistant, long-lasting, low-maintenance, and non-toxic.

Applications: Applications which require a clear, glossy finish and very thin coating profile. Nano non slip coatings can be used for interior and exterior applications including entryways and ramps, in food preparation areas, in wet-prone areas like spas, swimming pools, and leisure centres.

Substrates: All.

2. Mix your own anti skid floor paint

Description: Anti slip properties are given to a coating by adding an aggregate such as sand, glass beads, rubber crumb, and others. The aggregate provides a rough surface which prevents slipping. Aggregate can be mixed through a coating before application, or sprinkled over a still wet first coat. If the second, it should be allowed to dry before having excess aggregate brushed away and a second coat applied on top. The aggregate comes in three grades: fine, medium, and coarse, in order of increasing anti slip strength.

Applications: Heavy industrial-use flooring to kitchen floors, aggregate is a flexible material. However, which aggregate you choose will affect which coating you can use: glass beads and synthetic aggregate can be combined with acrylic coatings as well as resin coatings (epoxy, urethane, polyaspartic and polyurea), whereas silica sand, aluminium oxide, coloured quartz and flint silica aggregates can only be used with resin coatings. However, adding your own aggregate gives you control over the result.

Substrates: All, just choose your coating and aggregate pairing carefully.

3. Premixed, easy to apply anti skid coating

anti skid paint with rubber beads being applied

Pre mixed anti skid paint is the easiest to apply.

Description: The simplest of the anti skid paint, these products come with aggregate pre-mixed, either as a two- or single-component rubberised paint systems, or create a rough textured surface as the coating dries. These coatings are durable, water and oil resistant, and come in epoxy, polyurethane varieties. They are often divided into categories based on specific need; Offshore (corrosion resistant non skid paint for metal surfaces), Industrial (chemical and abrasion resistant coatings) and Commercial (aesthetically appealing non slip coatings).

Applications: Interior and exterior floors, walkways, decks, patios, mild industrial and commercial environments with up to heavy pedestrian foot traffic and light rubber wheeled cart traffic. Hospitals, kitchens, change rooms, schools, anywhere that requires a anti skid floor paint.

Substrates: There are specific products for specific substrates; this option is suitable for all substrates, but you need to choose the appropriate coating. For a breakdown of anti slip coatings by substrate, visit our anti slip pages for concrete, wood, and metal.

Anti skid coating India: companies specialised in non slip coating

Anti skid floor paint is available from suppliers across India. Below is a table outlining several specialist companies who apply these coatings. If you would like any more information about anti skid floor paint for your project, our experts are here to help. Get in contact through the “Request a quote” button at the bottom of the article and use our 100% free service.

Czar Lab Pvt. Ltd 203, Pentagon Towers, Mosque Road, Frazer Town, Bangaluru – 560 005, India
Dhanalakshmi EnterprisesNo 42, Kandappa Achari st. Purasawalkam, Chennai 600007, India
Gold Start Sports Pvt. Ltd. 65/2, First Floor, Third Main Road, Ranganathapura, Kamakshipalya Bangalore 560079, India
Nav Nirman Con Specialities Pvt. Ltd. A-102, Om Recideny, B/H Skilalekh Complex, Palanpur Jakatnaka, Surat 395009, Gujarat, India
Rhylon Anti Slip Solutions 18-460. Malkajgiri Near SBH Bank, Hyderabad – 500047, India

Measuring slip resistance in according to Indian regulations

Initially the need for anti skid paint is defined by a too high number of slips and trips on a specific surface. However, as a precaution the slip resistance of the floor can be measured before accidents happen.

In India this is usually done with a pendulum tester which mimics the movement of a slipping foot. Also the Indian CSIR (Central Road Research Institute) relies on pendulum testing when assessing road safety. The pendulum testers are available for example from Stanlay located in New Delhi and other major cities.

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