Prevent accidents and increase safety with anti slip paint
Slips and trips are a serious problem, both at home and in the workplace. In Qatar, slips and trips account for a great deal of all workplace injuries; slips are generally one of the most common causes for injuries. If you are an employer, it is you responsibility to provide a safe workplace for your employees; you can be held liable if you neglect it. Fortunately, there is a simple remedy: an anti slip paint or coating is easily applied and effective in preventing injuries caused by slips.
Stairs are the leading cause of slipping, but any floor that is wet or dirty becomes a heightened risk. Surfaces such as handrails, door handles, and tool grips can also benefit from an anti slip coating. Here we will provide you with all the information you need to determine which anti slip coating solution is right for your project, and help you find the anti slip product you need.
Choose the right type of anti slip coating for your project
How you choose your anti slip coating depends upon a number of factors. Anti slip coatings are numerous, and many are intended for specific substrates or end uses. When choosing your paint therefore, it is paramount that you consider the following three things:
- 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 what you need from your coating, you should understand the demands of each coating type. Non slip 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. Anti slip nanocoating
What it is: An anti slip nano coating uses the numerous benefits of nano coatings and adds one more by making them non slip, too. A relatively new process, the non slip nano coating 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.
Suitable for: Applications which require a clear, glossy finish and very thin coating profile. Anti slip nano 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.
2. Coating plus an anti slip additive
What it is: 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.
Suitable for: 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. Pre-mixed anti slip coating
What it is: The simplest of the anti slip paints, these products come with aggregate pre-mixed, either as a two- or single-component system, 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 anti slip paint for metal), Industrial (chemical and abrasion resistant coatings) and Commercial (aesthetically appealing non slip coatings).
Suitable for: 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 slip-protection coating.
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.
Find anti slip paint products and contractors in Qatar
Anti slip paint can be purchased from several suppliers in Qatar; anti slip coating products from international manufacturers are also available. These include for example AkzoNobel’s International anti slip aggregate.
When applying anti slip paint happens on a large area, it is time to call a contractor for help to guarantee a flawless finish. If you would like any more information about anti slip coating or a suitable contractor 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.