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Old 01-09-2003, 07:33 PM
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I sometimes do work with a friend who resurfaces concrete floors. Serveral times we have done quartz floors. The process is to apply a thick layer of apoxy, let it level out, then cover with quartz chips. The chips are small, about the size of a grain of sand. After it has cured another coat of each is done, then a top coat. It is a beautiful looking floor. I am thinking about doing this in the boat. My friend says they is a type of apoxy that is more flexible and may be able to handle the flexing of the fiberglass. Anyone have an opinion?

The photo is not that great. It is a small sample on a piece of wood.
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looks slick (as in slippery). I have that stuff at my shop and there is sand in it for traction. I don't think I'd want it in the cockpit of my boat.

My vote goes for rubber floor tiles like they use at the quick oil change places (they are available in several colors).

OR snap-in rubber backed berber style marine carpet.
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It can be done so that it has a ruff surface, the grain size is actually a little larger then sand. My fear is that it may crack under stress and peel up.
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Ken looks it would make a good galley top though also in the head/shower area
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I say go for it Ken I would deff. put some sort of the ruff stuff for traction though. There always has to be a first time try So the rest of us can find out if it works or not
If for some reason it doesn't hold up???? you can always put something new to cover it. Is this stuff heavy???wouldn't want to sacrfice any speed now would we
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I have the franchise in Florida for a flooring exactly like that. The main problem is the epoxy will amber (turn brownish) in the sun. The product does have some flex properties. It was developed for the deck in the dining areas of Navy ships.

Here is one we did, a bar step.
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I think if you picked a flooring that is brownish already, the ambering wouldn't show that much. It comes in about 60 colors. The weight wouldn't be a concern, the product is only about an eighth inch thick. I have all the specs on the product if anyone wants to know about it.

This is a locker room we did over existing ceramic tile.
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If you wanna be the guinnea pig go for it!
Myself - I'd be pretty nervous about doing this on my boat. I have been in construction for a long time and have seen all kinds of epoxy finishes - I just don't think it will hold up well to the UV and the masrine enviroment. It would probably look great, but the amount of maintenance and repair it will require seems like more than what it's worth.
The boat is enough maintenance on it's own - don't creat e more problems for yourself.
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The UV really won't weaken the epoxy, but it will turn it brown.
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It can be coated with a polyuathane(sp) that can block the UV. It will deffinately be risky to try it.

What if I used clear gelcoat? Would all the quartz prevent proper curing?
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