Application of Safety Grip Systems



Common Defects

A). Slipping by operatives on smooth, sloping, greasy or chemically contaminated surfaces

B). Identification of approved access surfaces

C). Provision of safety surfacing around machinery and in hazardous environments.



All work should be carried out in strict accordance with the relevant ThistleBond Technical Data Sheet. Product selection and application should be based on the type of substrate and the environment. ThistleBond non slip systems can be modified to give varying degrees of slip resistance, in order to accommodate a wide range of needs. In particular partial coverage can be advantageous in heavily contaminated areas.


Surface Preparation

Wash down all areas with UPS TAC 883 Universal Cleaner in order to remove all dirt, grease and surface contaminants. Prior to application of the selected product, all surfaces to be treated should be thoroughly abraded using one of the following recommended methods:

a). Metal surfaces should ideally be blasted to Swedish Standard SA 21/2 ensuring a minimum profile of 75 microns, using an angular abrasive. On small areas of metal, needle gunning or grinding may be suitable.

b). Glass Fiber surfaces should be thoroughly abraded using mechanical sanding equipment.

c). Wooden surfaces are to be prepared by outing grooves 1.5” wide and 0.04” deep, down the centre of each strake.

Remove all preparation debris and thoroughly dry the deck with the aid of a gas torch if necessary. On Completion of all preparation, re-wash areas to be treated with UPS TAC 883 Universal Cleaner.


Creating A Non-Slip System

After Preparation is complete, masking tape should be laid firmly onto the surface to give the outline of the pattern desired, this pattern can be varied to suit the location. Stripes should be laid out across the traffic flow rather than in line with it. Chevrons are ideal on sloping surfaces as they allow for additional drainage.


Application Technique

Apply the UPS 110 FG Fluid Grade Metal to the prepared surface, using either a stiff bristled brush or the plastic applicator provided, ensuring the material is pushed well into the prepared surface. Ensure the product has been applied at the correct thickness for a non slip system (see technical data sheets). Immediately after application of the product, sprinkle the chosen aggregate evenly onto the wet surface, ensure that all areas are thoroughly covered and press down the aggregate into the wet product using a wooden float or similar tool. Remove all masking tape.