Non Slip Paint for Wood: Slip-Proof Surfaces

Need to look after your stairs, decking or floors and look after yourself and others? Non slip paint for wood is the solution. It comes in a range of stains, colours, textures, and finishes, so you can find exactly what you want. Here we take a look at the best non slip paints for wood and the suppliers who sell them in the UK, as well as the different systems they use to protect you and yours from accidents.

The Best Anti Slip Paints for Wood Stairs, Decks, Floors and More

Nothing quite compares to the beauty of wood as a building material, but it comes with a price – it doesn’t take much to make it slippery. Rain, dew, or ice can all lead to stairs or decks becoming a dangerous surface and, in a place as wet as the UK, this moisture promotes the growth of mould. The only way to avoid slips or falls is to be preemptive and protect yourself and others by applying an anti slip paint for wood.

Below are some of the top-rated anti slip products for wood for interior, exterior, decks, stairs, or any other timber surface. For a look at how these paints work to prevent slips, head further down to our non slip guide.

The smoothest finish for interior floors

Non slip paint for wood floors
Osmo Polyx Oil Anti Slip

Osmo Polyx Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most beautiful hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture. Osmo Polyx Oil Anti Slip  includes special additives to achieve a slip resistance up to R11 (for sloped surfaces or ramps).

Resistant to water, dirt, tea, wine, saliva, cracking, flaking, peeling, and blistering, Osmo products are perfect for all your interior wood needs; they are suitable for children’s toys and highly recommended as anti slip for wooden stairs.

The Heavy Duty Option With a Rough Finish

Anti slip paint for wood floors
Coo-Var SureGrip

This is an opaque coating which dries to a rough surface. Coo-Var SureGrip is just that –  a sure grip for concrete, metal, and of course, wood. The rough finish is due to the anti slip aggregate which is ready-mixed into the coating. Don’t be put off by the roughness though as it can still be applied by brush or roller.

Coo-Var SureGrip is suitable for areas of foot traffic or even light vehicular traffic such as ramps, walkways, stairs, and around machinery. It is also available in 9 different colours.

Non Slip Decking Paint With Colour and Style

Non slip paint for wood
Trade Paints Non Slip Paint

If you want a non slip decking paint but aren’t interested in a stain or clear coat, Trade Paints Non Slip Timber Decking Paint is for you. It is a hard-wearing timber sealant that is available in a range of colours including British Racing Green and Sky Blue, as well as the more traditional tones.

The secret to this paint’s durability is that it is based on a polyurethane resin. It can be used for grooved, flat, and ribbed decking boards and stairs and will provide a satin finish.

Clear Anti Slip Protection Ideal for Exterior Timber

Non slip paint for wood decking
Blackfriar Anti Slip Decking Coating

For anti slip protection that won’t change the look of your deck, you want Blackfriar Anti Slip Deck Coating. It provides a clear finish which is perfect for exterior timber decking and walkways. Though transparent, it contains micro-aggregates which provide slip resistance.

This coating can be applied by brush or roller and will leave a low sheen surface with a slight texture. It also has added UV protection to ensure your deck will not flake, peel, or blister.

The Top Anti Slip Decking Stain – Colour and Protection

Anti slip paint for wood
Cuprinol Anti Slip Decking Stain

A decking stain works not just to protect your deck but also to stain the wood with a rich semi-transparent colour, enhancing its own natural beauty. Cuprinol Anti Slip Decking Stain goes one further and also provides slip resistance. your deck will be attractive, weather proof, mould free and anti slip.

The coating maintains its transparency due to the invisible microbeads that make it anti slip. It will give your deck a matt finish in a variety of wood tones including Hampshire Oak, Boston Teak, and Golden Maple.

Pre-mixed or two part: How anti slip coating for wood works

Making a surface anti slip requires an increase in friction. The most common way to increase friction is to make the surface profile rougher – think of the difference between running your hand across sandpaper versus running your hand across paper.  Of course if you are painting your deck, you don’t want it to feel really rough underfoot. There are two ways to achieve an anti slip surface:

roller with anti slip paint for wood

The opaque anti slip paint for wood radically changes the looks.

  1. Pre-mixed non slip coating for wood
    This is the coating you buy in a tin at the local hardware store. All of the coatings above are pre-mixed. The anti slip aggregate (the stuff that makes it rough) is already included and all you need to do is open the tin and crack on. This is the easiest option but also means that you can’t choose the aggregate for yourself and are limited to the colours and finishes provided.
  2. Two component coating + aggregate
    Aggregate can be purchased separately and mixed in with the coating prior to application. This allows you to choose the type of aggregate (rubber, glass beads, sand, etc) as well as the coating. Be aware though, not all aggregate is suitable for all coating types.

In case you are in doubt which anti slip coating provides the best result on your wooden surface, do not hesitate to contact us. Our coating specialists are happy to help you find the most suitable anti slip paint for wood!

Find a contractor to apply anti slip paint on wood

Once you have identified the most suitable non slip solution for your wooden surface, it is time to look for a contractor to apply it. In the UK there are several contractors who specialise in safety floors and anti slip paints for decking and stairs. The table below presents a small selection of these companies.

Nano Effect Nano anti slip coatings and pendulum testing servicesWhiteside, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside, WA11 0JB
Rodal Anti Slip SolutionsSlip proofing wooden floors and stairs and pendulum testing servicesSunte Ave, Lindfield, Haywards Heath RH16 2AB
Floor SafeSlip proofing wooden floors, decking and stairs5 White Hill Rd, Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire, MK45 4PF

Do not hesitate to contact us for further information on anti slip treatments on wood, and contractors to apply them.