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Removing the Treadmaster
Treadmaster non-skid deck coverings are pretty hardcore. Trust me, I just spent months removing some.
Yes, this seriously took us a few months. We did complete a few other jobs during those months, because if we hadn’t taken those breaks from chiseling the non-skid away, we probably would have resorted to setting the deck on fire. According to Tiflex, the maker of Treadmaster, when removing their product “a sharpish chisel is probably the best tool.” That one little sentence looks so innocuous, doesn’t it? We found out the hard way that using a hammer and chisel to remove the non-skid from the deck of a forty-seven foot long boat takes it toll on the body. After the blue stuff was gone, though, we still had four different types of adhesive stuck to the boat. A few weeks with sanders took care of that, but this wasn’t fun, either. Have you ever seen sixteen-grit sanding disks? It looks like they just glued some pebbles to a Frisbee.
We’re proud of our work, and we’re happy to serve as living proof that Treadmaster can be removed successfully. Below are a whole lot of pictures of our removal job. I know I put up too many, but I had to make your scrolling through them as annoying as the months of chiseling we endured. No captions needed. You’ll get the drift. Enjoy!