anti slip paint on concrete stairs to make them less slippery

Reduce the slip risk with non skid paint

Slips and trips are a serious problem, both at home and in the workplace. In Malaysia, slips and trips account for a great number of all workplace injuries, and most accidents involve slips. If you are an employer, you have duty of care to provide a safe workplace for your employees, and are liable if you neglect it. Fortunately there is a simple remedy: a a non slip paint or non slip coating is easily applied and effective in preventing slip-caused injuries.

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.

Choosing the right type of non slip coating

How you choose your non slip coating depends upon a number of factors. Non slip paints are numerous, and many are intended for specific substrates or end uses. When choosing your paint therefore, it is paramount that you keep in mind:

  • Your substrate type
  • Your substrate’s environment
  • The intended end use

Once you know exactly what you need from your coating, you need to 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. Coating plus a non slip additive

For all substrates, just choose your coating and aggregate pairing carefully.

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.

Applications: 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.

2. Anti slip nano coating

For all substrates.

What it is: A non slip coating based on nanotechnology uses the numerous benefits of nano coatings and adds one more by making them non slip, too. A relatively new process, the non slip coating with nanotechnology 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.

Applications: Applications which require a clear, glossy finish and very thin coating profile. Nano non slip 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.

3. Pre-mixed non slip coating

For all substrates but do choose a coating made for your specific substrate.

What it is: The simplest of the non slip coatings, these products come with aggregate pre-mixed, either as a two- or single-component rubberised paint systems, 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 non slip paint for metal surfaces), Industrial (chemical and abrasion resistant coatings) and Commercial (aesthetically appealing non slip coatings).

Applications: 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 non slip floor paint.

Anti slip paint Malaysia: get in contact with the right specialist

Anti slip floor paint is available from suppliers across Malaysia. If you would like more information about non slip floor paint 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.

Note that the nano products are usually not available for direct purchase, but are applied by trained contractors. The price of anti slip nano products is also significantly higher than the one of more traditional solutions.. For more information about nano coating, contact us!

Slip resistance requirements and anti slip paint Malaysia

warning sign where no anti slip paint is used

Anti slip paint can be applied to make the floor meet slip resistance standards. 

The slip resistance of flooring needs to comply with specific standards and an anti slip paint can help achieve the certain level of resistance. In Malaysia one of the most common tools to define ‘slippery’ is standard defined by Pendulum Testing. This is a test method that measures coefficient of friction and mimics a heel slipping on a floor. The test results in exact Pendulum Test Values, also known as PTVs. Here below you can find the PTVs and associated slip risk indications.

  • PTV 36+, low slip risk: a 1 in a million slip probability
  • PTV 25-35, moderate slip risk: 1 in 200 slip probability
  • PTV 0-24, high slip risk: 1 in 2 slip probability (PTV 20)

For information about meeting the slip resistance standards in New Zealand with an anti slip paint, do not hesitate to contact us. We, together with our partners will find you the most suitable non slip product!

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