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sickradsean
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« on: March 23, 2009, 05:49:10 PM »

so i want to re sheet my ramp.  its outside so masonite is out.  i cant afford skate lite.  it had previously been 2 layers of 3/8" ply.  but even that seemed a bit rough.  i painted it with flat extirior paint, is this the problem?  any ideas?  maybe a 1/4" smooth vaneer layer glued to the ply?  can you weatherseal masonite?  WHAT DO YOU USE???  im trying to get as close to indoor masonite quality smoothness.
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 06:25:48 PM »

why not just use masonite and cover it with a tarp whenever you don't skate or when it rains?
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2009, 06:40:10 AM »

itll still get wet and masonite dissolves in water.  i forgot to mention that i live in upstate NY so we do get alot of rain and snow and ice.  it is tarped, but shit will still get through.
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 07:34:06 AM »

took off both layers of sheeting, forgot how many fucking screws i put in that thing!  im gonna rotate the top layer to the bottom and the bottom to the top, so the fresh smooth shit is on top.  but everything is wet.  in between the layers is a nightmare.  ill have to buy a ply or two cause some of them warped bad over the winter.  everything has to dry for a week and then i can decide what to keep and what to toss.

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2009, 01:59:26 PM »

just but metal sheets on it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2009, 12:16:19 PM »

Sheet metal, tempered Masonite (the poor mans Skatelite), or 1/4 inch outdoor MDF which is what they use for highway signs in Massachusetts.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2010, 12:58:34 PM »

I've built 4 halfpipes start to finish & I'm done building wood outside. I've tried paint, water sealer cover it with tarps and the water always got to it. 

I would go with concrete for building outside.

 I'm looking for the place to discuss ramp building I'm having trouble with sticky steel coping

Would also like to share what else I have learned. DO NOT BUY MDF core birch for your ramp it will shred to pieces in a month. 2 layers of 3/8" plywood is not enough for your halfpipe I think it should be 2 layers of 1/2" ply if you're on a tight budget one layer of 3/8" & one layer of 1/2"

here is my 4th ramp 26' wide mini  Smiley


 











MDF core birch after a month of skating it never saw 1 drop of rain

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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2010, 04:52:08 PM »

Thats a sick fucking ramp. Kick ass man.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2010, 06:28:16 PM »

Nice pipe… haha.

 Tempered masonite is oil impregnated, I’ve always wondered if you rub your ramp down with mineral oil or some other light oil would it help the top sheet last longer without being too slippery… I’m talking outdoor use only of course
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2011, 10:44:16 PM »

I've been looking into this a lot because I've been wanting to build a mini in my backyard. I was talking to my dad about it, because he's a contractor and usually has some good ideas. He suggested rubber roofing material. It would definitely waterproof it, but I wonder how it would skate? I imagine it being really slow, and would suck to slide down, but maybe if it was thin enough, it would feel like the wood under it. He also said linoleum, which you could put with the tile pattern side down, and have a continuous surface. It seems promising, I wonder how it would skate. I also thought about this epoxy paint stuff we used to cover the garage floor. It makes it impregnable to water and oil, so oil spills won't stain the concrete, ect. Anyone ever try any of these, or anything similar? How does tempered masonite hold up? I've read about it being weather resistant, but I'm always wary when it says "resistant" and not "proof".
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2011, 11:32:22 PM »

No matter what you cover it with you are always gonna have to do repairs and maintenance, roof cement or rubber will come off in a day. That's why composites are the best, they cost a shit load in the beginning but they last the longest. A concrete mini ramp cost just about as much as a wood one and you can build them in a way to make it easy to demo if need be
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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2011, 06:29:43 PM »

 whatever you choose to use, sheet it diagonally.  well, i guess that doesn't apply to cement.
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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2011, 11:00:26 PM »

Yea, I think you're right. I only need the surface to last through the summer, maybe I'll just try and tarp it when I'm not using it, and replace the tempered masonite periodically. The main reason I want to go with wood is because it would be cheaper for me because my dad has a lot of left over wood up at his house from him remodeling his kitchen this winter. I have all the tools and know how I need to work with wood, but have never worked with concrete. Maybe if I save enough on materials, I'll just spend the extra money to get skatelite or something.
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« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2011, 12:51:17 AM »

Cheapest is always best! I built my ramp from mostly crates and found wood.
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