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Old April 19th, 2008, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default Questions About Roller Skating Rink Floor Coatings

Have you tried any of these coatings for roller skating rink floors? Roller Skating Rink Floor Coatings. Which coating do you think works best? Also, I've always wondered... can these products be purchased from any wooden floor coating manufacturer or does skating floor coating material have special properties?

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Old April 19th, 2008, 10:32 PM   #2
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katie, i'm not sure, i've never acually bought the stuff. all i know is roll on works better for speed then most! but rink coat and even tite-tanium last longer. sorry!
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Old April 19th, 2008, 11:51 PM   #3
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I have been told the only coating used at US indoor Nationals (art / speed) is Roll On.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 01:12 AM   #4
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You should be able to purchase those coatings. The biggest issue would be to find the products localy. A distributor could probably order them and have them delivered to a local store, for fee of course.
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Seems to me, back in the day (here we go again) we used a product called Dermex. Made for a really tight floor, nice amber gloss. In the days before we air conditioned the rink, humidity would make the stuff come up on your wheels in black flakes I pioneered the method for wheel cleaning, go to bathroom, skate through the wet floor, then skate across the carpet. We applied it with a squeegee, and glued sandpaper to the soles of our shoes so we could walk in the squeegee path.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 05:26 AM   #6
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Paint or Flooring store.

There's equipment for everybody, but not all equipment is for every BODY.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 10:48 AM   #7
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Roll-on is the grippiest I have been on but it really only lasts a year or so. Eltham still uses it here (on concrete base) and Puckhandlers originally had it down (on hard wood) until they got sport-court. I find it too grippy for hockey when it is fresh but after a break in period it is really good but it still tears up soft hockey wheels (need to run harder outdoor wheels in the back 2 positions). The speed skaters love it though!

We used to use rink-cote from memory. It was 2-part with a special formulation...something about a grit content for grip. It lasted longer than Roll-on but wasn't as grippy to start, but it never flaked like Roll-on can start to if it is left too long.

As far as I am aware, rink floor coatings are a specialist coating. The coatings they use on wood sport courts such as basket ball courts are a different formulation to the speciallist rink coatings.

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Old December 19th, 2008, 04:51 PM   #8
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Default Scuffs Galore!?!

Hopefully someone can shine some answers on my issue... and hopefully this isn't a thread hijack.

I work at Funway, in Batavia, IL. It's a cement floor, sky blue in color. I know that the coating we use is epoxy based (I think it's the Roll-On, the one that can be applied with a paint sprayer.)

We get these long scuff marks from the cheap inline heel brakes. I've tried a tennis ball, a Mr. Clean eraser, Isopropyl Alcohol, Pine-Sol, Ammonia, and Goo-Gone, and Simple Green. Nothing seems to work.

We wash the floor weekly with a machine, which takes up the surface scuffs, but these seem to be black burn streaks from the black inline brakes (our rentals use white brakes)

My issue - Does anyone know what can be used that won't scratch the floor, but will take up the stubborn scuffs? We've got this bozo cleaning it right now, and he's using a green floor pad. It scratches the hell out of the floor, leaving white tracks where he scrubbed.

Thanks for your help! I'll try standing on my head to get rid of these things.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:55 PM   #9
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Tell your bozo floor cleaner to use a softer less abrasive pad on his floor buffer. There are many other pads available. Also the cleaning product he is using has a lot to do with it. The buffing pads should never be used dry except when buffing a waxed floor, but you absolutely don't want to wax any floors where skaters will roll over. The wax has a tendency to stick to the wheels and quickly deposit itself on your skating floor and turn to what feels like skating on a asphalt roadway.
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I get black scuff on my boat from soft soled shoes and I try mineral spirits first and if that doesn't work I go to acetone then laquere thinner.I don't know if that will harm the floor or leave a residue but maybe try a small area and see if it works.Just a thought.
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