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Old May 17th, 2017, 08:24 PM   #1
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The rink where I skate just got a new floor but the owner cheapened out and went with another floor coating other than Roll On. The floor is very slick and unpredictable unless it rains prior or during skating then it hooks up and grips like crazy. Anybody heard of this alternative coating and have you had issues skating on it?
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Old May 18th, 2017, 05:40 AM   #2
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What's it called?.
And have they scrubbed it yet.?
As most floors get better after the scrubbing flattens the particles
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Old May 18th, 2017, 03:07 PM   #3
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The only other coating I know of is Titanium, but the Titanium coated floors I've been on grip way more than Roll On.

Is it possible they just switched from an oil based coating to a water based one? I know when we had some repair work done on our floor a few years ago and had to recoat it, we had to use water based because apparently the oil based coatings are no longer legal in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (stupid EPA). The water based coatings in my experience don't grip very well.
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Old May 18th, 2017, 04:01 PM   #4
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Could be Rink-Cote, but I'm not certain that stuff is made anymore. Could also be that they used something like a gym floor coating that's not specifically for rink floors.

If it's flourocarbon based, it may need time to outgas. Rink-Cote used to have a lot of xylol in it. phew.
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Old May 18th, 2017, 06:22 PM   #5
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No more urethane for wheels, no more oil based paints for floors. We need to get PETA involved and they'll outlaw leather for boots.

Going back to the stone age....at a Progressive pace.....
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Old May 18th, 2017, 07:41 PM   #6
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It's terrible if it's not raining or previously rained.....I'll try to get the name of the coating next time I am there. I don't need to take a hard fall at this point of my life. Nothing I have will hold the floor.....even 96A wheels are unpredictable.
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 03:47 PM   #7
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My rink, side by side outdoor basketball courts is 40 grit sandpaper, it's sand painted onto cement, falling isn't an option.
Problem is the land was never really filled properly, the cracks that appear with warm and cold weather shifts keep getting bigger and deeper, usually a crew shows up and does an excellent patch job, this spring somebody went the cheap route, they hired somebody to spray what must be heated nylon on the cracks and roll it smooth, well, if they were to sand it and paint it it might work, but now it's a 1/4" bump of material my 82a wheels can't grip, it's gotta be some kind of hard, so if I touch it as I'm pushing I slide like it's ice and I'm in leather loafers, but it's free
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 04:32 PM   #8
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Well this rink has triple purpose, it's used as a day care during the day, martial arts dojo in the afternoon/evenings and a skating rink from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. The is a minister and a lawyer.
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