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I have a question for anyone with experience building rails for terrain parks.
I've been helping out my local hill with some new features for the park, and we're planning on painting some of the new features. In the past, new rails that were painted ended up being pretty sticky until the paint wore off; I want to try and avoid having that happen this time. So my question is, what method of painting/type of paint is best in order to end up with the best finish that won't affect the sliding of the rail?
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Try coming to the midwest, were rails are made of rust and tetinus, run ins are about as wide as my wrist, and the landings look like the first 15 minutes of Saving Private Ryan
I'd say just put painters tape on the sliding surface and paint around it. Rails really suck with paint on them, I tried spray painting a pvc rail and caught edge every time. I have no experience with real park rails, but based on experience with pvc rail, keep the paint off the sliding surface.
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Painting your rails is kind of a necessity it has nothing to do with looks if u don't paint them they will rust to crap. I usually use rust paint, tremclad's probably the best and don't get spray paint use a paint brush for a thicker stronger coat and do like 2 or 3 coats and grind all rust and previous paint off the surface and sand it a little before painting so it has something to grip too, then apply some ski wax throughout the season (make sure it's for the right temp so it slides better) then it should be smooth as a baby's bottom! Hope that helps.
Paint them and if they are sticky, use some of that lubricant they put on the blade of the groomer. It works well and eliminates the sticky-ness. I will try and figure out the name of the lube, I am sure your hill will know what it is though.
use oil to prevent rust instead?
Im pretty sure thats the industry stndard
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Sherwin Williams Industrial Enamel - allow 5 days for full cure in a room above 65* and it will last a long time when applied to the correct millage.
This is what I use on everything I've built in the past. Any polyurethane enamel should be fine though.
I tried this stuff on a few features this season to see how it works out. It's latex based so it's easier to clean up which helps a lot.
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I would never paint the sliding surface of a rail.
DTM would also be a good choice, just let the stuff cure before trying to slide it otherwise youll be hitting a rail thats like rubber/gooey
Wow, such an angry response for such a trivial thing. Please elaborate.
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On the slide surface if you use spray paint and put on a light coat it will come of really easy and not be sticky. This will make sure it does not rust before it goes out. If you use a thicker roll on paint on the slide surface its going to be sticky until it all comes off. Some people don't paint the slide surface. In the ten seasons I have worked in parks I have never had a problem using this method.
If you're worried about the top being sticky just use a normal spray paint. I've been using some thick oil based rust inhibitor paint for the rest of the frame. Got like 15 gallons for free. Worked great on the towers and the rails. Just been spraying the tops though.
Honestly it doesn't take very long for the paint to come off the sides when people are grinding it.
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