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    partly metal, partly real sp00ki's Avatar
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    masonite-like "shellac" replacement?

    my gf and i live in a 2,500 sq foot warehouse loft. we have the space, so we're building a mini ramp to ride. since it's going to be inside, i want to do something that doesn't look like junk.
    my initial idea (which i still want to do) was to finish the project with ~6" wide diagonal stripes of alternating dark and light wood veneer, covered with a few coats of durable shellac. the look would be gorgeous.
    however, one of the guys helping me build it is going to skate it; the shellack wil probably be a little too slippery.
    does anyone know of something i can use to coat wood veneer that has more of a "matte" texture, similar to masonite? i'd need it to dry clear (or at least a very light translucent) so the wood veneer can be seen underneath...

    i know this isn't necessarily a bike specific question, but i thought perhaps one of you has ridden or helped build something similar.

    thanks.
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    That's a really good question. I don't have an answer, but an idea came to mind; mixing a "texture agent" into shellac, something along the lines of garnet - I guess like a really fine sand to break up the slip factor. The other thing I thought of was an acrylic wood treatment, the kind used on boats. It's relatively thick and has some give to it, which reduces slip. Well, in any case, let us know how the build goes!

    I've built two ramps, and not to discourage you, because I think it CAN work, but generally the more edges you have on the surface, the quicker it gets torn up. I'd definitely love to see a pic of all done up tho, it sounds amazing!

    cheers
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    righton... i'll look into that.
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