I like the ramp art idea but wouldn't it be more logical to leave the artistry to the sides of the ramp and the decks/railings? and use "the right surface for the job," which is Skatelite.
edit: you can get Skatelite, Ramp Armor, and other surfaces in different colors and can still convey your alternating color idea, but with the right surface for skating and bikes.
1) never heard of the stuff... looking at skatelite and ramp armor now.
2) no. it's going in my house; the best part of this is i get to ride it every day whenever i want. that said, i really don't want it to be ugly. this isn't a dealbreaker, but i DEFINITELY want to work as hard as possible achieving a look i'll like. since it's indoors, i figured i had more flexibility, but i suppose this remains to be seen. i don't want to compromise the ride, though, so unless someone has a different idea i will certainly use whatever it is you mentioned above which i'm googling in 5... 4... 3... 2...
np dood, it's very expensive stuff but it will last forever inside and has colors!!
you better put pics up when this gets done. for serious.
something like this
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Just buy a few small cans of wood stain in various color. Its extreely easy to apply and you can put any finish over it. Practice masking it out before though as it likes to bleed through the wood grains.
another idea: get a reciprocating saw and take FDR's crappy miniramp at night?
I have to say this is the sickest idea I have heard in a bit. I have heard before of people doing stuff like this, but that doesnt lessen how cool it is at all every time I hear it.
PS: I'm also jealous your pad is that huge
I've only skated skatelite ramps a few times but it's like skating on ice if you're used to masonite and even worse if you skate concrete. Something to keep in mind.
1) you're a ****in rockstar
2) its going to suck when you move
sorta back to square one...
reading the "spar urethane" thread made me curious about how it would work with veneer over plywood or masonite. the skatelite looks to be too pricey at the moment, and even then will require tons of screws to get the stripes i'm looking for (which will probably ruin the ride quality).
i'm going to experiment and research with this a bit more, but i'll have updates soon; i'm planning to have this built by the end of october at the latest.
ed: the plot thickens...
also look out for dealers of used skatelite. Those old skateparks and X Games ramps have to end up somewhere -- usually in surplus. Just sayin'.