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goodatmeth

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Making polished coping skateable
« on: August 30, 2023, 07:09:36 AM »
Hey guys, I just built a new ledge at my local and apparently fucked up on the coping choice. It's polished stainless steel and doesn't slide at all because of its extreme smoothness (I guess?). It "grinds" without making any noise, super slippery grinds, but sticky as soon as there is any wheel contact.

What's the easiest way to make it more rough? Just scratching it with a screwdriver? Griptape massage? Anything at all?
Yes, I could buy a new one. No, I won't. Gotta be able to work it in somehow.

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Re: Making polished coping skateable
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2023, 10:40:29 AM »
Don't think its the smoothness. Rather the material properties of stainless steel. Since it's slippery already anyway try wax. 

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Re: Making polished coping skateable
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2023, 11:09:57 AM »
I need a picture of where the wheels touch on a slide. This doesn't make sense to me. Does it do the same on feebels? I'm an old man who heels and cross locks so my wheels are always rubbing on a grind. Maybe the stainless doesn't like wood


I've seen people clear coat metal but I don't know how long it would last on stainless. If you think it's friction then griptape might do but stainless is pretty dense that you usually have to use a grinder to scuff it

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Re: Making polished coping skateable
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2023, 12:52:21 PM »
It's not just on slides, but crooked grinds as an example. Basically any wheel contact.
I don't know why I called it coping, it's 5cm x 5cm angle iron.
Gonna try scratching it up with griptape but that doesn't seem very realistic to me.

There's a 2nd ledge with stainless steel angle iron here, it's rougher and grinds/slides perfectly. Mine is polished to a mirror and fucking sucks. Too much surface area

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Re: Making polished coping skateable
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2023, 05:48:24 PM »
Try sanding it down and waxing over it. Use something better than grip scraps though

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Re: Making polished coping skateable
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2023, 05:54:18 PM »
Is it cleared already? No idea where you got it from or what kind of stainless it is. Iíd say wax the contact points for your wheels if itís cleared. If itís not cleared clear it then try. If it sticks. Wax.

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Re: Making polished coping skateable
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2023, 09:46:59 PM »
Get a wire wheel to rough it up. You can get them for angle grinders, but also for drills. That will take the polish off of it.