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Reconditioning the Surface of a Rink Floor
Applying Roll-On to a Wooden Roller Rink Floor

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(Wolverine Speed Team's Web Site)

Several times a year, the members, parents, and coaches of the Wolverines Speed Team apply a new coat of a rink floor coating called "Roll-On" to the floor of the Great Skate Roller Rink in Roseville, Michigan, the home base of their team.

According to Wolverines team member Larry Challis, here's how it's done:
  1. Preparation: Mop the floor and then get down on your hands and knees with a scraper and a paper cup and scrap that gum off the floor! (yuk!)

  2. Pour on the Roll-On, and roll it on. (Be careful, you wouldn't believe how expensive it is)

  3. Let it dry 18-24 hours, put your harder wheels on, and let's go!
18 Photos of Applying Roll-On
Photos by the Wolverines Speed Team

According to Larry, a skater's 100m lap times can improve by 1.5 seconds on fresh Roll-On, which can mean the difference between a 10.5 (21.3mph) and a 9.0 (25mph) lap time.


More About Roll-On
Roll-On.com - Home Page
Roll-On.com - Application Instructions

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