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    Don't be fruity, make it at least 4' tall. Gravity will work harder for you allowing easier flight and flow.
    + 1 on the paint fellas. Zinsser 123 exterior latex is solid and inexpensive. I've used it on my boat for years and it doesn't fail. We're talking salt water environment 24/7 here. Make sure the surface is very clean and very dry! At least 2 coats!! You could roll a coat on the whole ramp pretty fast, drys in an hour and re-hit it. You can tint the primer to a color of your liking too. Re-coat as needed. I usually do one more coat per year just to brighten the color. You should wait 24 hours to skate it. Don't put heavy or light coats on, just nice even ones. 1 gallon of 123 goes a long way btw.

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    But are you using treated ply or regular? How about screws. Regular cheap ****e drywall screws rust and pop in no time seems like even through 10 layers of paint. And water between the plys butted up swell and bump like mad on regular plywood. What does skatelite go for these days delivered? Got any suggestions for the best fasteners material/ brand/coating?

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    Use nice exterior primed screws. Prime the edges 2-3 quick coats with 123 and a whiz roller. You can also neatly seal the seams with marine silicone and wipe the excess off the surface with a rag and paint thinner. The extra steps will make the ramp last at least twice as long. Make an effort to do it right the first time and headaches will be minimal in the long run. I already gave a specific coating recommendation above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWocal View Post
    Idk about yinz but I dig skating in my free time. I'm scrapping up some wood to build a mini ramp prolly about 3 foot. Any of y'all know about transitions? I'm not sure what size transition I should make. I want it mellow but not too mellow. Maybe 5"6' transition? If any of bros know what I'm talking about and can provide some input on a good transition lemme know!
    hit these guys up for plans or tips. they are the professionals.

    http://www.skateparkramps.com/index.htm

    ^Rampage for the win!

  5. Quote Originally Posted by TheWocal View Post
    Idk about yinz but I dig skating in my free time. I'm scrapping up some wood to build a mini ramp prolly about 3 foot. Any of y'all know about transitions? I'm not sure what size transition I should make. I want it mellow but not too mellow. Maybe 5"6' transition? If any of bros know what I'm talking about and can provide some input on a good transition lemme know!
    I have always, and will continue to, regard transition in height not in length.
    You-"hey man come check out my mini"
    friends- "how big is it?"
    You-"oh its 3 foot with a 5foot transition"
    friends-"so is it 3 foot of 5 foot?"
    you-"both"
    friends"oh so it has an extension?"
    you-"no?"
    friends-"gee this is a stupid conversation"
    you-"why is this confusing to you?"
    friends-"because transitions are talked about in height, not length, unless of course you're on the spectrum"
    you-"whats the spectrum?"
    friends-"Never mind"

    The length all depends on how steep you want it. I have never built a ramp with plans, just cut out one frame piece and look at it. If it works then trace it and continue.

    As dougie said, make it at least a 4 foot mini, anything smaller is micro and super lame/slow.

    Dont waste your money on skatelite, or masonite, or any other fance wood. Keep it plywood, seal it, and keep some spare pieces incase you put a wheel through it.

    Easy repairs=rad backyard ramp.

    Something that looks like it belongs on the dew tour= you tried to hard for skateboarding

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfingwasteland View Post
    I have always, and will continue to, regard transition in height not in length.
    You-"hey man come check out my mini"
    friends- "how big is it?"
    You-"oh its 3 foot with a 5foot transition"
    friends-"so is it 3 foot of 5 foot?"
    you-"both"
    friends"oh so it has an extension?"
    you-"no?"
    friends-"gee this is a stupid conversation"
    you-"why is this confusing to you?"
    friends-"because transitions are talked about in height, not length, unless of course you're on the spectrum"
    you-"whats the spectrum?"
    friends-"Never mind"

    The length all depends on how steep you want it. I have never built a ramp with plans, just cut out one frame piece and look at it. If it works then trace it and continue.

    As dougie said, make it at least a 4 foot mini, anything smaller is micro and super lame/slow.

    Dont waste your money on skatelite, or masonite, or any other fance wood. Keep it plywood, seal it, and keep some spare pieces incase you put a wheel through it.

    Easy repairs=rad backyard ramp.

    Something that looks like it belongs on the dew tour= you tried to hard for skateboarding
    My bad man if I made it sound confusing. I was talking about the transition radius when I said 5'6"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Don't be fruity, make it at least 4' tall. Gravity will work harder for you allowing easier flight and flow.
    + 1 on the paint fellas. Zinsser 123 exterior latex is solid and inexpensive. I've used it on my boat for years and it doesn't fail. We're talking salt water environment 24/7 here. Make sure the surface is very clean and very dry! At least 2 coats!! You could roll a coat on the whole ramp pretty fast, drys in an hour and re-hit it. You can tint the primer to a color of your liking too. Re-coat as needed. I usually do one more coat per year just to brighten the color. You should wait 24 hours to skate it. Don't put heavy or light coats on, just nice even ones. 1 gallon of 123 goes a long way btw.
    Thanks for the input mayne! Zinsser 123 is something I'm def ganna use