Slippery Ramp....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Cleve, Mar 6, 2001.

  1. Cleve

    Cleve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Rockmart, GA
    Messages: 404

    Does anyone else have a problem with their expanded metal ramps being slippery in wet weather or with wet soles on your shoes?
    When the trailer was new the ramp had sand in the paint on the ramp. Worked great until the sandy surface worn down and in some conditions it is very slippery. Not with all soles. If the soles are made of soft rubber the ramp works great. Otherwise with some soles it is as if it were greased.
    I have even considered coating the ramp with some of the urethane bedliner paint designed for trucks.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks, Cleve.
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    Can you re-paint it with a mix of sand and rustoleum???

    What about those black mats that are paper thin that have the same kind of granite/sandy surface for traction???

  3. SDF250

    SDF250 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    One of the first things that I tell anyone working with me is that the ramp is slippery when wet! The 5 foot ramp isn't as steep as the 4 foot ramp. Just re-paint it with a sand mix every spring.
  5. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    That bedlineer paint sounds like a good idea to me. I don't think I'd like it for my pickup bed (my personal choice) but I bet it would really do the job on a ramp.
  6. jjfehr

    jjfehr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I have the spray liner in my truck bed and when I'm walking in it it can get very slick as well. I would advise getting the grip tape that skate boarders use on their boards. I went and got some at a local skate shop for my ladder, it works great, just remove backing and stick to surface. If it looses its tread just remove with heat gun and apply new.
  7. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    they sell a tape that you can put down like on heavy equipment if the surv is smooth that you are talking about .
  8. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    weld some pieces of small angle so it is like an upside down v. This will give you traction with the equipment as well as with your feet...
  9. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    For equipment i agree with greenskeepers weld some small angle for gription =). If its just your shoes your worried about slipping the sand paint works best.
  10. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    There are many different types of expanded metal. I have 2 of them on my gates. On my main rear gate, I have the heavy gauge that is sharp and grippy for the last 9 years and doesnt flex. On my homemade side gate, I must have bought the cheap stuff, because it is thinner and real smooth. Couldnt cut yourself on it anywhere. It is slick all the time and bows in between the ramp braces. The stuff is cheap. Go out and get some good stuff and replace the smooth stuff.

    Hope this helps.


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