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11-26-2007, 05:20 PM
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How to make your own synthetic ice: a recipe, plus your suggestions

Apparently synthetic ice, which is going for about 1k per 100square feet, is simply made of a hard piece of synthetic high density polyethylene, which is a type of plastic, plus about a 10% silicone solution that is sprayed either on top of or in the plastic while it's being made (in professional factories).

So, instead of paying 1000 dollars for a 10ft by 10ft little ice rink to practice shooting a puck while on skates, I figure it would be in my best interests to simply go to the hardware store and make my own "synthetic ice." I believe I have the "recipe" pretty much complete with what I already wrote, but if anyone's already done this before, and if anyone wants to add some suggestions, I'd love to hear them before I head out to the store.

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Is it that hard to make real ice? I'm no chemist, but I think it's H2O + cold.

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Is it that hard to make real ice? I'm no chemist, but I think it's H2O + cold.
But ice also melts. This one does not. Oh.

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Is it that hard to make real ice? I'm no chemist, but I think it's H2O + cold.
Yeah. Ok you can go ahead and try that in your basement and let us know how that works out.

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That synthetic ice creeps me out.

I'd be curious to know if anyone here has skated on it and how it feels.

It looks so weird but it's such a great alternative when you live in warmer climate.

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That synthetic ice creeps me out.

I'd be curious to know if anyone here has skated on it and how it feels.

It looks so weird but it's such a great alternative when you live in warmer climate.
Based on the materials involved, I think I safe estimate would be an easy to glide on surface, safe for skates but lacks the scraping ice has (which makes sense). I think it's very effective for shooting pads in the basement as it lets you wear the skates and get the glide of real ice (so you can use a puck). I wouldn't try skating on it though.

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But ice also melts. This one does not. Oh.
Which is a good thing. Real ice can be leveled/smoothed/Zambonied. Wouldn't cost become a problem, or would it even be possible to resurface the fake ice between periods? Is it as easily replenishable as laying down warm water to fix and imperfections?

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Which is a good thing. Real ice can be leveled/smoothed/Zambonied. Wouldn't cost become a problem, or would it even be possible to resurface the fake ice between periods? Is it as easily replenishable as laying down warm water to fix and imperfections?
I always wondered that too. Like how beat up does that surface get? Can you do a hockey stop on it without breaking your ankle or damaging the surface?

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Which is a good thing. Real ice can be leveled/smoothed/Zambonied. Wouldn't cost become a problem, or would it even be possible to resurface the fake ice between periods? Is it as easily replenishable as laying down warm water to fix and imperfections?
I'm pretty sure that I heard you can use a heating device (hair dryer maybe) to melt the imperfections back in to usable form (little nicks and such are really thin and easy to melt). Of course the silicon layer would have to be reapplied, assuming I am correct. I think I remember some sort of home make over show putting this in a kids room and talking about reforming it with a heat source...possibly a heat gun?

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http://www.coldproducts.com/ezvideo.php

This seems to be one of the more popular brands. Watch the videos and be prepared for weirdness.

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It obviously works. people here are getting off topic. does anyone know how to make the stuff seen in the videos above???
That's the only question

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1 part plastic
200 parts butter

Grease plastic with butter. Enjoy.

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It obviously works. people here are getting off topic. does anyone know how to make the stuff seen in the videos above???
That's the only question
Look up to see if they've got a patent on the process they use to make the ice. If they do then they have to disclose it during the patent application process. Look it up to see what they do.

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But ice also melts. This one does not. Oh.
Ice melting is kind of crucial to skating.....

This stuff must not feel like ice.

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Apparently synthetic ice, which is going for about 1k per 100square feet, is simply made of a hard piece of synthetic high density polyethylene, which is a type of plastic, plus about a 10% silicone solution that is sprayed either on top of or in the plastic while it's being made (in professional factories).

So, instead of paying 1000 dollars for a 10ft by 10ft little ice rink to practice shooting a puck while on skates, I figure it would be in my best interests to simply go to the hardware store and make my own "synthetic ice." I believe I have the "recipe" pretty much complete with what I already wrote, but if anyone's already done this before, and if anyone wants to add some suggestions, I'd love to hear them before I head out to the store.
Here's another article I wrote on this:

http://******************/showthread....ex.html?t=1432

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Sorry to bump such a old topic but has anyone tried this?

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A couple years ago, Me and my Bro put a HUGE Plastic covering thingy (?) on the ground. We covered the edges with snow and then put some bricks along the side. Then we used our hose and covered the plastic thing with water, let it freeze and we had a nifty little ice rink (tiny ice rink) that lasted for about a week.

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A couple years ago, Me and my Bro put a HUGE Plastic covering thingy (?) on the ground. We covered the edges with snow and then put some bricks along the side. Then we used our hose and covered the plastic thing with water, let it freeze and we had a nifty little ice rink (tiny ice rink) that lasted for about a week.
lol that's not what this is at all.

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A couple years ago, Me and my Bro put a HUGE Plastic covering thingy (?) on the ground. We covered the edges with snow and then put some bricks along the side. Then we used our hose and covered the plastic thing with water, let it freeze and we had a nifty little ice rink (tiny ice rink) that lasted for about a week.

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I'm thinking of buying carpet skates myself.

http://carpetskates.net/

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I'm thinking of buying carpet skates myself.

http://carpetskates.net/
That looks like something that should have been rejected on Dragon's Den.

Please tell me I'm not the only dork that watches that show...

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That looks like something that should have been rejected on Dragon's Den.

Please tell me I'm not the only dork that watches that show...
Nope, you're the only dork that watches that show. The local Bed, Bath and Beyond sells them for thirty bucks, they claim adults can use them, so I'm getting them.

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Nope, you're the only dork that watches that show.
I knew it...

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How to make Synthetic

Any luck on creating the synthetic ice? I have found that the material used is the same as the rink boards. I am taking those and cutting them down into smaller panels and attaching them to a subfloor, however I would like to find a material shop that sells the polyethylene plastic to create my own.

Skating on synthetic ice isn't that bad. It takes at least 20 minutes or so to get used to but then it will start to feel just the same as skating on real ice. Gives you a much better work out that's for sure.


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