Circle S now offers Do-It-Yourself rubber surfacing kits so you can apply rubber surfacing to your existing equipment at a fraction of the cost of buying ready made skins. These kits come complete with all the materials you need to install a super high quality rubber surface to your contact equipment, all you supply are the tools and labor but will save several hundred dollars versus buying a ready made skin. When these kits are applied in accordance with the included detailed instructions and after curing, the surface will be stuck for life unlike glued on ready made skins which always seem to come loose over time no matter what kind of glue you use to apply them.
We have developed a method for applying the rubber where there is virtually NO flaking off of the rubber like there has been in the past. The method is not the 'wet pour' method that makes a 'skin' that can be glued to your obstacle, and it is not the sprinkle method where you sprinkle dry rubber granules into wet binder. This method was developed by us together with the rubber and binder manufacturers and contractors who install the rubber on playgrounds and running tracks every day. The surfacing comes out extremely neat and even as you can see from the pictures below, provides superior traction to sand texture, and is far more forgiving to the dog's feet than sand. Once the surfacing has cured it is virtually impossible to get off. If you order a kit for slatted equipment, the instructions cover how to form the slats entirely out of rubber like the pictures shown below.
Be aware that rubber will add weight to your obstacle though, it will add approximately 45 pounds total to an A-frame, approximately 30 pounds to a dog walk, approximately 10 pounds to a teeter, and approximately 7 pounds to a table.
The Do-It-Yourself kits include plenty of rubber material in the colors of your choice, binder (adhesive), disposable gloves, and complete instructions for application using our method. If you can use a paint roller and a trowel then you can apply this, it is not hard to do but does take time so just follow the instructions and don't get in a hurry and you will be fine and your equipment will be beautiful.
You may find rubber kits elsewhere that are a little cheaper, but be aware that our kits contain 2-3 times more rubber than others, and with our kits you will get detailed instructions for installing using our method that produces a surface far superior to other methods. The pictures above are of actual surfaces using our application method. If applied correctly using our detailed application instructions and after fully curing, the rubber surface will be virtually impossible to get off. The kits for slatted a-frames and slatted dog walks contain extra rubber to either make new slats from rubber or cover existing slats, and the instructions explain how to do slats both ways.
Colors that we keep in stock are standard blue, purple, bright green, bright red, and bright yellow, however we have access to 24 different colors so if there is another color that you are interested in email us and we will give you a quote if we can get it.
Do-it-yourself Rubber Surfacing Kit
We stock only TPV (thermoplastic vulcanizate) granules which have superior UV resistance when compared to standard EPDM rubber granules. Most suppliers stock granules that are sized at 1 - 4 mm and that was the only size that we used to carry as well since that is the standard. But applying granules of that size is difficult, especially when going over slats on slatted equipment, and it was hard to get complete coverage without applying it very thick which results in additional weight. Se we now use two sizes of granules, the standard 1 - 4 mm and also 0.5 - 1.5 mm, and mix them together to get a mixture that is approximately 2/3 larger granules and 1/3 of the smaller granules which results in better coverage with less material and less weight, but still provides superior traction. You will not find any other rubber surfacing kits with a mixture of sizes like this which make our kits unique.
Colors that we generally keep in stock as well as additional colors that are available are shown below (exact colors may be slightly different than displayed on individual computer screens).
Colors that we generally keep in stock are:
RH20 Standard Blue -- RH41 Bright Yellow -- RH02 Bright Red -- RH11 Bright Green -- RH21 Purple
We may or may not have small amounts of other colors at any given time due to left over from special orders, and can usually get any of the other colors but they are special order and will take longer and may cost more. Be aware that we can only get colors that are in stock with our supplier so even though all colors are shown below, we are not always able to get all of these colors if they are out of stock on a color. We can also mix any colors together to get a custom color if you prefer.
Standard do-it-yourself kit prices are:
(Shipping and Handling are not included, approximate shipping prices are $13 for a teeter or table kit, $31 - $36 for a dog walk kit, and $49 - $54 for an a-frame kit; and I can combine shipping on several kits shipped together so the total shipping will be less than the individual shipping prices for several kits shipped together)
To order please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating what kit(s) you are interested in, colors you desire, and whether the equipment will have AKC or USDAA contact zones on it. We will then send you a complete quote with shipping along with your options for payment. We have the ability to accept either paper or electronic checks through our QuickBooks payment service, but if you want to pay with a credit card we do that through PayPal and there is an additional fee for that as shown above.
In addition to the above kits we can also supply custom sized kits for equipment of different sizes, email us for quotes.