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You need to ask the welder/metal worker to grind it down to a fine finish and tell them you'll leave it outside in the elements. They'll put a protective layer on it to prevent rust.

Any steel will work, just make sure you tell them what it'll be used for. If you are doing this yourself, look up the strength of the gauge you want to use and make sure you are taking into account more than just weight. The force of loading and unloading, etc.

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nice. We set up a 2x4 rail. Was considering either:

A.) Clamping a PVC to the top, making it removable

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B.) Putting a type of aluminum tape to coat the top of the 2x4. very malleable and soft, but creates a nice slick surface.

not sure which one we are gonna do...
 

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Agreed. Nice rail.

Look up snowboarding in summer on youtube. Some guys bought some of that fake grass stuff and soaked it with soap and wetted it down so they could practice their rails.

You can get full year use out of those bad boys.
 
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