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I got a few questions about the right way to prep a piece of asphalt for good traction. I want my dad to get some practice laps at home and we have a smooth piece of driveway about 18x50 ft we can use. I got some old pinks and purples he can use. I obviously have a wing to put on the car.

1- what's the right water/sugar ratio I would use ?
2- the driveway has been sealed about 2 years ago. The sealer is about 1/3 worn, can we get decent traction on that kind of surface?
3- if my dad were to reseal his driveway, I read somewhere a long time ago about adding sand to the sealer?
4- I read sometime ago about using Suntan for tire traction. What's the best and cheapest brand I can get at say a Walmart?

Any other sugestions? Fire away!
 

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Hose it off really good (if water is available) - if not blow it really, really good w/ a lawn blower.

I like to use Cheap ROOTBEER (the 3 liter bottles of "Store Brand" for about a buck a bottle) -- I use a 1/16th inch drill bit, and drill 2 holes in the lid -- Hold my finger over the holes, and SHAKE UP the bottles and Spray the surface (A Hudson sprayer works better, but remember to RINSE it out - cause it'll get sticky)

CHEAP Wal-Mart SPF 15 always worked decent (I have spf 30 in my box of tire sauces that ALWAYS goes to the track w/ me)

Make sure the tires have a clean/fresh cut on them if possible (Glazed tires suck)
 

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No Idea, but for a oval track that was 120 ft x 80 ft, I'd use 4 - 8 2 liter bottles if the surface was decent.
 

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Pat, we used to use the soda that they use for fountains that came in the bags. Sprayed it with a garden sprayer. Cleaning the asphalt really well as the least bit of loose grit makes them a handful. Tighten it up from your carpet setup and watch it rip!

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We can get the syrup at a place called SMART and FINAL , it was always easier to me to just do the 2 liter bottles though. Some guys will cook up "Sugar Water" - I'm not quite sure the recipe, but I believe it's like 12 quarts water to 5 pounds of sugar, boil until all the sugar is melted (or what ever it does) = some guys also liked grape soda better than root beer, I liked root beer cause it had more FIZZ and was still really high in sugar.
 

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We can get the syrup at a place called SMART and FINAL , it was always easier to me to just do the 2 liter bottles though. Some guys will cook up "Sugar Water" - I'm not quite sure the recipe, but I believe it's like 12 quarts water to 5 pounds of sugar, boil until all the sugar is melted (or what ever it does) = some guys also liked grape soda better than root beer, I liked root beer cause it had more FIZZ and was still really high in sugar.
Thanks

I might give the root beer a try, given I don't have that big a surface to cover.
 

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We can get the syrup at a place called SMART and FINAL , it was always easier to me to just do the 2 liter bottles though. Some guys will cook up "Sugar Water" - I'm not quite sure the recipe, but I believe it's like 12 quarts water to 5 pounds of sugar, boil until all the sugar is melted (or what ever it does) = some guys also liked grape soda better than root beer, I liked root beer cause it had more FIZZ and was still really high in sugar.
Dollar store Pancake syrup with a table spoon of pinesol mixed with water in a garden sprayer works the best.
The Pinesol keeps the bugs away!:thumbsup:
 

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We found that grape soda works even better than root beer. I think our track is around 80 x 50 ft, and we usually put down 8 -10 bottles after blowing down the surface really well.
 

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We found that grape soda works even better than root beer. I think our track is around 80 x 50 ft, and we usually put down 8 -10 bottles after blowing down the surface really well.
Most guys use a combination of purples and pinks and the white paragon for traction compound.
 

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Thanks for the tips guys.

I've been really busy with work lately, I hope to try out some of the ideas soon.
 
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