The last painted wood coaster?

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 2:26 AM
For several years, new wood coasters have been built without paint on their structures, with the builders and the parks opting for the "natural" wood look.

What is the newest wood coaster in the US which was painted white (or any other color) when it opened? Would Twister II, built in 1995 at SFEG be the newest white wood coaster in the US?

Considering the added substantial cost for the initial structure painting and the upkeep, and an apparent consensus that the unpainted woodies are more attractive in parks (especially those parks surrounded by lots of trees), will we see any more new "white woodies" in the future?

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 3:28 AM
Both of the Stricker's Grove woodies have been painted since 1995. The Teddy Bear opened in 1996.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 4:20 AM

If you are talking about the last built coaster that was painted white, it is either White Cyclone or Twister II, both built in 1995. However, if you are talking about coasters that were recently re-painted, than there are a few. Lakeside Cyclone just got a paint job last year.

I think you are right though, it is cheaper to not paint coasters. But a lot of the newer coaster(e.g. SOB, Twister, Boulder Dash) are located near trees, so it looks alright. But I don't think we have seen the end of white coasters.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 4:40 AM

FYI, SOB's wood was soaked for 7 days in stain before delivery. I know it looks like natural wood, But this is true. It is supposedly good for 30 years.

Chuck

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 6:31 AM

RubberDucky said:

If you are talking about the last built coaster that was painted white, it is either White Cyclone or Twister II, both built in 1995.

WC opened in 1994, so it's probably Twister II.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 6:40 AM

Chuck,

The SOB stain has an acid wash contained in it that preserves the wood. (Don't ask me how) That is the A#1 reason PKI will not giveaway wood as "momentos."

Shaggy

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 6:59 AM

Slightly OT: what color woodies are out there (main supports only)? All I can think of is white and light blue.....

Dale

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 7:10 AM

Other colors of painted woodies...

Knoebels Pheonix: dark green

Kennywood's Racer: dark red

Clementon's Jack Rabbit: medium brown (track and walk ways are white)

Dorney's Thunderhawk: ivory (or off white... not pure white)

(IF you count the steel supports on some of the CCI woodies, you would also have to include "steel grey"... though I am not sure if this is actually paint or just the natural galvinized steel)

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 7:35 AM

If you count it, Beast has a reddish brown stained tint to it. In the early years it was stained redwood.

Shaggy

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 7:41 AM

Shaggy said:

If you count it, Beast has a reddish brown stained tint to it. In the early years it was stained redwood.

Shaggy



Shaggy, Thanks for the information about the SOB wood. Acid wash, Im not sure what it means but maybe somethng to do with moss or mold.

Also, People seem to forget that Beast was originally made of Redwood and not just stained that way. Paramount stained Beast in 93 and my best guess is it is due again soon.

Chuck, who would ask you to put that in your fact book and I want a copy :)

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 7:56 AM
FYI, Knoebel's Phoenix is not painted green, its stained green.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 8:46 AM

Other colors of painted woodies...

How could anyone forget Paramount's fascination with purple for their junior woodies? Bleah!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 8:55 AM
I belive the Villan at SFWOA is a painted steel structured woodie built in 2000 by CCI. I really think there have been newer painted woodies built after this one.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 9:05 AM

The CCI metal coasters are Galvonized. Plain steel.

Although Hoosier Hurricane is painted white. That was built in 94?

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 9:08 AM

I'd assume that the Grey Wolf, which opens next season, will be painted/stained grey.

But you know what happens when we assume...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 9:08 AM

The Coaster at Playland in Vancouver BC was resided with white vinyl. Does that count???;)
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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 12:55 PM
Reno Rail Raider, I wouldn't go as far as saying that painting a coaster costs more. Remember, if you don't paint the wood (or stainn), you need a treated wood, which is in itself a WHOLE LOT MORE money. Actually, using treated wood is probably more, but it's a pain to keep the paint looking good on the coasters.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 1:29 PM
SOB looks like its stain has already worn off. It looks like it is a bunch of very dry wood now. That thing is going to suck whenever they have to restain it. I bet it will have to be stained more often than say the beast because it is exposed to a lot more direct sunlight all the time
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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 1:44 PM

Beast Rocks, While it is yet to be seen how long sonnys stain will last, Remember, It was soaked in the stain, Therefore the stain is all the way absorbed and not only on the surface. BTW, when the sun shines on Sonny, It still has a golden color to it.

Chuck

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 3:21 PM

BogeyMon said:
How could anyone forget Paramount's fascination with purple for their junior woodies? Bleah!"

Yeah but I distinctly remember PKI's Beastie being yellow back in 1985. When did they change it to purple?
jeremy
--posing this question mostly to Shaggy ;)
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