»Slip stop« is the white powder that you spread on the dance floor to make it less slippery. The RSCDS sells it but it isn't exactly cheap. What is the stuff, anyway, and are there cheaper sources or more easily obtainable substitutes?
asked 31 Oct '11, 18:58
Chemically speaking, slip stop is mostly if not exclusively zinc stearate, a relative of soap, which you can get in quantity from your friendly chemical lab supplies dealer. A number of years ago I bought a whole kilogram for about 15 euros, and there's still quite a lot left in that package. Getting it by the lorry load would presumably be even cheaper, and you could bottle the stuff and sell it at a hefty markup … oops, been done already, but now that SNDC no longer exists there might be a market there if you can do clever PR.
If you don't have a chemical supplies dealer at hand, a pharmacy (chemist, if you're in the UK) might be able to help but you will probably save less. See also the Practice section on the Strathspey Server for hints on non-skid methods that do not involve spreading gunk on the dance floor.
answered 31 Oct '11, 19:09