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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    They have the best recommendation for refinishing a pool slide. It is just like the outdoor play set that capable to restore the texture of the slide. It's better to know the process identification of the slide so that you know how to restore it.

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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    OK. We sanded down the slide which made a huge difference. Still have to take some pic's. We have a few chips to repair and then another sanding and cleaning. I ordered the Interlux perfection
    (after talking to our marine supply store). Depending on the weather we should be able to finish it out in a week or so.
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Hey-
    Here are pictures from our slide refurbishing. We used the Interlux Perfection. It took about 2 days for prep with sanding, bondo and waiting for the weather. We have one more coat to put on. The paint is a little tricky to use but not bad. We bought one quart (68.00USD) and that is plenty. It takes approximately 4 hours to dry to the touch and 14 hours to overcoat which means if your slide is exposed (as ours is) you have to have some good weather. We did have a couple of bugs land in the wet paint but it didn't hurt the finish. The bugs didn't fare so well however.
    It does look like we have a new slide!
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    Slide sanded and halfway prepped

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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Here are some shots after the Inerlux.
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    That looks just beautiful!
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Wow! that looks amazing....
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Wow that is awesome it looks brand new!
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Holy cow, thats absolutely amazing!
    Has your daughter given it her stamp of approval yet?
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Well, we sanded down any imperfections and put an overcoat on and we have a couple of spots that are a little duller than others. That is mostly at the top of the slide which may be due to the dew we had during the night. It did turn out really well and we are going to buff it out and wax it for protection. Not sure which wax but definitely a boat/marine wax. We had to order the sprayer nozzels for replacement. The parts were for a Smith slide even though we are not certain that is the brand of our slide but they fit just fine. Word of warning...for two small plastic nozzles and 100 foot of tubing it was 60.00 USD. Although, it was much cheaper than replacing the slide I thought the cost for the silly little nozzels was ridiculous. But all in all it cost us about 120.00 USD. Not bad for the results.

    BTW I really appreciate the video's that were posted from Interlux. They were SO helpful to make sure we did everything right. This site is wonderful! thanks for all the insight.
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Thank you for sharing this. We've a slightly cracked SR Smith Frontier III and can't find a replacement anywhere. Not that I really want to spend $1000 on another slide that is rarely used. I stumbled on to your posting and must say I'm inspired. Phenomenal job!

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    I need to replace the water jets and tubing on my slide I'm in the process of refinishing. It's identical to the one in the pictures above. I've repainted using the Perfection paint and it looks great. I used the platinum color to match our pool deck. I'm about ready to reassemble and reattach to the pool.[attachment=2:15aq2shf]photo.jpg[/attachment:15aq2shf]
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    1) The size of pool in gallons = 30,000
    2) The type filter you have =sand
    3) Pool is an IG (in ground)
    4) IG = vinyl
    5) Don't know size of pump and the size (flow rate) of filter yet, will try to find out.

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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Latest pictures of installed refinished slide. Waiting on water jets and tubing which should arrive this week. I know my grandkids cannot wait to try it out; of course, Papa will have to give it a test run, too!
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    1) The size of pool in gallons = 30,000
    2) The type filter you have =sand
    3) Pool is an IG (in ground)
    4) IG = vinyl
    5) Don't know size of pump and the size (flow rate) of filter yet, will try to find out.

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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    That looks great! I love the color...
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    All you DIY'ers have done beautiful jobs on your slides!

    Me, I'm not so much of a DIY'er. I took mine to a local independent body shop. I figured that if they could repair Corvettes, they could repair a fiberglass slide. Did a great job. Cheaper than a new one, more expensive than DIY.

    BTW, the water nozzles are available at Leslie's pretty cheap. I picked up the hose at HD, much cheaper & better quality than the OEM stuff.
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Wow, never even thought of taking ours to a body shop...what a great idea!! That is how I figured out how to refurbish it though. I figured if you can repair the fiberglass on a corvette, a slide should be pretty simple. I just never thought to take it to a shop. Duh!
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    CUTiger78.....if u don't mind me asking.....how much did the body shop charge? BTW...I'm CU Class '80 & wife just retired from CU last week.
    1) The size of pool in gallons = 30,000
    2) The type filter you have =sand
    3) Pool is an IG (in ground)
    4) IG = vinyl
    5) Don't know size of pump and the size (flow rate) of filter yet, will try to find out.

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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Quote Originally Posted by DIYSELF&SAVE
    ...how much did the body shop charge?...
    If I remember correctly (it was 10 or 12 years ago) it cost $600.
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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    CUTiger78....Thanks! How's the paint holding up on the refinished slide? How 'bout dem Tigers?!
    1) The size of pool in gallons = 30,000
    2) The type filter you have =sand
    3) Pool is an IG (in ground)
    4) IG = vinyl
    5) Don't know size of pump and the size (flow rate) of filter yet, will try to find out.

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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Quote Originally Posted by DIYSELF&SAVE
    ... How's the paint holding up on the refinished slide? ...
    Holding up great! All I've ever done is wash it. I think that this year I'll polish and wax it with a good quality car wax.

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    Re: Refinishing / Restoring a Fiberglass Pool Slide

    Good thread here. I'm getting ready to refurb an old Aquaslide which has seen better days. Fully intend on using Interlux Perfection as mentioned in the above posts. Here's my question.

    I'm going to have to be creative in my placement, since I have a sport pool, and this pool is not really meant for a slide, but should work, given the specifications from SR Smith. As for the plumbing.....I obviously have no dedicated return for water supply for the slide. Is it possible to put a threaded tee on the closest return? Put the eyeball on the end of that tee, and then run flex up to the slide? Water pressure issues?
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