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    Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    I just purchased a SR Smith Vortex slide for my pool. The slide was at a Holiday Inn, and the new owners thought it was too much liability. The slide is 10'7" tall and 19' long, $14k new! Overall it is in great shape as it is only three years old, and was used on an indoor pool. I am currently blasting and powder coating the metal parts. The plastic needs a little bit of work. I have already removed the salt and scale with muriatic acid. I'm looking for something to restore the bright blue color and to protect it from UV rays. Anybody have suggestions? Picture is not my slide, I'll post after install.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    Good luck with the project. I look forward to seeing it. I'm not much help on the topic though...

    I need to find a slide on the cheap too. I've been thinking about refinishing my fiberglass slide for over a year, but don't want to tackle it as DIY. It's insane (in my opinion) how much even a basic new slide costs.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    I used to use an automotive product to freshen up the look of plastic bumpers on an old car of mine, but I can't remember the name of it specifically. I have heard good things about "303 Aerospace Protectant." It has 40 SPF sunscreen added in for UV protection. I can't comment on whether it would leave a greasy feeling or wash off into the water. Though you might need a 55 gal barrel of it! Good luck.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    The 303 is what I just bought to use on my autocover after I clean it.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    I have never tried it but Wipe New gets decent reviews on a car detailing forum that I'm a member of.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    Automotive, boat, etc. plastic can be "restored" with super fine steel wool and a heat gun here is a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7vS6F8EHxI to the general technique.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1 View Post
    Automotive, boat, etc. plastic can be "restored" with super fine steel wool and a heat gun here is a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7vS6F8EHxI to the general technique.
    I'm going to try that when I get home this evening. I'll report back with the results.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    Tried the heat gun, no improvement. Must be the type of plastic. I did purchase some Meguiar's Back to Black to try. The wife worked on a small area and the results are promising.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    Finished the slide install this weekend. The kids loved it.

    36' x 18' 20k in ground, Finest Finish grey plaster, Pentair Tagelus 100D sand filter, Hayward Northstar 2hp pump, Jandy LRZ125EN heater, spill over spa, iaqualink controlled automation, Stenner chlorination, natural rock and flagstone coping, 1" glass mosaic waterline tile, SR Smith Vortex slide.

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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    What a great picture!! You can't help but smile when you look at it!

    I can't tell whose smile is bigger - the child's or the adult's?!! Now we need one just as you guys hit the water!

    It was more than worth the work to repair. Well done! Have fun! Suz.
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    Re: Restoring a polyethylene pool slide

    Quote Originally Posted by smracing View Post
    Finished the slide install this weekend. The kids loved it.

    What an awesome slide! I want to come swim
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