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How To Recoat Your Pool Slide

Updated on December 20, 2013

Re-Coating Rock Pool Slides.

Re-coating a rock pool slide for the last time is what this web site is about; learn professional tips and tricks that really work from the owner of Scott has over 35 years experience in synthetic rock repainting.

Why Pool Slides Go Bad - Hydro Static Water Pressure...

Rock Slide Coatings
Rock Slide Coatings

Rock Pool Slides have two enemies UV rays. (The Sun) and water pressure from inside the rock slide (Hydro Static Water Pressure) I have seen hydro static water pressure just blow off the best epoxy coatings money can buy in less than a year (pond armor).

When your rock slide starts feeling like a cheese grader and destroys your best swim wear you start looking for another supper slide coating. Just read the blogs about this subject the only honest conclusion you can draw from all the blogs is nothing works long term. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Just ask yourself why do new rock slides last all summer and start falling apart in the winter? The true answer is ground water working its way up through the rock that water needs to get out and the symptoms of that is paint blowing off your waterfall and Jacuzzi and your pool slide starts cracking.

This is the exact reason all rock pool slide coatings are doomed to fail. So what is the answer? Stop the hydro static water pressure from reaching the surface and that is accomplished by hardening the cement and water proofing the outer 4’’ of your rock pool slide.

Rock Pool Slide Restoration - How To Just Do It!

Your goal is to get down to the raw concrete.
Your goal is to get down to the raw concrete.

The first step is remove the old rock pool slide coating I use a sand blaster, For you die-hard DIY people start sanding or use a strong paint stripper and a 4000 PSI. pressure washer. Your goal is to get down to the raw concrete.

Next I sand the entire slide with 60 grit sandpaper. Your goal here is to smooth the slide (every crack has a ridge) really take your time for a smooth ride.

Next you want to make sure the slide is 100% dry so if you power washed the old coating off STOP and let it dry a couple days.

Next it is time to densifie and waterproof the slide with (foundation armor) I added their link at the bottom. Get a pump-up garden sprayer with a fan tip, spray a good coat on the slide and let it dry two hours. Next spray another coat, you are stacking the protection, let that dry an hour then mist one last coat let that sit 15 min and last mist it one more time with water this works as an activator.

How this sealer works is it penetrates deeply into the slide turns into a gel that gel gets hard and forms a waterproof shield inside the slide that stops hydro static water pressure. You just put an end to why your slide goes bad.

Next it's time to add a color coat for this use pond armor, Follow my instructions well and you will not have a problem and I will put a link for this as well at the bottom. Pick a color I use gray or tan. Start your project early or late in the afternoon you do not want to attempt this in direct sun light. Get rubber water shoes like you use jet skiing! This helps not falling off the slide. Go to home depot and get some plastic cups in the paint department along with a small roller for oil based paints and get a few extra heads as well.

TIP- When you're at home depot pick up some painters duct tape as well, this is to define the top edge of the slide Nothing looks worse than a sloppy crooked coating.

Now mix only enough pond armor to last you 10 min. You want to start at the bottom and work your way up, TIP- walk down the slide first and make sure you're not going to slide off If the slide seems too steep tie a rope to yourself and have somebody really strong holding on, (I have to do it this way all the time) Now that you are safe as can be pour pond armor in the center of the slide and roll it out smooth and just keep this process going until you are done.

The very last tip is let the pond armor 100% dry and go over every square inch of your slide with your hand looking for sharp points and sand them down epoxy is hard and the points will tear you up.

Here is the big question; do I really think this is a DIY project? The simple answer is NO, but every rock pool slide blog I look at people are going crazy trying to figure this problem out so I made this web page for all the hard core Do It Yourself enthusiasts. ENJOY

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    • Linda Hager 5 weeks ago

      We had our pool slide refinished four years ago. They cut out a portion of the slide. Now the slide has major cracks in the same place. Everything they put in is coming out. What is the best way to fix this and then reseal.

    • Deanna Milando 4 months ago

      Is their another paint other than pond armor that would be just as good! The pond armor has me worried after reading reviews! Thank you


    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Can we hire you to restore our rock pool slide? We are located in Orange County, CA?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Hey scott barry here,you restained my pool in taking you advice and recoating my slide. Foundation armor recommended s2000 at 50 50 ratio. I also ordered 2 ea.1.5 qt kits from pind armor.ill let you know how it comes out.

    • Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi don't have one at this time.

    • opatoday 4 years ago

      Tan Pond Armor,

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      what foundation armor product did you use ?


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      • John long 2 years ago

        Do you know anyone in Los Angeles county ,San bernardino county or Orange County that restores concrete slides

      • Fernando 2 years ago

        You can use "glidden epoxy urethane" 2 parts....and 4 rocks..."classic stain"....

      • Barb 2 years ago

        I have a relatively small grotto with a slide. Made the mistake of trying to spray paint the slide several months ago to freshen it up, using an exterior paint that the paint department at Home Depot told me would work. Now it's peeling :( I can't afford to spend a lot but I need to fix it. Can you refer me to anyone in the Orange County, CA area that could help me?

      • TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

        Ours is not quite as fancy as the one shown in pictures above, but pretty awesome still.

      • WordChipper 4 years ago

        Just a regular plastic slide here but those slide look fantastic!

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          seleen fouad 3 years ago

          thank you great lens .great rocks

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          Takkhis 3 years ago

          You did a great job writing this lens, I am happy that I have found this :)

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          goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

          Very nicely done.

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          Tom Christen 3 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

          Great lens with wonderful ideas, thank you very much for sharing.

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          Bellezza-Decor 3 years ago from Canada

          Well if we ever buy a large home with a pool I would certainly like to have a waterfall with rock effects.

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          Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

          I can see how this information can be so valuable. So much to consider. My parents ended up taking their pool out, but I don't think it was this kind of a problem.

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          TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

          Good info if my rock slide turns into a cheese grater, as you described.

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          othellos 3 years ago

          Thank you for sharing this information and these tips. Very thorough and so well done!

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          Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

          Oh gosh, that rock slide is too cool and looks terrific after the restoration!

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          Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

          Hi you have a lot of great tips and pictures.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Great this is where I needed to come to get some more of those pics!!!!

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          Underrated 4 years ago

          Very cool lens

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          Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

          Sounds like you've got a great product to offer your SoCal customers. What a difference re-coating makes!

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          ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

          This has to be a top 10 pool somewhere!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          You make me dream big. It would be so much fun to create a beautiful pool like you show here.

          I would be sure to take excellent care of some like these. :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Very nice pics and handy tips. Thank you!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Beautiful pool slides, they really look stunning with the swimming pool. Like any other product they need maintenance and your lens provides the necessary things to take care of.

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          rayncathy 4 years ago

          While I don't have a pool, I am a DIY person and enjoyed your lense. As you say, better to get someone else to do the job but for anyone determined to do it themselves you have given very detailed instruction.