Properly Paint Slides For Pools

What You'll Need
Power washer
5 gallon bucket
Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
Muriatic acid
Epoxy pool paint
3/8 inch nap roller for solvent paint
Detailing paint brush

Exposure to UV rays and chlorine will cause the look of your slide for your pool to fade over time. It will lack the shine and color that it once it had, and that will be time to give it a fresh coat of paint. Painting your slide can be a fun project that is relatively easy to do with the right tools and knowledge. Follow these steps and have your slide vibrant once more.

You will want to paint your slide with a high build epoxy paint. This type of paint typically lasts about 8 years and is available in a variety of colors. It’s hard, abrasion-resistant surface makes it great for a pool slide and very easy to keep clean.

First, you will want to select a good day to paint the slide for best results. The weather should be between 50F and 90F, there should be no rain expected and rather low humidity. This will allow the paint to dry the most thoroughly and ensure the slide looks great.

How to Paint Your Slide

Step 1 – Paint the Surface: begin by power washing your slide and then following that with a thorough scrub of trisodium phosphate. This will remove all the grease, oil and dirt on the slide. Rinse the slide off and then follow that with a scrub of a 15% to 36% solution of muriatic acid in water to remove any organic deposits or calcium buildup. Thoroughly rinse the slide again and let it dry completely.

Step 2 – Mix the Paint: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing the epoxy paint together.

Step 3 – Paint the Slide: Use the roller and apply the paint to the slide according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Be sure to paint the slide in a place with adequate ventilation, preferably outdoors. After about 72 hours of drying time, apply a second coat.

Step 4 – Detail the Slide: If desired after the slide has dried for another 72 hours, apply designs or detailing to the slide as you like. Look online for design ideas or create your own design as you desire.

Step 5 – Allow Adequate Drying Time: Allow the paint to dry for about 5 days before the slide is used to prevent premature fading.