old slide re-surfacing

reads_n_writesSeptember 18, 2004


I'm not sure if this is the place to post this question, but it seems like the most appropriate forum.

My husband and I are in the process of buying a new house. While walking around on the land we noticed an old free standing, metal playground slide under some trees. We looked at it more closely and saw that it seemed to be sturdy and sound (no holes or anything) but there was a layer of rust, or some other corrugation, coating it from top to bottom (it isn't red colored, it's more black). The slide's not very slippery in other words. Is there any way to resurface it to bring back the slip? Is it worth it? It is a neat slide in a nice location, but I suppose we could eventually just buy a new one.

Thanks for your help!

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You might try removing the black crud with a wire brush, then polishing with emery cloth (the auto body kind) and waxing it.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2004 at 11:50AM
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You might also consider spraying some different kinds of solvent on it to see if it loosens the "black stuff", WD-40 or PB blaster. If that don't work, gasoline melts asphalt as will Berrymans B-12.
If you can get that off, there are numerous options to sand, shine and /or polish. You might even try putting some of the sticky back sandpaper on a pad to let the kids slide down the slide on, cleanin and sanding while having fun. Just kinda thinking out loud, here! Consider all aspects, use reasonable care and caution with whatever you choose to try. Good luck and let us know how it turns out. Post some pictures if you got em.
Bill P.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2004 at 1:03PM
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Thank you both for your ideas. We won't be closing on the house until November 1st. So I'm just thinking ahead. If I get a chance to take a picture before then, I will! Otherwise, you'll hear back from me after November 1st with results. Thanks again!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2004 at 1:30PM
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Just coat it with epoxy paint...

    Bookmark   September 18, 2004 at 7:57PM
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