Question about decking on Wilkes pool deck issue

lovlilynneJuly 31, 2010

We have a 13yo Wilkes pool (above ground) - a couple years ago the coating on the decking began to bubble, then peel. Currently, we have about 1/3 of the deck peeled. Where it peeled, it has left a sticky residue.

Questions are:

1. What should use to remove residue?

2. What do you suggest for covering the deck? (Marine paint, etc.)

We did contact our pool company because the decks were warranteed when this happened, but it's a pro-rated waranty, and it was going to cost $5k to fix (replace, I believe) the decks. We figured if we are going to spend 5k, it would be towards a new pool. So, we are just trying to get a few more years out of it without it looking horrible until we can figure out how we are going to replace it.



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Lynne, what type of decking is this? Some more info and some pics would help alot help. The folks here can give some great advice that may save you thousands.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 7:42PM
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It's taken me a while to get back to the computer! The decking is the type that comes with a Wilkes pool. It's wood covered by some type of textured vinyl. The vinyl is peeling off. I have included some pictures.

overall pool - it's above ground (obviously)

close up of the deck under the vinyl (and my toes)

picture of the cracked and peeling rest of deck

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 11:13PM
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How about stripping off the old vinyl, sand it smooth, replace any plywood as needed, and using a couple coats of exterior house paint?


    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 6:16AM
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Hi Scott,

Yeah, I thought of that, but we sanded off sticky residue on a sub floor once, and it totally gummed up the sander. This residue stays moist due to the heat and water it is exposed to. DH said scrape it, but I am afraid of doing damage to the wood. I was hoping someone might have had some experience in a product or chemical that would remove the glue.

Regarding the latex paint - I am thinking it won't hold up with all the moisture. Whatever we do, I really don't want to have to be doing it again the next year. I'd like it to last a few years.

I told DH that I just want to put peel and stick vinyl tile over it - I was thinking we could even put it over the glue since we want it sticky anyway. And, I was thinking we wouldn't even have to remove the other vinyl. The only thing is that the deck is only 21" wide, and most tiles are 12" square, so we would end up having to purchase twice the amount of tile to cover it.


    Bookmark   August 8, 2010 at 3:32PM
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Just wondering Lynne, did you replace/repair the vinyl? We actually just bought a pool with a deck that needs to be fixed as well. Wondering what your solution was and if it worked??

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 6:23PM
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Did you find anything that worked? I have the same problem. Thanks

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 10:44PM
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We have the same problem with our wilkes decking. My husband is thinking astro turf but I don't like that idea. Thinking it would hold too much moisture.I am thinking maybe linoleum or maybe even ceramic tile. peel and stick may work and even though you'd have to buy more tiles

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 9:54AM
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I have a friend who bought a home with a pool very similar to this. Its not a Wilkes, but it is a fiberglass pool shell built into a raised deck against the back of the house. It had non slip heavily textured vinyl on the decking. It was old and cracked, he replaced it with light colored outdoor carpet, much denser than astro turf and it looks great and drains well.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 11:10AM
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I had this exact problem with a Gibraltar/Wilkes pool. I manually ripped up as much of the damaged vinyl as possible. I then installed a light-colored outdoor carpeting on the entire thing. It looks great, was (relatively) inexpensive and drains the water fairly well.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 2:28PM
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