One of the most common water slide restoration jobs is to touch up or reapply the protective gel coat that is on every water slide. The protective coating is there to protect both the slide and the human that is going down the slide. This gel coat keeps the water from seeping into the slide and damaging it, while it also reduces the friction that is created when a person shoots down the flume of the slide. needless to say, the get coat is one of the most important aspects of a water slide, and without them going do a high and steep slide would not be nearly as much fun.
Gel coat repair is often done by a professional company because it requires them to work in close spaces, as well as up at exceptional heights. This requires the physical ability to be able to crawl around or to reach hard to reach spots on most slides. Some water park owners will have their own staff apply new layers of protective gel coat, but it is recommended that you use a water park contractor in order to make sure the job is done safely and correctly.
The process of applying a new protective gel coat to a slide is as follows: The slide surface first needs to be prepped. This includes making sure that the surface is completely dry (so the slide must be turned off ahead of time and allowed to dry out) and then the surface should be sanded down in order to remove any divots, cracks or rough spots as well as the top coat that is already on the slide. You want the surface that you are applying the gel coat to to be as clean and smooth as possible before you start. Many companies will bring in a power washer so that they can blast away as much of the dirt and chemicals that may be sitting on the surface of the slide as possible.
After this, you are ready to start applying the new coat of protective gel. Make sure that you select a color that is going to wear well over time. Blues and greens are gong to fade faster in the sun, whereas white and clear colors will hold up the best and will not need retouches quite as frequently. You can also choose to coat the inside of the slide with a gel coat that will wear the best and not need quite as frequent touchups and do a completely different color on the outside of the slide. The outside is going to face more warping and fading from the sun and other elements and will wear quicker anyway, so that might be a better place for a fast fading color such as blue or red.
Make sure that your water park contractors have the right safety equipment that is needed for them to get to all areas of a slide. Some companies use ariel lifts while others will physically climb into the slides to apply the new coat.