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I have had aluminum boats in the past where I glued carpet and aluminum
sheets to P/T plywood with Weldwood Contact Cement that held up well
for years. always outside in the elements.
so my vote is for the Contact Cement. (just know that it may be difficult
to remove if you ever have to separate the two).
looking forward to seeing all the kids on the block lined up for their turn on the slide.


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I used sheet metal and waxed it when the kids had trouble sliding. Never had a problem.

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What about plywood then covered with plexiglass?

If you use 1/4” ply in several layers, you can form it into curves if desired, then top that over with thin plexiglass.

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Consider an inexpensive short-term solution. A $30.00 melamine covered MDF board should give many months use before deteriorating if the edges are somewhat sealed. One sheet will give two 2' x 8' sliding surfaces. Put the slide frame together with screws so it can be disassembled to replace the slide surface. By the time both boards are no longer useful, kid outdoor supplies could be back to normal. You want it to be sturdy enough to be safe but not so well built that when the kids outgrow it, the slide will become a storage problem. Heirloom slides don't fit well in the attic.
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Originally Posted by John Smith_inFL View Post
I have had aluminum boats in the past where I glued carpet and aluminum
sheets to P/T plywood with Weldwood Contact Cement that held up well
for years. always outside in the elements.
so my vote is for the Contact Cement. (just know that it may be difficult
to remove if you ever have to separate the two).
Contact cement comes right up with lacquer thinner. I use hypodermic needles and squirt into a crack or space where the aluminum sheets join the plywood. As soon as you have a small amount lifted, slowly pour the lacquaer thinner into the crack and lift the aluminum right off.
Did it all the time when re-laminating counter tops that were too difficult to remove. Obviously, this might not work out with carpet. LOL

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OK, you have to think.

Whatever you chose it has to be relatively impervious to weather. And UV is a killer for almost everything.

My parents bought a play set for me that was all wood out of necessity. I got it about the end of the war. Metal for non-essential usage was unavailable. The slide was made from four or five Ό inch by 3 or 4 inch slats and probably 10 feet long. These were attached to a form that is best called joists with side rails that were 2 x 3s. The slats were unfinished and something that looked like clear maple. A few times a year, I would wax the slide by sliding with wax paper under my butt.

This was in Brooklyn and outdoors all year. To my recollection, the set was used by myself and a younger brother for about 10 years.

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Over the last 30 years, I've used this stuff for various projects ...
Orginally only available in black or white ... several colors available nowadays.

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Polywall adhesive

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So many good suggestions! I definitely thought about finding large drums or a huge pipe, but I imagine those would be quite costly. I ended up going with this to start with (although it has a smooth surface rather than the Cracked Ice texture). It was relatively cheap, felt fairly slick at the store, and is advertised as being completely waterproof. I'll update how it performs once I finish the little "deck" and then the slide itself. The underside of it doesn't have the same coating as the top side, so I'm hoping something like rubber cement or whatever will hold it nice and tight to the base. If it doesn't work, then I'll need to seek out a more expensive solution.

I used this in my shower for the walls and as I remember, there is something in a caulking tube to adhere it with--ask at the store you bought it, they'll know. It was easy to do.
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Find a closed park, preferable one not near your house, take a wrench and screwdriver with you......
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A little update! Like I mentioned earlier, I went with the polywall stuff from Home Depot. I attached it with basic construction adhesive, and it worked very easily with clamps and screws along the sides. Sadly, I didn't do the appropriate prepwork for applying pressure to the center, so I had to use a few screws down the middle to hold it down. I was a little stumped when it came to filling those holes, but I found some very nearly flush smooth plastic plugs that worked incredibly well: they're noticeable but barely. right now, the slide is perfect for my boys. I just need to finish the sides and waterproof the edge somehow, and we'll be ready to turn it into a full-on waterslide!
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