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Tips For a Perfectly Painted Pool

Painting your pool can be a large undertaking that you will want to be sure to do right the first time. There are a few important tips you should know before you get started to prevent a major disaster.
  1. Pick the right paint. You must repaint your pool with the same type of paint coating in order for the paint to adhere properly. More on paint selection below!
  2. Prep the Pool Surface. This step is very important! Your new coating will not adhere to even the slightest oily residue such as suntan lotion, body oils, hair spray, algae or anything that comes between the pool surface and the new coating. Wash your pool to remove any existing oil residue. Never use a soap-type detergent because it leaves a soapy film on the surface. The best washing compound solution is TSP (tri-sodium phosphate).
  3. Scrub the Surface. Firmly scrub the pool surface; scrub the walls first and the floor last. Rinse off the residue with clear water immediately after scrubbing. Acid etching is required on bare masonry surfaces like concrete or plaster. It is also effective for removing chalky residue and hard mineral deposits on a previously coated pool. Acid washing opens tiny pores which allow the new coating to penetrate, thus creating a secure cohesive bond. Even on previously coated pools, an acid wash is recommended.
  4. Apply the Paint Correctly. Paint using a 3/8” nap roller. You will always want to start in the deep end, work your way towards the stairs and don’t paint yourself into a corner. It is best to paint in the morning in cooler temperatures.
  5. Be Patient! Proper curing time is very important to ensure your pool is ready for filling. Never fill your pool before it has had enough time to properly cure. Check the paint label to be sure, but typically at least 4-5 days is sufficient.

Select the Right Coating!

Using the right pool paint is is critical to ensuring that your pool paint will actually last. Typically when you paint the walls of your home, any paint will do the trick. That is not the case with pool paint.

The surface of what you are painting is the most important thing to consider when painting your new pool.

Concrete Pool Paint

Concrete pools are the easiest since almost all pool paints will work. Your only decision is the quality of the paint. Acrylic enamel (2 – 3 year lifespan) , synthetic rubber or chlorinated rubber (2 – 3 year lifespan), or epoxy (5 – 8 year lifespan) will all work with new concrete pools. Each have unique advantages, however epoxy paints will always offer the longest life.

Bare Plaster or Marcite Pool Paint

Again, most all pool paint products can be used, with epoxies offering the best long term investment. If the existing surface is rough, prime first with Gunzite. If smooth, prime first with Poxoprime II before application of Poxolon 2 or Zeron finish coat.

Fiberglass Pool Paint

The epoxy system is the best choice for fiberglass pools. First using a Gunzite primer, apply either two coats of Poxolon 2 or one coat of Zeron.

Steel or Aluminum Pool Paint

Epoxy paint is your choice for steel and aluminum pools. Both of these surfaces require a special primer before the application of the finish coat.

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