Pool paints come in many different colors, and it is an inexpensive coating compared to other surfaces. The paint is applied directly to concrete pools, fiberglass pools, as well as fountains or water features. It is not recommended for fish ponds. Pool paints create a glossy, ceramic-like finish that can last for years. Pool paints are also used to create murals, logos, tile patterns or multi-colored pool colors, at a fraction of what mosaic tile designs cost. There are three types of pool paint, which one is best for you may depend on your needs.
Epoxy paint for swimming pools, for new constructions, and swimming pools already painted with epoxy paint. Epoxy is the longest lasting and strongest pool paint, which is resistant to UV rays, automatic cleaners and chemical treatments. Epoxy pool paint can last up to 7 years on a swimming pool. Rubber based paint Another type of paint for concrete pools is rubber-based paint. Rubber-based paint is not as durable or expensive as epoxy pool paint, but it is an easy-to-use, one-part product. It lasts an average of 2 to 4 years. Changing from rubber to epoxy requires sanding, but a conversion pool paint is now available to serve as a primer to convert painted rubber-based pools to epoxy pool paints. Whatever type of paint you use, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and recommended safety guidelines, and to make sure you prepare the pool properly. Preparation is the most important step in swimming pool painting. Without proper preparation, even the best pool paint will not adhere to the existing wall or surface.
How to paint your swimming pool ? The following is a step-by-step guide to a successful pool paint job using epoxy pool paint. Acrylic pool paints can be used on a wet surface, but a dry surface is best. Always consult the paint container label for instructions. Determine the type of pool paint that is on the pool You cannot paint a pool that has an epoxy paint with a rubber based paint or vice versa. Drain the pool water and remove all debris Be sure to open the hydrostatic discharge plugs in the floor or main drain. Remove old paint Scrape off any old pool paint that comes off the surface. A pressure washer is useful for this step. Remove cracks If there are any cracks in the pool shell, they should be removed using a diamond saw or grinder. Cut cracks 1/4 "deep, dovetailed. Remove loose sod or loose cement Caulk cracks and patch large chips or lumps with hydraulic cement or pool plaster.
Clean the pool with TSP (trisodium-phosphate) TSP is a detergent available at all paint and hardware stores. Mix 1 lb with 2 gallons of water in a flower watering can. Pour the mixture onto the walls and floor, while scrubbing with a brush. Rinse with fresh water. Wash with acid Wash the pool with a 50% water and 50% muriatic acid solution. Be sure to use the correct safety equipment and procedures. Scrub the walls and floor with a stiff brush or broom. Rinse the pool Thoroughly rinse the entire pool, skimmers, fittings, lights and stairs. Drain the pool. Wash again Wash the pool again with TSP; this step will neutralize all traces of acid and remove the varnish from the existing paint. Another TSP wash ensures that there is no grease or oil on the surface. Drain all water and remove all debris Remove the water from the skimmer and sponge the standing water from the low points around the steps and fittings. Let the pool dry for 3 to 5 days. (Acrylic pool paint can be applied to damp or recently wet surfaces).
It's time to paint your pool!
Remove tile strip, light and fittings with masking tape to avoid painting wires, tiles or fittings. Right before painting the pool, sweep the pool and blow off any leaves or dirt from the edge of the pool. Check if there is rain or strong winds expected. If there is a risk of rain, wait. Open the pool paint and mix it well. Epoxy paints come in two parts, but other types come in one pot. To mix well, use an electric drill with a paddle mixer and mix for several minutes. Paint the pool with a 3/8 "nap roller; a roller with too much bristle will come off. Start at the deep end of the pool, then work to the shallow end. Use an extension on your roller for deep end walls. A bucket and cover is easier to use than a shallow paint tray. Mid-morning is the best time to paint, after the dew has lifted. Do not apply If the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees. Extremely humid weather may cause the paint to not adhere. If applying a second coat of paint, wait 2 to 4 hours before repainting , until it is dry to the touch.
Fill the pool The last step is very important. You must wait 7 days after painting a swimming pool before filling it, so that your new paint can harden completely. If it rains during this time, remove any standing water as soon as the rain stops. Use a sponge and a leaf blower to dry the pool. If the rain lasts longer than an hour or two, add a day to the curing time. Once the hardening time has elapsed, fill the pool continuously, until it is full. Resume the normal interview. When the pool is full, restart the pool filtration system and adjust the alkalinity, pH and calcium hardness levels. Resume your normal chemical maintenance.