of the most common pool surfaces is paint. Pool paint comes in many
different colors, and is an inexpensive coating compared to other
surfaces. There are three types of pool paint. Epoxy paint,
for new construction, and pools painted previously with epoxy paint.
It is long lasting, durable and will stand up to UV rays, automatic
pool cleaners and chemical treatments. Epoxy paint will last about
7 - 10 years.
type of pool paint is chlorinated rubber base. Rubber base is not
as durable or expensive as epoxy paint, but is a dependable, easy
to use, inexpensive pool paint. It is easy to apply, comes in many
colors and will last about 3 - 5 years.
but not least, is water based acrylic pool
paint. This paint can be used on any type of surface, is easy to
apply, and cleans up with water. This type of pool paint is ideal
for commercial applications that are repainted on a regular basis.
It should last about 2 - 3 years.
paint you use, it is important to follow manufactures instructions,
follow recommended safety guidelines and make sure you prepare the
pool properly. Preparation is the most important step in
pool painting. Without the proper preparation the paint will not
bond with the wall or existing surface.
Common Problems with Painted Pools
My Pool Paint is Fading
pools will begin to fade over time. Nothing will stop this, but
you can brighten-up the paint with a light acid
wash. Acid will remove any dirt and chalking that can dull a
paint job. After cleaning the pool with a light solution of muriatic
acid and water, rinse well and refill the pool.
My Pool Paint is Chalking
painted surfaces will begin to break down over time. The results
can be dull, hazy water, as well as a white powdery residue that
can rub off on hands, feet and bathing suits. To avoid this, water
chemistry and maintenance are the key. The total
alkalinity must be in the correct range.
least 150 PPM to 200 PPM. 175 PPM is ideal. If the alkalinity is
too low the pool paint will rub off. Harsh shock treatments will
also cause the pool paint to chalk. Use lithium or a di-chloro base
shock for maintenance. Harsh shock treatments like calcium hypochlorite
will contribute to the deterioration of the pool paint job.
My Pool Paint has Blisters and Bubbles
is almost always caused by improper preparation. The pool paint
must be applied to a clean dry surface. If the paint is applied
too thick, or if the surface is too hot or warm, or if the pool
is not cleaned properly, it will blister. Application temperature
will also affect the final result. The only thing to do is repaint
the pool or the spots that have blistered.
How to Paint Your Swimming Pool
mentioned earlier, the most important part of a paint job is the
preparation. There are no shortcuts! The following is a step by
step guide to a successful paint job using epoxy paint. Acrylic pool
paints can be used on a damp surface, and don't require as long
of a dry time before painting. Consult the label of the paint for
the type of pool paint that is on the pool.
You cannot paint a pool that has epoxy
paint with rubber base paint or visa versa.
You can use acrylic paint on any surface.
any water from the swimming pool and remove
all debris. Be sure to remove any hydrostatic
all old, loose pool paint off of pool surface.
A high pressure power washer will help.
there are any cracks in the swimming pool
shell, they must be cut out with a diamond
blade saw or grinder. Cut the cracks 1/4 deep.
out any divots or loose cement. Caulk the
cracks, and patch any large chips or divots
with hydraulic cement.
Wash the swimming pool with a 50%
water, 50% muriatic acid solution. Be
sure to scrub the walls and floor and
to use the proper safety equipment and
the entire swimming pool, skimmers, fittings,
lights, and stairs completely.
it is time to re-clean the swimming pool
with TSP (trisodium-phosphate). TSP is
a detergent available at all paint stores
and most hardware stores. Follow the directions
on the TSP container. This step will neutralize
the acid, and remove the glaze from the
existing paint. It will remove any grease,
oil or any dirt that the acid did not remove.
Rinse with fresh water completely.
When you think you have rinsed the entire
swimming pool, rinse it again good!!
out all of the water and remove any left
over debris. Remove any water from skimmer,
and sponge any standing water from low
spots around steps and fittings. Allow
the swimming pool to dry for 3 - 5 days.
(Acrylic paint can be applied on damp or
recently wet surfaces) Tape off the tile
band and fittings with masking tape to
prevent getting any paint on the threads,
tile or fittings.
to paint your swimming pool! Just before
painting the pool, scrape any last minute
flakes from the pool surface, Sweep the
pool out and sweep or blow any leaves or
dirt from the pool deck Check the weather
for rain or high winds in the forecast.
If there is a chance of rain, wait. Open
the swimming pool paint and mix it well.
You will want to use an electric drill
with a paddle mixer. Mix for about 5 -
paint with a 3/8 nap roller. Start
in the deep end of the swimming pool, work
your way to the shallow end. Use an extension
pole on your roller for the deep end walls.
Mid morning is the best time to paint,
after the dew has lifted. Do not apply
paint if the temperature is below 40 degrees
Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees. Extremely
humid weather can be bad. If you do, the
paint will not adhere. If you are applying
a second coat of paint, wait 2 - 4 hours
last step is very important. You must wait
5 days before filling the swimming pool
so your new paint job can cure completely.
(3 days with Acrylic paint) If there
is rain during that time, remove any standing
water after the rain has stopped. Use a
sponge and leaf blower to dry the pool.
If the rain lasts more than an hour or
two, add a day to the cure time. After
the cure time, fill the pool without
stopping until the pool is full.
the pool is full, restart the swimming
pool filter system and adjust the total
alkalinity and calcium hardness levels
to a minimum of 150 PPM. Resume your normal
Don't forget to consult your particular paint mfg instructions
for application instructions.