Problem Solver - August 2014
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Simplify Pool Painting

Keeping your commercial swimming pool and other aquatic features looking attractive will require maintenance at various points in its life cycle. Painting is a common method of making your pool look new again. But before you get started on painting your pool, there's some things you should know.

Q: We want to repaint our pool. What should we know before we get started?

A: Painting a pool can be quite simple, but before you get started, you need to be sure you understand all the instructions. First, there are specific steps you must follow to prepare your pool's surface before painting.

Begin by checking the condition of your pool's surface. Is the plaster, concrete or previously painted surface still sound? If there is any evidence of flaking, chipping or peeling, this may indicate the surface will fail, and repainting is not going to solve the problem. While painting your pool can prolong the life of plaster, if the plaster is already cracking, thin or worn, painting it won't mask its condition.

Before you start painting, all surfaces must be properly prepared and cleaned or the paint will peel and blister. There is a traditional three-step process to cleaning your pool thoroughly, but you can also find products that will streamline this process. One solution can clean and degrease while dissolving mineral deposits, increasing porosity for good adhesion to surfaces. This breaks the three steps down to one.

Q: What type of paint product will we need to finish our pool?

A: The type of product you choose will depend on the surface of your pool, as well as any products applied previously. If your pool has been painted already, you need to determine which type of paint was used, and use the same type again. If you're unsure, you can send a paint chip from your pool to a pool paint manufacturer, and they will test the chip to determine compatibility.

Acrylic emulsion water-based pool paints can be applied to a damp surface, but if you're painting an unpainted plaster pool, a previously painted chlorinated rubber pool or using epoxy pool paints, the surface must be dry before painting. Be aware that ensuring a completely dry surface can take as long as two weeks.

Q: How long will it take before we can refill the pool again?

A: The drying and curing time of your paint will vary, depending on your pool's surface type and the product used, as well as whether your pool is indoors or outdoors. With acrylic emulsion water-based pool paints, you should wait three days before refilling the pool—five days for an indoor pool. If you're using chlorinated and synthetic rubber paints or epoxy pool paint, you need to wait five to seven days before refilling your pool. Add one extra day of drying time for every day it rains. Indoor pools will require an additional three to five days of drying time.

Q: We know our pool will eventually need to be repainted again. Is there anything we can do to maximize the life of the paint and surface?

A: The most important thing you can do to ensure your pool's surface and paint last is keep your water balanced. Test your water at least daily—more often when use is heavy. Poor water chemistry will damage the paint surface, causing a chalky effect. High alkalinity and low calcium hardness are especially problematic.

In addition, be sure you don't refill your pool before the recommended time has passed after repainting.


Ramuc Pool Paint

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