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Understand the Basics of Pool Painting

To keep commercial swimming pools and aquatic features looking good and functioning properly requires regular attention to maintenance. Painting is a surefire way to bring new life to your pool, but before you get started, you need to understand the basics of pool painting.

Q: We're ready to paint our swimming pool. What do we need to know before we get started?

A: Before you do anything else, you need to select the best coating. Pool owners often choose the wrong type of coating because they don't first identify the original coating on their pool. This, as well as any products applied previously, will have an impact on the type of paint you use.

If your pool has already been painted, you need to find out what kind of paint was used so you can use the same type. Not sure about what type of paint was used? No problem! You can send a paint chip to the pool paint manufacturer, and they will test it to determine compatibility.

Q: What do we need to know about preparing our pool for painting?

A: Proper surface preparation is crucial to the success of your pool painting project. Before you begin, there are steps to follow to prepare the surface.

First off, you'll need to check the pool surface's condition. Whether plaster, concrete or a previously painted surface, look for signs of flaking, chipping or peeling. Painting your pool can prolong the life of pool surfaces that are in good condition, but these symptoms indicate that the surface might fail, in which case repainting is not going to help.

Some paints, such as acrylic emulsion water-based pool paints, can be applied to damp surfaces. Unpainted plaster pools, previously painted chlorinated rubber pools or epoxy paints require a dry surface prior to painting. In this case, be sure to allow plenty of time for the surface to dry before you begin. This can take as long as two weeks.

Be sure that you properly prepare and clean the surface before painting to prevent peeling and blistering. There is a traditional three-step process to clean your pool's surface, although you can find products that will help streamline the process.

Q: we want to be sure our paint and surface last. What should we know?

A: Some pool owners make the mistake of filling their pools without allowing enough time for paint to dry. Drying and curing time will vary depending on the surface type and the product used, as well as whether the pool is inside or outside. Ask your pool paint manufacturer about the proper drying time needed before filling your pool, and be sure to follow instructions exactly.

Water chemistry is also an important factor in the life of your pool paint. Some owners see chalking of the surface after refilling the pool, which is often due to water chemistry problems. To ensure your pool surface and paint have a long life, you need to keep your water properly balanced. Test the water daily, or even more often in heavy-use times. High alkalinity and calcium hardness can be particularly troublesome.


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