I have a concrete / plaster swimming pool that I am planning to drain and
paint. I see that there are a number of Epoxy and Chlorinated Rubber Paints
Any particular brands that are recommended? Is there anything else that I
should know about this? I know that it won't last as long as a professional
replastering, but that is going to run 5 - 10k, so for now the paint will
have to do.
It depends on where you live. In the southern/tropics, it may last only two
years. In the midwest and northern areas, it may last five.
There is a company called Blue Water Marine (www.nationalpaintsupply.com)
that makes a product called Aqua Kote. I used it on my 48,000 gallon pool
and it took ten cans. It looks beautiful when you are done. You'll have to
learn to take care of your pool all over again because the chemical and
brushing you would normally use on a gunnite pool no longer applies.
The paint is about 40 bucks a gallon and if you order on line the shipping
is free. There is one very important thing to remember if you paint - you
will have to order enough paint for two coats and it is extremely important
that you follow the drying directions. Painting over and over like you
would with a roller painting a wall is a no-no, it will cause the paint to
peel almost immediately after filling. The manufacturer suggests 24 hours
between coats but you would do well to go with up to four days. The cure
time is also a minimum of 4 days when you are done but a week won't hurt.
Based on your ground water, you won't want to leave your pool empty too long
or it will pop. Southern states are bad for this. So make sure you have
enough time to do the project start to finish.
ALWAYS power wash your pool before painting. Make sure it is completely
dry. Any cracks, chips or patching you need to do should be done before
painting as any crack will let water under the paint and then your sunk.
Sand your patches well and let them cure before painting also. You can buy
an 80 pound bag of marsite mix for about 40 bucks, mixes with water, trowels
nicely and works well for filling cracks, chips and larger areas that are
missing plaster. Follow the directions on the bag.
The website above will give you instructions on how to measure your pool for
paint so you'll know how much to order. Always order a little extra just in
case. DO NOT GET THIS PAINT ON YOUR TILE, it is a bitch to get off. Please
PLEASE don't order colored paint, just get the white, the blue shades look
very unnatural. I ordered a can of blue to do my in-ground spa with and it
looked like hell, so had to repaint later with the white.
Their people are very informative and helpful. It was a lot of work, but
the end result was well worth the effort.
Again, this is a temporary fix, it won't last forever and when the paint
does start to come off, and it will, it will play havoc with your filtering
system. Once you see the paint starting to come off, it's time to drain it
and do the job right.
Start by visiting the website and reading up on what you're getting yourself
20 X 40 with a 13.5 ft. diving pit. Shallow end is 4'.7" Spring board and
high dive. It also has an infinity spa on the opposite end. The shape is
called "Puzzle Piece" as that's what it looks like.
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