Painting your swimming pool involves several unique steps and procedures for best results. You don't always have to pay the immense cost of marcite. We have successfully painted 100s of swimming pools in the Florida.
Here are the important steps to take when you want to paint a swimming pool.
Find out the type of paint previously used, if the swimming pool has been painted before DO NOT use Epoxy pool paint to repaint a pool already painted with regular pool paint, and vice versa. Follow the steps below to know the type of paint used earlier:
a. Put some acetone on a rag and rub against the painted surface for 30 seconds
b. Take away the rag and touch the surface to see if it is sticky. If it is sticky, it is a Chlorinated Rubber coating; if not, it is an Epoxy coating.
2. Prepare the Surface of the Swimming Pool
Preparation is is the most crucial step in painting a pool because the final results largely depend on it. It will determine the finish and durability of the painting. Check out the following to prepare correctly:
a. Drain all the water and remove dirt, debris, and hydrostatic plugs from the pool
b. Repair any cracks with an Epoxy filler and leave to cure
c. Clean the pool with a soapy solution to remove all body oils and fats and rinse thoroughly
d. Acid etch the pool with a 50% muriatic acid and 50% water solution
e. Scrape the surface (the walls and floors) with a 40 grit disc but observe proper safety procedures
f. Neutralize the acid etch wash with a wash of Bicarbonate of Soda solution and rinse with fresh water
g. Remove any water left in the pool and make sure it is completely dry
Painters must ensure that the pool is neither wet nor moist; it must be completely dry. Follow the steps before in preparation for painting:
a. Apply masking tape around the pool to prevent paint from getting on the tiles
b. Check for flakes of the previous painting and remove any flakes and dirt
c. Check the weather and choose a clear forecast of at least four consecutive days of good weather
4. Begin Painting
The right paints for a swimming pool are Epoxy or Chlorinated Rubber pool paints. You may acquire a industrial dryer or blower to dry the surface in the winter months. Here are the steps for painting a swimming pool.
a. Mix the paint for about 10 minutes and according to the application instructions
b. Apply the first coat in a smooth consistent flow
c. Allow the first coat to dry for at least 24 hours to cure
d. Apply the second coat after 24 hours; else, abrade the pool surface again before re-coating
e. Allow the pool to dry for seven days in the summer and 14 days in the winter. And do not add chemicals for five days after painting.