Painting Your Pool? Here Are Your Top Paint Options

painting a swimmig poolWhy do you need to paint your pool? Although it’s just fine to leave your new pool bare, there are actually a few benefits to applying a coat of paint on surfaces. For one, paint protects surfaces from friction, sun, water, and other external elements. Second, there are also certain kinds of paint that resist slime and reduce your chances of slipping; thereby improving your safety while using your pool. Third, paint also adds value and beauty. Finally, paint creates smoother surfaces, and this makes cleaning the pool and its surrounding areas much easier.

Choosing paint, however, can be tricky not only because there are several colors to choose from, but also because there are specific types of paint for certain surfaces. The two general classifications are chlorinated rubber and epoxy. See below for the advantages and disadvantages of both options.

1. Chlorinated Rubber

This type of paint can last for 2 to 3 years, and it is often used on bare concrete or plaster. The end result is a smoother surface that’s easier to clean. This can also be used for repainting. But it must be applied on a dry surface. There are also fewer choices when it comes to color. Over time, surfaces tend to go white or chalky because of the paint’s reaction to the elements. You’ll find popular brands, such as Eco-Choice Premium Rubber by Sau-Sea and Pool Shield.

2. Epoxy

Epoxy paint lasts for 7 to more than 10 years, and it is used on concrete, plaster, gunite, aluminum, steel or fiberglass surfaces. Some say that Epoxy provides a better finish than chlorinated rubber because the former easily fills tiny holes or cracks, which makes surfaces more even. Epoxy paint is very hardwearing, and it can withstand common pool chemicals, the sun, and water, but it yellows with age due to UV exposure. There are also more color options available. Among the best brands out there are: Pox-O-Fill and Ramuc EP High Build Epoxy Swimming Pool Paint.

Painting Tips

- Prepping the Area

Before painting a pool, the area needs to be prepared first. If you’ve decided to do the painting on your own, learn what needs to be prepped, which often depends on the type of pool that you have. You might have to remove, sand or chip off old paint, and caulk holes and cracks. Loose tiles must also be taken out and replaced.

- Washing and Rinsing

To make the cleaning job easier, you can use a high-pressure washer. A typical cleaning solution used is 50% water and 50% muriatic acid. Be careful when using muriatic acid as it is a caustic chemical. After using the acid wash, a TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) wash can then be used to neutralize the previous solution. Pressure wash or thoroughly scrub surfaces, and then rinse thoroughly with clean water.

- Painting

Be sure that the area is as dry as possible, and see to it that there is no stagnant water left. Mix and apply the paint following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Adam Longoria established SJ Pools two decades ago. His services, which first focused on pool maintenance, now include landscaping, pool design and many others which you can check out at Photo is courtesy of jahluka@flickr.

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