If your pool looks a little lackluster after several seasons of use, it might be time to repaint it. Using pool paint epoxy, the repainting process takes no longer than a couple of weeks. You’ll get a pool surface that looks brand-new.
Epoxy paint protects the pool’s interior while providing a smooth finish. For the best results, you should only use epoxy paint to coat pools that have used epoxy paint in the past. Epoxy does not adhere well to other materials, and painting epoxy over different materials affects the finished appearance.
The first step for most pool repairs is draining the pool entirely. Allow the lining to dry to ensure the layers of paint will have the chance to dry properly.
Once the pool is dry, inspect it for any potential cracks, bulges, or black spots. If you find any, put off recoating the pool until you can repair the fiberglass’s structural integrity. This is essential if you want your pool to last for years to come.
While washing the pool, also check the plaster on the floor. If the plaster comes off at the touch, this also requires repairs before painting the pool.
If no repairs need fixing, wash and clean the pool’s interior. The walls and bottom should be smooth – rough surfaces make it harder for the epoxy to recoat properly.
Treating the Surface
Before painting the pool surface, you should remove all traces of chlorine. Chlorine renders the epoxy coating ineffective.
To remove chlorine, wash the pool’s interior with an acid-based solution. This creates small scratches on the surface for the epoxy to cling to. Likewise, you should remove old paint on the pool’s interior using a power washer.
Finish cleaning the pool by using a detergent, preferably trisodium phosphate, to wash away all the acid. Removing all possible traces of grime and other substances allows the epoxy to coat the wall effectively. The epoxy is less likely to stick if there is dirt on the surface.
Testing for Condensation
Before applying the swimming pool paint, allow the interior to dry for up to five days. To test if it’s dry, tape a square strip of plastic to the interior and leave it for a few hours. If condensation forms, wait for the pool to dry some more.
Another helpful step to avoid condensation is to check the weather forecast beforehand. You cannot paint outdoor pools on a rainy or humid day since the condensation and wetness prevent the paint from adhering to the pool.
Once condensation no longer forms and there’s no chance of rain, it’s time to apply the epoxy pool paint.
Painting the Pool
Be sure not to open epoxy pool paint until you’re ready to apply it. Pool paint (epoxy) has a short shelf life due to its hardening features.
Also, make sure you follow all instructions from the manufacturer. Some brands of epoxy paint require primer and others do not. AquaGuard 5000 is a two-component product consisting of resin and an activator for an extra-durable finish.
After opening, mix the epoxy paint as you would a regular can of paint. This helps integrate any components that have settled to the bottom of the container. You may need to remix the paint as you work.
Utilizing a nap roller, start painting the interior of the swimming pool, working from one end of the pool to the other. Coat the entire surface with the epoxy paint.
Once you have covered the entire surface area with epoxy, allow it to dry. If you want to apply another coat, do so after at least five hours have passed. However, if you wait to repaint after 72 hours, the surface will need to be sanded for the new epoxy layer.
Refilling the Pool
After painting, wait at least five to seven dry days before refilling an outdoor pool or 10 to 14 days for a well-ventilated indoor pool. If it rains on your outdoor pool during the drying time, you’ll need to add another drying day for each day of rain.
If dirt or a bug lands in the paint while drying, don’t panic. The pool’s chlorine will eventually remove any imperfections caused by insects or debris.
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