Painting Your Pool
Here are a few helpful pool painting tips from the Pool School PRO CD:
What kind of paint is best?
Depends on why you're painting the pool.
If you're desperate to sell the house and you need 'fast and cheap', you'll use what we call the 'Realtor's Whitewash' or chlorinated rubber paint. This paint is popular in the North, where the swim season is limited to a few months and pools are drained and painted every year. It's available at many home supply warehouses and some hardware stores.
When durability matters, you use 2-Part Epoxy. A good Epoxy paint is available only at pool stores, some specialty paint stores or on-line.
Buy about 20% more paint than you think you'll need. Most stores will take back any extra, so long as the can hasn't been opened. Have the pool or paint store shake (but not mix) the paint cans throughly. It took several minutes to stir these two epoxy glops into something we could use.
Mix as much epoxy paint as you can use comfortably in under an hour.
For most pools, one person will spend an hour brushing a gallon on as trim work. It will take another hour to roll 3 to 4 gallons on the floor and wall first coat; 2-3 gallons on the second and if needed, third coat.
This egg beater installed into a variable speed drill is an ideal tool to mix up epoxy repair putty. Acetone will clean it.
Roller covers must have a 'solvent resistent core' or they'll disintegrate on the job. Most of your tools like brushes, roller covers and rags are one-day use only. Using them again only results in paint clots in the new surface.
Don't re-use paint buckets until they've been throughly cleaned with Acetone or pour out any excess, allow the paint to dry and peel it out.
Can you really save money doing the job by yourself? Materials and equipment costs run around $750 for an average residential pool. Contractors have to charge so much more because there are many 'busy work' steps that are essential to getting a good surface. They drive for miles to complete these steps. You have only to step outside the back door.
Done properly, this surface will last 10- 12 years. Compare that to plaster and fiberglass resurfacing prices.
Painting a pool related tips fills over 40 of the 680 pages on the Pool School PRO CD.
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