This is how to paint a swimming pool. Some people like to brag about their nice green lawns and others like to show off their swimming pools. Over time the paint and finish can chip away and fade due to being in the sunlight. It might be time to think about improving the look of your pool by putting on a fresh coat of paint. If you are older or not in good health it would be a good idea to find someone that can help you do this since painting can be hard labor. Follow the steps below and you will have a snazzy looking pool in no time!
You will need the following materials:
1. Safety goggles
2. Rubber gloves
4. Paint brushes and roller with extension poles
5. Paint pans
6. Utility knives
7. Epoxy paint or chlorinated rubber paint (you will need primer for the 2nd one)
The first thing you will need to do is figure out what type of paint was on your pool before. The two most common types are epoxy paint (which lasts between 5 and 7 years) and chlorinated rubber paint (which lasts only 2 or 3 years). Epoxy paint is a little bit more expensive but will last twice as long as chlorinated rubber paint.
If you are unable to figure out which type of paint you have on your pool you can take a chip of paint from your pool and bring it to a paint retailer and they will be able to tell you. Check to see how many coats of paint were used on your pool walls. If you take a utility knife and carve into the paint you should be able to peel it away and count the layers. However many layers are on your pool right now should be the guideline of how many coats of paint you will need to put on your pool when you re-paint it.
You will need to completely empty all of the water out of your swimming pool before you begin the sandblasting and painting process. After you have done this do a thorough inspection for cracks and leaks. If you find any cracks or leaks you should either repair them yourself or call a professional. To get the best results you should sandblast the surface of the pool to remove all the old layers of paint so that you will be working with bare concrete. You can rent a sandblaster from your local Home Depot or Taylor Rental for about $50 per day. After you sandblast you should thoroughly clean the pool walls and allow them to dry completely to make sure there is no remaining sand or paint. Always make sure to use protective gear like goggles and gloves before you sandblast or paint so you do not get any particles in your eyes or any chemicals on your skin.
If you are using chlorinated rubber paint you will not need primer since it is self-priming. If you are using Epoxy paint you will need to put one coat of primer on the bare concrete. Take your roller with long handle and dip it into the pan of paint making sure to cover the roller with a good amount of paint. Roll your roller vertically in a quick and even way so that you are covering as much surface area as possible. You can use your paint brush to get into areas where the roller does not fit such as in corners or around drains. Do at least 2 coats of paint so that you have enough coverage. I used 3 coats of paint on my pool and it was just right. Be sure to paint your pool on a day that is not too muggy and humid if you can help it. Temperature can effect how the paint sticks and how long it takes to cure. Read the directions on the can of paint to see how long it will take for the paint to dry. Wait the recommended amount of days before refilling your pool with water.
You will be impressed by how great your swimming pool looks with a fresh coat of paint on it. You should not need to repaint your pool again for at least 2 years depending on which type of paint you used. You can be proud of the money you have saved by doing this project yourself and the hard work that you put into it.