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Pool Paint Problems

By Charlotte Mission

The most common way to surface a pool is by using paint. There are a variety of colors, and it is a cost-effective way to surface or coat a pool. There are three different types of paint that are used to surface a pool: epoxy, chlorinated rubber base, and water-based acrylic.

Types of Pool Paint

Epoxy pool paint is primarily used on pools that are newly constructed or that have had previous coatings of epoxy paint. Epoxy is durable and usually lasts anywhere from seven to ten years. It stands up well to UV rays, cleaners, and various chemical treatments. Chlorinated rubber-based paint is not as expensive as epoxy paint, but it is not as durable either. While it only lasts about three to five years, it is easy to use and easy to apply. It comes in a variety of colors. Water-based acrylic paint is usable on any kind of surface. It is easy to use and is easy to clean up. Commercial pools that are painted regularly normally use this type of paint.

Common Problems With Pool Paint

Fading is a common problem with pool paint, and it cannot be stopped. Use a light acid wash to brighten up the paint on the pool. Clean the surface with a light mixture of muriatic acid and water. Rinse it well and then refill the pool.

If the water is dull and hazy and a white powdery substance is rubbing off on the hands or feet, the paint is in process of breaking down and becoming chalky. Correct this by adjusting the alkalinity of the pool. While 175 PPM is the target, alkalinity should go no lower than 150 PPM and no higher than 200 PPM. Do not use a harsh shock treatment, as this will also cause the paint to become chalky.

To prevent blistering or bubbles, apply the paint to a clean, dry surface. Do not apply coats of paint too thickly, as this too causes blisters in the paint. If the pool is in an area that receives direct sunlight, shade it to keep the paint from becoming too hot or too warm. Clean the pool on a regular basis to keep the paint from blistering. Do not apply paint during a hot season or during the hotter part of the day, as the temperature at the time of application will affect the paint. If the paint does blister, either repaint the pool or the areas that have blistered.



About the Author


Charlotte Mission is an avid reader and writer. She has written professionally for over 5 years and for pleasure for many more. Her work has appeared on eHow.com and AssociatedContent.com. She is currently pursuing a degree in History.