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Old May 21st, 2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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I am looking to paint my pool this weekend. Who has done this in the past? How was your experience? Most importantly, what paint did you use? I guess my only requirement is that it is blue.
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I would drain the water 1st. it'll be much easier
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If you paint it green one one will know when it is dirty ;-)
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If you paint it green one one will know when it is dirty ;-)
I seriously thought about paiting it black
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is it above ground? if so post before and after pics...I've been thinking about this as well and would like to see the outcome
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is it above ground? if so post before and after pics...I've been thinking about this as well and would like to see the outcome
Above ground pools require paint? I thought they were vinyl.

It's an inground and cement. Looks like I am going with acrylic paint since I don't know if it is currently acrylic, rubber, or epoxy. Everything I have read says you have to stick with what was last used or acrylic, since it can go over anything.

My pool is deep and this paint doesn't appear to come cheap.
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I used to paint pools for a company out of Whitehall.
For the investment you should talk to an expert. A good pool company should be able to tell you everything you need.
I did this a long time ago but at that time we prepped with a mixture of miriatic acid, TCP and water (acid washing). Then we used rubber based paint.
Also be sure you are not alone if using rubber based paint. Between the sun baking on you and the concentration of fumes, it will get the better of you fast.
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I used to paint pools for a company out of Whitehall.
For the investment you should talk to an expert. A good pool company should be able to tell you everything you need.
I did this a long time ago but at that time we prepped with a mixture of miriatic acid, TCP and water (acid washing). Then we used rubber based paint.
Also be sure you are not alone if using rubber based paint. Between the sun baking on you and the concentration of fumes, it will get the better of you fast.
I planned on a pressure washer/acid wash followed by a baking soda bath. I'm pretty sure what is there is acrylic so I guess that's what I have to go with.

I should also have my brother and a friend there to help me as well.
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I planned on a pressure washer/acid wash followed by a baking soda bath. I'm pretty sure what is there is acrylic so I guess that's what I have to go with.

I should also have my brother and a friend there to help me as well.
Sounds like a good plan.
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I planned on a pressure washer/acid wash followed by a baking soda bath. I'm pretty sure what is there is acrylic so I guess that's what I have to go with.

I should also have my brother and a friend there to help me as well.
I don't drink, brother is only 18, and fukc Travis. His family uses the pool almost as much as mine. His wife/my ex-girlfriend can get me a soda, and a sandwich.
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No baking soda, use TSP. It works much better as a cleanser, rinses away clean, and paint will adhere better after application. Tri Sodium Phosphate can be had at any grocery store in the cleaners aisle, or at a Meijer or someplace that carries paint (Wal Mart) in the paint prep crap.
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No baking soda, use TSP. It works much better as a cleanser, rinses away clean, and paint will adhere better after application. Tri Sodium Phosphate can be had at any grocery store in the cleaners aisle, or at a Meijer or someplace that carries paint (Wal Mart) in the paint prep crap.
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I used to paint pools for a company out of Whitehall.
For the investment you should talk to an expert. A good pool company should be able to tell you everything you need.
I did this a long time ago but at that time we prepped with a mixture of miriatic acid, TCP and water (acid washing). Then we used rubber based paint.
Also be sure you are not alone if using rubber based paint. Between the sun baking on you and the concentration of fumes, it will get the better of you fast.
I'll second that. We use a mixture of Water/Miriatic acid on the water slide pool at camp. Does an amazing job. Look out for the fumes on that too.
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I seriously thought about paiting it black
I have a customer in a $3.5million dollar house with a dark graphite colored pool, it looks badass. it is slate/tile though
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I wonder if that would warm it up any. Mine seems to top out around 82, but I like it when its 70 better.
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I've been servicing pools for 23 years and while I don't paint pools due to the liabllity I would caution you on hydrostatic pressure. I'm not sure if you have a well/drainage system on your pool but if you drain the pool and the ground water is high you are taking a serious risk of damaging your pool. I have seen gunite pools that look like someone took a jackhammer to them and I've seen fiberglass pools cracked in half and lifted over a foot out of the ground. Just make sure your ground is dry and get the job done quick!
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Above ground pools require paint? I thought they were vinyl.
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the liner is vinyl...I was talking about the metal sides
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Pool is painted and drying.

1. Pool paint is expensive. Like $114 a gallon expensive. I did finagle a 20% discount since I had to go pick it up in GR from the supplier. Next time I will buy it online and have it delivered to my house for cheaper. I will also get the color I really want instead of settling for whats available.

2. If you can afford it, pay someone to do it. I was covered in paint, my brother paints like I would expect Ray Charles would have.

3. DO THE MATH. I bout 2 gallons too much and I'm hoping he accepts the return.

4. Nobody seems to stock acrylic pool paint.

5. The weekend before memorial day weekend is the accepted weekend to paint your pool according to paint suppliers and pool stores. It doesn't matter what your schedule is like.

6.Do it when it is not windy. Like the morning. If you wait till the afternoon crap from the trees will fall and it will be frustrating as all hell. However, when you are almost done, the wind will die off.

7. Plan on going back a few hours later and getting the spots you missed. There will be plenty of them as concrete is porous and your help, no matter how much you tell them to, wont put enough paint on the roller.

This took around 4 hours to do with a 15x30ish pool that is over 10ft deep.
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Well, you just gave me ammunition to never put in a pool.
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Pool is painted and drying.

1. Pool paint is expensive. Like $114 a gallon expensive. I did finagle a 20% discount since I had to go pick it up in GR from the supplier. Next time I will buy it online and have it delivered to my house for cheaper. I will also get the color I really want instead of settling for whats available.

2. If you can afford it, pay someone to do it. I was covered in paint, my brother paints like I would expect Ray Charles would have, and the wife went and hid even though grandpa and his gf came over to watch the boys.

3. DO THE MATH. I bout 2 gallons too much and I'm hoping he accepts the return.

4. Nobody seems to stock acrylic pool paint.

5. The weekend before memorial day weekend is the accepted weekend to paint your pool according to paint suppliers and pool stores. It doesn't matter what your schedule is like.

6.Do it when it is not windy. Like the morning. If you wait till the afternoon crap from the trees will fall and it will be frustrating as all hell. However, when you are almost done, the wind will die off.

7. Plan on going back a few hours later and getting the spots you missed. There will be plenty of them as concrete is porous and your help, no matter how much you tell them to, wont put enough paint on the roller.

This took around 4 hours to do with a 15x30ish pool that is over 10ft deep.
DANG it. I need to touch up a pool at a house I am working on. You just made me hate the project more..........
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