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Thread: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

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    The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Hey Guys and Gals,

    I hate to say it but I will be painting my pool this year. It has an actual concrete bottom and I know that paint is not the answer but it is in the budget and something has to be done. That being said is there an actual paint that anyone would recommend. I am only expecting it to last a few years.

    Thanks for the help!

    Dawn

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Is the entire pool concrete or just the bottom? To me, the bottom means floor.

    If you want to double the costs of your replastering in two years because of the costs of the removal process, go for it.

    If you want to spend more than three times the cost of a plaster job's expected life by repainting ever couple years, go for it.

    If none of that sounds appealing but the funds aren't there, the use of sand paper to smooth rough spots and plaster patches for blisters/exposed concrete is a better alternative. It may look like **** but will cost you a lot less going forward.

    If you MUST paint, use a rubberized paint as it is the easiest to remove. Expect 3 coats. Expect 2 years max life.

    Scott
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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Just the bottom of the pool is concrete... sides fiberglass. I am pretty new to pool ownership but on the plaster issue it does not appear to have ever been plaster (is that possible?) Just plain ole concrete. So should it be plaster?? I keep hearing plaster. But I am not familiar enough with it to understand what I am doing I guess. It has paint on it now... some has chipped not much has been on for at least 10 years the previous owner said. We have had it for 2 years now

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Sounds like a hybrid pool. The walls, if the gel coat is gone, may need to be redone by a specialist and there aren't a lot of them. Another potential is the use of epoxy paint but that may require additional prep work (i.e. $$$s).

    There are very few pools built like this any more.

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Welcome to TFP!!

    I'm just chiming in with a couple thoughts.

    If you paint, be sure to follow the instructions for surface preparation

    If the gelcoat on the walls is shot, a liner may be a less expensive option (we did one a couple years ago on a hybrid pool like yours)

    Also check the caulk at the wall/ floor interface and any seams in the walls
    Luv& Luk
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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Scott,

    You are a wealth of information!! I appreciate it very much. I posted on here last year with basically the same questions but I CANNOT FIND ANYONE in my area that know anything about my hybrid baby. The previous owners did not do a very good job of taking care of her and I just don't want to give up since I have small children who love it. The sides are fiberglass and short of fading look to be in decent condition. I just cannot find any evidence of there ever being plaster on the bottom. I figured I would work on the bottom this season and try and tackle the sides at some point. I even tried to contact the original manufacturer which from advice on here is Ft. Wayne pools (they never responded) to see if they have any options for repairing her. She seems to work just fine but like the rest of us the years are making her not so pretty!!!
    I thought about an epoxy paint for the bottom of the pool. There are just soooooo many conflicting websites and thoughts and ideas. Everyone trying to sell their stuff talks bad about everyone else's. I just figured there might be someone on here who can give me some help, because I sure need it!!

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Thank you Ted.. I actually thought about a liner at one point.. Before you guys went with a liner what did you use for the seams in your walls? The local pool store here had NO CLUE! We found one caulking that another person on here used for his. I ordered it and when it came in it has actually gone bad. So at the last minute we used another kind that ended up staying sticky all season.

    Dawn

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Sounds like the pool my parents had when I was growing up. They had someone come out and roll a sealer/paint on it back in the mid 80s. As I recall, it looked good all the way through selling that house in the mid 90s. No idea what that sealer was but I remember they put it on with a roller brush and it was a real vibrant blue.
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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    I honestly don't know what sort of caulk they used before we installed the liner

    We had serviced that pool for a couple of seasons, and it was chemically abused!, before the leaking MD and the deterioration of the fiberglass walls forced the rehab.

    If all you're looking to do is get through a couple of seasons before a major rehab, painting and recaulking could well fit the bill. Please remember that what you're doing now is a temporary fix to keep things watertight and working - not to gainsay Scott, but with some TLC you might get up to 5 years out of the paint job.

    At some point in the next few years you're going to have to drop some $$$ to get the pool 'trouble free' (structurally) for 10+ years However, you can buy some time with the paint and caulk, so you can decide the best way for you to proceed
    Luv& Luk
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    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Ted thank you! I am sorry for all of the questions do you have a suggestion on what a major rehab would be on this type of swimming pool?

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    Prices vary by regions. I'd be willing to bet that converting it to a liner pool as Ted suggested, would be less than trying to restore it. Do you have any pix?

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    I will try and get some pictures posted in a few days. Scott you think a liner would be the way to go as well???

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    Re: The Dreaded Swimming Pool Paint

    I'll reserve that opinion until I see the pix.

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