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    Recommended paint for gunnite pool

    I have a gunnite pool that is in need of repainting this winter. Does anyone have suggestions on the best paint (type and brand) to use?

    Thanks.
    45K gallon IG old (1950s) concrete pool (white plaster)
    Rectangular 20' by 40' with 12' deep end
    one skimmer in deep, two returns in shallow
    1 HP Hayward pump
    Hayward Pro Series 300 lb sand filter
    Aquabot T4
    TF100 Test Kit

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    CUTiger78's Avatar
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    Re: Recommended paint for gunnite pool

    Yeah, I've got a tip: Sau-Sea paint. Check out their web site at http://www.sausea.com/

    I used their paint and had no problems. My prep work wasn't the best in the world, either. It was a DIY job and a lot cheaper, quicker, and easier than a re-plaster job.

    But stick around TFP for a few days. I bet you'll get quite a few tips bacause there are lots of folks with some very strong opinions on the pros and cons of painting. Go to school on those tips and make an informed decision.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Recommended paint for gunnite pool

    Paint is almost never worth using below the water line. Even the best paints don't last that long, so that by the time you have re-painted several times you would have saved money and had far less hassle by getting plaster instead.
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    Re: Recommended paint for gunnite pool

    Sorry...New to pool ownership.

    So plaster is colored?
    In-ground Gunite 16' X 40'
    Tagelus TA/60 Sand Filter
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    Re: Recommended paint for gunnite pool

    I thought that paint protects the plaster? I assume that replastering is not a DIY job? Does the plaster come tinted? Thanks.
    45K gallon IG old (1950s) concrete pool (white plaster)
    Rectangular 20' by 40' with 12' deep end
    one skimmer in deep, two returns in shallow
    1 HP Hayward pump
    Hayward Pro Series 300 lb sand filter
    Aquabot T4
    TF100 Test Kit

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    Re: Recommended paint for gunnite pool

    You can get all different types of colored plaster. Here's just one link I found: http://www.atglabs.net/ourcolors.html
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