Hello all, this is my first post here, so please forgive me if this topic has already been discussed, I did my best to search but have not been able to find anything. I have 30 yr old gunite pool in dire need of resurfacing. My wife and I bought the house two years as a foreclosure and the pool appears to have been painted with an acrylic based paint approx 5-7 years ago, I'm simply guessing by the current appearence. There are some minor pits and peelings, however the staining and degree of paint chaulk renders the dire need of resurfacing. Last year included a constant struggle to keep algae out of the pool but by the end of the season it was nearly impossible as the pourous exposed plaster was a feeeding ground.
I have done a lot of research, however I am unable to find any specific reviews for products used. I have spoken to one local contractor who would used a Ramuc Acrylic based paint. I have looked at the poly one-coat, armor guard, lifeguard, etc.. I do want to avoid epoxy coatings based on what I have read. When our budget allows, we will be paying some major attention to the pool with a more professional approach such as a re-plaster and or pebble tech method. However in the meantime, I intend on painting the pool this coming spring.
I will be hiring a pool professional to drain the pool, as I have no experience doing same and I'm not interested in taking that risk. I understand the surface preparation is 95% of the job and plays a huge role in the durability of the finish product. I'm looking for advice from you as to what paint brand / product you have used, if you recomend one brand over the other. I have been unable to find any user reviews and looking for any comments you can supply me with. I appreciate you taking the time.