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    Painted pool safety question...

    Hi Everyone,

    Recently purchased a home with an in-ground pool and after a few months the painted surface of the pool is starting to rub off. This happens when you touch the wall or when you brush the wall. It leaves a powdery residue on your hands and it looks like a fine silt when brushed.

    My wife is now against swimming in the pool until we figure out if this loose paint is harmful. We have no idea what type of paint was used. Is there a online source that can test water to determine if it's safe to swim in? (I'm assuming that it's going to get in my eyes and I'm sure I'll ingest a small amount of water)

    We know that we are going to be re-plastering the pool once we have saved up but I wanted to use the pool in the mean time.


    1) The size of your pool in gallons [No idea yet will calculate after taking measurements]
    2) The type filter [cartridge]
    3) IG (in ground)
    4) painted Plaster
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump and the size (flow rate) of your filter. [will investigate]

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    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Painted pool safety question...

    Paint has a tendency to chalk and is usually safe even when doing so. It could also be calcium scale but without test results it's impossible to know.

    Even if it is paint, unless you know for sure what was used to paint it and how long ago it was, you don't know how safe or unsafe it is.

    Chances are it is standard pool paint and is perfectly safe. I would keep brushing and see if you could get it to stop dusting.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Re: Painted pool safety question...

    Just get a new wife and all is good! (joking)
    Central California-27,000 gallon in ground concrete pool-Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Cartridge Filter-Polaris Pool Sweep

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    Oct 2012
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Painted pool safety question...

    I've had the same problem with the pool at the place we bought. Originally I thought it was dead algae, but since I've killed that off, it's gotten better but still not stopped completely. I figure it'll be fine until we decide to resurface.
    14,500 gallons, Clean and Clear 150 cartridge, IG, gunite, USQ 1152 1.5 hp motor (3450 rpm), Pentair Pinnacle Pump

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