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    Drain and Refill Pool Question

    I would like to paint the fiberglass steps leading into our pool, but will need to drain it down to about 8 inches of water.
    What precautions should I take when draining the pool?
    How long can it remain with low water?

    16x32 Vinyl Inground pool
    around 15,000 gallons
    Chlorine (BBB Method)

    I can paint the steps in an hour or so, but they need to dry/cure for 3 days before refilling based on the weather.

    Any suggestions or opinions will be appreciated.
    16' x 32' Vinyl IG, 15K Gal. (not SWG)
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    Re: Drain and Refill Pool Question

    Can anyone help me here?
    I need to do this this weekend.

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    Re: Drain and Refill Pool Question

    We generally recommend leaving at least 12" of water in the shallow end to reduce the likelihood of the liner slipping ... can you lower it more and be ok? Maybe.

    The other danger is the liner shrinks and will not go back into place when you refill ... how old is the liner?

    Another consideration is what is your ground water level? If it becomes higher than the pool water level, your liner will float.
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    Re: Drain and Refill Pool Question

    I don't have a vinyl pool, and I've never tried painting a pool personally, but I've only seen one paint job that lasted mentioned in these forums.

    Question: why paint? Is the fiberglass stained or something?
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    Re: Drain and Refill Pool Question

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    We generally recommend leaving at least 12" of water in the shallow end to reduce the likelihood of the liner slipping ... can you lower it more and be ok? Maybe.

    The other danger is the liner shrinks and will not go back into place when you refill ... how old is the liner?

    Another consideration is what is your ground water level? If it becomes higher than the pool water level, your liner will float.

    I propably need to lower it to around 6-8" in shallow end to get full access to the lowest step.
    The liner is about 3 years old. When we had the liner installed, we chose a dark blue and my wife did not like the look of the current white steps.
    So we painted them when the liner was installed. However the paint has begun to chaulk and flake some, so we need to repaint.
    Ground water level is not a problem.
    16' x 32' Vinyl IG, 15K Gal. (not SWG)
    1 HP Hayward Super-Flo Pump, Pentaire Sand Filter
    Hayward Automatic Chlorinator
    Polaris 380 Pool Cleaner w/booster pump

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    Re: Drain and Refill Pool Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    I don't have a vinyl pool, and I've never tried painting a pool personally, but I've only seen one paint job that lasted mentioned in these forums.

    Question: why paint? Is the fiberglass stained or something?
    Wife deos not like the look of white steps with dark blue liner.

    Do you recall the post of the paint job mentioned on this forum?
    16' x 32' Vinyl IG, 15K Gal. (not SWG)
    1 HP Hayward Super-Flo Pump, Pentaire Sand Filter
    Hayward Automatic Chlorinator
    Polaris 380 Pool Cleaner w/booster pump

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    Re: Drain and Refill Pool Question

    Quote Originally Posted by BB BMW
    Wife deos not like the look of white steps with dark blue liner.

    Do you recall the post of the paint job mentioned on this forum?
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/my-pool-refurb-paint-is-complete-t7086-20.html
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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