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Thread: Could you paint the outside of the pool black

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    drmac22's Avatar
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    May 2013
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    Could you paint the outside of the pool black

    I am in the process of building a solar collector/heat for my above ground and it got me thinking.. I wondered if you could paint the outside of the aboveground pool black to help maintain the heat in the pool? Maybe a stupid thought but anyway to help with the heating of the pool would be awesome and it was just a thought. What do you think?
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    Re: Could you paint the outside of the pool black

    It would help, but the effect will be so small you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
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    Casey's Avatar
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    Re: Could you paint the outside of the pool black

    The sun beats on the bottom side of my pool and it gets so warm. I can feel the heat from the inside.
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    Re: Could you paint the outside of the pool black

    The vast majority of heat loss is through the water surface. I would put the money into a solar cover to keep the heat in at night. That being said it won't hurt and if you like the look that's a bonus. Just make sure you use a paint that is for outside and can withstand direct sun. I'd be afraid it would peel or blister if it was just indoor paint.
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