My 30 year old concrete pool has a painted finish. The previous owners painted the pool (probably more than a few times in 30 yrs). And now it is in poor shape. There are calcium deposits - Ugly, which are fertile ground for algae growth. But worse yet - every time I vacuum the pool I find hundreds of small paint flecks in the strainer. When looking at the pool there are many small black spots on the bottom which when examined are places where the paint has chipped off all the way down to the concrete. I "WAS" pretty much convinced that next year I will have to drain the pool and repaint.
Two things worry me about painting the pool - your unbiased opinions will help me make the right decision.
1) This was our first year with a pool, and no heater - not many nice weekends with warm water.
We bought and installed a heater, but too late to enjoy this year.
---- Therefore - my wife will hate me if I drain the pool- paint it and wait for it to dry right when she could be enjoying it most.
2) I keep seeing terrible warnings that if I empty my pool it may float up and destroy it structurally. (I'm not even sure if I have hydrostatic relief valves)
Should I paint or not?
Will chipping paint lead to disaster? (Small chips not gouges) or just look terrible until I paint it?
Thanks for your input