Help me get this old pool going

Esiebert7625

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Jul 23, 2014
57
Peoria, AZ
So basically were are renting this house out in the E. Texas country. It has an inground concrete pool that is in poor shape. It had some big chunks of plaster missing that the owner paid someone to patch. The pool really needs replastering but that isnt going to happen so I want to do what I can to get this pool up and running for at least one season.

I just want to make it presentable by painting it before filling it. Ive already pressure washed it to remove all the loose paint (there are 2 layers). I was going to clean it with TSP next and then paint with Acrylic paint, I have no idea what type of paint is on there already but heard Acrylic will go over anything. As we are renting I want to do this as cheap as possible. Do I need to acid wash the pool first or can I just paint once I clean with TSP? Any other tips for getting this going?
 

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gonfishin

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Jun 13, 2017
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Rochester, MN
The last time I helped with painting a pool, I think the product used was a rubber based pool paint. I know it was purchased from Home Depot, but can't give specifics of the brand used. Be advised a new coat of paint may not even make it through the season before it starts deteriorating.

Painting over the plaster will only provide cosmetic relief. Since you're only renting and the owner doesn't want to do the replaster, I'd be of a mind that if the pool holds water, fill it and enjoy.
 

Esiebert7625

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Jul 23, 2014
57
Peoria, AZ
The last time I helped with painting a pool, I think the product used was a rubber based pool paint. I know it was purchased from Home Depot, but can't give specifics of the brand used. Be advised a new coat of paint may not even make it through the season before it starts deteriorating.

Painting over the plaster will only provide cosmetic relief. Since you're only renting and the owner doesn't want to do the replaster, I'd be of a mind that if the pool holds water, fill it and enjoy.
Thanks for the reply, yeah all I care about is cosmetic and fill. Here is the paint I planned on using from Home Depot.

 

Casey

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Apr 16, 2007
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SW PA
If this were my house and my pool and I were renting to you, I'd be really angry that you took it upon yourself to paint my pool regardless of what condition it's in. You should ask them first before you do this. I'm just being honest.
 

PoolNewb2020

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May 7, 2020
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Lathrop, CA
If this were my house and my pool and I were renting to you, I'd be really angry that you took it upon yourself to paint my pool regardless of what condition it's in. You should ask them first before you do this. I'm just being honest.
Yup, i would check with the landlord first, or the lease agreement.
Also, if the paint starts peeling off in quantities large enough to affect equipment, the landlord may charge the OP for fixing any issues that might be related to the paint.
 
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jimmythegreek

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Aug 10, 2017
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That stuff lasts a year or so it's pretty bad. The only decent stuff is 2 part epoxy pool paint its pricey and you need a respirator. The last thing I'd do or recommend is painting a pool to be honest
 

Esiebert7625

Well-known member
Jul 23, 2014
57
Peoria, AZ
I did check with them and they were OK for us to paint it. Honestly I’m the angry one as they did hardly anything to restore the pool and I’m stuck dealing with it now. We signed on with this house that was vacant for over a year with the promise that they would get the pool going and they did the bare minimum. The plaster patches were frankly pretty crappy, there were huge chunks missing in the bottom of the pool, the pool needs to be replastered and the current paint job is an eye sore. With the very crappy plaster I even question it’s ability to hold water and not deteriorate further. I really don’t think they care about the pool at all and don't want to invest any money into it. I just need to make the wife happy and make it look halfway presentable.