I have an in-ground pool at a house I've been renting for a number of years. I drained it a few years ago and began a process of re-surfacing and re-painting it. A few years prior, I had drained and re-painted it. Perhaps due to an excessive use of chemicals, I noticed some cloudiness in the water from the old "plaster" dissolving into the pool water. So I decided to resurface it. We rented a machine to remove some of the plaster from the floor and walls of the pool. It's ready to be resurfaced and painted. Maybe I should have just drained the pool and left it the way it was, but I felt an obligation to resurface it. Also, I've rented the house for nearly 10 years and don't have any plans to move at the current time. My question is this: If I were to re-plaster (is that the name of the material used for common, in-ground pools, "plaster"?) and paint the pool with the special paint required for a swimming pool, is there any reason why I couldn't leave the pool unfilled with water? The average, year-round temperature where I live is about 76 degrees. One of the reasons why I began the resurfacing was because I was told that if I just drained it, the intense sun would damage the surface of the pool [thinking back now, the pool was already damaged, so it wouldn't have made any difference! - if the claim was true.] CAN I RESURFACE AND PAINT THE POOL AND LEAVE IT UNFILLED WITH WATER?