If you’re considering repainting your swimming pool this summer, it would be beneficial to conduct some preliminary research. While we strongly recommend hiring professional pool painters for the job, we understand that some individuals may choose to tackle it themselves. Nevertheless, we would like to debunk some common myths associated with swimming pool repainting in order to prevent you from encountering common pitfalls along the way. Here’s what to avoid during your repainting project.
Myth: You can paint a pool with water in it.
This myth may seem like common sense, but there are numerous homeowners who attempt to paint their pools while they are still filled with water. Even if a paint claims to dry underwater or is deemed safe for pool use, it is crucial to have a dry and clean surface for painting. Therefore, it is recommended to drain your pool several days before initiating the painting process, allowing the pool lining to dry out adequately. The drier the pool, the better the paint will adhere to the surface.
Myth: You don’t have to prep a painted pool.
Some individuals believe that if their pool is already painted, they can skip the preparation process. This belief is unequivocally incorrect. Properly preparing the surface is of utmost importance to ensure a successful pool repainting endeavor. The reason why pool paint adheres to previous layers is due to the presence of special chemicals between the coats that facilitate bonding. Failing to adequately prepare the surface may result in the new paint lasting only a few months before requiring reapplication. Therefore, it is essential not to neglect the preparation work simply because your pool has already been painted. Investing a little extra effort into preparation will yield significant long-term benefits.
Myth: Any type of paint can be used on a pool.
Once again, this is incorrect on multiple levels. Using the wrong type of paint for your pool will prevent it from adhering properly to the pool’s sides. Consequently, you will quickly experience issues such as peeling, chipping, cracking, and an overall unsightly appearance that will necessitate extensive cleaning. Even if you purchase “pool paint” specifically, it is crucial to determine which type of pool paint is suitable for your specific swimming pool. If you require guidance regarding the different types of paint suitable for your in-ground pool, do not hesitate to contact the Pool Max team for assistance.
Myth: Any type of paint roller can be used.
Using a cheap paint roller on your pool will result in the presence of lint and fibers throughout the paint, creating an undesirable effect. In the past, we have had customers attempt to paint their pools using inexpensive foam rollers available for a few dollars at Walmart. However, these rollers are not suitable for the task at hand. If you choose to paint your pool yourself, it is crucial to select a roller with a solvent-resistant core and a minimum nap length of 3/8″. The “nap” refers to the length of the fibers on the roller’s exterior. Essentially, you need a fluffy roller capable of withstanding harsh pool paint.
To reduce your risk of mistakes, contact our experts at Modern Painting for a free estimate and pool inspection.