How to Re-paint an Inground Swimming Pool

How to Re-paint an Inground Swimming Pool
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    If you have not been paying attention to the state of your swimming pool lately, autumn is the perfect time to do so.

    With regular use, paint in inground swimming pools can crack and chip, and as time goes by, the dents will grow deeper and potentially cause water contamination and a ghastly look of your family's favorite summer bathing spot.

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To prevent degradation of your backyard dipping area, follow these practical guidelines on how to clean, repair and re-paint an in-ground pool.

Paint types: A coat that makes a difference

There are three main pool paint types on the market, and each of them has its perks and downsides. Epoxy paint is far more resistant than other paint types and promises the longest lifespan (around 10 years), but it is also costlier than rubber-based or acrylic paint. Chlorinated rubber-based paint is less durable than epoxy and can last 4-5 years, but its price is lower too. Acrylic paint is most affordable of the three, but it can withstand 2-3 years of use, after which your pool will need a fresh paint coat.

Warm up: Go through pre-painting procedures

Before re-painting your in-ground pool, remove debris from the pool floor, clean the entire surface thoroughly and scrape off peeling paint patches. Repair cracks and dents on the bottom and walls using caulk, and fix large chips with hydraulic cement. Once dry, scrub the pool with a solution made from 50% muriatic acid and 50% water. Rinse the surface and eliminate leftover grease, dirt and acid with the help of a trisodium-phosphate cleaner. Rinse once more and allow the surface to dry well.

Leonardo da Poolci: ABC of paint application

After washing the pool, let it dry for a few days before proceeding to the painting procedure proper (with acrylic paint, however, a few hours of pool drying will suffice as acrylic can be used on damp surfaces). Whichever type of pool coating you opt for, make sure you buy quality pool paint from a trusted supplier. Mix the paint well before use and apply it to the pool surface with a 3/8-inch nap roller starting from the deep end. For best results, apply a second paint coat after the first one dries.

The safe side of the pool: Additional precautions

Before you set out to create a painting masterpiece in your backyard pool, check the forecast and pick a spell of 3-5 days of sunny weather with temperatures at above 40°F. Depending on the type of paint, the swimming pool will need 3-5 days to dry completely (3 days with acrylic, 5 days with epoxy and rubber-based paint). Also, during the drying period, you should keep checking the pool floor for signs of standing water and soak potential spills to avoid cracking, blistering or peeling of fresh paint.

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Do not let your swimming area fall out of sorts through neglect: regular re-painting and repairs of the pool surface are essential for lasting functionality and chic look of your private dipping spot, or else substantial investments and lengthy overhauls would be necessary to restore its sexy shape. What are you waiting for? Do not open the next bathing season with a shabby pool: grab a bucket of paint, cleaning liquids and caulk and get to work before winter comes knocking on your door.

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