How to Paint Your Pool
1. Work out the type of paint (if any) currently on the pool
Firstly you need to work out which type of pool paint has been used on your pool previously (if any). You cannot paint a pool that was previously painted with Epoxy pool paint with Chlorinated Rubber pool paint (and vice versa).
To find out what type of coating your pool has been painted with:
- Clean a dry patch on your pool surface
- Place acetone onto a rag
- Rub onto painted surface for 30 seconds
- Once rag is taken away, touch the surface to see if it’s sticky to touch. If so, it is a Chlorinated Rubber coating
- If the surface is not affected, it is an Epoxy coating.
Once you know the paint previously used on your surface, you can purchase the correct pool paint for your pool. To assist with this, LUXAPOOL has a Calculator on their website which works out how much pool paint you need for your particular pool surface. Visit luxapool.com.au/pool-paint- calculator.
2. Prepare your surface
The most important part in painting your pool is the preparation of the pool surface prior to painting. A properly prepared surface will result in a better finish, and will last longer.
3. Drain and clear the pool
Drain any water from the swimming pool, remove debris and any hydrostatic plugs.
4. Fix any cracks
Any cracks must be ground out with a grinder and refilled with a hydraulic cement. Shallow defects (<10mm) can be filled with an epoxy filler (e.g. LUXAPOOL Structural Epoxy Filler). If the hole is deeper than 10mm, fill with a sand/cement mix and allow to cure for 10 days. Sand back the surface with a belt sander or angle grinder, using abrasive paper or grinding discs (20>30 grit).
5. Clean with a soapy solution
Once cracks are fixed, the pool will need to be cleaned with a soapy solution to remove all the body oils and fats from suntan creams etc. You can use a product like LUXAPOOL’s Concentrated Wash which comes in a 5OOmL size and is mixed with water (20:1) before using. Once you’ve washed with this soapy solution, rinse again completely with fresh water to remove any residue.
6. Acid etch the pool
Once the surface has been washed, you need to ACID ETCH the pool with a 50% water, 50% muriatic acid solution. Scrub the walls and floors using proper safety equipment and procedures (the ACID can be purchased from a Pool Shop, Paint Shop or Hardware Store). Follow the ACID ETCH with a neutralising wash of Bicarbonate of Soda solution, then rinse with fresh water.
7. Abrade the surface
Following the ACID ETCH, abrade the surface completely with a 40 grit disc.
8. Pump out the water
Pump out all of the water and debris, remove any water from the skimmer basket, and sponge out any puddles left on the surface.
9. Apply masking tape
Tape off the tile band around the pool with masking tape, to prevent any paint getting on the treads, tiles or pool fittings.
10. Ensure it is completely dry
The pool surface needs to be completely dry before painting with a high quality pool paint like LUXAPOOL’s Epoxy or Chlorinated rubber pool paints. (In the winter months, some people hire an industrial dryer or blower to dry the surface).
11. Ensure no paint flakes, leaves or dirt
Ensure there are no flakes of paint, leaves or dirt on the surface; and that it is completely clean. Check the weather. If there is a chance of rain in the next week – wait until there is a better forecast. You will need at least 4 days of good weather to paint your pool, and another week for curing.
12. Apply your first coat
Now it’s time to paint your pool. If the paint is an Epoxy pool paint (like LUXAPOOL’s Epoxy 2-pack) mix the hardener well with the Epoxy paint in the larger can, for 6-10 minutes. Then apply as per the instructions on the can. If you use LUXAPOOL, they provide Application Instructions and preparation sheets for their pool coatings, which are different for each pool surface. So make sure you follow their instructions to a tee. Visit their website for these guides and preparation advice http://luxapool.com.au/support.
13. Leave the coat to cure for a day
Try to paint the first coat of pool paint in one day. Then leave that coat for 24 hours to cure.
14. Apply second coat
After 24 hours, it will be time to paint your second coat of pool paint. If you are unable to do so within this time frame you will need to abrade the pool surface again to a dull surface before recoating.
15. Allow to dry for as long as possible
The longer a pool is allowed to dry prior to filling the better the ultimate coating quality and longevity. Allow the coating to dry at least 7 DAYS IN SUMMER, and 14 DAYS IN WINTER, prior to refilling the pool with water. If a coating has not had adequate drying time and is filled prematurely, its colour may be damaged.
16. Avoid adding chemicals
DO NOT add chemicals for at least 3-5 days.
Some important notes and for further advice
This is a general guide for DIYers on how to paint your swimming pool. For full details and advice on painting a number of different pool surfaces, see LUXAPOOL’s painting guides at luxapool.com.au/support, or call 1300 LUXAPOOL.