IMPORTANT POOL PAINT TIPS
Do not apply this coating over any epoxy base or water base pool paints.
All pool paint should only be applied over the same type of paint which is
currently on the pool. To test for the type of coating on the pool, wipe on
some Solvent Alcohol and Xylol in an inconspicuous area. If the coating
softens under the Alcohol, it is probably a water based coating. If the
coating softens under the Xylol, it is probably a rubber base. If there is
no softening under either solvent, it is probably an epoxy.
Do not paint in direct rays of the sun.
Painting a very hot surface in direct sunlight will cause blistering and
pinholes due to a rapid evaporation of the solvents in the paint. For best
results, paint when the sun’s rays are very low and follow the sun’s
rays around the pool painting in the shaded areas as much as possible.
Most applicators find that getting a coat of paint on the pool very early
in the day when the sun is rising and shade is at its greatest is the best
approach to the project. The sun is also not very intense at this time.
The best time to paint is when the temperature is between 65 ºF (18.3
°C) and 85 ºF (29.4 °C).
Do not paint if rain is expected within 4-6 hours.
Dampness, rain, and excessive humidity will retard paint curing time
required before filling pool.
Do not use muriatic acid on any painted surface.
Muriatic acid should only be used if necessary on bare masonry to get a
slight profile prior to painting.
Prepare painted surfaces adequately.
Proper surface preparation is critical to obtaining a satisfactory paint job.
There are no shortcuts. Even if the pool has been sandblasted, it will be
necessary to follow the cleaning instructions recommendations.
Do not apply heavy coats of paint.
This will cause blisters, chalking, peeling and other premature failures.
Do not fill pool before paint has cured.
Provide fans and power ventilation while drying. Allow paint to dry
for a minimum of 7 days after final coat was applied, before filling
pool. For indoor pool allow 14 days drying time before filling the pool.
Ventilate and use forced air, fans or blowers, to move static air and
remove solvent vapors that will collect in low lying areas. Be sure to
direct at least one fan down into the pool as well as across for complete
circulation. Solvent vapors are heavier than air and will collect in the
pool area and prevent proper curing of the pool coating. This will lead to
Under normal circumstances, average spreading rate is 250-300 sq. ft.
per gallon. This product is high solids and will generally go much further
than non-compliant pool paints. Material loss during application and
mixing will vary by project but should be taken into consideration when
estimating the project requirements.
The following Chart will give approximate swimming pool paint required
for 2 coats at the recommended spread rate.
Pool Size Gallons Needed
12 x 24 4 + 1 gal. Reducer
15 x 30 5 + 1 gal. Reducer
20 x 40 10 + 2 gal. Reducer
25 x 45 13 + 2 gal. Reducer
25 x 100 27 + 4 gal. Reducer
50 x 100 44 + 7 gal. Reducer
70 x 140 82 + 13 gal. Reducer
Any imperfections such as cracks, holes, and gouges should be filled
with proper patching materials suitable for pool use. Acid etch the patch
according to manufacturer directions. The pool surface to be painted
must be free from all oil, grease, wax, dust, dirt, mildew, suntan oils,
and any other foreign contaminant before painting.
New or Unpainted Concrete Pools:
Pools should not be painted for 60 days after construction is completed
in order for concrete to cure completely. Clean, bare concrete surfaces
should be acid etched with a 10% muriatic acid solution. (Add 1 gallon
of 20% hydrochloric acid to obtain a 10% solution. Note and precaution:
always pour acid into the water to dilute, NEVER POUR WATER INTO THE
ACID TO DILUTE.)
When acid etching you must wear proper protective equipment: gloves,
goggles, mask for fumes, long sleeve and full length pants and shoes
are a minimum.
Brush the acid on the concrete surface using a long handled fiber scrub
brush. Acid solution will start to bubble slightly (effervesce) as it is
working on the surface. When bubbling stops, usually after about 10-15
minutes, hose down with plenty of clean fresh water, making sure all
acid solution residue is removed.
Always work in small sections at a time. This will prevent the acid from
drying on the surface. This process may have to be repeated several
times until the concrete stops reacting when the muriatic acid is applied.
Wash concrete with a citrus-based degreaser/cleaner. Rinse well after
cleaning to complete the preparation process. Do not allow the cleaner
to remain on the surface for more than 15 minutes. Do not use a soap
based cleaner on bare concrete surfaces as it will leave a residue on
the surface. Properly prepared surface should feel like fine sand paper
The pool must dry thoroughly after cleaning prior to the application
of pool paint. A good test to make sure the pool is dry enough for
painting is to tape down a 2’x2’ piece of clear plastic on bottom of
the pool surface and check for condensation after 24 hours. If there is
condensation under the plastic, the pool is not dry enough to paint. Pool
must dry for at least 7 days after cleaning before paint can be applied.
CLEANING APPLICATION TOOLS
Clean all equipment promptly after use with a solvent-based reducer
followed by warm soapy water.