How to Choose the Perfect Swimming Pool Paint

Pool paint is vital for aesthetic purposes. It plays a huge role in the overall appearance of the swimming area. Whether it looks ordinary, so-so, or stunning; it will always be influenced more by the color factor. Setting aside matters about beautification, paint is also in charge of the proper maintenance of swimming pools. 
Taking sustenance into concern, you must take a lot of things into consideration to assure quality finish and durability, wherein it could withstand certain environmental factors more than usual. To achieve that goal, you should be knowledgeable of the type of paint for the kind of pool you have. Here are the things to consider before choosing the perfect color for your swimming area: 
Is Your Swimming Pool Painted Already? 
Before you apply color anywhere, make sure that you first check whether it has an existing coat or not because not all paints are compatible. So, if ever you mixed up incompatible ones, you messed up. By a lot, even. In the case your pool is already coated with color, your first step would be to identify the existing type used in the area. To do this, the following are some tests you can execute:
  • Take a small part of the paint chip and submerge it in denatured alcohol. If it dissolves, it means that the existing color is a water-based acrylic type of solution. 
  • If it does not, immerse a brand new chip in 75% mineral spirits and 25% Xylol. Allow about 30 seconds to pass. After this, pinch it with your thumb and index finger. If it softens, the coat used is a synthetic rubber coating. 
  • If it still does not, dip one last chip in pure Xylol. If it dissolves, it means that the type of coat used is chlorinated rubber. In the instance that it still does not melt, the paint is epoxy-based. 

Which Type Is Compatible With The Surface Of Your Swimming Pool?
Before you proceed into choosing the best one, the next thing to consider is the compatibility of the swimming pool paint you should use on the surface of your pool. Some may be suitable, some may not. That is why it is very important to check first before taking action if you don't want to regret and spend more than required later on. The following are the types available in the market and the description. Read more and you will know which among the types are the most suitable for your home. 
3 Common Types of Paints 
Epoxy Paint 
Pros: 
  • Among the 3, Epoxy is the thickest which means it is best for rough or old surfaces; it helps smooth the surface. Here’s a comparison between Epoxy and Acrylic (the next type below): https://www.hunker.com/13418225/pool-epoxy-vs-acrylic-paint.  
  • It is very durable. Usually, it lasts for 6-8 years but there are some instances that it lasts longer. 
  • It is the only type recommended for spas and fiberglass 
  • It is used to fill hairline cracks and small spots on the surface. 
  • It comes in various colors.
 Cons:
  • Costs more than other options
  • The surface should be dry before you can apply.
  • Needs longer curing time 
  • Requires respirators and ventilation due to fumes 


Acrylic Paint
Pros:
  • Does not produce fumes 
  • Affordable 
  • Good with high humidity or rainy environments
  • Comes in various colors 
  • Shortest curing time 
  • Easy to mix and apply 
Cons:
  • Not think unlike epoxy
  • The shortest lifespan of 2-3 years 
 Chlorinated Rubber Paint 
Pros:
  • Does not require mixing 
  • Affordable 
  • The lifespan of 5 years or more
  • Can cure to smooth tile finish 
Cons: 
  • Costly than acrylic 
  • The surface should be dry before applying 
  • Longer curing period than acrylic 

It is a very big and exhausting project, isn't it? It is one of the reasons why others prefer to hire professional swimming pool painters to reduce time and effort. It is totally fine, that is if you have the luxury, if not, don't worry because it is very doable. And with the help of the tips and reminders, you will get through it all. Good luck and happy swimming!

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