Selection of the correct coating for your pool depends upon (A) the type of pool interior material if it is unpainted (concrete, plaster, fiberglass, etc.) OR (B) the type of paint that is already on the pool surface. UNPAINTED POOLS New Concrete
You have several choices of paint for a new concrete pool:
Water Base Acrylic -- AVAILABLE BY SPECIAL ORDER ONLY (1-2 Years Life)
Synthetic Rubber -- ENVIROLON (2-3 Years Life)
Epoxy -- SUPER POXY PAINT (5-8 Years Life)
Each has its own use and application advantage, although epoxy will give the longest life.
When using epoxy, the pool may be coated as soon as the new concrete sets. When using synthetic rubber, the concrete should cure 30 days before painting. Bare Plaster
We recommend using epoxy on bare plaster for best results. Use one primer coat of GUNITE PRIMER if the plaster is unusually rough, or one coat of EPOXY PRIMER if the plaster is relatively smooth. Finish with SUPER POXY PAINT (1 coat). Fiberglass
Epoxy coatings are the only pool paints chemically compatible with fiberglass. The fiberglass should first be painted with 1 coat of GUNITE PRIMER, 1 coat of SUPER POXY PAINT is recommended. Sandblasted or Old Unpainted Concrete
Sandblasted or clean, unpainted concrete will accept all types of pool paint. We recommend epoxy coatings because they are more durable, attractive, easy to clean and the pool may be filled more quickly after painting. Use 1 coat of EPOXY PRIMER or GUNITE PRIMER and 1 coat of SUPER POXY PAINT. PREVIOUSLY PAINTED POOLS
We recommend using the same type of paint to recoat a previously painted pool. This assures the best possible adhesion between coats. When the type of the old paint is not known, send a 1 inch square chip for a free analysis to:
In The Swim
Attention: Dr. Pool
320 Industrial Drive
West Chicago, IL 60185
If time does not permit analysis, immerse a small chip of the paint into a solvent blend of 75% mineral spirits and 25% Rubber Base Thinner or Xylol. Wait 30 seconds and rub the chip between your thumb and forefinger. If the chip dissolves, it is a synthetic rubber base paint (USE ENVIROLON). If it doesn't dissolve, immerse the chip in 100% Rubber Base Thinner or Xylol. If the chip then dissolves, it is chlorinated rubber coating (USE ENVIROLON); if it does not, it is an epoxy (SUPER POXY PAINT). EPOXY COATINGS
Epoxy pool coatings have proven to be the best long-range protection for swimming pool surfaces. This is due to the fact that epoxies cure to a very hard, non-porous finish that is insensitive to pool chemicals, pH balance and automatic pool cleaning machines. Their ceramic-like qualities create an appearance that will be easy to clean and extremely durable.
We produce 1 type of epoxy pool coating. The following description will help you decide which system is right for you. Super Poxy Paint System
Super Poxy Paint is a high gloss epoxy pool coating that is easy to apply and should yield 5 to 8 years of service. This finish is very easy to clean. You may use SUPER POXY PAINT on most conventional pool surfaces with excellent results.
Unpainted pool surfaces will require a coat of primer to insure a good adhesion. The correct primer for your pool is listed in the quick reference chart below. One coat of SUPER POXY PAINT should be applied over the primer. Coverage
SUPER POXY PAINT = 150 sq. ft. per gallon Application
SUPER POXY PAINT = brush, roller or airless spray equipment RUBBER BASE FINISHES
Rubber base paints are one of the most popular types of coatings used for repainting swimming pools. This is due largely to the fact that most swimming pools were originally painted with chlorinated rubber prior to the development of epoxy coatings.
Today, rubber base coatings still provide an attractive, easy-to-apply finish. Envirolon
Envirolon is an economical synthetic rubber base formula meeting all of the quality performance expectations of chlorinated rubber base paint. Envirolon can be applied to a bare concrete or plaster pool, as well as over old rubber base paint. Envirolon also has excellent chemical resistance and color retention. Two coats of Envirolon are required for best results. On bare surfaces that are unusually porous, a third coat may be necessary. Coverage
ENVIROLON = 250 sq. ft. per gallon Tips For Painting with Envirolon
- Thoroughly remove all loose paint before repainting
- Always follow the 3-step cleaning process outlined on the label. This removes all contaminants, which may impede performance of the coating.
- Try to avoid painting in the direct rays of a hot sun
- Do not paint when the surface temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit