How To Paint Your Swimming Pool
Summer’s finally ending in Australia (although some places might disagree!). The slightly cooler days and mild autumn weather means we’re less likely to be using our backyard pools. But rather than just leaving them to gather leaves and dirt, why not take advantage of the last few sunny days to recoat your pool, ensuring it’ll be in tip-top condition for next summer? Provided you’ve got a week of fine weather with no rain, coating your pool with NuPool is really easy. For more information, including Safety and Technical Data Sheets, FAQ’s and product data, visit the NuPool website at www.nutechpaints.com.au/products/nupool.
*This post is a guide only. Read the Safety Data Sheet and Technical Data Sheet prior to use. Visit www.nutechpaints.com.au/products/nupool for more information.
Preparation is Key
If you’re after a long lasting professional looking finish, making sure the surface of your pool is prepared correctly is the most important step. Empty the pool, and unplug all the pool equipment. Then pressure clean the entire surface using a washer that is set to a minimum of 3000psi. If your pool is old or exceptionally grimy, you may need to wash it twice. If your pool is new or has never been painted, etch the concrete using NuEcoSafe Etch and then rinse well. If you already have a 2K epoxy coating on your pool, sand or abrade the surface. For a fiberglass pool, or one coated with chlorinated rubber, contact your local reseller or Nutech directly for the best way to proceed.
Repairs and cleaning
Once the pool is clean, any cracks or chips can be repaired. You may not need to do this depending on the condition of your pool. Once the surface is sound, vacuum any debris using a vacuum with a soft bristle head.
Before you start any mixing or painting, ensure you have a safe mixing area. This is a space near the pool that has been covered with tarps, cardboard or drop sheets to protect the ground underneath. Make sure you have read the TSD and SDS provided on the Nutech website, and have the correct safety equipment on hand.
Mix NuPool in a 3:1 ratio. This is a single 2-part kit. Pour Part B into the larger Part A container, then mix thoroughly using a drill mixer. Hand mixing is not sufficient to ensure the proper solution is reached. The first coat may be thinned by adding 20% EPiC Epoxy 500 Thinners and stirring again. Let sit for 10 minutes prior to use.
After allowing the paint to sit, cut in the corners and edges of the pool using a brush before rolling the remainder of the coat. Ensure the entire surface is covered to create a strong coating. Allow this coat to dry for at least 5 hours before repeating the process with a second coat. Do not wait more than 48 hours between coats.
NuPool is extremely slippery, as water sits on top of the coating. To create a non-slip surface, sprinkle Nutech Coarse Anti-Slip evenly over the second coat while it is still wet, then apply a third coat of NuPool after the recommended drying time.
Allow 7 days of drying before re-filling your pool. If the surface becomes wet, or if it rains, remove the water and allow to continue curing.