Swimming pool fun is essential, especially in summer. However, for your pool to keep functioning, you must maintain it throughout the season. The surface of your swimming will age with time due to pool chemicals and weather elements. If you notice that the pool liner is faded or stained, it is time to resurface your pool. Depending on the type of inground pool you have, resurfacing might be a project you can DIY (Do It Yourself). For larger pools such as commercial pools, you might consider calling a pool resurfacing company like Willsha Pools. If you are considering a DIY project, here are four tips to resurfacing your pool.
The materials you require for resurfacing depend on your type of pool. Some may opt to use a coat of paint since it is cheap, but it does not last long. On the high end, tile resurfacing is a popular method, but it is expensive. This article will focus on resurfacing your pool using an epoxy coating since it is the most common choice.
This option is ideal for plaster and concrete pools and can last up to eight years. You need the following materials to resurface your pool with epoxy:
- Pool Specific Epoxy
- Pool Specific Topcoat Epoxy
- Underwater Pool Patching
- Pool Washer
- Paint Brush and Roller
Drain the pool
The best time to resurface your pool is before you fill it up for summer. If you choose to do it at another time, you have to drain the pool. Make sure you drain the water where you are allowed by the local government. After you have removed all the water, clean any debris that may accumulate at the surface. Even the tiniest dirt may destroy your project. Use a pressure washer to remove all the algae and tough stains. However, you can only use a pressure washer on plaster and concrete pools. Use chemical treatment for other pools.
Prepare the Surface
Ensure that your pool structure is in good shape, and then fill all small holes and cracks with underwater pool patching. For larger cracks, it is best to call a pool professional. You will spend an average of $246. Use the pool-specific primer epoxy to prime the surface. Remember to wear your mask before priming to block any harmful fumes. Cover every part of the pool surface with a coating and wait for it to dry. You will have to wait for about three hours for this process to complete.
Finish the Surface
Once the primer is dry, use the specific topcoat epoxy, and paint the surface. Begin with the deep end and finish with the shallow end of the swimming pool. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and coating recommendations. Most pools take about three to four coats of epoxy. Use a sandpaper to sand the pool after every coat to make sure the next layer adheres. Always wait for the last coat to dry before sanding and applying the next. Once you have finished the final coat, allow the pool to dry for six to seven days. Now you can refill the pool and enjoy your swim.
Using epoxy to resurface the pool is time-consuming, but worth the wait. You do not have to worry about your pool all season long.