Every year I get requests to do something that I just refuse to do. It doesn’t seem like a big deal to most people, but I can tell you that the negatives far outweigh the positives. Please, I beg you, don’t paint your gunite pool!
5 Reasons to keep the paint out of your pool
- If the paint is not applied at the correct temperature or the surface is not prepared well, it will lead to bubbling of the paint. These bubbles, big and small, become fragile, like an egg shell.
- The paint will chip and peel off of the pool surface. For most, it’s not a matter of if, but when, and once it starts, it gets worse and worse.
- All of those chips of paint have to go somewhere. If they are big enough, they block the bottom drain grate or get stuck in your vacuum hose. Small ones make it into the pump and the really tiny ones clog up the filter.
- Painted surfaces tend to stain easier from fall leaves or metals. These stains are unsightly and require expensive stain fighting chemicals.
- When you decide to resurface the pool correctly, with new plaster or pebble, the paint must be sandblasted off completely. This adds thousands of dollars to a resurfacing project.
Hopefully you have found my reasons to not paint a pool before painting it. If not, it may be a bumpy ride over the next few years. Usually, it will look great at first, although showing dirt more (bonus reason). Then, after a season or two, the problems will start, ultimately leading to a need for a proper resurfacing solution.