Pool paint comes in all shapes and sizes. Each one has their own unique qualities, finish and lifespan.
In terms of lifespan, this largely comes down to the quality of the paint itself. Along with its ability to resist UV exposure, pool chemicals (i.e. chlorine), rust, abrasion, and general wear from the likes of children and pets. Regular pool maintenance and a proper chemical balance can also influence the lifespan of your pool paint.
You must also remember that each layer of pool paint is less effective than the last. So the less reapplications, the better. Otherwise, you’ll need to pay to have the surface sand blasted, and then restart the cycle with a fresh first layer. Naturally, this costs a bit of extra time and money.
Therefore, choosing the right paint is vital. As the most hard-wearing paint out there – due to being waterproof, resistant to chemicals and long lasting – it’s a bit pricey. You also need a lot of it. So you want a paint that looks good and offers great value for money. Let’s not forget, you want it applied correctly by a professional pool painter.
If you’re unsure how long each pool paint lasts, this simple breakdown will help you out.
With an average lifespan of 7 to 8 years, this solvent-based paint has the longest lifespan of any other pool paint. That’s because it has the strongest resistance to pool chemicals, stains, abrasions, UV exposure and general wear. It can also be applied over any old or new cement render, fibreglass, pebblecrete, marblesheen and previously painted epoxy.
Better still, when given an extra third coating, epoxy pool paint can even last for 12 to 15 years. No wonder it’s the paint of choice for pool owners across Australia and around the world!
Despite having an estimated lifespan of only 2 to 3 years, there are some stand-out benefits to acrylic paint.
For starters, it has an incredibly quick drying time of 3 days for outdoor pools, and 6 days for indoor pools. This is particularly ideal for commercial facilities who want the shortest possible downtime on their pools.
Secondly, acrylic is quite versatile. Naturally, it is suitable for reapplication on acrylic paint, but it can also be reapplied to epoxy and rubber paint as well. Finally, it can easily be applied to old or new concrete and plaster surfaces.
Premium Acrylic Paint
Although similar to water-based acrylic, there are slight differences with premium acrylic paint.
Most notably, it is compatible with unpainted concrete and plaster. Plus it has a slightly longer drying time of 5 days for outdoor pools, and 7 days for indoors. Premium acrylic paint also has a high gloss finish that many people find appealing.
Last of all, when cared for properly, premium acrylic paint is more likely to last a total of 3 years or longer.
The Importance of Professional Pool Painting
Now, the quality of your pool paint is important. But even the best paint won’t last if it isn’t applied correctly.
Proper surface preparation is crucial. Not only must the pool be drained, but you need to wait for the surface to dry. Depending on whether the pool is indoors or out, the surface old or new, painted or unpainted; drying times can vary. Some pools only take a few days to dry, while others need a week or longer. Seasonal conditions can also extend the length of drying times.
Finally, the paint process itself must be carried out in accordance with best industry practices. The painters must use the correct mix, and apply thick, even strokes across the surface to ensure consistency. They also need to properly space out the time between coatings as well. Ideally, you should wait at least 4 to 6 hours after an initial coat before you apply another coat.
Why Choose Blue Diamond Pools
For these reasons, we highly recommend you enlist the help of a professional painting service.
At Blue Diamond Pools, we have over 30 years of experience painting both domestic and commercial pools.
Our fully licensed and insured team only use the highest quality LUXAPOOL® products to give your pool a smooth, highly durable and long lasting finish that will impress onlookers. We take meticulous care to prepare the surface, wait between drying times, and correctly apply the pool paint.
You can also choose from a range of stylish colours to suit your preferences. No matter what style of property you have, you’re bound to find a tone that reflects your personal taste and architectural style.
Finally, your satisfaction is assured in the form of a workmanship guarantee. So, if you’re not completely satisfied, neither are we! We’ll go above and beyond to make sure you absolutely love the final results.