Generally speaking, the best time of year to paint your pool is outside of the wet season, as this allows both the surface and paint to dry properly, without risk of causing deterioration later on.
In Australia, each state and territory has different periods where the wet season occurs. In Western Australia, it takes place between October and March. During then it’s not uncommon for the northern coastal areas to receive 1.5+ metres of rain. As a result, the dry season typically falls between April and September, where both the temperature and humidity are fairly mild.
Places like Victoria and NSW, on the other hand, experience the heaviest rainfall in the colder months of April and September, especially in the likes of Gippsland and the Western District. Therefore, the dry season falls between October and March.
For this reason, it’s important to be familiar with the seasons in your local region, and follow the advice of your local pool painter.
Epoxy and rubber-based pool paints need at least 5 days of consistently dry and sunny weather in order to dry properly.
Also, during the preparation stage, where the pool is drained and the surface is washed, the surface needs at least 3-4 days to dry prior to painting. So, in total, you need approximately 7 to 9 days of solid dry weather to ensure the surface remains strong and durable for as long as possible.
Failure to properly prepare and dry the surface can increase the risk of surface imperfections such as peeling and flaking, hairline cracks, splits, mould, discolouration, air bubbles, and warping. As a result, the pool will lose its visual appeal and be more susceptible to leakage and further degradation. Thus, the paint won’t last as long and it’ll need to be reapplied sooner.
Exceptions to the rule
There are a few exceptions to these rules of course. For starters, if you have an indoor pool, where this is no risk of exposure to rainfall and humidity, then you can likely paint and repaint your indoor pool any time of year.
However, there are some restrictions to this procedure too. For instance, if there’s not enough ventilation in the premise, this may cause the new coating to drip. Therefore, an indoor pool should only be painted and repainted when there’s no risk of condensation forming on the surface.
Secondly, if you use water based acrylic paint, then you can paint the pool at any time, as acrylic paint can be applied to damp surfaces without compromising on its quality. This is just one of many reasons why acrylic is a popular choice for commercial pool centres. Better still, acrylic can be used to paint over any previous type of pool paint such as epoxy and rubber based coatings.
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