Swimming Pool Paint FAQ's
Is Coo-Var Swimming Pool Paint the right choice?
There are a few things to consider when choosing a paint for your swimming pool:
1. What are the existing coatings? You want to make sure that you're opting for a compatible paint. Mixing and matching incompatible coatings can cause blistering.
2. Cost - Higher quality paints last much longer and save money in the long term as they require less maintenance.
3. Use - If your pool is exterior or commercial and used with equipment, weights, animals etc you may need a more durable coating compared to someone with an interior private pool.
Speak to Technical Services on 01482 328053 if you have any doubts about paint selection, They can assess your project and give you the right information.
How long will the paint last?
All paints fade over time and the life span of the paint is dependent on two things - the quality of the initial preparation and painting, and the maintenance of the paint once it is in service. A poorly prepared surface could fail after days or weeks, while a thoroughly prepared surface can last years. Inspection of paintwork on a Bi-Annual basis will also allow you to conduct any maintenance necessary. See our 'Troubleshooting guide for Swimming Pool Paint' for things to look out for and how to avoid them.
I have a hole/gap/crack - Will the paint fill it?
Paint is a thin film designed to apply a thin coating over a surface. Using paint to fill cracks, gaps and holes is a bad idea. If paint falls into the gap, not only will it fail to fill the gap, but it will also prevent the paint from drying properly. While the surface looks fine, once the pool is filled blistering can occur. If you have any gaps/cracks use a compatible filler or call Technical Services for more advice.
Can I use Coo-Var Swimming Pool Paint in other areas?
Pool paints are specifically designed to cope with harsh requirements of swimming pools - chemicals, moisture and abrasion, because of this they can be used in a few different ways.such as ponds, fountains, wet rooms etc. If you are unsure or have an unusual requirement you can always call Technical Services. We will be happy to help you find what you're looking for.
Can I just apply this over my exisiting coating?
It depends on what your pool is currently painted with. Swimming Pool Paint can be used over most chlorinated rubber coatings. If you are unsure what your existing paint is, it's usually best to remove the paint and get back to a bare surface.
Why do I need to wait 14 days before filling my pool?
Coo-Var Swimming Pool Paint is an air-drying paint, becuase of this and because concrete is a very porous substrate it takes time for the solvent to completely leave the surface. 14 days is usually enough time for all the solvent to leave the paint and concrete, before 14 days solvent left in the paint or concrete can cause blisters.
Is this safe for marine life/children?
Swimming Pool Paint is safe for both children and animals once fully cured. It is important that the drying times are observed to ensure that they do not come into contact wiht solvents during the drying period.
How long can I wait between coats?
The solvents of the following coat will soften the initial coat slightly, therefore days can be left between coats without causing problems.
How much paint will I need?
To calculate how much paint you will need, you need to calculate the surface area of your pool. You first need to measure the length (L), width (W) and depth (D) of your pool in meters. Once you have those follow the calculation below:
L x W
(L x D) x 2
(W x D) x 2
Once you have calculated the area, divide it by the spreading rate of the paint - for Swimming Pool Paint this is 14sqm/l, this will give you the total litres of paint per coat. Multiply this figure by the number of coats you need. If there is any confusion you can call Technical Services to help calculate your pool's needs.
What do I do if it rains while it's drying?
Where possible try to avoid painting if you suspect the weather might not be ideal. We understand that sometimes it's just unavoidable. IF your paint gets wet during the drying process:
1. Try to cover the surface - use tarpaulin or pool cover to keep water away from the wet paint.
2. Spot repair - anywhere water damage has occured, use clean water and a soft cloth to 'buff' the area.
3. If buffing doesn't work, use a small amount of the appropriate solvents and wipe the area gently.
4. If all the above fails, use a fine grit sandpaper and polish the area - recoating can be done if the watermarking is extensive.