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When you’re ready to resurface your pool and pool patio, you’ll discover that there are several different types of paint available, plus primers, surface prep solutions, and conversion solutions. Which type of pool paint do you need, and how much should you buy? This guide will explain what you need to know.
The Different Types of Pool Paint
1. Pool Prep
Before you use a pool paint or primer, you need to clean your pool. Smart Seal has a special solution that lets you clean your pool in a single step.
2. Pool Primers
If your pool does not have a coating, you’ll need a primer to help the paint apply properly and look good for years to come.
3. Pool Paints
Smart Seal produces several paints you may need to use. All are available in a wide range of colours.
When to Use Each Pool Paint
Consult the chart below for a quick overview of the various primers, prep solutions and paints you may need, plus their coverage.
|Product||Pool Surface||Coating||Product Type||Coverage|
|Rough Surface Epoxy Pool Primer||Pool||Uncoated rough concrete or plaster||Pool primer||1 gallon covers 125-150 sq. feet|
|Dura Seal Epoxy||Pool||Bare, sandblasted or old epoxy; Fiberglass with primer||Pool paint||1 gallon covers 125-150 sq. feet|
|Rubber / Long-Life Synthetic Rubber||Pool||Rubber coating||Pool paint||1 gallon covers 250-275 sq. feet|
|Patio Perfect Patio Paint||Pool patio / deck||Any pool deck or patio||Patio and deck paint||Coverage depends on porosity of material; 1 gallon covers 100-125 sq. feet|
How to Buy the Right Amount of Pool Paint
Now that you know which pool paints and solutions you should buy, you’ll need to figure out how much of each you need to cover your whole pool. Each product tells you how many square feet it covers, so you need to discover the square footage of your pool and/or patio.
The formula you use to do so depends on the shape of your pool:
Rectangle: length x width x 1.6 = total square feet
“L” shape: length x width x 1.5 = total square feet
Roman: length x width x 1.55 = total square feet
Oval: length x width x 1.65 = total square feet
Freeform: length x width x 1.6 = total square feet
While these formulas only give you approximate square footage, the number you get will be close enough to purchase the right amount of paint.
Ready to get started restoring your pool? For application tips check out our how to guides, or give the expert team at Pool Supplies Canada a call today.