We purchased a home with a pool and once the season was upon us we quickly found out that our feet elaborating and hands turned blue. The paint rubs off on you. It is a cement salt water pool. We guess the people painted it to sell the home quickly because it looked beautiful. So now we are left with what to do to fix it! Please help
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Hello Cannon - Since not all types of paint can be applied to existing paint, you'll need to determine what kind of paint was used previously. Check out our guide titled "How to Select the Proper Paint for Your Pool". It will explain how to determine your paint and explain the different types of paint.
The paint probably didn't have enough time to properly cure. The only option I know of is to drain the pool and restart the painting process.
Check out the Ramuc prepping instructions below.
Preparation EP Hi Build Epoxy
STEP 1 – Plaster, concrete, or gunite surfaces should be tested for integrity and soundness. Pool paint is not a quick fix for weak surfaces. Should any minor repairs need to be made, such as hydraulic cement patch or crack joint filling, do them at this time. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Previously painted epoxy or bare fiberglass surfaces need to be abraded to a #80 grit profile. Power wash with a turbo tip to remove loose material. Care needs to be taken when recoating epoxy surfaces to remove all tightly adhering residual chalk. Scrub the entire pool with a /tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) solution to remove all dirt, oils, loose or peeling paint, and chalk.
STEP 2 – All surfaces should then be acid washed/etched with a 15–20% solution of muriatic or sulfamic acid to achieve a medium grade sandpaper finish on bare concrete or plaster and to remove mineral deposits on previously painted epoxy or fiberglass surface. Neutralize/rinse with TSP and water.
OR after power washing, prepare the surface with Clean and Prep Solution by Ramuc. It will degrease/clean, properly etch surfaces and rinse neutralize in lieu of the TSP/ACID/TSP process detailed above.
CONDENSATION TEST When surface prep is completed, allow the pool surface to dry. Average dry times vary regionally and are dependent upon the porosity of the surface. It is recommended to wait five dry days and then perform a condensation test to determine surface dryness on concrete, plaster or gunite type surfaces. To determine dryness, perform this simple test – Duct tape 1´ x 1´ pieces of transparent plastic to the deep end wall and floor, and on several other areas of the pool. Wait three hours to determine if condensation has formed underneath the plastic. If condensation has formed underneath the plastic then the surface is not dry enough to paint. Remove the plastic and wait 24 hours to perform the test again. Continue with the test until no condensation forms underneath the plastic after the three-hour wait period.