Pool Painting Project Pictorial

painting pool project
by Rob Cox July 22, 2014

A neighbor of mine, featured on this blog before, has finally finished patching, prepping and painting the pool. It's been a long road, but now finally the pool is operating, with just a few small problems. His wife is happy, and his 15 year old daughter is ecstatic, calling her friends over for a pool party.

This is an inground Sylvan pool, circa 1985. The plaster was rough, stained and etched. My advice on painting vs. plastering to him was that plaster is a better long term solution, but that painting, if done properly, can last 5-7 years.

>>> So, he bought the paint, and the supplies, and began the work on the pool.

This is what he started with, the logs were an attempt to break up the ice sheet during winter.


Drain and Clean the Pool, first with a pressure washer.

And then (muriatic) acid washing the pool surface to remove deposits and etch the surface

And then washing the pool with TSP (Tri Sodium Phosphate) to remove any oils or grease

Tape the tile, remove the pool lights, drain covers and vacuum clean the pool

Other supplies assembled, rollers, brushes, buckets, screen, paddle mixer and pool paint

Add the catayst to the paint, pour in a bucket and use a paddle bit on a power drill to mix

 Roll the primer on the paint screen and then roll it on the wall, in even overlapping strokes

I would have just left the trim tile unpainted, but the grout lines were painstakingly painted


Primer coats (2) complete; letting it dry and hoping for no rain. If there is, pump out quickly

After a few dry days, two coats of blue Zeron epoxy paint, were rolled over top of primer

After a few more days to dry the pool paint, water is added, and summer finally begins

It only took 3 years and 3 months to get this pool back and running! Well, to be fair, there were pool light replacements, tile repair, coping repair, and the filter system was replaced, and moved to a new location. And now, it's a beautiful blue pool, with a very nice paint job.

The Zeron paint, Polaris 360 (to replace the Jandy Ray-Vac) and the Taylor K2005 test kit were suggestions from me; all fine products. In the new underground pump room, he added a Nature2 Express and a Rainbow chlorinator - also on my recommendation.

The one thing we forgot? Sand or grit to add to the paint for a final coating of the steps and shallow floor - it's a little slippery - but the water feels great!


- Rob