Swimming Pool Blog

- Caulk, Plaster & Paint
  • Painting Pool Coping
    Pool Coping Painting Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid when painting pool coping on vinyl or concrete pools. How to prep and paint aluminum and steel coping used on vinyl liner pools, and when and how to paint pre-cast coping stones used on concrete pools. 
    Wednesday, April 03, 2019 5:32 PM
  • What type of Pool Paint Do I Have?
    Rob Cox
    What type of paint is on the pool? If you don't have records of the type of paint used the last time it was painted, you can test your paint with these 3 solvents, to determine the type of pool paint that was used.
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:05 PM
  • Pool Caulking with Vulkem SSL
    Mark Garcia
    The second reason that caulking is important in the expansion joint around the pool is that it is an expansion joint, to allow room for the pool and deck to expand (when weather heats up), without bumping into each other. When the joint fills up with grit, sand and pebbles, the space between the two is filled and they can move as one, and guess who wins? Pool deck, every time. 
    Friday, June 17, 2016 10:52 AM
  • How to Prep a Pool for Plaster
    Rob Cox
    How to prep your swimming pool for a replastering - you may be able to save $1000 by having your pool ready to go for the plastering crew by following these steps. Be sure to check closely with your plasterer however, to be sure that you follow a procedue that matches their prep process.
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 1:14 PM
  • Painting a Fiberglass Pool
    Mark Garcia
    How to Paint a Fiberglass pool (or a fiberglass pool slide), complete the job yourself in 7 steps, and restore the luster and beauty to your fiberglass pool at a fraction of the cost of a new gelcoat.
    Tuesday, January 05, 2016 12:59 PM
  • The Commercial Pool Whitecoat Experiment
    Rob Cox
    The Experiment - why can't large commercial pools make their pool plaster last longer? They can - if they do a few things differently! I call it "Spend $1000 on chemicals and cleaning and save $10000 on plaster costs"
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:36 PM
  • Acid Burned Pool Plaster
    Rob Cox
    Acid washing can restore a bright and clean plaster finish, by removing a sixteenth of an inch of pool plaster, just enough to expose fresh plaster. If you're not careful however, you can end up etching your plaster, especially on horizontal surfaces.
    Friday, August 08, 2014 1:49 PM
  • Pool Painting Project Pictorial
    Rob Cox
    This pool looks terrific! One of my neighbor's pools, which underwent a rather lengthy pool painting project....pictorial of the pool painting process
    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:06 PM
  • Pool Caulking Damage - Repair or Replace?
    Rob Cox
    Some of the pool caulk ripping or deteriorating? Repair or replace the caulk around the pool, and secondly, do it yourself, or hire a caulking professional? Two important questions answered on poolcenter.com blog!
    Tuesday, April 08, 2014 11:04 AM
  • Problems with Pool Plaster
    Rob Cox
    More has been revealed about the likely causes of pool plaster problems. It seems that it's not always something that the contractor has no control over. Certain "Defects in Materials or Workmanship" can cause plaster discoloration, cracking, etching and delamination.
    Thursday, September 06, 2012 5:37 PM
  • How to Caulk Your Pool's Expansion Joint
    So, the reason that pool caulk is necessary (besides it looking nice) is that it prevents water and debris from getting into the joint and causing some very common and very expensive problems for your pool wall.
    Saturday, June 02, 2012 8:15 AM