Pool Paint Rubs Off?

by Grace
( Mexico)

I am on holidays with friends in Mexico. We love to be in the pool, but the paint rubs off on our skin! The owner of the condo said the pool was not finished correctly, it needs a clear top coat. Will this harm our health we don't think there is lead in the paint.

Thank you for your advice

Turning blue

Thanks for the question Grace

To the best of my knowledge pool paint doesn't contain any lead. They can be rubber or acrylic based. What may happen is the pool owner will have more of an issue when it comes time to refinish and paint the pool due to the unneeded wear the pool is experiencing with the swimmers.

If you have any reservations about swimming my advice would be to go with your gut feeling and simply stay out of the water or find another pool to swim in.

Have a great Summer.


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Blistered Paint, Now What!?!?!?

by Beth
(King of Prussia, PA)

Have read many stories of blistered/cracked paint (but not really peeling). Happened to us within a few months of new 2 coat Sau Sea chlorinated rubber paint over a 1996 chlorinated paint job (also Sau Sea but before the chemicals were removed).

The old paint was in perfect condition but worn over time, no chips or blisters. We assume the new problem is the result of pool not being properly dried before painting and painting too early in day (also parts that got hot sun blistered first).

We just ignored it last year but have now drained the pool. It looks horrible, paint is blistered and cracked (not walls just paint). Do we need to sand or water blast the old paint off back to bare concrete or can we paint a new Sau Sea coat over the mess we have now?

Sau Sea suggested we could probably just paint over because it should "meld" together. I don't want to make it worse and I want this to be the last paint job for a few years. We are thinking that regardless of whether we remove paint or paint over we should just stick with one coat as it may have bee the second coat that blistered off.

Thoughts, opinions, advice?

Thanks for the question Beth

I think you're right on track. The best paint in the world won't hold for very long without a surface that's properly prepped. You can take a mid-road paint with a good surface and it can last for years.

Most times paint will peel and blister because of a poorly prepped surface. Not allowing the normal 7 - 10 days to cure. Pool paint needs preparation and time. If not, you're going to get peeling and blistering problems. There's a HUGE difference between paint drying and curing.

Drying is when the paint solvent has evaporated from the coating. Curing is when the coating has reached optimum hardness. Oil paints can dry within 4-8 hours and cure within 10 days. Latex paints dry within 2-4 hours and cure within 30 days.

You may want to get a 2nd opinion on this but I would encourage you to remove the blistering paint, properly prep the surface, then apply the new coat.

There's a 3 step process that I've done. First is to patch any spots that need it.

Then do the surface preparation work: TSP (trisodium-phosphate), muriatic acid, then TSP again. The TSP removes any residual oils. The acid will remove a layer of calcium (plaster). Then use the TSP again to wash off any excess acid.

If you plan on hiring the job out it's good to check licenses and insurance before hiring a contractor. Get good references. Go see the contractor's work and talk to the customers.

Again, if you're at all unsure of this get another opinion from a qualified pool painter/contractor. They should be able to come out to your pool and give you a free estimate.

Have a great Summer.


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