ALWAYS READ oUR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS - A FEW TIMES !
NB: This page and DIY videos ARE NOT replacing our detailed application instruction document, this is just a quick overview.
Please download the complete instructions from our downloads page section, you can login here and/or request that we e-mail it to you - click here.
We sell DIY Pool Paint packages country-wide with excellent feedback and a 99.9% success rate. In fact, the few failures reported over the years were all due to circumstances like weather interference, a clever handyman following his own methods, or instructing the the garden engineer to handle the application, etc.
Stay humble, follow our step-by-step instructions although it might feel like baby steps, you will be successful!
The success of the DIY job will depend solely on your commitment to thoroughly read and follow our detailed application instructions document. Over a period of 17 years, we have perfected our methods to minimize the chances of failure.
What are the advantages of using Pool Solutions' Epoxy Coat System?
1. One, High-bond-strength Primer. Pool Solutions' high-bond, industrial-rated primer offers deep penetration and high bond-strength to all concrete, cement or marblite surfaces and is just as effective on fiberglass shells. Our Wet-Smart primer can even be applied on damp/wet concrete/cement/marbelite.
2. Chemical bond between Primer and Top-coat. You can apply our top-coat layer directly on the wet/tacky primer within one hour, no need to wait a day or to sand in-between layers. In fact this ensures an inseparable chemically, fused bond between primer and topcoat.
3. Non-blushing. Pool Solutions' top-coat epoxy is a very modern non-blushing technology product that does not require an induction time (stabilisation period) once mixed. It is applied immediately after mixing, saving valuable time to beat the weather. (Blushing on older technologiy epoxies refers to the white wax-like substance forming on top of the coating wehen in contact with moist in the air causing white streaks and loss off gloss).
4. Rain-safe within 3 hours. Pool Solutions' top-coat has been tested to be "rain-safe" within 3 hours after application (at 20 deg C) even quicker at higher temperatures. Any rain on the coating after this time will not affect the gloss or colour of the coating.
5. Maximum lifespan with three top-coat layers. Pool Solutions' one-layer saturating primer followed by three top-coats ensures maximum thickness can be achieved with the top-coat layers. It is the top-coat thickness of any coating that ensures that a maximum expected lifespan can be achieved (more layers can be applied as well).
6. All layers can be applied on ons day. Primer and top-coat layers can effectively be applied on the same day without sanding in-between layers, especially during warmer temperatures above 20 deg C. The user may however decide to let coatings dry overnight, sand by hand and over-coat at a later stage, the next day or even a week or a month.
Why a Primer layer?
You might ask why our methods utilizing a 4-layer epoxy system is more complex than single component paints or one-layer epoxy products? Certain products are advertised that it doesn't require a primer coat.
In general, the thicker the epoxy layer, the longer the lifespan of the coating which is we promote a three-layer top-coat system. The higher viscosity of a thick topcoat product offers less penetration capability into the substrate. A thick topcoat epoxy paint just doesn't offer deep penetration into any substrate. The better the penetration strength of the epoxy into the substrate, the less chance of delamination. Penetration and bonding strength is the main factors offerred by a primer coat. This can only be achieved utilizing a lower viscosity and specialised epoxy concrete/cement primer. Following this, the primer should also chemically match the Topcoat layers to create a "chemically fused" bond with the thicker topcoat epoxy layers, not to suffer inter-layer de-lamination; makes sense, doesn't it?
Our epoxy system consisting of a specialised industrial primer epoxy, combined with the three top-coat layers was tested to offer up to 400Psi (Pounds per square inch) or 2.8Mpa (Newton per square millimeter) bond strength to marblite, concrete, cement and fibreglass surfaces -we rest our case!
Because of our tested epoxy system and methods we can offer a full product replacement guarantee, even to DIY customers.
A Few Pointers - in Short
Remember that the epoxy pool paint is a relatively thin and hardened decorative layer, if the pool surface is brittle or the old marble plaster is de-laminating, don't use this product to keep it all together. First ensure that the underlying surface is properly repaired or if necessary, re-plaster the swimming pool and paint later.
Painting is the easy part, anyone can do it. You can test this fact; just stop next to road where the job seekers are gathering in your area and ask if anyone of them can paint a swimming pool, in a blink of an eye, you will have ten "professional" painters inside your vehicle and maybe even few on the roof!
See... anyone can paint...
Remember to keep an eye on the sky, you don't want to be interrupted in the middle of the job by a rain storm. Mixing wet epoxy with water can become messy. If in doubt, wait until the next day. Visit www.weathersa.co.za for a sometimes totally misleading weather forecast.
Another "good" weather site that can give you the forecast for different hours of the day is: http://www.wunderground.com/, (search for your area).
There are two options available to you to get the job done:
1. If you are working alone and have a relatively large swimming pool, follow our normal 4-5 day process as indicated in our application instructions and overviewed below.
2. If you have some help or you can get the wife and kids to help, you may consider the two- or three-day process described below. Always study our application instructions to avoid a few pitfalls.
Primer (bonding layer)
For this first day of painting you will have to get out of bed, preferably before 12H00 PM. Begin early, you will have to apply two coatings on the same day. The earlier the better, for in case some rainy weather occurs in the afternoon.
This is the interesting part. Whoever is going to do this will need to walk on slippery or sticky primer. If the primer is still quite wet, you might see a view splits and other acrobatic balancing acts. Keep the video camera at hand! We've seen people pulling the painters out of the deep end with ropes bound around them. If the primer has become very sticky, watch them walk on tacky glue and losing their (sometimes laceless) shoes. If this happens remove the shoes at all cost, you don't want a nicely painted swimming pool with permanent ornamentals stuck to the bottom.
Unlike the applicators in the picture, you can use shoes with smooth soles to walk on the wet and sticky primer coat. Use gumboots of which the soles have been grinded smooth, or bind strong plastic bags around the bare feet. Alternatively and ultimately, we also offer Spiked Paint Shoes that can be strapped to normal shoes. Walking on 25mm spikes makes the job much easier and less slippery while applying the first topcoat on wet Primer. Remember, rather apply the first top-coat on a rather wet primer than a too dry and tacky primer.
By this time you should be an experienced weather man. This is your final finishing coat and you don't want it ruined by rain. Select the best of the best of the "professional" painters you might have hired. Repeat the procedures as with the second top-coat.
Enter the pool with bare feet the next day and feel for sharp edges etc. Remove by sanding any sharp edges away. Leave the epoxy to harden for three days before filling the swimming pool with water.. during colder temperatures, leave the pool to dry for up to 7 days.
Add the pool cleaner and chemicals after testing the water balance. Especially have the water tested against too low Calcium Hardness. This will corrode the paint layer and cause excessive chalking shortening the lifespan of the product if left unchecked. Calcium Hardness (also caleld Total Hardness) should be lifted to read between 300ppm and 500ppm by adding calcium flakes (available from you nearest pool shop). You will probably need 4kg-8kg depending on pool size and start readings. Download our Pool and Spa Water Treatment E-book, see page 11, 33 and 34 to calculate the required quantity Calcium Chloride that will be required for your swimming pool.
This method can be followed if you have a small to medium size swimming pool, especially in the summer months when curing times of the product will be at a minimum. If your wife and kids seem confident and have rehearsed the process well the previous evening, you might consider a family effort.
Decide beforehand who will be the supervisor, who will be the mixer, who will be the roller-painters and who will be the brush painter. This process will require good timing and organizational skills.
For larger pools, you will perhaps require an extra helper and make use of spiked paint shoes to walk on the damp/wet/sticky coatings.
On the first day of the project, only do the emptying and preparation as described earlier, grinding, patching and cleaning the pool. Download our full application instructions for more details.
You need to be a weather prophet to successfully complete the project on the second day. All four layers of epoxy will be applied on one day without the need for sanding between layers, as is necessary with the longer method. You may also opt to apply the first three coatings (primer and thwo top-coats on one day and leave the final coat for the third day).
You will need lots of plastic covering around the pool to protect the paving against contamination. You will require 150mm Mohair rollers, two per worker. These rollers are to be fitted onto telescopic extensions available from hardware shops or paint shops. The extensions will press-fit into the roller handles so the second, third and fourth coat can be applied from outside the swimming pool. Alternatively the swimming pool can be entered on Spiked Paint Shoes from the second coat onwards. (Available from Pool Solutions)
After following our normal application instructions in preparation and applying the primer and first top-coat while working inside the swimming pool, using the recommended 150mm White Mohair rollers and brushes, you can now deviate at this point from the longer procedure to apply the third and last top-coat layers on the same day:
WATER STORAGE AVAILABLE
Exclusively To Pool Solutions Clients
We take no responsibility for any mishaps, hardened product left-over, injuries, family fights or divorce action indirectly or directly related to the DIY application of our product. Contact us for a special replacement price for epoxy liquids should you need replacement product for whatever embarrassing reason. Be honest with us, we are always willing to help. :D
This was just an overview. Download the instruction manual for the full details.
Send us your comments and feedback. Make a slide show, send a video or photo's, anything we can publish here to encourage other DIY enthusiasts. See the reports and download links published on the right to see how other DIY enthusiast got the job done. (And the challenges they've overcome).
Visit our online pool size calculator and quote request form. We will email you a detailed quote with all the available material and optional items we have on offer.
See our pricelist and quote request form here: Pricelist and Quote Form
WATER STORAGE AVAILABLE
Exclusively To Pool Solutions Clients
Ons het hierdie swembad gedoen met julle produk. Duidelik kan gesien word hoe goed dit nou lyk.
Ek wil hierdie wonderlike produk begin bemark.
Nog 'n DIY Projek Terugvoer:
Net so bietjie terugvoer op die herstel en opknapping van my swembad.
Ek het laas jaar die huis gekoop met wat ek gedink het is 'n ou
Dit het toe uitgedraai as 'n selfgeboude bad met swak afwerking!!
Na julle produk is ek nou heel in my skik en trots met die bad!
Foto-aanbieding van my DIY projek kan hier afgelaai word
Challenging DIY Project Report
Conclusion: The product is very good for DIY application, when you have some technical skills. To mix always 2 l for direct use is easy to handle, to follow tediously the instructions is necessary, to be flexible with weather & helpers, and make sure that the pool is 100% dry, dry, dry. The preparation is the utmost important exercise in order to get a perfect result.
So far we enjoy the "new" pool now everyday.
Download this detailed report: Click here
DIY Project Feedback
Dear Pool Solutions,
Please see attached photo of my pool after the paint-job.
Many thanks to Celene Smit for your prompt delivery of my orders and I look forward to referring many customers to you.
Thanks and regards
Craighall Park, JHB
Click on photo to enlarge:
My DIY project photos -
The guys really assisted me well. I could call while I was coating my pool to get assistance. Due to the remoteness of the area from the supplier I needed to do the work myself. It took me 5 days, but the job got done.
Go and check out the project on: