FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are a few commonly asked questions with regards to our products and application process, which you might find helpful:
Well, most common pool surfaces can be coated in AquaSheen Epoxy Pool Coating. The exception to this rule will be Vinyl and previously coated Chlorinated Rubber type surfaces. Surfaces that can be coated will include: Quartz Finish, Fibreglass, Concrete, Pebblecrete, Beadcrete, Cement Rendered Surfaces and Fibreglass lined surfaces. Refer to our Application Instructions for further details.
If the surface has been previously painted, but you are unsure of the current painted surface, do the following test: Soak a cloth in Xylene or Acetone and rub the dry paint continuously for 1 minute. If the old paint becomes sticky to touch, it is probably Chlorinated Rubber. If the surface has no affect and becomes more polished without any sticky residue then it’s probably an Epoxy Coating. Aquasheen epoxy pool paint cannot be applied over chlorinated rubber. You will need to remove all chlorinated rubber paint completely by grinding, failing to do so will cause the epoxy to delaminate.
AquaSheen Epoxy Pool Paint has a high resistance to chalking when submerged under water. For example, with fibreglass pools, where the fibreglass structure has an exposed edge: i.e above the waterline. It is exposed to direct sunlight and therefore chalking (i.e dulling of colour) can occur at a more rapid rate.
We therefore DO NOT RECOMMEND DARKER COLOURS on fibreglass pools and would recommend a lighter colour choice (no darker than morning mist).
Typically any surface in a pool is what we call a sacrificial layer and this layer is meant to protect the structural part of the pool from wearing down. Second function is to add an aesthetic appeal to the way the pool looks. We would say as soon as you are concerned about the structure being exposed it might be too late. Of course if all you want to do is change the colour that should be a good enough reason too.
You can refer to our product calculator here and enter your surface type and pool dimensions to give you the required amount. However, 3.5L kit should do around 30 – 40 m2 of surface area, we recommend at least 2 coats. Coverage depends on the texture of the surface, rougher surfaces will require more coating.
Typically, a 7 x 4 pool would require 5 – 6 kits to do a completed 2 coats. Always be safe and order a bit more if you not sure, then do an extra coat on higher traffic areas for added protection.
AquaSheen epoxy pool coating is designed to provide an easy hard wearing layer on the pool surface. Generally the care for an Epoxy Surface should be no different than most pools with the exception of water balance parameters being different. Refer to our Painted Pool Care Guide for further instructions.
Typical Water balance parameters: TA 160 – 180ppm, CH 280 – 320ppm, Chlorine below 3ppm, pH 7.6 – 7.8. All other levels as per manufacturers specifications.
Chalking is the natural wear pattern for Epoxy Coating Systems alike, this however should never be noticed as the rate of chalking should take many years. If your pool is chalking to a noticeable level you could expect your water balance levels to be out and should be corrected without delay. Correcting the water balance will stop the chalking process. The same would apply to a Quartz finished pool. If the water balance was out the pool surface would either go rough or have scale formation.
We’ve tried a few and recommend the 1st option to be the Oldfields Pro Series Roller Cover or the Bunnings Monarch Razorbacks. A good quality roller cover is essential for ease of painting and to get the best results.
No you can use the same roller throughout, but if they start breaking down then grab a new one. We recommend purchasing 2 roller covers for a standard size pool.
Cure time could be an hour or two depending on the weather. If its tacky then you might rip up the substrate. Also be mindful that if you end up doing the first coat of paint to late in the afternoon/evening, that you might get condensation onto the paint overnight, so plan your timing accordingly.
The paint should take around 4 hours to dry on a 25°C day. Ensure it is fully dry before applying second coat. Apply the second coat between 4 and 24 hours after first coat. If you apply longer than 24 hours after the first coat you will need to sand the first coat so that the coats will bind together.
When painting the first coat, start just next to the braces and paint a square patch, then when you have finished painting the rest of the pool apply a second coat to that square. On the next day move the braces to that square, and repeat the process to the unpainted patch.
Unfortunately we are unable to accept returns on unused & unopened paint. However your best plan is to use it on the pool to either apply a third coat, if you have enough to do so, or use the extra paint on high traffic areas such as the step area and around the edges of the pool to add an extra layer of protection.