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Resurfacing a Swimming Pool: How It Is Done

January 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Pools

Summer signals one thing: fun in the sun. To keep your pool functioning well and looking awesome, you must prepare it for summertime. Only then can you enjoy your swimming pool.

Weather elements and pool chemicals can make your pool old. If there are cracks on the surface or stains in the pool, consider pool resurfacing. Fading paint is another sign that your pool needs immediate attention. Resurfacing can be a DIY or professional project.


Pool resurfacing costs money, whether you hire a pool contractor or decide to DIY. You know it’s time to resurface when you spot cracks, stains and discolourations. Repairs precede the resurfacing process. Most of the costs come from the person you hire and the materials you need.

Materials needed

Materials vary depending on what type of pool you have. Painting is the cheapest way to spruce up your pool. Pool resurfacing, though expensive, is the best way to breathe new life into your pool. This option is great for concrete and plaster pools and lasts up to 8 years. To resurface a pool, you need sandpaper, mask, power washer, paint brush or roller, underwater pool patching, primer epoxy and topcoat epoxy.

Step 1: Drain the pool

Spring is the best time to resurface your pool. First things first, consult your local government. Know where you are allowed to drain pool water. Then rent a sump pump to remove water from your pool. Drain the pool completely.

Step 2: Clean the pool

The pool’s surface must be clean. So clear any debris, including twigs, dirt and leaves. Once you remove these items, pressure-wash your pool. This removes any stains or algae that may exist. You can only pressure-wash concrete and plaster pools. Other pool types require a chemical treatment to cleanse and prepare for resurfacing.

Step 3: Prepare the surface

Do not proceed if your pool structure is not in good shape. Look for small cracks and holes and fill them with underwater pool patching. Pool patches can vary depending on what pool style you have. For bigger cracks, call in a contractor.

Step 4: Prime the surface

Safety first – so put on a mask to block harmful fumes. Using a pool-specific primer epoxy, paint the surface. Make sure you coat every part. The process may take 2 to 3 hours, including drying time.

Step 5: Finish the surface

Once the primer dries up, begin painting from the bottom to the top. Use a pool-specific topcoat epoxy. Follow the coating recommendations and manufacturer’s instructions. You should sand the pool after each coat, so the next layer sticks well and fast. Most pools take 3 to 4 coats of epoxy. Never start painting before the last coat dries up. Depending on your climate, this may take the whole night or a few hours.

Step 6: Dry and refill

Let the pool dry. And do nothing else for the next 5 to 7 days.  After the break, refill the pool. Now enjoy the fresh look. Invite friends to a pool party, teach your kids how to swim or just bask in the sun.

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