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I'm about to paint my older pool, now that I've done a complete resurfacing on it, due to some rust spots. I was in this big maintenance cycle in 2010 - and now again in 2013 It really turned out good previously, but I'm trying to do everything I can to minimize the maintenance, and put the best fixes in for Long-Term. I even have pictures of the Before and After, in 2010 - and let me tell you, it started pretty Ugly. Here's my recent pictures/post, from just this year: Pool, bad - Start of 2013 http://imgur.com/dD1tXw8,ZxTWQnA,5VUkyvm,VIRKdtg#2 After grinding any rust out, down to the bare steel, and cleaning, I've used a thick layer of AboWeld to patch the seams and repair any rust spots. ( It's the first time, I've used such a product - allthough I hear WallNew was quite popular too ) **** Now I'm looking for painting tips or techniques, and How to Do It Right. **** I've already gotten the paint, and it's from Kelly Technical Coatings: Olympic Zeron epoxy paint. I might go about it this way: Rough up any AboWeld spots with course sandpaper, to allow the paint to grip better. Clean and brush down, with TSP solution ( 1/2 cup, to 2 gallons ) Clean and brush down, with Muriatic acid solution ( 50/50 muriatic acid/water ) Clean and brush down, with TSP solution Make sure it's dry and I have 5 relatively Dry days ahead. Mix the epoxy paint, and apply. Tips welcome from anyone experienced. This is a Big Big job, especially since it's an IG pool, 35,000 gallons, and it's 17' by 42' I don't want to make a mistake and it's got to be quality work, throughout. ps: It's steel-sided, with a concrete bottom. I'm going to be painting over the last coat of paint - there's only 5% of it (seams & edge) that needed patching. On the bottom, just dirty in spots, stained with dirt, and a few rust spots too, I think from metal shards that got loose and landed on the bottom ( during the grinding/resurfacing process ). Eventually, this whole thing will need a rebuild, and I'm looking forward to Low-Maintenance, compared to all this; I'd be glad to hear suggestions on modern builds, materials and what is used to build new pools too.
I am in the process of finding a pool builder in Cincinnati, I'm looking at doing an 18x36 rectangle or possibly an "L" shape. My question is I have shopped around a few places and the most recent place recommended using polymer composite walls. My question is are there advantages or disadvanges to that over steel. I have been to 4 different places and only one talked about they walls. Also prior to signing a contract do I have much negogating power or are the prices similar. Companies were Superior pools Anchor pools Aqua tech Cincinnati pools and patio If anyone is from cincy and could help with any positive or negative comments on any of those companies that would be great. This is our first pool and want to make sure it's done right and quality stuff is used