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  1. 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.
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