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Tips or tricks for painting a pool deck

Brenda

New member
Anyone have any advise? It has cool coat on it now. Parts of it are chipping up. I plan to clean it, I'm afraid to power wash it as too much of the cool coat may come up and loose the texture.
 

TailTeaser

Chum Churner
Do not power wash it.

When I clean them I usually just use some diluted liquid chlorine give it a good brush down with the pool brush, let it stand for a bit in the hot sun then spray it off with the hose and its pristine.

If you have excessive residue on your deck you can also acid wash it.
 
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Itchey

Googlemeister
If the cool coat is coming up it is because it has a poor bond. Painting over it will not solve the problem and may in fact make it worse, especially in sunny areas.
First I would call the pool builder, Cool Coast should never come up. Painting over the cool coat may make the problem worse because if water gets through the paint and into the cool coat, when the sun comes out and heats it it can cause the cool coat to pop.

If I couldn't get anywhere with the pool builder I would look into having the cool deck redone, paint will hide the problem temporarily but your going to end up at some point having to remove it also when it is time to finish the deck properly.
 

Brenda

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Accckkkkkkk!! Don't tell me that! *puts fingers in her ears lalalalalalallalalallaa*


Pool builder will be of no help. If there is one thing I can say about the way my house was built, half assed would be it.
 

Itchey

Googlemeister
I am sorry to hear that. The problem of a poor bond of Cool Deck is typically the sub floor was poured, then allowed to sit for an extended amount of time. If they didn't acid and wash the subfloor then it will do exactly what you are describing because as moisture gets between the the subfloor and the cool coat it heats and then the cool deck pops. Depending on the pattern of the deck patching may be possible. You have to really look at and closely examine the cool coat checking for cracks. All voids and cracks must be filled and sealed typically with an epoxy filler/sealer and upon finishing that, you can then overcoat with some success.

I guess that you have to decide if you want to make it look nice for now, or really fix it.
If you just want it to look nice, then by all means paint can do wonders, but you are going to have some issues with moisture because of the night temps and condensation. If yo do decide to paint then I would plan on having fans in place to blow and really keep air moving over the deck all night long and until the temps get above dewpoint. As crazy as it sounds if you havve a patio heater or propane heaters run them also at night to keep the deck above the dewpoint temperature which will assist with keeping the moisture out until the paint is fully dry at least 24 hours depending on ambient conditions.

Epoxy paint is expensive but it has an elastic feature which allows it to not crack, however try a small area first and then wet and walk on it, because it has a different feel and if the cool coat is not very textured it can get slippery with certain types of shoe soles and the deck finish.

To simply change the color of the cool coat, then a conrete stain selaer is what you want to use, so long as you are going darker, you can not stain it back white as far as I know.
 

Brenda

New member
I should say, it is only chipping of in a few places. Hubs like to power wash EVERYTHING (he got fired by me btw) and I think he damaged it. I am going to look into the repair repaint method. Thanks so much for the advise!!
 

Itchey

Googlemeister
if it is only chipping in a few places, especially along an edge, seam,expansion joint, etc. , then it is entirely possible that the water he forced between the two layers is the culprit especially if he was using a commercial strength pressure washer (over 3500 psi) and a wobble nozzle or pinpoint direct stream. In that case a little crack fixer and a repaint will work just fine.

The big trick that most instructions will not tell you is the trick about keeping the floor warm and thereby dry during the drying process. That can be very critical as to the length and final appearance of the painted surface. You have to remember this is a relatively flat horizontal surface versus the vertical surface of a wall.
 

Brenda

New member
Well, it's all done. I used pool deck by Dyco paints (from Lowes) I filled the cracks and followed the product instructions. It looks fantastic and has that great rubbery feeling to it. Now, I am going to pass out, lol. Will get some pics tomorrow.

BTW, how funny is it when I get a few bucks in hand I go straight to Lowes???
 

Brenda

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This is a picture of the sun shade we put it. When the Target garden center was going out of business, I got the rolls of sunshade for $5.00 each. It keeps the shallow end of the pool in the shade most of the day.



 

jdhopkins

New member
Just thought I'd add a thought on cleaning the cool coat. Years ago I worked in a bed and breakfast in White Plains, NY and the NYC house cleaning staff that came out to clean also did the pool area. They included an equal amount of dish detergent with the bleach, put it in a spray bottle then used a sponge mop to clean the deck area. It was very effective, always looked good and clean and didn't seem to cause any problem with the coating.

Hope this helps!
 

jdhopkins

New member
Just thought I'd add a thought on cleaning the cool coat. Years ago I worked in a bed and breakfast in White Plains, NY and the NYC house cleaning staff that came out to clean also did the pool area. They included an equal amount of dish detergent with the bleach, put it in a spray bottle then used a sponge mop to clean the deck area. It was very effective, always looked good and clean and didn't seem to cause any problem with the coating.

Hope this helps!
I forgot to mention when I previously posted this that one of the cleaning staff told me that Dawn dish detergent was especially good for this cleaning solution.
 

Itchey

Googlemeister
Not sure what the deal is with Dawn, but it does appear to be a better degreaser, than other liquid detergents you find for doing dish's.
It will also suds in Salt Water which typically kills the suds in normal detergents. I'm sure 20 years from now, the contents will be a scandal of some sort, and we know that California will find it causes cancer. (LOL everything does that when it gets to Cali.)
 
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