Swimming Pool Paint NZ : Safety and hygiene guaranteed coatings
In New Zealand there are over 1300 schools with swimming pools. Add the countless thousands of public pools, private baths, therapy baths (for example in rehabilitation centers) and semi-public swimming facilities (for example in bungalow parks, campsites and wellness centers) and you can discern the importance of swimming pool paint NZ.Whether you have a private pool or operate a public one, safety, hygiene and durability should be on top of your list.
High temperatures in combination with pollution form a source of bacteria which increase the risk of legionella. Pool coating provides a closed and smooth finish so that dirt almost no chance to attach and prevent harmful bacteria. In addition to the hygienic function, the coating also provides a durable protective layer and gives the coating extra safety to the visitor of the bath. In summary, a pool coating provides these 4 benefits:
- A seamless finish: No sharp edges, cracks or seams to which people can hurt themselves.
- Prevents leakages: Swimming pool coating is waterproof. The pool will, therefore, not be damaged by prolonged exposure to water.
- Aesthetics: That beautiful fresh blue? Or just such a nice concrete look? Pool paint is available in many colours, finishes and textures.
- Ensures hygiene: Due to the closed structure of the coating, no dirt can remain that can be harmful to health, in contrast to tiles, for example, where dirt gets stuck in the joints.
Choosing the best swimming pool paint for your pool
Not every pool coating can be applied to any surface. For example, coatings that are especially suitable for porous substrates such as concrete are not suitable for baths made of polyester because of the danger of osmotic blowing. In some cases this can be remedied by first applying a primer to the substrate. In addition, it is important to think beforehand whether you want to cover the surface or leave it visible.
Whatever the case, here are some general guidelines to which coatings are suitable for your pool type and material.
Suitable pool paint: Primer + Polyurethane coating (commercial pools), chlorinated rubber pool paint (private baths) or epoxy coating (indoor pools)
A concrete pool almost always requires a primer; the top coat can be epoxy, chlorinated rubber, or polyurethane based. Epoxy pool paint is not recommended for new pools due to its lack of flexibility; new concrete may “live” requiring the coating to stretch with it. Polyurethane is more flexible and is better at absorbing small cracks. Chlorinated rubber systems provide a fully watertight swimming pool resistant to chlorine and algal growth. The con of chlorinated rubber is its poor resistance to oils (including sunscreen), so it is not recommended for public pools.
Pools with tiles
Suitable pool paint: Primer + Epoxy coating (indoor pools only), Polyurea hot spray or chlorinated rubber pool paint (private baths)
Almost all 2-pack coatings are suitable for applying over tiles (as long as a good primer is used). It is also important here whether you want to keep the tiles visible. Epoxy can be applied transparently over tiles. Polyurea and chlorinated rubber, however, can not. Epoxy can also be applied opaque, although multiple layers are required if you wish to conceal the tile structure. The advantage of epoxy is that you can immediately take line in the pool. Chlorinated rubber is the cheapest option. On the other hand, it comes in a limited number of colours and is not suitable for commercial baths.
Fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) pools
Suitable pool paint: 1 component epoxy paint (private pools), epoxy coating and polyurea coating
Epoxy coating adheres well to FRP and is extremely resistant to chemicals (chlorine and detergents). The con is that the application and curing of epoxy is a long process: 3-7 days depending on the layer thickness. Polyurea coating, however, is applied with high-pressure spray equipment and dries faster. For small FRP pools or local repairs, 1K epoxy paints are also available.
Stainless steel or aluminum pools
Suitable pool paint: Anti corrosive acrylic polyurethane
For stainless steel and aluminium baths you should opt for an anti corrosive solution, or a rust-inhibiting primer. Always consult a specialist before choosing a swimming pool paint to prevent any issues related to adhesion or premature corrosion and further deterioration.
5 factors to consider for the swimming pool paint price
Whatever type of pool coating you require, the costs are estimated based on 5 variables. These factors are also used by pool coating contractors to provide you with an accurate quote. Therefore, you should consider the following:
- Inspection results: Moisture in the subsoil, potholes and bumps, difficult to access spaces. The fewer pitfalls and obstacles there are, the lower the quotation price.
- Required preparation: Are there a lot of repair and equalisation works required in advance? Or a thorough cleaning? Or maybe a primer? These costs come on top of the coating.
- Application method: Is standard brush/roller application possible, or is high pressure spray more convenient? Will one coat do, or are more required? This all affects the price.
- Finishing option: Do you want a specific colour or special effect? There is a lot possible in terms of finish, including details like the lane lines and markings in competition pools. Of course there is a price tag.
- Extra options: Often the coating is not only applied in the swimming pool, but also around it. Think of the foot baths, pool edges or shower rooms. Here you can opt for an anti-slip finish at an additional cost.
Waterproof pool coating in showers and other applications
In addition to commercial swimming pools, other areas also benefit from a watertight swimming pool coating. For example, consider saunas and wellness centers. Or how about a private swimming pool on your own property or a swimming pool at your bungalow. And then we are really talking about swimming pools. But the spaces around it can also use a swimming pool coating. To give an example; pool coating can also be applied in:
- Changing rooms of swimming pools
- In and around water attractions (eg slides or children’s pools)
- Walk-through rooms of saunas
- Joint shower rooms of gyms
- Walk-in showers
- Saunas, steam baths, changing rooms and shower rooms in gyms
- Bungalow parks and campsites with swimming and / or wellness facilities
A high-quality swimming pool coating ensures that both the recreational swimmer and sauna traveler can safely enjoy the swimming pool and the space around it.