First coat on the pool

So we have finished filling in the patches on the pool with the pool paint, now it is time to move onto the first coat. Today the temperature was in the mid 30s and it was actually too hot to paint (the paint was just melting rather than drying), so we waited until 7pm to start on the first coat. A rule of thumb when painting is that prep work should take just as long as the painting itself so we started off by clearing the bottom of the pool of debris and brushing down the walls of yuk and all sorts.

We had a ‘family debate’ over the best method to clear the debris on the pool floor and decided that getting a couple of extension cables and lugging the hoover down there was the best method. Fortunately the pool was *mostly* dry. The floor was covered in fallen leaves, insects, dust, and a considerable amount of blossom from the orange tree so it took a while.

Mum decided that she had a ‘degree’ in hoovering (this was after quite a few glasses of red wine) and that she was the best person to do the job so we waited until the task was complete. When painting it is best to use brushes to paint the corners, tops and bottoms and then the rest with rollers. It comes out as a nicer finish if you do the brushing first and the rolling second – so Dad and I had a 20 minute head start on brushing and then Mum did two walls with the roller, and then we swapped jobs.

This photo was taken after finishing on the first coat on the walls of the pool. Voila! The sun is setting and it is time for dinner. It took us about an hour to put on the first coat and it went on so well that it is very likely that two coats will be sufficient.

For those interested, the paint that we used was called ‘Tinta P/Piscinas Azul Piscina’ (Blue pool paint, which translates as: Azul=Blue, Piscina=Pool, Tinta=Paint). We had to apply a paint thinner to get the most out of the paint, which in Portugal is called ‘Dil P/Borracha Clorada’ (which translates literally into ‘chlorinated rubber’, borracha=rubber, clorada=chlorine). Following the instructions from the hardware shop, we added a quarter of a litre of paint stripper (the equivalent of a full porcelain cup) into one tin and stirred it for about 5mins before painting.

I’ll create a separate page on ‘How to paint a swimming pool’ because it isn’t quite as straight forward as it sounds (ha). We approached the pool technician about fix the hole in the pool and he had to ‘think on it’ for two days and get back to us so that’ll be a huge post in itself.

The photo with Dad was taken on the morning of the 24th May 2013 at around 8am. The Portuguese try and get all their outdoor work done very early in the morning and then again in the evening, so we took a leaf out of their book. Mum walks the dogs at 6:30am and there are lots of people doing their gardening at such a ridiculous hour.

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