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Painting your Pool – What is the Process?

painting a poolOwning a pool is a luxury, it gives you hours of entertainment for you and your guests, spending time in the clean water and relaxing. When it’s time to paint your pool, there are many challenges that can come up. Mother Nature and time can cause your pool to become unsightly, filled with cracks and faded paint. What is the process of painting your pool?

Depending on the type of paint you choose, there are a variety of ways to paint your pool. The three types of pool paint are epoxy, chlorinated rubber base, and acrylic pool paint. All three have their benefits, but epoxy paint is known to last the longest and is also very durable. This type of paint will last up to 10 years and can withstand UV rays, automatic pool cleaners and chemical treatments better than any other paint type.

Once you have determined the type of pool paint you are going to use, drain any water from the pool and remove any debris and plugs. Scrape off all the old, loose paint, if you do not get it all the new paint is going to look deformed and will not hold properly. Patch any large chips, caulk any cracks, and get rid of any loose cement so that the pool can have a nice, clean surface.

Scrub the walls and floor and use an acid wash with the proper equipment and procedure to get the pool walls and floor as clean and ready for paint as possible. Then rinse completely to get rid of the acid solution. The pool should be completely dry for three to five days so that the new paint will stay properly.

Before painting, scrape any last minute spots that you see, sweep the pool and get rid of any dirt. Starting in the deep end of the pool, start painting and work your way to the shallow end. Mid-morning is the best time to pain, and keep in mind that paint will not hold if the temperature is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If applying a second coat, wait two to four hours before adding it.

Before filling the swimming pool with water, wait five days to make sure the paint can dry completely. Once the pool is completely full you will have a newly-painted pool to enjoy! The process may seem long, especially if the weather does not cooperate, but it is rewarding and necessary in order to keep your pool up to standards.


Glacier Industrial, is pleased to bring you this article on the process of painting your pool. Glacier Industrial does a lot epoxy painting in Colorado and epoxy flooring in Colorado. If you are interested in any of their services, be sure to check out their website today.

Log Splitting Tips

It’s winter time again and using wood to supplement your home heating efforts is a great way to reduce your oil bill. I’m all for saving a little money, so I’m willing to split logs myself instead of buying cords of pre-split wood. That can get as expensive as oil if you really think about it. Plus if you cut down your own trees, you need a way to split it anyways. So here are a few tips I’ve come across to help the process.

Cut your logs to length first

This really isn’t a splitting tip, but there’s no use fighting with a log that won’t fit into your stove or fireplace once it’s split. Make sure they’re the right length before you bother splitting them. Shorter logs tend to split easier anyways.

Use a Powered splitter

Gas-SplitterThe cheap electric splitters they sell at the home improvement stores are okay, but they’re still going to give you issues with stubborn logs, and they’re not going to power through the big logs. Gas powered splitters are the best option. They’ll save you time and alot of backache. My back is bad to begin with, so a powered splitter means that I can split ten times the amount of wood before I have to give up for the day. Powered splitters also blast through tough wood, knots, and oddly cut logs. Ever try to split a log that seems to fall over if you blow on it? Powered splitters can wedge the log in place and split it easily.

Get Help

Splitting is a tiring process whether you’re doing it by hand or you have a splitter. Get some help either way. Another person means you’ll go twice as fast. You can trade off places doing the hard work of swinging the axe. If you’re using a powered splitter, the second person can be busy stacking split wood, and bringing logs over to the machine. It’s important that the person operating the powered splitter does not have to waste time getting logs to split. It’s much more efficient to sit at the splitter and just keep running logs through it.

Watch out for bugs

Bugs-In-LogEvery once and a while you’ll get a tree that might have been infested. It might the reason it died or fell over. If this is the case, what out for the insects living inside. Some insects are just calling the log home, but insects such as termites could spread and eat the rest of your wood and your house/shed. I found all sorts of ants and beetles in one of the logs I split recently. I have a picture of that above. Now I split in the winter, so they didn’t run all over the place, and if you burn them before they wake up, all is fine. You could also leave the logs out in the open to clean them up. The birds would love the snack.

Take breaks and be safe

Splitting is hard work, so be sure to take breaks often. Hydrate and get out of the cold. Rest your back so you don’t pull a muscle. Be sure to lift properly and never extend for a heavy log. Wear protective glasses for wood chips. Steel toed boots help with logs that split or fall and hit your feet. Gloves keep splinters away and keep your hands protected and warm. Knee pads are good for kneeling by the splitter or just to protect your knees in case a log flies and hits your legs. I’ve been kneecapped a number of times and it just doesn’t feel good! To prevent strain on my back I have a bucket I sit on to operate the splitter so I’m not bending over quite as much.

Keep all these tips in mind and hopefully your next splitting experience will be just a little better! I’d love to hear your own tips in the comments section!