Avoiding Problems with Painting Your Pool Decks and Driveways

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Avoiding Problems with Painting Your Pool Decks and Driveways 

Everyone wants to save money when it comes to painting driveways or pool decks. Unfortunately, taking shortcuts and not doing it properly can end up costing you more money in the long run.

Any time you are going to paint one of these surfaces, certain procedures should be followed. My rule of thumb is this: If the homeowner can’t show me what he surface was painted with previously, I then use a certain product line and procedure to ensure that my paint adheres to what is currently on the surface.

However, if the homeowner shows me what was used last, then after I pressure clean the surface, and ensure it is not chalky, I always repaint the surface with the same product. By repainting with the same product, you do not have to worry about adhesion problems.

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As you can see in the above picture, the last time this pool deck was painting, they actually used a product that is used to seal in roofs on mobile homes. They probably figured if it was good enough to hold up on roofs, it would hold up on a pool deck.

Initially, it looked like a normal concrete paint, but once we started pressure cleaning this deck, I realized the density of the dried finish and what was used. As you can see, most of the paint came off of the surface. We were lucky enough that most of the coating came off; if it hadn’t, the only alternative was to have the surface sandblasted.

Even though many home improvement stores sell concrete paint and stain for pool decks and driveways, they often don’t tell you that most paints and stains are not compatible with other manufacturer paints and stains. You can never put a latex stain or paint over a xylene-based paint or stain, and vice-versa.

In next week’s blog, I will tell you how I fixed this pool deck along with the products that we used.