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Selecting Your Coating
Selection of the correct coating for your pool depends on: (1) whether your existing surface is bare concrete, plaster or fiberglass, and (2) if currently coated, with what?

For Uncoated Pools

If your pool is concrete
You may choose any of the fine Olympic Pool Coatings: acrylic enamel (2 - 3 years service), synthetic rubber or chlorinated rubber (2 - 3 years service), or epoxy (5 - 8 years service). Each has its unique advantages, although epoxies offer the longest life.

If you have bare plaster or marcite
Again, any of the Olympic products may be used, with epoxies offering the best amortized value. If the existing surface is rough, prime first with Gunzite. If smooth, prime first with POXOPRIME II before application of POXOLON 2 or ZERON finish coat.

If you have a fiberglass pool
The epoxy system is your choice. Over GUNZITE PRIMER, apply either two coats of POXOLON 2 or one coat of ZERON.

For steel or aluminum
Again, epoxy is your choice. Both of these surfaces require a special primer before the application of the finish coat.

See the section on "Surface Preparation" before coating any surface.

If your pool is sandblasted
On your sandblasted surface (concrete or plaster) you may choose the Olympic system that best fits your service and application requirements. Remember, although more attention must be given during application, epoxies offer the longer life. Steel, aluminum and fiberglass all require the epoxy system.

Previously Coated Pools

Olympic recommends using the same type coating to recoat a previously finished pool. This assures the best possible adhesion between old and new.

How to Determine What Coating is on Your Pool
When the type of the old coating is not known, send a 1" x 1" chip to us for analysis. If time does not permit our analysis, try this:

Immerse a small chip - about 1" - in denatured alcohol. If it dissolves, it is a water-based acrylic. If not, immerse a small chip of the existing coating into a solvent blend of 75% mineral spirits and 25% Olympic No. 1108 SOLVENT or Xylol. Wait 30 seconds and rub the chip between your thumb and forefinger. If the chip dissolves, it is a synthetic rubber-base coating.

If the chip does not dissolve, then immerse the chip in 100% Olympic No. 1108 SOLVENT or Xylol. If the chip then dissolves, it is a chlorinated rubber coating. If it does not, it is an epoxy.

Use the same type finish for refinishing. REMEMBER that a synthetic rubber base coating can be applied over a chlorinated rubber coating but a chlorinated rubber coating cannot be applied over a synthetic rubber. However, you may convert old rubber base to epoxy by first applying FUSION PLUS Conversion Coating.

Send us a chip for analysis!
Kelley Technical Coatings
P. O. Box 3726
1445 South 15th Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40210-3726

On New or Unsurfaced Pools

For Smooth Concrete Surface
SystemPrimerCoating# of Coats
Epoxy* Poxoprime II Zeron 1
Epoxy* Poxoprime II Poxolon 2 2
Chlorinated Rubber None Paralon 2 2
Synthetic Rubber None Optilon 2
Acrylic None Hydrolon 2
For Plaster Surface
SystemPrimerCoating# of Coats
Epoxy* Poxoprime II Zeron 1
Epoxy* Poxoprime II Poxolon 2 2
Chlorinated Rubber None Paralon 2 2
Sythetic Rubber None Optilon 2
Acrylic None Hydrolon 2
* Use Gunzite on all rough plaster and concrete and on sandblasted surfaces.
For Gunite Surface
SystemPrimerCoating# of Coats
Epoxy Gunzite Zeron 1
For Aluminum Surface
SystemPrimerCoating# of Coats
Epoxy Bonderite Zeron 1
Epoxy Bonderite Poxolon 2 2
For Steel Surface
SystemPrimerCoating# of Coats
Epoxy #219 Steel Primer Zeron 1
Epoxy #220 Steel Primer Poxolon 2 2
Olympic Pool Products are not recommended for stainless steel.
For Fiberglass Surface
SystemPrimerCoating# of Coats
Epoxy Gunzite Zeron 1
Epoxy Gunzite Poxolon 2 2
One coat of Zeron may replace two coats of Poxolon 2 in all cases where epoxy is used.
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