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this time we are showing how EPOTEC works successfully with previously painted pools.

While upgrading your pool don’t forget to think about your pool surrounds too. It’s easy to upgrade to a nice new, decorative, non-slip easy clean surface while working on your pool.

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How does Epotec compare to other Epoxy paints?

Here are some important factors to consider before you purchase any pool coatings.

Information that will save you money and increase your enjoyment of your pool.

Firstly, there are 2 main types of pool coatings: Chlorinated Rubber (pool paint, rubber paint) and Epoxy.

Firstly, there are 2 main types of pool coatings: Chlorinated Rubber (pool paint, rubber paint) and  Epoxy.

Chlorinated Rubber: is a cheaper maintenance type paint which lasts 1 – 2 years before needing to be recoated. Often used in council pools which are recoated each winter. They require an absolutely dry surface, 7 – 14 days drying, are very smelly, and are not easy to use. Not recommended.

Epoxy Coatings: are more durable and come in several types.

General Grade: as seen in paint shops etc, for use on concrete floors, workshops, steel work. These are not designed for use in swimming pools. They will be too thin and last about 3 – 5 years.

Pool Grade: From specialist supplier only (not sold in shops) and will last much longer in pools as designed for water immersion 24 / 7, are chlorine, chemical and UV resistant. For these coatings all else being equal durability relates to how thick the paint film is in your pool. As they slowly wear away the thicker the paint film the longer they last, saving you the hassle to empty and recoat your pool, before it’s due. As a guide you can expect 7 – 12 years of service life when applied thickly.

Epotec is called a high build coating meaning it goes on thick to give you maximum thickness and thus durability in 2 coats. All others spread out too thinly and therefore you need 3 coats to get the same thickness and the equal service life.

Epotec has no thinners, but is specially designed to flow out easily by brush, roller or spray to get the thick coating your pool needs to resist wear and tear over the years.

Epotec being 98% solids, when applied at our specified coverage rates will provide a nominal dry film thickness of 320 microns. Other leading brands the thickness is around 150 – 200 microns, (only half the required thickness) Not thick enough to last. You will need to apply 3 or more coats now or come back after a few years and apply more.

Other Epoxies:

Other epoxies have thinners (up to 50%) meaning they look good when applied, but spread out too far, and are not thick enough to last. If you want them to last then you need 1, 2 or 3 extra coats.

More work for you, at the beginning or often after a few a years, when you see it wearing through.

In fact one supplier recommends 3 coats at 50 micron thickness, meaning 150 microns in total.

Yes they are about 2/3rds the cost, first up of our Epotec, but when you have to come and apply another 3 coats to get the required thickness its 30% more expensive than Epotec.

The choice is: apply 6 coats of their paint to get the same dry film thickness as Epotec which uses just TWO coats…..and spend 30% more money on their paint alone, without adding in extra time and costs for 4 more applications. Most want to save time and money, how about you?

So if you are comparing epoxy coatings before deciding, make sure you are comparing the thickness of the final finish.  Not just the price in the can of an epoxy with 50% thinners, which spreads out well, so well in fact, so you have not enough paint thickness there to last the distance 

So if you are comparing epoxy coatings before deciding, make sure you are comparing the thickness of the final finish.  Not just the price in the can of an epoxy with 50% thinners, which spreads out well, so well in fact, so you have not enough paint thickness there to last the distance.

  • We operate on the basis of letting you enjoy your pool for at least 10 years and for most domestic pools 12 plus years is usually the case. See our web site for a 12 year old pool to see how it performs…..just the Epotec you can have in your pool.This is because having spent all the time cleaning and preparing the surface most home owners do not want to get back to do it all again anytime soon. We assume you are of a similar mind.
  • As a backup we offer through Approved Applicators up to a 5 year written warranty if they do the work and follow our specifications. NO other pool coating manufacturer in Australia offers any warranty!!So they don’t back up their words. We do.
  • Thirdly there are no short cuts with epoxies. Our Epotec is almost 100% solids, that is it has effectively no solvent or thinners. Most other Epoxies manufacturers cheapen their “in the can” price by adding thinners, often up to 50%, (thinners is cheap compared to epoxy resin) so when you put their paint onto your pool half of it evaporates into the air and though it’s cheaper to buy in the can, you end up with only 50% of the product staying behind on your pool surface. Not enough to last.It’s important you are aware that the price in the can is not what counts. What counts is how much material (thickness) remains on the surface of your pool to protect your investment. Paint companies can use hidden ways to sell you something that in the end will not last…………it’s called dilution!

It’s important you are aware that the price in the can is not what counts. What counts is how much material (thickness) remains on the surface of your pool to protect your investment.
Paint companies can use hidden ways to sell you something that in the end will not last ………… it’s called dilution!

roller marks on epoxy painted pool

Pic 1: This is what paint that’s too thin will look like after a few years. You can see the roller marks on the bottom. Epotec goes on thick, so this does not happen.

Paint worn off on steps of swimming pool

Pic 2: Paint worn off on steps, leaving bare concrete showing. A high wear area that requires a thick coating if it’s to last.

Other features of Epotec.

  • you get 320 microns thickness in 2 coats (others need 3 coats or more)
  • you get great opacity
  • you can go on to damp surfaces
  • no solvent to give you headaches
  • easy mixing and roller application
  • long  lasting and proven performance

We trust this has been helpful. We come across this issue many times and when customers understand the ways of the industry and consider their investment and how long they want the coating to last, they agree with us. EPOTEC is the right choice. Thick not thin.

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