The Ultimate Guide: Preparing Your Swimming Pool for Summer - Crockers Paint & Wallpaper

The Ultimate Guide: Preparing Your Swimming Pool for Summer

There is more than just cleaning and checking chlorine levels when it comes to preparing your swimming pool for summer. Here at Crockers, we have years of experience in caring for and maintaining swimming pools and poolsides so that it lasts for years to come. Afterall, your pool should be the prize of the home - and one that looks good, is safe and allows for use all summer long. 

It is a common misconception that when your pool paint starts to chip, or you notice cracks in the lining that it’s time to fork out the cash for a new pool. This is not the case! With a fresh lick of quality epoxy paint, you can give your swimming pool a whole new lease on life. And if you’re wanting to go one step further and upgrade your poolside, there are fantastic non-slip paints that can easily refresh your pool safety surrounds. 


Preparing your swimming pool for summer requires some forward planning. The best time to refresh your pool for summer is in winter when the pool is not in use. The first step in this process is to check the quality of your pool paint. 

If you notice signs of weathering, cracks, or tired imperfections then it might be time for a fresh coat of paint. You can paint pools that are made of concrete, fibreglass, pebblecrete, marblesheen and even pools that have been previously painted. 

We have been selling pool paint for many years and we recommend LUXAPOOL Epoxy paint. It is Australian made and will give you a durable and smooth finish, meaning that it is hard-wearing but still soft on the skin. Giving you peace of mind that it won’t snag swimming suits or graze knees and elbows. 

Before and after with LUXAPOOL epoxy  swimming pool paint


LUXAPOOL epoxy paint comes in a comprehensive range of colours. If you change the colour of your house, garden or outdoor decor, you can easily repaint your pool to match the new colour scheme. 

In addition, LUXAPOOL epoxy swimming pool paint has a special coating technology that keeps water cooler in summer through reducing infrared radiation absorption. A much needed innovation in the harsh Australian sun! 

You’ll also be pleased to know that LUXAPOOL epoxy paint contributes to the hygiene of your swimming pool by reducing ‘chalkiness’ in your pool, therefore keeping chlorine and salt use to a minimum. 


With proper pool preparation, application and care, your swimming pool coating should last eight to 10 years. While it is a job you can complete yourself, the below preparation steps are vital to ensuring a successful application. If there is anything that you’re unsure of below please come in store and speak to us first. 

Step one: drain your pool

Believe it or not, leaving your pool empty during winter is actually really bad for your swimming pool, as it makes it more susceptible to weathering, even with a pool cover on.

So once you have made the decision that you’re going to repaint your pool, drain it and be prepared to get to work. 

Step two: clean the surface 

Swimming pools have all kinds of body fats, oils and sunscreen residue stuck to the pool lining, so it is important that you use a cleaning product, such as LUXAPOOL concentrated wash to remove these substances. 

Step three: Repair any holes or cracks 

Now is the time to fill any cracks or surface imperfections, and the best product to do this with is the LUXAPOOL epoxy filler. 

Step four: abrade the surface

Abrading the pool surface creates an optimum etch for maximum adhesion of the pool paint to the surface. To abrade the pool you will need 20 to 40 grit sandpaper with an orbital sander or angle grinder with a ZEC disk. 

You will need to abrade until the whole surface looks dull and feels rough. Ideally, you want to see no glossy patches. By creating an etched surface, you are giving the epoxy paint the best possible chance of adhering to the pool. 

It is important that you wear safety glasses, a dust mask, and ear muffs during this process. And if it’s sunny out, ensure you wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the harsh sun rays. 

Step five: remove all residue 

You can’t paint on a dusty wall and the same goes for a pool. You will need to thoroughly broom or vacuum the dust left from the abrading. Rinsing the pool helps to remove all final traces of dust. 

Step six: prime or seal 

Some pool surfaces require sealing, such as bare concrete or marblesheen. Often these materials can have a ‘powdery’ texture. Using a sealer will ensure that the surface is tightly bound for epoxy paint.

Step seven: paint and allow to dry 

It’s time to paint! If you followed all the steps above, you should now be ready to paint your pool. We recommend using tech cover rollers to provide a smooth and opaque finish. Once painting is complete, wait seven to 14 days before filling your pool. 


Pool safety is at the front of mind for many people, especially when young children are going to be playing in and around the pool. Splashing water can create a very slippery surface and increase the risk of slips and falls.

Before Luxapool poolside and paving paint

LUXAPOOL poolside and paving paint is the solution to this problem! It is a P5 rated, non-slip decorative coating and comes in a range of popular colours. 

Again this product can be used on many surfaces, including concrete, walkways, stairs and even pebblecrete. Furthermore, like the epoxy paint, this product also requires careful attention when applying. 

Firstly you will need to clean the area with an outdoor cleaning solution, then seal the surface with ACRYLMERIC Superseal Primer, and then you’re ready to start painting. 

After Luxapool poolside and paving paint


If you’ve realised you need to start preparing your swimming pool for summer but don’t have the time, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We have a list of professional tradesmen that we work with who can help you get the job done. 


  1. How to wash with LUXAPOOL Concentrated Wash
  2. How To Test Your Swimming Pool Coating
  3. How To Repair Small Cracks and Divots with Epoxy Filler
  4. How To Acid Etch Your Pool Before Painting
  5. How To Abrade a Pool Surface Before Painting
  6. How To Paint Your Swimming Pool with LUXAPOOL Epoxy Swimming Pool Paint


  1. How To Paint a Swimming Pool (Before & Afters)
  2. How To Prepare Your Swimming Pool for Painting
  3. How To Make Your Pool Surrounds Safer

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