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Paint has been around since the beginning of time — it was used to write messages on the walls of caves, painted on ceilings of the Roman aqueducts and currently on jaw dropping waterslides. Paint is one of the few substances that has grown and evolved along with mankind.
Modern paint’s basic purpose hasn’t changed from that of our ancestors: it is designed to apply color in a liquid form and dry to a solid, adhering to the surface. Yet it has exploded in many possibilities and purposes: these possibilities vary depending on the chemical composition, which is based on four main components:
At Ramuc, our expertise is aquatic paints, specifically designed for under water use — those which will make a pool, fountain or aquatic structure look great, last long and resist wear. Three types of coatings used on aquatic structures: epoxy, acrylic and rubber based.
Epoxy provides a long-lasting finish — up to eight years — while resisting chemicals, stains and abrasion. It is best used on unpainted surfaces, or on aquatic fixtures that were previously coated with epoxy paint.
Rubber-based paint is known for providing coverage and protection. These paints have undergone many changes over the past few years to comply with VOC regulations. Synthetic rubber has become a popular alternative to chlorinated rubber based paint, based on environmental awareness.
Acrylic pool paints are very versatile and can be applied over a wide variety of previously painted surfaces. Our Type DS can be applied even in damp environments — minimizing down time.
To determine the type of paint on an existing surface, submit a chip sample to RAMUC for analysis.
There are two common options for resurfacing a pool — paint or plaster. Plaster is an expensive and time-consuming process. It can last many years but is prone to deterioration due in part by inconsistent water chemistry. Due to its porosity, plaster coatings develop surface cracks, stains and pitting. If a pool has an existing plaster finish and needs resurfacing, it is a burdensome process to remove the existing plaster and perform in-depth preparation for the new plaster application. Anticipate a lengthy process with a crew of technicians using heavy-duty equipment.
Today’s pool coatings are designed to address the multiple conditions encountered by submerged environments. Applying a pool specialty coating is an efficient and cost-effective means of refinishing a pool. Prices vary but research shows painting is a fraction of the cost of re-plastering, a less complex process and requires a shorter down time.
Indeed, applying paint to a pool requires proper preparation and a typical pool will take several hours when done by a two people. The surface must be clean, sound and void of loose or flaking paint or plaster.
Select the coating based upon the type of paint that already exists on the surface. To determine the type of paint on an existing surface, submit a chip sample to RAMUC for analysis and a recommendation for which product to use.
RAMUC Pool Specialty Coating are self-priming, saving time and money. Service life varies upon the type of coating selected, and runs the gamut of two years for an acrylic to eight years (or more) for an epoxy. Whether you select epoxy, rubber-based or acrylic, we have a coating to meet an array of needs in a variety of colors. Choose to paint a pool and achieve a beautiful, long lasting finish that will provide years of enjoyment and satisfaction. For more information, visit ramucpoolpaint.com
The winterizing process is different for just about everyone. It can differ based on your geographic location, which can dictate when winterizing season begins, the types of pools you'll service, the maintenance required during the off-season and more.
However you manage the winterizing process in your area, the goal is the same for everyone: protecting pools from damage to the equipment, interior finish, plumbing, tile and structure that can result from freezing...
For some products, form and function can be difficult to marry, and for years, waterslides have largely fallen into that category. While slides add big fun to many an aquatic environment, they also typically rank among the more visually awkward features.
Enter Splinter Works, a British manufacturer that has introduced a line of waterslides that completely reinvents the concept. The company was formed in 2009 as a collaboration between design pioneers Miles Hartwell and Matt...
Hot tub design has come a very long way from the days of wine barrel tubs and the early portables. The industry now features vessels that complement and harmonize with architecture and landscape design in ways once reserved for their concrete counterparts.
Back in our July issue, Senior Editor Eric Herman discussed how portable and pre-manufactured hot tubs have evolved in aesthetic design in recent years. The main point was simple: Where in-ground concrete hot tubs have...
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After sharing the winners of the first-ever Truck & Van contest, we were flooded with feedback. In particular: “When is this contest coming back so I can enter?”
Now, in fact — we’re excited to announce we’re bringing the Truck & Van contest back for another spin.
This year, entries will be...