Do I need to use a primer first?
No – Aqua Pond Paint is self-priming as long as the surface to be coated is sound (i.e. No loose concrete/cracks etc. If there is please refer to the “Prep your pond” section. For rough or porous concrete add 10% water to the mixed paint for the first coat, as this will fill in any small holes etc. Then apply a second coat of paint as normal.
Will the paint adhere to plastics and fiberglass?
Yes, no problem at all! Ensure the surface is clean first of any grease/algae/scale and lightly abrade (roughen) to ensure better adhesion of the paint. 1 coat of paint will waterproof porous fibreglass, but 2 coats are preferable.
Can I use the pond paint on plywood or marine ply?
Please refer to “Method of use”. Marine ply is often used to build tanks and can be sealed with our paint, and the joints can be sealed using our “Gold Label Pond & Aquarium Sealer”.
Can you use it on stainless steel or galvanized steel?
If using on stainless steel, abrade the surface first using wire wool, and with galvanized steel just degrease as normal using “Gold Label Cleaning Solvent”. This applies whether you are using our paint or sealer products.
Can the paint be used to fill cracks in cement?
If the cracks are hairline/less than 1mm then yes the paint can be used to fill in the cracks. However, if the cracks are any larger in size than 1mm, they will have to be opened up to 5-10mm in a “V” formation and primed with a PVA adhesive which has been watered down as instructed by the manufacturer. Then use our “Gold Label Pond & Aquarium Sealer” to fill the joint and leave to cure for 2 hours before painting.
Painting on new render vs. an old painted surface?
If you are painting over an old/pre-painted surface, you will only need to prep the area first by cleaning and abrading to ensure good adhesion and curing time. However, if your old painted pond has a rubber coating this will need to be removed before new paint is applied. (Please contact us if you need information on how to remove a rubber coated pond). If you are painting on new render, allow the new render to set properly and then check for any wet spots. A small amount of moisture in/on the surface is fine and will not affect the paint adversely. If the surface is very dry and porous though, it is best to add 10% water to the paint mix to aid penetration of the surface for better waterproofing. All subsequent coats should be applied in the normal way.
Do I have to mix all of the paint and hardener at the same time?
No, you can split it into equal amounts and store the rest for later.
How long do I need to mix the paint for?
Thoroughly stir the paint for at least 2 minutes, especially the coloured paints, making sure that there is no sediment left at the bottom. Once this is done, you can then mix in the hardener and again, stir thoroughly. You will then have 1.5 hours (in ambient temperatures) in which to use the paint before it cures inside the pot.
Do I need a dry surface to put the paint on?
No, as long as it is not raining and the air temperature is above 10 °c and below 20 °c you can apply onto damp concrete, the normal curing times apply. (NB: If rain is expected after application, protect using the tenting method described below for the initial cure time of 6-8 hours.) Damp is different to wet though. If the whole pond and surrounding air is very moist then it would be best to wait for a dry period of 24 hours is forecast.
The paint will not dry…
The paint is temperature sensitive and should only be applied in temperatures above 10°C for at least 6 hours, to allow the catalyst to affect the initial curing process. For this reason, we would recommend applying the paint in the mornings. If you need to apply in low temperatures then the pond can be tented over and heated. If you are using a hot air machine then the tent will need to be vented in order to prevent condensation as this can cause water to drip onto the curing paint and wash the catalyst out. Also, the tent/cover should go beyond the perimeter of the pond thus preventing condensation from running down on to the paint.
Can I heat the pond in order to be able to apply the paint in colder weather?
It is preferable to apply the paint in the correct temperatures (10°C or above). If the paint is applied at this temperature in the daytime but nighttime will drop below 10°C, then it is best to cover the pond but leave some venting in order to discourage condensation occurring, which would damage the paint in its curing state. If you need to tent over the pond and keep it heated (so that the paint can cure), you will need to keep it vented to stop the condensation dripping down the uncured paint. (Please see above)
What do I do if the paint gets wet before it cures?
If some, or all of the paint gets wet before has cured then the surface of the pond will most likely be sticky with a puddle of gel like product at the bottom of the pond. This will be the paint that has been washed out and the sticky catalyst is left on the walls of the pond. Clean off any excess paint you can with a sponge and water. When the pond is completely dry, apply another coat of Gold Label Pond Paint in the normal way and this should cure the underlying coat as well.
Do I need any special equipment to apply the paint?
No special equipment is needed – only a brush or roller or if speed is required, a spray gun. However, we recommend a roller as this gives a more even coat and will achieve higher m2 coverage.
How long after applying the first coat of paint can I apply the second?
A second coat can be applied between 6-48 hours – once it is touch dry. If a second coat is to be applied after 48 hours then the first coat will need to be lightly abraded to help with adhesion.
How quickly can I refill my pond?
Refill can start between 3 and 7 days, depending on the atmospheric conditions i.e. air temperature and moisture content. (The pond needs to be touch dry all over, it is best to wait longer than refilling too soon.). To begin with, wash down the walls of the pond to remove any residue that may contain contaminates. Once this has been done and all the dirty water has been removed, then proceed to fill the pond with fresh water. Once full, leave the pond for 24 hours before filling with fish/plants etc. so that you can check if any scum rises to the surface. If this happens, just skim this off and leave for another 24 hours to check again. Repeat as necessary until the water and surface is clear, before filling your pond as normal with any livestock/plants/items etc.
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