Spray On Pond Liners – What Is A Spray On Pond Liner?

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When it comes to applying a coating that will eventually waterproof your pond, there is a small variety of materials available to choose from. There is anything from paints to epoxies to other specialized coatings, some of which can be used in a pond, while others that should never be used in a pond.

But before you run out and try to find the right spray on pond liner for you, consider these few things. Consider the application itself. Do you have the skill set necessary to accomplish the task? Do you have the equipment necessary to spray on a pond liner?

Even if you do not have the skill set necessary to spray on a pond liner, it can be learned. This, like any other new task you set out to do is just something that you need to study before moving forward. The company that you purchase materials from ought to be able to give you the technical support necessary to carry out your task.

Pond Armor, for instance, offers technical support for both their equipment and materials. This way you can be reasonably assured that you can complete your project with very few problems.

I would suggest that before you undertake the task of spraying a pond liner that you read all of the materials available to you. Contact the manufacturer of the equipment and materials and ask questions. A good game plan before you start will also ensure a trouble free installation.

Once you receive your equipment and materials, check everything out thoroughly. Look for missing or broken items or pieces and notify the manufacturer right away. You’ll want to resolve that and get replacement items on their way as quickly as possible.

Read through all of the instructions first. I cannot stress this enough. It’s hard to believe but I can tell you stories about the instructions being thrown at after the packaging has been opened. If you do this, you’ll be heading into the project virtually blind and your success rate will suffer for it.

Once you have read all of the instructions, write down any questions you have. It’s even a good idea to write them down as you read through the instructions. Again, I have spoken to people who asked me a dozen questions, only to forget that final one. There’s not a lot I can do about stirring up your memory.

Take a look through your materials and equipment. Write down any questions you have in regards to your visual inspection. Have a pencil and piece of paper handy when you call in to ask questions. You’ll want to be able to review your notes later.

Once all that business is settled and you know how to use the equipment and materials, pick a time for the installation that you can readily do the project, free from distraction. Trying to spray on a pond liner while friends are stopping by will only serve to slow you down. That is, of course, unless you can recruit them.

Let’s assume that you are not the type of person that wants to get in there and do the work yourself. That’s OK too. As long as you choose an installer that has done this sort of work before or is willing to learn the process, you should be in good hands. Either way, you’ll want to at least check his references prior to the hiring process.

It is important for you to investigate potential installers thoroughly. Hiring the wrong person can cost you a lot of time and money. That’s definitely something you can do without!
If you do not have the equipment, there are always options of purchasing and in some cases renting it. If you purchase the equipment, you should follow the processes laid out above. If you plan to rent, be sure to know what is expected of you as the renter of the equipment and how the equipment should be taken care of.

It is advisable to purchase insurance on equipment that you rent, just in case some unforeseen accident happens during the installation. Make sure that you have read all of the policies regarding clean up and damage and be sure to return the equipment on time in order to avoid late charges and penalties.

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When to Spray Epoxy

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This will not be an article that is too in depth but probably helpful none the less.  In the How to Spray Epoxy article, I mentioned one “when” you should spray.  That was determined by how much epoxy it will take to spray your pond.  If you do not have enough area to cover, the rental of the equipment, the set up and clean up time and the bit of Pond Shield epoxy you will loose in the system will cost you in the end.

However, there are times when spraying even a smaller area than 8 quart and a half kits (3-gallon kit) will cover is essential or at least food for thought.  Those are areas in which the ponds surface is so rough that trying to squeegee or roll the epoxy onto them will cost you a lot more in the long run than the set up or clean up time or the loss of a little bit of epoxy.

I have seen ponds that people have told me are pretty smooth that really ended up looking like a broom finish.  These are the worst areas to try and squeegee or roll.  The reason is that surfaces like this have very accentuated peaks and valleys.  So as you squeegee 10 mils over the peaks of a surface like this that has 30 mil deep valleys, you are essentially applying 40 mils over the valley areas.  That is a serious waste of material!

So spraying an area like this would be ideal.  Also, you might consider spraying a waterfall area.  Waterfalls are sometimes difficult because of all of the uneven surfaces they have so trying to brush epoxy on before it cures in the container you’re carrying around can be a problem.  Spraying the clear Pond Shield epoxy on the majority of the surface and then touching up the nook and crannies later is a quick and effective way to accomplish the task.

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