When Painting a  Pool, One Type of Paint Does Not Fit All

Painted pools are becoming fewer and fewer these day.

If you have a painted pool and you are going to repaint it to brighten it up, you will need to find out what type of paint is on the pool currently. To do that, take a sample of the existing paint to a reputable pool company to get it tested. They will determine if it has epoxy, chlorinated rubber, synthetic rubber or acrylic.

Rubber-based Paint for Pools

If it comes back as a rubber based paint then you need to use rubber back over it. You can paint Synthetic Rubber over Chlorinated Rubber, however the reverse is not true. You may also convert old rubber base to epoxy by first applying Kelley Technical FUSION PLUS Conversion Coating. Rubber paint will last 3-4 years.

Epoxy Pool Paint

If the paint comes back as Epoxy then you need to use epoxy over it again. Epoxy paint will last 7-10 years.

Acrylic Swimming Pool Paint

If it comes back as Acrylic, in re-painting a pool you must use Acrylic on it again. Acrylic is a seasonal paint, it only lasts 1 to 2 years.

Painting Plaster Swimming Pools

If your pool is plaster and you want to paint it instead of replastering it, we recommend painting a pool with epoxy because it lasts longer, and you will need to use a primer as a base coat in most cases.

Liner pools can’t be painted.

If you have any questions on painting a pool or pool repairs in CT, please do not hesitate to contact us.