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Swimming Pool Paint Comparison Chart

The first step in painting your pool is deciding which is the best pool paint for your project. Choosing the wrong paint can lead to problems in the future.

The following information chart lists the pros and cons of the swimming pool paints that we offer. Please take a look at each type of paint to decide which paint is best for your pool and your budget. If you already know which type of paint you need to use, this chart will give you more information about the paint.

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EPOXY PAINTS
PROS
  • The Epoxy High Build is the longest lasting of all of the pool paints, with an average service life of 6-8 years or more.
  • It is the thickest of the paints so if you have an old or rough service, it will do the best at smoothing it out.
  • The Epoxy High Build does the best of filling in hairline cracks and small pots in the surface.
  • The Epoxy High Build gives you the smoothest surface once cured.
  • The Epoxy High Build yields 500 square feet/gallon (on painted surfaces and second coats).
  • Epoxy Paint is the ONLY paint recommended for Fiberglass Pools & Spas.
  • For commerical pools, the Commercial Type Epoxy (such as the Pool Guard Epoxy) can be used at a lower price. Service life is lower than the Premium High Build paint.
  • The 1-Part Epoxy (Mono-Epoxy) is a 1-part paint - no mixing required!
  • Epoxy paints come in many different colors to suit your preference.
  • Ideal for those who want the paint with the longest service life (lower maintenance), have an older, rougher concrete surface and you need to fill in hairline cracks and pots, already have epoxy paint on your pool or have a fiberglass pool or spa/hot tub.

 

CONS
  • The Epoxy High Build is a two-part paint, which needs to be mixed before applying. Although this makes it a more durable paint, it also requires a bit more work to prepare it and has a pot life (2-3 hours before it starts to harden). Use the Mono Epoxy if you want a 1 part paint.
  • Requires a longer curing time than some other paints. Pool should not be filled for 7 days after painting to allow for full curing.
  • Pool Surface needs to be completely dry before painting - harder to apply on pools in high humidity environments.
  • Price is generally higher than other paints.
  • Painting indoor pools requires extra ventilation and respirators due to fumes.

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CHLORINATED RUBBER PAINTS
PROS
  • Chlorinated Rubber has traditionally been the preferred brand of paint.
  • One part paint - no mixing!
  • Cures to a smooth tile finish.
  • The Chlorinated Rubber Extra (Extended Life) has a service life of 5 years or more.
  • Price is on medium tier (less than epoxy, more than acrylic).
  • Comes in many different colors to suit your preference.
  • Ideal for those who want ease of use (no mixing required), have a medium budget and those who already have chlorinated rubber paint on their pool.

 

CONS
  • Pool Surface needs to be completely dry before painting.
  • Requires a longer curing time than acrylic paints. Pool should not be filled for 7 days after painting to allow for full curing.
  • Price is higher than Acrylic paints (but service life is longer).
  • Painting indoor pools requires extra ventilation and respirators due to fumes.
  • Cannot be used on fiberglass pools and spas.

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ACRYLIC SWIMMING POOL PAINTS
PROS
  • Acrylic Swimming Pool Paint is a 1-part water based paint that is easy to mix and apply.
  • Cleans up with soap and water.
  • Shortest curing time of all paints - 3 days
  • Lowest Price
  • No Fumes
  • Surface can be damp when it is painted - great for pools in high humidity or rainy environments where it is hard to keep pool dry.
  • Can overcoat most any other type of paint (great for situations where you do not know what type of paint is currently on the pool).
  • Comes in many different colors to suit your preference.
  • Ideal for those in high humidity or rainy environments where it is hard to get pool dry enough to paint with solvent based paints, those on a lower budget, those who do not need extended service life (selling a house for example) or those who do not know what type of paint is on their pool and don't want to prime first.

 

CONS
  • Shortest service life of all of the pool paints - 2 to 3 years - much shorter than the epoxy paints, which means more frequent maintenance.
  • Not as thick as epoxy or rubber paints - doesn't fill in rough or damaged surfaces as well.
  • Cannot be used on fiberglass pools and spas.

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