Features to consider while buying the best pool paint
If you’re still not sure about which pool paint to buy, look closely at these essential features to consider before making your final decision. We’ve taken into account all of these in our best pool paint reviews to help you out.
Pool paint comes in various types—among acrylic, epoxy, two part, and vinyl toluene modified acrylic type resin. Before you buy paint, you need to know the type that’s currently coating your pool. Acrylic paint such as the INSL-X WR102409A-01 is easy to use. It’s an emulsion pool paint that adheres to slightly damp surfaces.
Typically, acrylic paint lasts longer than rubber based paints which last only one or two seasons.
In our best epoxy pool paint reviews we shared the Pond Armor SKU-CBLUE-QT-R and In The Swim Super Poxy Shield products. Epoxy pool paints are solvent based and have a longer lifespan than acrylic paints. They are the most resistant pool paints when it comes to abrasion, chemicals and stains & can last up to seven years.
Pond Armor SKU-CBLUE-QT-R is waterproof and can resist extreme climates. In The Swim Super Poxy Shield is heavy duty and one coat’s all it takes.
For a mix, the AdCoat Swimming Pool Paint offers a two part epoxy acrylic water based coating. It can be used indoors and outdoors & it strongly adheres to the pool’s surface.
The RUST-OLEUM 260542 is a vinyl toluene modified acrylic type resin. It provides an extremely protective coating for both rough and smooth pool surfaces.
If you have a bare concrete, gunite, marcite or other masonry surface, the INSL-X WR102409A-01 is your best pool paint option. For concrete, gunite, fiberglass and plaster, AdCoat Swimming Pool Paint’s the solution for you. If you have a pond or a surface made from metal, stone, wood or most plastics and other coatings, your best bet’s Pond Armor SKU-CBLUE-QT-R. It’s the best paint for wood pool deck surfaces.
In The Swim Super Poxy Shield works well with concrete, fiberglass gel-coat surfaces, gunite and plaster, while RUST-OLEUM 260542 is ideal for concrete, gunite, masonry or plastered swimming pools as well as other concrete and masonry surfaces. Both are among the best concrete pool paint.
The pool paint with the best coverage we’ve reviewed is the INSL-X WR102409A-01 which covers up to 300-400ft² per gallon. In The Swim Super Poxy Shield provides the best coverage for a 3qt pool paint at 125-150ft² while 1.5qt of Pond Armor SKU-CBLUE-QT-R covers up to 60ft².
It’s best to know what area you’d like to paint before purchasing pool paint, so you make sure you have the correct quantities and don’t end up with unnecessary wastage.
Whether it’s steps, a slide or the entire pool surface, calculate the area accordingly before you buy the product.
Color’s a personal preference. For the most variety, go for the Pond Armor SKU-CBLUE-QT-R which is available in smaller and larger kits of Black, Clear, Competition Blue, Forest Green, Gray, Sky Blue, Tan & White. The INSL-X WR102409A-01 also comes in aquamarine, black, ocean blue, royal blue and white.
For something plainer, In The Swim Super Poxy Shield provides paint in shades of Black, Dark Blue, Pool Blue and White, which are ranked among the best swimming pool paint color.
AdCoat Swimming Pool Paint’s cool blue and white & RUST-OLEUM 260542’s blue are the simplest attractive options.
Depending on the size of your pool painting project, you’ll require the appropriate paint capacity. RUST-OLEUM 260542 is the largest pool paint we’ve reviewed, coming in a 5 gallon can. Suitable one gallon kits include INSL-X WR102409A-01 and AdCoat Swimming Pool Paint. Smaller quantities include the 3qt In The Swim Super Poxy Shield and 1.5qt Pond Armor SKU-CBLUE-QT-R kits.
Your finances determine how much you’re able to spend on your pool painting project.
Our best value pool paint’s the AdCoat Swimming Pool Paint. Our budget pick, the Pond Armor SKU-CBLUE-QT-R retails at less than $70, which is a lower priced item but with a smaller capacity.
Always be on the lookout for additional features to benefit a little more. INSL-X WR102409A-01 can be applied over correctly primed existing pool paint and works effectively in fresh & saltwater pools. AdCoat Swimming Pool Paint can be used on commercial, industrial and residential swimming pools & provides a satin finish.
Pond Armor SKU-CBLUE-QT-R has been tested to withstand against extreme temperatures and resists mimic cracking. In The Swim Super Poxy Shield is stain resistant and boasts a tile like finish, while RUST-OLEUM 260542 dries ultra fast and can be used for rough & smooth surfaces.
Here a few handy tips on painting your pool:
- Before you begin, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommended safety guidelines to make sure you prepare the pool properly.
- Make sure all surfaces are clean and dry. After draining your pool, use a heavy duty citrus based cleaner to clean the surface.
- When painting new or unpainted concrete or plaster swimming pools with acrylic paint, use a concrete etching solution first before you start painting.
- Depending on the paint type you use, check if the area needs to be rinsed after priming or etching and left to dry first.
Some pool paint types require only one coat while others require more. Always consult the full application guide before you start painting. Allow sufficient drying time before filling your pool with water again.