swimming pool paint applied to a concrete pool

Special swimming pool paint makes your pool hygienic and safe

Given the long pool season, it goes without saying that there are plenty of swimming pools across Australia; not only is it preferable to have a public pool nearby but to have one at home. Whether you have a private pool or operate a public one, safety, hygiene and durability should be on top of your list. Therefore, we will inform you about swimming pool paint and how your pool (and you) can benefit from it as well as which is the best pool paint for your pool.

The damp environment of a swimming pool provides an increased risk of legionella and other waterborne bacteria. Fortunately, this risk can be minimised by swimming pool paint which seals surfaces and provides a smooth finish to which contamination and microorganisms cannot attach. As well as their hygienic function, swimming pool coatings also create a durable protective layer which reduces the need for maintenance and guarantees a safe visit to the pool. The following four words describe the benefits of swimming pool paint:

  • Seamless: No sharp edges, cracks or seams which might cause injuries.
  • Watertight: Swimming pool coatings are waterproof. The pool therefore, will not be damaged by prolonged exposure to water.
  • Attractive: Pool paint is available in many colours, finishes and textures.
  • Hygienic: Due to the seamless structure of the coating, no contamination can attach to the surface.

Find the best pool paint for your pool

Not every pool coating can be applied to any surface. For example, coatings that are especially suitable for porous substrates such as concrete are not suitable for pools made of fibre reinforced plastics because of different requirements for adhesion. It is also important to define the expected looks of the finished pool: do you wish to protect the surface without changing its appearance, or is the purpose to give the pool a makeover while making it safer and more hygienic?

Whatever the case, here are some general guidelines to the best pool paint for your pool type and material.

swimming pool paint applied on a public pool

epoxy pool paint is the only clear swimming pool paint for tile pools.

  • Tile pools
    Primer + Epoxy coating (indoor pools), Polyurea hot spray (commercial pools) or chlorinated rubber pool paint (private baths)
    Almost all 2K coatings are suitable for tiles,but they need a good primer. Epoxy is the best pool paint when the pool’s looks must be retained because it is the only transparent option. However, it can crack as a result of temperature fluctuation and UV rays when applied to outdoor pools. It can also be opaque, but multiple layers are required for hiding the tile structure and seams. Chlorinated rubber pool paint is the cheapest, but it comes in a limited range of colours and lacks resistance to oils (like sunscreen), not for public outdoor pools.
  • Pools made of fibre reinforced plastic
    1 component epoxy paint (private pools), epoxy coating and polyurea coating
    Epoxy pool paint adheres well to FRP and is extremely resistant to chemicals (chlorine and detergents). The con is that the application and curing of epoxy is a long process: 3-7 days depending on the layer thickness. Polyurea coating, however, is applied with high-pressure spray equipment and dries faster. For small FRP pools or local repairs, 1K paints are the best epoxy pool paint products.
  • Aluminium and stainless steel pools and baths
    Anti corrosive acrylic polyurethane
    For stainless steel and aluminium baths you should opt for an anti corrosive solution, or a rust-inhibiting primer. Always consult a specialist before choosing a swimming pool paint to prevent any issues related to adhesion or premature corrosion and further deterioration.

    chlorinated rubber pool paint applied to a private pool

    Chlorinated rubber pool paint is the cheapest option, but lacks resistance to oils.

  • Concrete swimming pools
    Primer + Polyurethane coating (commercial pools), chlorinated rubber pool paint (private baths) or epoxy coating
    A concrete pool paint  almost always requires a primer; the top coat can be epoxy pool paint, chlorinated rubber pool paint, or polyurethane based. Epoxy pool paint is not recommended for new pools due to its lack of flexibility; new concrete may “live” requiring the coating to stretch with it.  Polyurethane is more flexible and can better absorb small cracks. Chlorinated rubber pool paint systems provide a fully watertight swimming pool resistant to chlorine and algal growth. The con of chlorinated rubber is its poor resistance to oils (including sunscreen), so it is not recommended for public pools.

5 factors that define the price of swimming pool coatings

Whatever type of pool coating you require, the costs are estimated based on 5 factors. These factors are also used by swimming pool coatings contractors to provide you with an accurate quote. Therefore, you should consider the following:

  1. The results of the inspection: Moisture in the subsoil, potholes and bumps, difficult to access spaces. The fewer pitfalls and obstacles there are, the lower the quotation price.
  2. Required preparation: Are there a lot of repair and equalisation works required before applying the pool paint? Or a thorough cleaning? Or maybe a primer? These costs come on top of the swimming pool coatings.
  3. Application method: Is standard brush/roller application possible, or is high pressure spray more convenient? Will one coat do, or are more required? This all affects the price.
  4. Finishing wishes: Do you want a specific colour or special effect? There is a lot possible in terms of finish, including details like the lane lines and markings in competition pools. Of course there is a price tag.
  5. Extra options: Often the pool coating is not only applied in the swimming pool, but also around it. Think of the foot baths, pool edges or shower rooms. Here you can opt for an anti-slip finish at an additional cost.

In case you require more information on swimming pool paint, or are interested in receiving a competitive quote for your pool coating project, do not hesitate to contact us. Our coating experts are happy to help. In cooperation with our partners we can also provide you with a tailor-made quote for the best pool coatings. All you need to do is contact us by email or using the 100% free quote service by clicking on the request a quote -button at the bottom of the page.

The best pool coatings are not only for swimming pools

In addition to actual swimming pools, other areas such as wellness facilities and saunas can also benefit from watertight swimming pool coatings which can also be made slip resistant to prevent slips and trips. Swimming pool paint makes pools durable and hygienic, and also does this for the areas around the pool. For example the following areas may benefit from swimming pool paint products.

  • Changing rooms of spas and pools
  • Joint shower rooms, saunas, steam baths of gyms 
  • Swimming facilities in bungalow parks & campsites
  • In and around water attractions
  • Walk-in showers
  • Walk-through rooms of saunas

A high-quality swimming pool paint ensures that both the recreational swimmer and sauna visitor can safely enjoy the swimming pool and the area around it.

Swimming pool paint products available in Australia

As the number of public and private swimming facilities is increasing in Australia, it is no wonder that there are many pool painting services and a wide range of swimming pool paint products available across the country. In the following table you can find a small selection of the most popular swimming pool paint products in the Australian market.

swimming pool paint productsPool coating typeSuitable pool types
Superior Pool PaintEpoxy pool paintConcrete, fibreglass, textured plaster, well adhered old epoxy
LuxaPool EpoxyEpoxy pool paintConcrete, fibreglass, tile
LuxaPool Chlorinated RubberChlorinated rubber pool paintConcrete, tile
Aquasheen Premium High Build Epoxy Pool PaintEpoxy pool paintConcrete, fibreglass
APCO Poolkote Chlorinated Rubber Pool PaintChlorinated rubber pool paintNot for fibreglass

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3 replies
  1. Cuong
    Cuong says:

    I have a large pool approximately 10 x4m, 60,000 litre pool with 5000 ltr spa attached it was built in the 80’s so is completely tiled in brown/green tiles.

    Is it possible to repaint these tiles to a more inviting blue or white?

    What would the cost be for it to be professional done?

    How long will the paint last before it needs a new paint?

    Thanks
    Cuong

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    • Ayold
      Ayold says:

      Dear Cuong,

      Thank you for your question about swimming pool coating.
      It is definitely possible to repaint the pool tiles in a more inviting colour such as blue or white. There are a lot of different types of swimming pool coatings. Considering your wishes, this epoxy pool paint might be a match for your project.

      For a pool the size of yours, an epoxy pool paint from a top manufacturer might cost $1200. This coating would last for 8-10 years if properly applied and maintained. The cost of hiring a professional differs between companies but will cover at least the cost of the paint and the man-hours required.

      Hiring a professional is recommended if you want to make sure that the coating is applied correctly and often comes with a guarantee for the life of the coating

      Best regards,
      Sofia – Coating.com.au

      Reply
  2. Cuong
    Cuong says:

    Hi the contractor Terry you recommended said that it was not possible to paint pool tiles. He has suggested rendering over the pool tiles.

    Can you provide advice or another contractor. Sydney Hills area.

    Reply

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