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Paints for swimming pools

Why paint?

All Pools

Swimming pools (and Spa’s) are in fact mild chemical baths, nice ones though.

For concrete pools, it’s important to keep the pool water from reaching and reacting with the reinforcing steel in the concrete shell. This is even more so with saltwater pools, as such water penetration can result in corrosion of the steelwork leading to “concrete cancer” and in some cases structural failure. High Build Epoxy paints being a thick coating offers to water proof the inner surfaces of the pool and will assist in keeping the pool water away from the steel, as it’s largely water and vapour proof. New fluoropolymer coating provides even better corrosion resistance than any other paints.  

By the same token, it will tend to try to stop any groundwater that passes through porous concrete, entering the pool water too, for the same reasons. Though any such groundwater may be due to hydrostatic pressure, it can cause blisters to form in the coating, which can result in delamination. This may happen with any applied paint – coating. Our great water-based epoxy primer reduces significantly, that risk.

With Fiberglass pools the epoxy and fluoropolymers,  in general, replaces the worn gel coat, offering to protect the underlying fibreglass shell from pool water ingress and saving the shell from being compromised due to water absorption.

Older Pools

With a Marblesheen, Pebblecrete Fibreglass or a Concrete (Painted), pool/spa, generally after 15-20 years the original surface will be worn, tired and need to be resurfaced. It may even be less than10 years if the pool surface is poorly finished or has had a lot of wear and tear.

Over time you will find the pool surface starts to break down and becomes porous, becomes difficult to keep clean, harbouring dirt and bacteria. It may even start to crack and blister.

Certainly, it will have lost its “when new” finish. On no account should pool water be allowed to get into the pool structure. If water does, it will cause expensive (corrosion/rotting) damage to the structure

New Pools

For your new pool, pool paint offers a great long-lasting and decorative finish without costing a lot. The paints we offer are available in a range of attractive colours to suit any location and decor. You can even include murals for added style.

They can be applied to a new rendered concrete surface by your self saving even more money or by a contractor – painter. The choice is yours. Either way, you will get a great long-lasting easy to maintain the finish.

The advantages of using pool paints on your pool or spa are:

  • Decorative – wide range of colours available (colour matching too)
  • Seamless
  • Easy to clean
  • Long-lasting
  • Economic
  • Warranty Available
  • Can “do it yourself”

Compared to Tiles paints offer a seamless finish with no tile joints to get dirty, no tiles to fall off.

Compared to Plaster Type finishes (which cannot be refurbished easily) Hi build Epoxies and FEVE  Fluoropolymers have no rough surfaces to scratch the skin, and a smooth finish for easy cleaning. In addition, are long-lasting and easily upgraded, to prolong their lifespan.

When selecting your pool finish think carefully, it can cost you BIG money with the wrong choice.Hi Build 

Plaster FinishesFluoropolymers and Epoxy Hi-Build
The surface can be rough on the skinSurface smooth and easy on the skin
Requires Skilled Professionals to installEasily done by Home Handy person
Can have shading variationsUniform colour or artwork
Subject to staining from mineralsResists staining very well
High cost of installationMuch better value of installation
May delaminate from the concrete shellChemically adheres to concrete
Requires a high degree of water qualityMore resistant to water quality issues
The surface can be difficult to keep cleanThe surface is smooth, easier to keep clean
Surface may crackResistant to cracking, tough
Cleaning systems can damage the surfaceResistant to cleaning system damage
May last 10 - 12 years in good conditionUsually lasts 7 – 12 years ( or more with Fluoropolymer) , before recoat
Expensive to replasterEasy to recoat and not expensive
Attractive finishes, in a range of coloursAttractive, decorative and smooth finishes in a range of colours and artistic styles at less than half the cost of PlasterTable Data
TilesFluoropolymers and Epoxy Hi-Build
Has JointsSeamless
Joints can get dirtyEasy clean smooth surface
Tiles can fall offChemically bonds to concrete
Needs skilled tradesman for applicationCan be done by handy person
No warrantyWarranty available
ExpensiveGreat Value

You can NOW see painting is the way to go, however there are two types of pool paint on the market.

Chlorinated Rubber PaintFluoropolymers and Epoxy Hi-Build
Limited colour rangeExtensive colour range
Lasts 2-3`yearsLasts 7-10+ years ( longer with Fluoropolymer )
Single PackTwo pack
Higher cost per yearLower cost per year
Easy to recoatNeed to sand to recoat
Chalks (whitens)Fluoropolymers do not chalk or fade, epoxies Yellow slightly to UV exposure
Soft surfaceHard surface
High solvent content (smelly)Hi Build Epoxies Virtually solvent-free, Fluoropolymers have up to 40% solvent content
No WarrantyWarranty Available

Fluoropolymers and Hi Build epoxies has proven to be the best, long term pool paint, with over 20 years usage in the demanding Australasian environment.