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How to Paint your Fiberglass Pool Steps

The finish of your fiberglass pool steps can fade after years of use and exposure to pool chemicals and the weather. If you notice that your pool steps are looking tacky it might be time for you to repaint them.

You can use Gel Coat if your pool steps currently have gel coat or bare fiberglass.

See the article How to Apply Gelcoat’ for more details on how to use gel coat.

What Should be Applied to a Baptismal Pool, Water Fountain or Small Pond?

Usually, a baptismal pool is made of fiberglass and coated with gelcoat. The gelcoat can be either be restored or new gelcoat can be applied. How do you know which is best? New gelcoat is recommended if it is worn too thin or a new color is desired. Our brushable gelcoat is very user friendly and Sea Hawk gelcoat can be sprayed or brushed. See our article in gelcoat application for more details.

A water fountain or small pond is usually holding water so swimming pool paint is recommended. It is perfectly safe for fish once the paint is fully cured. Not sure which pool paint to use? Use this guide to help.

Which Type of Pool Paint to Use

There are three different types or styles of pool paint that can be used. Epoxy Pool PaintsChlorinated Rubber Pool Paints, and Acrylic Swimming Pool Paints  Each of these have their respective advantages and disadvantages. This article will help you determine the best type of pool paint to use for your situation.

Epoxy Swimming Pool Paints

Advantages

  • Epoxy Swimming Pool Paint  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.
  • Epoxy Swimming Pool Paint does the best of filling in hairline cracks and small pots in the surface.
  • Epoxy Swimming Pool Paint gives you the smoothest surface once cured.
  • Epoxy Swimming Pool Paint yields 500 square feet/gallon (on painted surfaces and second coats).
  • 2 Part Epoxy Paints, such as this product from Sun Paints and Coatings, cure into a resilient, tile-like finish.
  • Epoxy Pool 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.

Disadvantages

  • The Epoxy Pool Paints 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.

Chlorinated Rubber Pool Paints

Advantages

  • Chlorinated Rubber Pool Paints have traditionally been the preferred type of pool paint.
  • One part paint – no mixing!
  • Cures to a smooth tile finish.
  • Price is on medium tier (less than epoxy, more than acrylic).
  • 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.

Disadvantages

  • 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.

Acrylic Swimming Pool Paints 

Advantages

  • Acrylic Swimming Pool Paints  is a 1-part water based paint that is easy to mix and apply.
  • Cleans up with soap and water.
  • Acrylic Swimming Pool Paints   has the 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.
  • Acrylic Swimming Pool Paints 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.

Disadvantages

  • Acrylic Swimming Pool Paints has the 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.

Related Article: Which Pool Paint To Use?