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Comparison: National Pool Finishes VS Other Brands

How do National Pool Finishes Swimming Pool Paints measure up when compared with other brands? To answer that question and help you make a good decision when looking for a pool paint, we have compiled some information about some popular swimming pool paints.

1) How does National Pool Finishes Pool Guard EHB epoxy pool paint compare with Olympic Epoxy Coatings swimming pool paint?*

Both of these brands produce a high build epoxy pool paint that provide a long service life. Olympic ZERON should last up to 8 years and Olympic Poxolon II will last up to 5 years.  National Paint Industries says their Pool Guard EHB will last 10 years. When using Olympic Epoxy Coatings, you need a primer on most bare surfaces. National Paint Industries products are self priming on Gunite, Concrete, and Plaster. What about coverage? Pool Guard EHB swimming pool paint will cover about 250 sq.ft per Gallon. ZERON has a heavier body and covers 125 – 150 sq.ft per Gallon. Poxolon II covers about the same square footage as Pool Guard EHB.

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2) How does National Pool Finishes Pool Shield CRX chlorinated rubber pool paint compare with Benjamin Moore’s INSL-X Chlorinated Rubber Based Pool Paint?**

This comparison is drawn between two similar type products: Chlorinated Rubber Pool Paint. When applying to bare surfaces neither coating requires a primer. Both are suitable for chlorinated or salt water pool systems. Which is more durable? Pool Shield CRX contains UV additives and Silicone that will help it withstand the sun’s rays for longer. INSL-X covers about 200 – 250 sq.ft. per Gallon whereas Pool Shield covers about 400 sq.ft. per Gallon. In addition the manufacturer recommends not thinning down the INSL-X. Pool Shield CRX rubber pool paint is available in over 90 colors and INSL-X offers only 6 color options.

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3) How does National Pool Finishes AquaKote Water-based Acrylic pool paint compare with RAMUC DS Acrylic swimming pool paint?

Both National Pool Finishes and RAMUC manufacture a water based acrylic pool paint. Water based Acrylic swimming pool paints are ideal when the painting window is very short. It only needs a 3 day cure time. Also, both of these coatings can be applied to cool, damp surfaces without priming. Which offers the best value? The answer is up to you because they are so similar.

RAMUC has 7 color options. AquaKote has over 90. RAMUC offers slightly less coverage on previously painted surfaces: 350 – 400 sq.ft. AquaKote offers 400 sq.ft. per gallon (depending on the porosity of the surface.) How about price? Most online retailers offer DS Acrylic from $62.00 up to $90.00. The Bottom Paint Store has National Pool Finishes AquaKote  available for about 1/2 the cost and FREE SHIPPING.

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*Olympic Epoxy Pool Paint is manufacturer by Kelly Technical Coatings.

**Chlorinated Rubber Pool Paint INSL-X CR-2600 may not be available in many areas of the country due to VOC regluations. Benjamin Moore offers a similar Synthetic Rubber Product CR-2700 that may available instead.

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Painting Over Pebble Tec Coated Pool

If you have a pool coated with pebble tec, you can paint the pool by following the process below.

  1. To paint the Pebble Tec you will need to acid etch it the pool first and neutralize with a TSP Solution. TSP is a Heavy-Duty Cleaner to clean and prepare your decks and pool for painting. The cleaner removes Dirt, Grease, Grime, Soot and Chalked Paint. It is compatible with washable walls, floors and woodwork including decks and siding.
  2. After the acid etch then do a fresh water rinse.  You want to rinse the pool surface thoroughly and removing and residue lifted by the TSP solution.
  3. After that is bone dry apply one coat of our pool Grip pool primerPool Grip Epoxy Primer to the surface and then 2 coats of pool paint.  National Paint WB Epoxy Pool Grip™ Primer  is a two component water based epoxy tie-coat/sealer with excellent adhesive properties over existing one and two part finishes. Used on existing finishes, such as Pebble Tec, which will be over coated with a different technology – chlorinated rubber over epoxy, or epoxy over chlorinated rubber. Applied by roller or brush but can be sprayed if desired.
  4. The pool paint recommended would depend on the climate and conditions of the pool.  If the pool is closed for part of the year then we recommend the Pool Guard EHB If the pool is open year round (i.e. Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, etc.) then we recommend the Pool Shield CRX.




Pool Guard EHBCan National Pool Finishes Products Be Used In Pools Using Salt Generation Systems? Yes, Pool Guard EHB because it’s the only product that stands up to salt water generators.

Our your National Pool Paints Safe For Fish Ponds, such as a Koi Ponds? Yes. All of the pool paints that we carry are non toxic to fish as long as the are fully cured prior to introducing the fish. We recommend  Pool Guard EHB since it is the most durable and has a 10 year warranty.

Can I Use Pool Paint products For Potable Water Tanks? No. The products are made for strictly swimming pools.

How do I repair my surface before painting? If it’s a hairline crack, Pool Guard EHB will fill it in. If it’s a bigger job then use a caulking agent Polyurethane Sealant, & if it’s a larger repair, a concrete repair is needed.

What is the proper surface preparation for the pool? Surface must always be clean, dry and properly prepared prior to painting. Failure to do so will lead to eventually blistering and/or peeling. Previously painted surfaces should be Power Washed to remove loose paint or excessive chalking. Scrub the entire pool with a TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) solution to remove all dirt, oils, loose or peeling paint, and chalk. All surfaces should then be acid etched with a 15-20% solution of Muriatic Acid to achieve a medium grade sandpaper finish on bare or plaster and to remove mineral deposits on previously painted chlorinated rubber surfaces. Neutralize/rinse with TSP. Before applying the paint, the pool must be completely dry.

How can I be sure the pool surface is dry prior to painting with a solvent
base pool paint? We recommend that you tape clear plastic on the vertical wall and if no condensation shows, then the pool is dry & ready for overcoating.

What pool paint can I put on bare gunite or an existing oil based pool paint? You should use the Pool Shield CRX Chlorinated Rubber Xtra. Just make sure the surface is free of any contaminants – no primer needed.

What pool paint can I put on an existing latex based pool paint? As long as you prime over the latex paint first, you can apply whichever type pool paint you prefer. Applying directly to latex paint could cause adhesion problems later. We recommend priming the surface with Pool Grip Waterbased Epoxy Primer.



Are Pool Paint Epoxy Catalysts Interchangeable? Mixing incompatible products or wrong catalysts with wrong bases will cause product failure.

Are National Pool Finishes Products Tintable? Yes, as long as you use universal oil-based tints.

Do I have to use the product as soon as it is mixed? Yes, the product must be applied once Part A & Part B are mixed together.

Do I have to mix the entire kit of material at one time? No, you must mix a 1:1 ratio. Whatever you mix you must use at that time.

What Type Of Thinner Should I Use For The Pool Epoxy Coatings? Xylene or High Flash Naptha, which can be purchased at any local paint store or Home Depot/ Lowes, etc. Thin with 5-10% as necessary for proper flow out of the rolling process.