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A Guide to Swimming Pool Paints and Primers

When it comes to painting a swimming pool you have to think about a lot. Not only is water involved, but there’s also chlorine to deal with! If you don’t get the right products for the job, the paintwork in and around your pool won’t last very long. Additionally, the right swimming pool paints can help to extend the life of your pool area! Read on to find out more.

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Swimming Pool Primer Paints

With your pool area being a demanding environment for any paint, before you start it’s important to check if you need to use a primer on the surface you’re about to paint. Metal could need to a primer to stop corrosion or promote adhesion, timber could need a primer to stop moisture from penetrating, concrete could need sealing before painting, etc. A popular primer used in demanding areas like this is Teamac Metaclor Underwater CR Primer, it can be used on steel, wood and over most existing coatings as a sealer coat. This primer is waterproof and hard wearing so you know it’ll help to protect your surface and extend the life of your paintwork. It’s ideal for above or below the water line!

Swimming Pool Paints

When it comes to paint, you want something that has a nice finish but stands the test of time. Standard paint won’t last well in swimming pool conditions even out of the water so you have to use specialist paints. Zinsser Perma-White Interior is an excellent product for the decoration of walls, ceilings and trim around the swimming pool. It is a durable, water-based, very low odour finish containing a biocide that protects the dried coating against mould and mildew – guaranteed for 5 years. It is ideally suited for any area of persistent high humidity, frequent temperature changes and poor air circulation.


If you need to paint the swimming pool itself, then Teamac Chlorvar Chlorinated Rubber Paint will give you an excellent finish. It’s not only resistant to salt water, but a wide range of chemicals. This is useful, as you need to use different chemicals to treat your pool. You can even use it outdoors or indoors!

Whenever you paint a swimming pool make sure you carefully follow the instructions. Ensure you respect the drying times, for example, or you might find you don’t have the nice, lasting finish you had in mind! You also need to do this at a time when your pool is clean and dry. So if it’s a busy week, maybe put it off a few days. Once you’ve painted your pool with a quality paint or coating, you shouldn’t need to worry about doing it again for some time.

Swimming pools can be tricky, so if you need any help with painting your pool, please speak to us!


  1. Hello can I paint over ceramic tile,

  2. can you rpaints be pained over fibreglass

    • Good morning Robert,

      We do have paints suitable for fibreglass fibreglass but we’d need more information on what you are trying to do before being able to offer a suitable product or more specific advice.

      Could you drop us an email to [email protected] or give our Technical Support Team a call on 0113 245 5450? We can then recommend a suitable product for your requirements.

      I hope this is OK.

      Best regards.


  3. My gunite pool was previously painted with water based acrylic paint. Some places are bubbling up and it is no longer attractive. Which paint is recommended and how can I prepare surface to prevent bubbling up from happening again? Thank you.

    • Hi Pat,

      Many thanks for your question. We do have a paint which we would recommend for this, however it would require the existing coating to be completely removed.

      The product we would recommend is Coo-Var Swimming Pool Paint. The first coat of this should be diluted with Teamac Thinner 15, and this should be followed with 2 full thickness coats.

      To prepare the concrete, it must be thoroughly cleaned and degreased. It will also need to be etched and dust and laitance dissolved using Coo-Var Acid Etch.

      Acid Etch should be diluted 3:1 water to Acid Etch solution, before being poured onto the concrete using a watering can. The solution should be worked into the surface using a bristle-brush. When it stops foaming, the solution is neutralised and can be safely washed down a drain. The surface should then be completely dried out before painting.

      After painting, the pool should not be filled or the paint submerged for at least 14 days.

      Please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions.

      Many thanks and I hope this helps.

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