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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.

    • hi I have a glass tiled pool that was coated with a epoxy resin the a coat of polyester resin there was no primer used on the tiles . I had noticed some bubbles on the base so I have ground the coating off where it was affected I have epoxy coating but for pool but do I need a primer and would the same primer do for tiles and existing coating on the walls

      • Hi Mel,

        Thank you very much for taking the time to read our blog and for your question. Unfortunately a Chlorinated Rubber paint would not be suitable for the tiles on your project, so I’m afraid we wouldn’t be able to help on this occasion.

        Apologies we couldn’t help out this time, please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions or if we can assist with any future projects.

        Many thanks

  4. Hi
    We have recently had built a solid, SPA pool that has been formed using Solid Pool Walls, concrete rendered, then the use of a waterproof recommended pre-tile grout skim for pools, and tiled in porcelain tiles using an appropriate pool recommended grout and adhesive. Yep, you guessed it … We have a leak!
    The pool looks amazing, and I am just wondering whether there is a product that we can apply to the tiled internal of the Spa Pool that will effectively create a rubberised, or fibre based tile coat to finally seal the Spa?
    Second question … We are a commercial project based on the edge of Lancashire in St Helens … Do you have any reps that could attend site and advise next week?

    Many Thanks

    • Hi Steve,

      Many thanks for taking the time to read our blog and for your question. The best way for us to be able to advise on this is by contacting our Technical Department directly on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or send a message to [email protected] – our team will be happy to help.

      We don’t offer site visits unfortunately, however we hope to hear from you soon so we can assist with your project.

      Many thanks

  5. I want to repaint the fibreglass steps for my outdoor swimming pool following some repairs to the steps. Which type of paint should I use?

    • Hi Malcolm

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read our blog and for your question. The best solution we could offer for this project is a 2 coat application of Teamac High Performance Polyurethane Topcoat. The fibreglass would need to be abraded to create a key prior to application.

      I hope this helps and please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions.

      Many thanks

  6. I bought a house last year and I drain the pool and I noticed that the pool was painted. I don’t know what type of paint it is, my pool is made out of concrete and plaster. I had to drain the pool and I noticed it has a lot of divots. I was wondering if I can paint over the divots they’re not very deep, but I was thinking of primary net and then throwing some pool paint on it what is recommended in a situation like this I don’t want to replace in my pool cause I don’t think it needs it just want to repaint it I’m thinking of using epoxy paint is that possible and what kind of paint should I get?

    • Hi Sergio,

      Many thanks for taking the time to read our blog and for your question. Our Technical Team will need some additional information to be able to assist effectively – please could you send through some photographs of the divots you mention to [email protected] with a brief description of your enquiry and our team will be more than happy to assist.

      I hope this helps and please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions.

      Many thanks

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