You probably know by now that your above-ground pool will require constant maintenance in order to be properly preserved for the years ahead. One of the ways to keep the pool in good, stylish condition and to improve its structural quality (especially if it’s an older pool) is to give it a new paint job. The following is a guide to the various forms of pool paint available to make your pool floor and deck look as clean and stunning as possible.

acrylic pool paintIf you’re going to paint your above-ground pool interior, you’re going to need environmentally friendly paint. The previous industry standard was chlorinated rubber-based paint, mainly due to its high resilience to harsh weather conditions and the chlorine in the pool water, but was discontinued due to a negative effect it had on the environment. Also, using any kind of latex-based paint will only lead to long-term disaster: the pool wall interiors will begin to chip and peel, leaving you with more problems. What you want instead of these obsolete options is acrylic-based paint, a superior form of pool paint that is environmentally friendly, can stand up to chlorine’s corroding effects, and has a superior “lifespan” and coating power than the chlorinated rubber paint.

To paint your above-ground pool, first drain the pool of any water to prevent spillage. Using a painter’s pole and roller brush, apply one coat of paint to the inside. Paint all of the walls first, and paint the floors afterward. Allow the surface to dry for two hours, and then use a smaller paintbrush to paint to any areas the roller could not reach. It is recommended that at the end of the two hours and the touch-up paint job that you add a second coat of the acrylic paint, as it will prolong the length that the paint job will be effective.

acrylic pool deck paintIn addition to being able to paint the walls of your above-ground pool, it is also worthwhile to paint the deck surrounding it, if your pool was constructed with a dock. You will need acrylic deck paint, paint that brings out the most vibrant colors in your deck and allows it to protect the deck from UV rays and inclement weather. Apply the deck paint in the same manner you did when painting the pool interior: two coats of paint, using a roller to cover the broader areas and touching up the harder-to-reach areas with smaller brushes. Another tip: if you wish to make the deck a non-skid surface, consider adding granules of sand or pumice to dry on the wet paint. The deck will become stronger against water and slippage, in addition to giving it an interesting style and personality!