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How much does it cost to paint a pool? | 2020 cost guide

15th Nov '19 • By Jared Jeffery

The national average cost to paint a pool ranges anywhere from $480 to $650, depending on the size of your pool area and materials needed. For example a cement pool that is say 20-25 square metres may cost $270 for a two-pack epoxy paint, primer and $105 for rubber paint.

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The national average cost to paint a pool ranges anywhere from $480 to $650, depending on the size of your pool area and materials needed. For example a cement pool that is say 20-25 square metres may cost $270 for a two-pack epoxy paint, primer and $105 for rubber paint.

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With Australia's ceaseless heat, all year round, it is always a good time to brighten up your outdoor space by painting your pool with a fresh coat of paint. Each swimming pool is different and as such require different paint products. heavily recommends enlisting the help of a professional for such a task as painting your pool, however we have seen some ambitious DIY legends smash it out of the park. So here is what you need to know about painting your swimming pool. 

  1. Swimming Pool Paint Products to Choose from 
  2. What might increase the cost of painting your pool 
  3. Should I hire a professional painter?
  4. Can I paint a pool myself? 
  5. Pool Painting FAQs

Swimming Pool Paint Products to Choose from


First and foremost you want to choose the right type of paint for your swimming pool. As mentioned, each pool is different and requires the right paint. The three primary types of paint used in pools are epoxy, acrylic and chlorinated rubber. Let's break down the paint options available. 

Epoxy Swimming Pool Paint

Epoxy swimming pool paint offers the longest lifespan at about 6 to 8 years. It is the thickest pool paint product, best as smoothing rough surfaces, filling in hairline cracks and any small pots that may arise. It also is the ONLY paint suited for fiberglass pools, saltwater pools and spas. 

There are a range of colours to choose from and minimal maintenance is required, making it a popular option with many homeowners.  However, Epoxy requires a lot more work when mixing/preparing the paint and curing can take up to 7 days. As such the price is typically higher than other paint products available.

Acrylic Swimming Pool Paint

Acrylic paint products are one-part water based, meaning they are extremely easy to mix and apply. It has the shortest curing time of all the paints at 3 days, as well as the lowest price. Suitable for locations high in humidity or rain, as the paint can be applied to a damp surface without fuss. It can be applied over any pre-existing paint on your pool, with a range of colour choices.

Acrylic paint does have the shortest life span of all the pool painting products at 2-3 years and it does not resolve rough surfaces very well. Acrylic paint is not suitable for fiberglass pools, saltwater pools or spas. 

Chlorinated Rubber Pool Paint

Chlorinated rubber pool paint was once the preferred choice when painting a pool, with one part paint there is no mixing involved. The price is less than epoxy but more than acrylic and would fit well within a medium budget. Most suitable for those seeking an easy application process and who have preexisting rubber paint on their pool.

The downside with this product is that pool surfaces must be fully dried before painting, curing takes up to 7 days and there are heavy fumes. Acrylic paint is not suitable for fiberglass pools, saltwater pools or spas. 

What might increase the Cost of Painting your Pool

As with any kind of home improvement project there are variables that may increase the price. 


  • Using multiple colours or bright colours (expect to pay less for a plain colour) 
  • Having moisture in your subsoil (requires more preparation) 
  • Needing pool repairs prior to painting (such as adding primer to concrete) 
  • Painting surrounding pool areas (you may request to have a poolside fountain painted)

It is worth noting that professional pool painters can also paint pool coping, a shower room and surroundings of the pool area if requested. recommends covering all the mentioned variables when discussing quotes with a prospective professional, otherwise they may come up as unexpected costs during the project. 

Should I hire a professional painter?

YES! Painting a swimming pool is a grand job, that you can’t exactly chip away at each time you have a spare weekend. It is extremely time consuming and requires a dedicated period of time for paint mixing, application, curing and so on. Professional painters service costs may vary, so we suggest taking multiple quotes to gage the typical price range. If you want the security of knowing your job will be carried out at a high standard then we definitely encourage hiring a professional pool painter. 

Can I paint a pool myself?

It can be done! For those looking to paint their pool themselves, roll back your sleeves and prepare yourself to undertake a hell of a job. Calling on all DIY wizs, set aside some time and follow these helpful tips; 

Tip 1: Work out the square metre area of your pool and order the suitable paint 

Tip 2: Drain the pool and let it completely dry 

Tip 3: Prepare the pool’s surface by filling any cracks or smoothing out rough surfaces 

Tip 4: If your pools concrete you will need to cure it first! 

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Pool Painting FAQs 

Q: How to choose the right pool painter? 

A good pool painter will provide you with an honest quote in line with industry standards (which you should know if you’ve done your research). They will have a reputable portfolio including references, examples of past work and customer reviews. We recommend choosing the tradesman with the most reputable experience who answers all your questions honestly. Scroll through professional pool painter options on

Q: How long does it take to paint a pool? 

The average time period necessary to paint a pool is 3-7 days (including curing), dependant on the paint product you choose. It may take longer for DIY painters, as professional’s experience usually allows them to carry out the task quicker. 

Q: When is the best time of year to paint a pool?

Typically any time of year is suitable in the warm Australian climate, however avoid painting during the rainy season if possible. You will need five fine days of weather in a row to carry out the task successfully. 

Q: How to prepare your pool surface for painting?

Remember this formula “Wash. Etch. Wash again.” Properly preparing your pool surface for painting is a crucial step in the whole process. If you are hiring a professional, preparation of the pool will be included. 

Q: How long does chlorinated rubber pool paint last?

Chlorinated rubber pool paint, once applied, can last from two to eight years. At the end of this period, you will need to repaint your pool. 

Q: How do you find out what kind of paint your pool has previously been painted with?

To work out what your pool was previously painted with you should 1) clean a dry patch on the pool’s surface, 2) use a acetone soaked rag, 3) for 30 seconds rub onto the painted surface, 4) remove rag and tough surface noting whether it is sticky or not. If the surface is sticky, it is chlorinated rubber coating. 

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