Rubber paint is used in a variety of applications and can be applied to wood, metal, concrete, fiberglass and plastic surfaces. Available in different colors, rubber paint may be applied by brush, roller or spray.
Latex paint is rubber-based, but is made from a polyvinyl material rather than natural rubber, according to the American Coatings Association. Most products referred to as rubber paint are also made from synthetic rubber, but unlike latex paint, they form a thick protective coating. For example, Liquid Rubber produces a membrane that is 20 mm thick. (Some pool coatings do contain natural rubber.)
Rubber paints form a flexible coating that provides durability and protection from moisture, extreme temperatures, chemicals, sunlight, rust and impact. It also offers insulation against vibrations and reduces noise when used as an automobile undercoating.
Specific uses include waterproofing decks, roof tiles and gutters, lining swimming pools, fish ponds, wooden or concrete water tanks, protecting mounting brackets, clutch and brake levers, metal studs, rocker panels and plastic fenders, and re-coating tool handles.
Some surfaces such as porous concrete must be primed prior to application unless the product is self-priming. Use an oil-based sealer on untreated wood before applying rubber paint.