How to Repaint Pool Tiles

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Things You'll Need

  • Epoxy paint

  • Paint scraper

  • High-pressure power washer

  • Acid wash

  • Caulk

  • Garden hose

  • Trisodium phosphate

  • Electric drill with paddle mixer

  • 3/8-inch nap roller


Paint on a dry day. High humidity won't allow the paint to dry completely.


Wear gloves and safety goggles when working with the acid wash and trisodium phosphate.

Instead of replacing pool tiles that are showing wear and tear, a more economical solution is repainting the tiles. Three types of paint will work on pool tiles. Epoxy paint lasts the longest. It can be used on newly constructed pools as well as older pools that have been painted with epoxy paint before. It stands up to UV light, pool cleaners, and chemicals. Prepping the pool is the key to a successful paint job.

Step 1

Drain the pool and take out all of the leaves and twigs.

Step 2

Scrape the old paint off the tiles with a paint scraper. Use the power washer to get stubborn flakes off.

Step 3

Caulk any cracks and allow to dry completely.

Step 4

Scrub the dried pool with an acid wash.

Step 5

Rinse the pool, using the garden hose.

Step 6

Clean the pool with trisodium phosphate.

Step 7

Pump out all of the extra water and allow the pool to dry for about five days.

Step 8

Mix the paint with an electric drill and paddle mixer until well-mixed.

Step 9

Paint the pool, using the roller. Start with the deep end and work toward the shallow end. Wait about five days before refilling the pool so that the paint can adhere properly.


Laura Nyaronga

Laura Nyaronga began writing for pleasure in 2000. Her work has been published in "Playgirl" magazine, and she enjoys writing fiction as well as articles pertaining to child-rearing, gardening and crafts. Nyaronga has a Bachelor of Science in education from Iowa State University.