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    Painting Thermoplastic steps

    My pool has white Pacific thermoplastic steps and Swim n' Lounge. Both frequently get stained and are a pain to clean. In addition, we're about to replace our liner, and are planning on going with a much darker liner.

    This has gotten my wife asking if we could paint the steps, and use a darker color. I am worried about eventual peeling.

    Does anyone here have experience painting thermoplastic steps in a pool? Did it work out well?

    What paints work well, if any? Doheny's lists Acrylic, Epoxy and Rubber based paints.

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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    Someone asked a similar question recently, and if I recall correctly, the suggestion was made about using something suitable for painting fiberglass boats. That may be somewhere to start, but hopefully someone else will chime in with some more specific help.
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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    Thanks, Jamie. I did a search, and found posts about painting gunite and concrete, but not Thermoplastic. I'll look again.

    Hopefully someone has done this, and even better, is was happy with the results.
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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    I am not familiar with anyone painting their stairs. Are you sure they are plastic? They might be fiberglass. Look in to getting a liner that is installed over your steps. I don't know if liner over stairs can be done retroactively but I've seen quite a few new pools installed with the liner over the stairs and it is nice.
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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    I am not familiar with anyone painting their stairs. Are you sure they are plastic? They might be fiberglass. Look in to getting a liner that is installed over your steps. I don't know if liner over stairs can be done retroactively but I've seen quite a few new pools installed with the liner over the stairs and it is nice.
    Thanks. They are definitely pastic. These are my steps:
    Thermoplastic - Pacific Pools | In Ground Pools

    I don't think they could be converted to liner overlay. They have a textured pattern in the step treads.

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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    You mentioned staining...what type of stains? I have similar steps which stain easily due to an iron problem. Once I treat the iron, steps look brand new.
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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    Look for ecofinish thermal plastic. You should have someone fairly close to you that does it.
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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    People do it all the time on boats around here. We use copper-based paints for the hull below the water -- which is absolutely not environmentally friendly or suitable for pools!! And people use fiberglass paints for the hulls above the waterline all the time. Check out marine suppliers like Defender or West Marine.
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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    Thanks for the help. It looks like a 2-part epoxy would be the best bet. Just have to decide if I want to take the chance on it.
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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    This is what I have used on my boat as well as on a friend's pool steps. It works great. Pettit Easypoxy Topside Marine Paint.
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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    Were you successful in finding a paint for your steps?

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    Re: Painting Thermoplastic steps

    No, I have not done it yet. We were just talking about it again last weekend, but haven't decided whether to try it.
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