Painted my above ground pool and like the results!

Pauls234

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Jul 4, 2012
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Chicago, IL
Hey All,

Thought I would share as when I researched this last year I did not find a lot in terms of historical threads on the forum on the topic.

I've never liked the white metal look of the outside of my pool. In past years I had put a bamboo fencing around it, but it eventually got weathered and gross.

So, last summer I decided to give painting a shot. I just used a standard Behr exterior paint/primer in one, 2 coats with a roller. My wife plans to paint a kind of foresty looking scene around it eventually, but this goldish yellow is the base. It survived the winter (including a stretch of -20 we had here!) no problem. The only time that the paint peeled was last summer when an inflatable was left against the wall on a hot day, it pulled a way a bit of the paint, but I just touched it up and that was that.

I did consider scuffing up the exterior with sandpaper to make it stick better, but decided I did not want to risk compromising any outer coating, and as you can see I left the top railing untouched for two reasons - concern that the darker color could make things too hot to the touch, and, far less of a risk of a paint spill into the water, or splashing from water on still wet paint!

Overall, I am very pleased especially given that this only took a couple hours of work.
 

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YippeeSkippy

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I like it! A lot!

i find most attempts by Above Ground Pool Makers to decorate the outside panels just plain ugly usually. Like "Lets pretend this isnt a big vinyl thing in the middle of nature".
I think a blast of solid color is so much nicer! It sure makes it looks welcoming and summer like!

Keep us posted on how it holds up. I bet others may follow your lead ......

Maddie :flower:
 

Pauls234

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Jul 4, 2012
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Kimkats, that would be a fun (and potentially dangerous!) idea!

rajung - it was a blast, how could it not be when you get 6 40 year old guys who have known each other 30+ years together with the wives and kids? And beer of course, lots of beer!

Thanks Maddie - yes that shiny whitish metal with lame rectangle patterns.... it just looked really sterile.
 

Pauls234

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Jul 4, 2012
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Chicago, IL
(Updating this post as there was not a lot of historical threads I could find on the topic on TFP when I researched a few years ago)

Post is one year old, but I painted June 2018 and things are still holding up fine. I am sure it is faded some from sun exposure, but it isn't noticeable to me - it still looks like a bright splash of color in our yard. We absolutely love the look!

Wife still threatens to paint a forestry looking scene on it as well. Maybe in 2021. :)
 
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eveb1123

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Jul 11, 2020
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Albany NY
This look fantastic! I found this thread when I was looking for ways to paint an above ground pool because - like you - I think ours with the hokey white and grey cattail pattern is ugly and I want to make it more cohesive with our outdoor space. I had the idea of either installing wood screens or pavers or the reed fencing you mentioned trying above, but it’s all expensive.
I was just wondering what type of finish you used on the paint - and if you think sealing it with a clear coat afterwards might make it hold up better. I initially thought I would have to use oil based but if this is latex, it would be even easier. I want to use a border stencil for a simple pattern on ours.
 

Pauls234

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Jul 4, 2012
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Chicago, IL
Hi eveb,

Welcome to the forum!

Thanks, we continue to love it!

I just used Behr exterior paint/primer in one and did 2 coats with a roller. And yes, latex based so really easy and inexpensive! I did it June 2018 and its held up well, particularly given we've seen temps range from -20 to +100. I wouldn't mess with a clear coat based on my results, just hose off and give a quick wipe down so the surface is as clean as possible and get to rolling.

Post a pic once you've completed!