Pools & Surrounds - Which Paint For Which Surface?

What type of paint do I use for my swimming pool and pool housing? Which paint do I use for which surface or substrate?
This Surface or Substrate Index is a useful resource for swimming pool owners, pool maintenance specialists, architects, engineers and other paint specifiers. Designed to suggest suitable paints, systems or industrial coatings for individual surfaces, it assumes that you know what the surface is and that it is bare and unpainted. If a surface has been coated previously and you do not intend to strip back to bare and you do not know what the original coating is, then please contact us for technical assistance on 01202 295570. You can also download a free copy of the Substrate Index here.

Please read our PREPARATION GUIDE before calling. 01202 295570.

When contacting us by EMAIL, PLEASE provide as much information as possible with regard to the surface to be painted, such as new or old, previously treated or bare, the environment (such as a humid pool area or a floor with high levels of traffic/footfall), etc. Thank you.

SAMPLES: If you would like a sample of one of our coatings, please call our Technical Team for advice. Not all products are available from stock. Samples are for trial purposes to test compatibility, sheen or finish. Please note that we do not offer matched colour samples, only colours available from stock.

The cost of up to 2 samples is £5.95+VAT. For 3 or more, to a maximum of 6; £8.75+VAT. The cost of samples is refundable when your order is placed. Samples sent to UK mainland only, via APC Parcels.

Surface To Be Painted Product  Code
ALUMINIUM (bright & anodised)  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
AQUA BOARD & MOISTURE RESISTANT BOARD High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Finish R10
  High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Primer RP10
  High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  High Performance Acrylic Primer EP27
  Alkali Resisting Primer  AS56
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Finish R1007
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Undercoat RU1007
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
ASBESTOS or ASBESTOS CEMENT High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Finish R10
  High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Finish R1007
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
ASPHALT Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  Tennis Court Paint AG149
  Water Based Acrylic Swimming Pool Paint WB148
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
BITUMEN High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  High Performance Acrylic Primer EP27
  Roadline Marking Paint R96
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
BITUMINOUS ROOF SHEETS
Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
BRICK (Unglazed, Soft & Absorbent). Do not use below Damp Proof Course. High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Paint
 
R10

  High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Finish R1007
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
BRICK (Flettons, Commons & Glazed). Do not use below Damp Proof Course.
Alkali Resisting Primer & any coating as "Brick" above
 
AS56

  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
CANVAS High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  High Performance Acrylic Primer EP27
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
CAST IRON Traditional Oil Based Anti-Corrosive Zinc Phosphate Primer AMP49
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
CHIPBOARD Please contact our Technical Team on 01202 295570.  
  High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  High Performance Acrylic Primer EP27
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
CONCRETE (New cement render min 1 month old) High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Paint R10
  Heavy Duty Floor Finish, Grey & Red Oxide (concrete must be minimum 3 months old) A30 & A31
  Heavy Duty Floor Finish, All Colours & Clear (concrete must be minimum 3 months old) A30 & A31
  High Performance Chemical Resistant Chlorinated Rubber Floor Finish R34 & R35
  Chlorinated Rubber Swimming Pool Paint A148
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Finish R1007
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
CONCRETE FLOORS
For power floated floors, please contact our Technical Team on 01202 295570.  
CONCRETE (Older cement render, 6 months plus) High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Paint R10
  High Performance Chemical Resistant Chlorinated Rubber Floor Finish R34 & R35
  Chlorinated Rubber Swimming Pool Paint A148
  Water Based Acrylic Swimming Pool Paint WB148
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Finish R1007
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
CREOSOTE-CONTAMINATED SURFACES Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
FLASHBAND SEALING Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
GALVANISED IRON (New, bright)

Mordant Solution, then any of the following primers:

X85
  Traditional Oil Based Anti-Corrosive Zinc Phosphate Primer AMP49
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
GALVANISED IRON (Old, dull) Traditional Oil Based Anti-Corrosive Zinc Phosphate Primer AMP49
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
GLASS Durable High Performance Finish Gloss A109
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
GRP ROOF SHEETS Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
IRON

Traditional Oil Based Gloss Finish (lead free)

Traditional Oil Based Anti-Corrosive Zinc Phosphate Primer

A49

AMP49

K REND RENDER

Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish. Older surfaces should be cleaned and pre-treated with a fungicidal wash prior to application. A1040

  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
MAKROLON Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
MARBLE Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
MASONRY High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Paint R10
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
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MDF Heavy Duty Floor Finish, Grey & Red Oxide (concrete must be minimum 3 months old) A30 & A31

  Heavy Duty Floor Finish, All Colours & Clear (concrete must be minimum 3 months old) A30 & A31

  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
MEDITE (Resin impregnated board) Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
METAL High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Paint R10
  Heavy Duty Floor Finish, Grey & Red Oxide (may need priming) A30 & A31
  Heavy Duty Floor Finish, All Colours & Clear (may need priming) A30 & A31
  Traditional Oil Based Anti-Corrosive Zinc Phosphate Primer AMP49
  Durable High Performance Finish Gloss A109
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Finish R1007
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
METAL RAINWARE Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
METAL ROOFING SHEETS Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based (most pre-coated metal roofing sheets) - please call 01202 295570 A146/5

  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based (most pre-coated metal roofing sheets) - please call 01202 295570 A146/5/4

NATURAL STONE  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
 Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
PEBBLE DASH High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  High Performance Acrylic Primer EP27
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
PAREX RENDER

High Performance Acrylic Emulsion. Surfaces should be weathered for 3 years, cleaned and pre-treated with a fungicidal wash prior to application. E27

  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish. Surfaces should be weathered for 3 years, cleaned and pre-treated with a fungicidal wash prior to application. A1040

  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
PERSPEX Anti-Glare solvent based Paint A5
  Anti-Glare water based Paint E6
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
PLASTER (New, dry) High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  Alkali Resisting Primer plus a suitable Undercoat & Finish AS56
  Water Based Squash Court Paint WB147
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
PLASTER (Old) High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  Water Based Squash Court Paint WB147
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
PLASTERBOARD (Foil faced) Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
PLASTERBOARD (Paper faced) High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
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POLYCARBONATE Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
POLYPROPOLENE (Rigid) High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Paint as a topcoat. Always test first. R10
POLYSTYRENE SHEET EXTRUDED Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
POLYSTYRENE FOAM EXPANDED Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
POLYURETHANE (Foam) Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
POWDER COATED METAL Universal Pack Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
PVF2 Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
QUARRY TILES Durable High Performance Finish Gloss A109
ROUGH CAST (Render) Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
RUSTED METAL SURFACES Suitable Rust Converter & Remover such as Fertan  
SLATE High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Paint  R10
  Traditional Oil Based Undercoat AU49
  Traditional Oil Based Gloss Finish (lead free) A49
  Durable High Performance Finish Gloss A109
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
SMOKE DAMAGED SURFACES Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
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STEEL (Mild) High Performance Chlorinated Rubber Paint R10
  Durable High Performance Finish Gloss A109
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Finish R1007
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
STONE Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
TARMAC High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  High Performance Acrylic Primer EP27
  Roadline Marking Paint R96
  Contract Grade Tennis Court Paint AG149
  Tennis Court Line Marking Paint LM149
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
TERRACOTTA (unglazed) Please contact our Technical Team on 01202 295570.  
  Traditional Oil Based Gloss Finish A49
  Durable High Performance Finish Gloss A109
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
TERRACOTTA (glazed) Please contact our Technical Team on 01202 295570.  
  Traditional Oil Based Gloss Finish A49
  Traditional Oil Based Undercoat AU49
  Durable High Performance Finish Gloss A109
TEXCOTE RENDER

High Build Multi-Surface, Multi Purpose Paint. Older surfaces should be cleaned and pre-treated with a fungicidal wash prior to application. A1040

TILES (Ceramic) Please contact our Technical Team for advice as we do not recommend painting Ceramic Tiles. Call 01202 295570.  
TILES (glazed & unglazed)  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
TILES (roof) High Performance Acrylic Emulsion E27
  High Performance Acrylic Primer EP27
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
TORCH-ON ROOF MATERIAL Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Spirit Based A146/5
  Solar Reflecting Roof Paint Water Based A146/5/4
UPVC Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
VINYL FLOORING Please contact our Technical Team. Call 01202 295570.  
WOOD (Bare) Heavy Duty Floor Finish, Grey & Red Oxide (may need priming) A30 & A31
  Heavy Duty Floor Finish, All Colours & Clear (may need priming) A30 & A31
  High Performance Chemical Resistant Chlorinated Rubber Floor Finish R34
  Durable High Performance Finish Gloss A109
  High Performance Durable Acrylated Rubber Finish R1007
  Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  Durable High Build Multi Surface Finish A1040
  Extreme Multi-Purpose Farm Oxide Mid-Sheen Finish AF1045
  High Build Metallic Metal Primer AFPM1045
WOOD (Previously varnished) Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
ZINC Universal Water Based Surface Primer WBP1030
  For any other surfaces, please call our Technical Team on 01202 295570.  
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