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The Average Cost of Paint for a Pool

Your swimming pool would look much better with a new coat of paint. But what do you do about reining in the cost of the paint to complete the job?


The total cost of the paint is closely related to the smoothness of the pool surface. For example, a 20,000 gallon pool that’s 12 feet by 20 feet may use only four gallons of pool paint. The cost? Around $55 retail at your local hardware store.

Basic Rule

The basic rule is 250 to 275 square feet average per gallon of paint. The type of paint products you use will also impact the amount of paint you’ll have to use to complete the job. Use regular paint roller brushes for the sides of the pool, and regular paint roller brush with a pole to do the floor. Employ the use of family and friends to do the corners.


Make sure to use at least two coats, and keep in mind that you’ll need to know the total square footage of your pool’s interior.


It’s best to use a quality synthetic rubber-base formula pool paint in order to meet the high performance expectations of chlorinated rubber.


While two coats are generally required, a third coat on bare, porous surfaces may be necessary.

Average Monthly Cost To Run A Swimming Pool

The kind of pump that you choose can have an impact on how much you'll pay per month. Variable-speed and two-speed pumps tend to be less expensive to run than single-speed pumps. For instance, with a multiple-speed pump, you can run the pump all day at a low speed for less money than it costs to run a single-speed pump for part of a day. A single-speed pump either runs all day at that speed, which may or may not be efficient, or it needs to be on a timer to run at intervals. Finding out how much this costs can be a little complicated, since the size of your pool and the amount of time you run the pump per day has an impact. There are several heating options. You can also use a heat pump, which does require electricity. There are calculators to assist you with this. Swimming pools can need a lot of chemicals in order to be safe and enjoyable. Systems that use salt rather than chlorine use electricity to separate the sodium atoms from the chlorine atoms, then return the chlorine to the water to kill bacteria and algae. In general, a pool can cost about 10 percent of the original installation cost per year, more if you use a pool service company.

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