Should I Paint or Resurface My Fiberglass Pool?

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When you decided to install a fiberglass pool, you anticipated that there would be a lot of work entailed to maintain it. What you might not have thought about is that eventually, your pool walls will show wear and tear.

When that happens, you will have to decide whether you want to resurface the pool walls and floor or paint them. Here are some factors that should play into your decision.

The Problem

A pool is subjected to harsh chemicals, water, sun, and temperature cycles of cold to hot throughout the year. Over time, cracks will form, wall material will flake off, and scuff marks will appear. Grime will collect in every fissure, cranny, and divot.

The Extent of Damage

If the damage is minor or just starting, you can probably get away with painting the walls and floors or applying a partial resurfacing that targets affected areas.

If the damage is extensive or significant, swimming pool renovation may be in order.


The cost of each approach will likely determine how you proceed. Keep the following in mind:

  • If you opt to do it yourself, painting will be slightly less expensive, but there will be a lot of sweat equity you put into the job.
  • Because messing up a fiberglass application can lead to much larger integrity issues, you should have professional pool installers do a resurfacing.
  • Each approach will cost the same in terms of labor costs.
  • A coat of paint will last about 10 years.
  • A coat of fiberglass, if installed correctly, can last decades.

History of Maintenance

If you have kept your pool up through the years, chances are good a coat of paint will be enough. If, however, there are issues with the pool’s integrity or if you do not know the maintenance history, resurfacing is the way to go.

When Neither Approach is the Answer

If your pool has cracks in the wall or floor, not just in the surface treatment, it could be a larger issue affecting the structural integrity of the pool. Have the pool inspected by a professional pool installer to identify the problem.

If, after considering each of these points, you are still not sure, contact KS Pools & Patios for an assessment and estimate.