How to Paint the White Rim Around a Pool

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How to Paint the White Rim Around a Pool
You can find swimming pool paints specially formulated for coping at most pool stores. (tropical pool image by brelsbil from

The white rim around a swimming pool is called a pool coping, and it can be a frustrating surface to paint. It doesn't matter if the coping is made of poured concrete, natural stone, cast concrete or vinyl--it won't be conducive to paint adhesion. Before you attempt to paint the coping around your pool, you must apply the proper preparation techniques, or the finish will gradually flake and peel.

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Things you need

  • Blue painter's tape
  • Pressure washer
  • Coping primer
  • Coping paint
  • 3- to 4-inch paintbrush
  • Knee pads

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  1. 1

    Monitor weather conditions closely, and work only on a warm, dry day.

  2. 2

    Ensure that the pool is drained enough to allow at least 5 inches of dry space between the water and the white rim or coping.

  3. 3

    Clean the coping to encourage paint adhesion by washing it with a pressure washer. Wash away any dirt and dust from the surface surrounding the coping, or you will not be able to get the blue painter's tape to stick.

  4. 4

    Allow the surface to dry completely, then apply painter's tape to any areas you want protected from paint, including the areas adjacent to and below the coping.

  5. 5

    Apply coping primer to the coping with a paintbrush. Kneel at the edge of the pool, and lean over the coping as you apply. Apply only a thin coat. Do not over-apply, as this could lead to primer dripping into the pool.

  6. 6

    Clean the brush using water.

  7. 7

    Allow the primer to dry for two hours, then apply coping paint in the same manner. Allow the paint to dry for two hours, then apply another coat if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • You might want to wear knee pads to protect your knees during the application process.
  • You don't have to drain the entire pool to paint the coping, since you won't be standing in the pool during the application process.
  • You can find swimming pool paints specially formulated for coping at most swimming pool stores.
  • If the pool coping is metallic, coat it with etching primer instead of ordinary coping primer.
  • Never use spray paint when painting pool coping. It will almost always result in paint getting into the pool.

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