A major component of your household maintenance checklist is a regular check-up of your swimming pool. But have you paid attention to your pool fence?

Your fencing might not be as pristine as when you first moved in and may require treatment. An easy way to spruce it back to life is to simply apply paint. It will help to cover rust and corrosion and give you a new fresh feel. 

Before we dive into how you should paint your metal pool fence, let’s first look at how you must prepare your fence for painting. 

Precautions To Take Before Painting Your Metal Pool Fence

Wait For Good Weather

You want to choose a nice sunny day to start your job. Nothing could be worse than trying to paint in the rain. On the same point, you want to make sure the weather will be nice for a day or 2 after you are finished so that the paint will have time to dry.

Scrape Off Rust And Old Paint

Before you paint your pool fence, you should remove the previous paint and any rusty patches that you find along the fence. This should be done manually by using medium grit sandpaper. A medium grit sandpaper will remove any scales of peeling paint and bring out the rough surface, allowing you to paint smoothly. 

Cover Exposed Surfaces 

You do not want your paint to adhere to anything other than the fence. Before you begin, you should cover the surrounding areas and plants with an old piece of cloth or tarp.

The use of drop sheets on the floor will prevent getting paint on your pavement or surrounding area. 

You should also ensure your safety by covering yourself and using gloves and masks with goggles to protect your body from unwanted paint droplets. 

Apply A Layer Of Galvanising Primer 

To avoid the problem of your steel fencing being consumed by rust again, you should consider using a rust-inhibiting primer. Just a single coating will ensure the protection of your fence. Once the primer is completed, you may apply the paint. 

Prepare your pool fence for painting

How To Paint A Metal Pool Fence

When it comes to painting a pool fence, a masonry brush is the best choice. A masonry brush is a firm textured brush with bristles made of Tampico fibers that provide greater depth and surface area.

It efficiently allows you to reach all the curves and spots that are too narrow to reach otherwise and are more allows you to cover the entire surface of the fence. 

You should avoid dipping your brush entirely in the bucket as this will result in too much paint on the brush, it is a waste of paint and causes unnecessary weight.

Instead, the bristles should be dipped at half their lengths, and the excess paint should be removed from the brush before using it on the fencing. You will waste much less paint, and you would be able to paint with much more flexibility. 

For the fence’s flat surfaces and posts, you may also use rollers. Rollers enable you to paint more effectively and certainly save more time. 

Using spray paint to paint your fence is also an option, and it will be a much quicker task than a brush or a roller. But spraying effectively requires some skill, making it difficult to use by a beginner. 

What Type Of Paint Is The Most Suitable For A Pool Fence? 

Oil-based paints are the most suitable when it comes to metal pool fences. Metal tends to provide more adherence to oil-based paints. It establishes a glossy finish and offers a more long-lasting and smooth coat of color. 

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Metal Pool Fence? 

This depends on several factors but expect to pay $3 to $10 on painting one linear foot of your fence. The total cost will greatly depend upon how big or small your fence is covering the perimeter of your pool. 


There are multiple ways to keep your pool fence well-maintained, but painting is the perfect way to restore it to its original glory. Using the right steps and tools allows you to easily manage your time and money and simultaneously enhance your outdoor space.