How much pool paint do I need?

We're asked all the time about how much paint will be needed for the job.

First, determine the square foot area to be painted.

Measure the length (L) and width (W) of the pool as well as an average depth (D).

Note: This assumes a rectangular pool with two equal length long sides, two two equal length short sides and rectangular bottom. If your pool is irregular in shape, then you will need to modify the results.

Calculate the following:

L x W =  ____

L x D x 2 = ____ 

W x D = ____ 

Then add all three numbers together for the Total Area (TA).

Next, to determine the number of 1 gallon kits needed to paint the Total Area, divide by 300 (the average coverage rate of our paint) and multiply by 2  (because you will need two coats).

TA/300 x 2 = number of gallon kits needed (round up).

For example, a pool that is 30 feet by 15 feet with an average depth of 4 feet will be calculated as follows:

30  x 15 = 450

30 x 4 x 2 = 240

15 x 4 x 2 = 120

Total Area = 810 sq. ft.


To determine the number of 1 gallon kits needed:

810 300 = 2.7 x 2 = 5.4 gallons

So, we would round up and recommend six 1 gallon kits.


Please keep in mind, if you order more than you need, you can return (at your cost) any unopened paint for a full refund.