How to repaint a fiberglass/resin water fountain?


I bought this new just one year ago. I thought I would be smart, and before putting water in it I spent about $100 for clear epoxy paint and sanded the interior bowls of the fountain and applied two coats of the clear epoxy paint. I did this because I wanted to be assured that the original finish would never peel off. After using it for just one season, the fountain finish is peeling off anyway! I am so disgusted at how much money I spent on the fountain, and the epoxy, only to get the results I was trying to avoid. Is there anything that can be done at this point to repaint it and get a lasting finish?

  13 answers
  • Try epoxy pool paint.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 06, 2021

    Hello. What a frustrating situation. I suggest reading your product label for recommendation use before purchase will be an important consideration to allow for an underwater application.

    I hope someone has the perfect suggestion for you meanwhile this link could be informative.

  • Em Em on Sep 06, 2021

    How to Paint a Resin Water Fountain | Hunker

  • William William on Sep 06, 2021

    You need to use paint that is made to bond to plastic. Rustoleum2X or Krylon fusion. With water in the bowl the paint may not survive long. You can seal with Helmsman Spar Urthane to make it last longer. Once the finish is hardened it basically should be harmless to birds.

    • Marsha Marsha on Sep 06, 2021

      William, your suggestion sounds great but how in the heck would I be able to remove the clear epoxy? I used a 2-part epoxy and brushed it on the final and the interior bowls, yet the original finish is still chipping off. The original finish on the exterior, which I did not put epoxy on, is chipping off as well! I have $400 in this fountain and it is only a year old and that is just too much money to throw away. Are the paints you suggested waterproof?

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 06, 2021

    Perhaps you should call the people that made your fountain and explain this to them and see what they have to say.

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 06, 2021

      Unfortunately, with many ready-made goods now being manufactured over-seas, this is no longer possible.icon

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 06, 2021

    This link should be helpful to you:


    No type of paint will bond to unprepared epoxy paint. Because epoxy painted surfaces don't allow adhesion, they must be abraded before they will accept new paint. Sanding the old epoxy finish with a 120- to 220-grit sandpaper will promote adhesion. Using a power sander will ease the process. Once the epoxy has been abraded, any type of paint will bond to it.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 06, 2021

    What ever paint you use you need to use water proof and weather proof paint try marina paint it’s exspensive but it will last

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 06, 2021

    Hey there Marsha: Check this site. It has several ideas on the square where it says "Content". Just click on the one you want to read about and information will come up for you. Then, on the upper right corner you will see a large X. Left click on that and you will go back to the original site:

    Also check the blue rectangles at the top of the page for more information.

    Good luck

  • William William on Sep 06, 2021

    To remove the epoxy soak a paper towel in isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and rub it on the surface until the epoxy loosens. If the epoxy is still stubborn, a stronger solvent such as denatured alcohol (a solvent commonly used to fuel camping stoves) or paint thinner can also be applied to the area with a cloth to weaken the bond, and a scraper tool can be used to gently pry the epoxy from the surface. Once the epoxy is removed, use a clean, wet rag to remove any remaining solvents from the surface.

    You can also use a heat gun to soften the epoxy and scrape it off.

    On the exterior you can gently sand and scrape as much of the loose finish. What doesn't come off feather the edges smooth with sandpaper. The paint I suggest is waterproof but still seal with Helmsman Spar Urethane.

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 07, 2021

    Hello Marsha, I feel your frustration and disappointment, I really hope this helps you out,

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 08, 2021

    Try a marine grade paint and sealant.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 11, 2021

    Get in touch with the manufacturers and see what they have to say about the problem,