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DIY Painted Concrete Pool Deck and Patio

A full step-by-step tutorial to paint a concrete pool deck and patio to make it last and save thousands by doing it yourself.

concrete pool deck with patio dining table and chairs

Mistakes are proof you’re trying, right? Welllllllll… we tried REALLY hard at our concrete patio / pool deck about a year ago. And not only was it a mistake, but it was a gigantically bad fail.

I mean… so bad.

pool deck and patio before with paint mistake

UPDATE: See the final styled pool reveal here!

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: 2 years later, this pool deck and patio paint is still holding up perfectly despite corrosive salt water from the pool always splashing on it! No scuffs or signs of peeling at all. Score!

finished painted concrete pool deck and patio with pergola cabana and pool furniture

Costly Outdoor Concrete Painting Mistakes You Should Know Before Starting

A word of caution: Do NOT use bright white concrete paint. It will basically burn your retinas in the bright sun.

And do not skip the ever-so-important prep work and priming before jumping into the patio painting part. That thirsty concrete will gulp that paint right up resulting in an even more time-consuming, costly project.

After we gave our pool a major overhaul and spruced up our pool shed, we thought a concrete refresh would be a great idea. And then after choosing an absolutely wrong, completely blinding paint color and barely making a dent in the paint job after applying an entire 5 gallon bucket, we saved the project for another day.

To be fair, we were in the depths of wrangling an ear-infection/colic-prone baby not sleeping through the night back when we made that mistake and that didn’t help our willingness to fix our mistake right away.

And now we finally decided it was time to remedy this for good!

badly painted concrete pool deck

How Much Professional Concrete Pool Deck Painting Costs

We got a quote from a paint company first just to see if it would be better to hire a pro for this big job, and it was estimated to cost $3,000 by a contractor.

We figured we’d give it the ol’ college try again and attempt to keep it under $1,000. And guess what?! We did it!!!

It really wasn’t a difficult project at all. Hot and time-consuming, yes, but not difficult. If possible, I’d make this a spring or fall project (though we managed in July in South Carolina).

DIY Painted Concrete Pool Deck and Patio Instructions

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Supplies:

OUR TOTAL COST: $904.22 (not including our tools)

Ideal Outdoor Concrete Paint Weather

Be sure to check the weather forecast and plan to do this project in 4 consecutive warm, dry-weather days. This project takes 3 work days + 24 hours after work is finished for paint drying.

Our large concrete pool deck and patio required about 12 hours of total labor time.

The Steps

prepping a pool deck for painting by blowing off debris

Step 1 – Blow Off Debris

We used a leaf blower to remove any leaves and debris from the concrete first.

concrete etcher and cleaner

Step 2 – Clean and Etch the Surface

Work in 10 sq ft sections for this step: Use a garden hose to dampen a section of concrete. Fill a plastic watering can (do not use metal) with the concrete cleaner & etcher and pour it evenly on the damp concrete.

applying concrete etcher and cleaner with a watering can

Step 3 – Scrub Away

Let the concrete cleaner sit for 2-3 minutes. You should hear it fizz and bubble as it cleans. Scrub with the push broom in 2 perpendicular directions.

scrubbing concrete before painting

Step 4 – Rinse With a Pressure Washer

Use a pressure washer to rinse away the concrete cleaner and remove any excess dirt and grime. (We love this pressure washer.) Let the concrete fully dry before moving on to the next step.

power washing concrete before painting around a pool

Step 5 – Fill Cracks and Holes

Fill any cracks and holes in the concrete with Liquid Cement Crack Filler. Spread the crack filler with a putty knife until smooth and let dry completely.

liquid cement crack filler to prep a concrete pool deck for paint
applying concrete filler to fill cracks and holes before painting
spreading concrete filler to patch cracks and holes

Step 6 – Apply Exterior Primer

Apply 1 coat of the KILZ General Purpose Exterior Primer with an extra large roller for large areas and angled paint brush for edges, cracks, and hard to reach places.

rolling on exterior primer before painting a concrete patio and pool deck

Step 7 – Let Primer Dry

Let the primer coat dry completely up to 24 hours, depending on weather conditions.

primer coat on a pool deck prior to painting

Step 8 – Mix Paint and Anti-Skid Additive

In a large 5 gallon bucket, combine 5 gallons of the KILZ Concrete & Garage Floor Paint with the Rustoleum Anti-Skid Additive and mix using a power drill with paddle attachment.

mixing anti skid additive in concrete paint to prevent slipping around a pool

Step 9 – Roll On Paint

Apply the anti-skid mixed paint. We were very happy with the coverage of this paint as we only needed 1 coat! Woot!

So much better already!!!

applying concrete paint around a pool deck
painted concrete patio drying and curing

Step 10 – Paint Into Cracks and Edges

After allowing the paint to dry 24 hours, we painted cracks, edges, and details with angled paint brushes, but you could do that before rolling the paint actually.

applying concrete paint in cracks and edges to finish a patio

We are SO pleased with how this turned out! The color looks just like freshly poured concrete!

It did feel a little slippery the first few times it got wet, but as the paint cures, the grip improves. So be mindful the first few days the concrete gets wet while you’re walking on it. And for any concrete surface around the pool, always caution swimmers that they should never run in case of falling.

painted concrete patio and pool deck finished and ready for play time

Can you believe the difference in this painted concrete patio and pool deck over the last two years?!

dirty old concrete around a pool before painting
finished concrete patio and pool deck with paint
painted concrete pool deck and patio 2 years after application

UPDATE: Here is our concrete pool deck and patio 2 years later still looking good as new!

If you missed any of our previous posts about our home’s exterior, you can see our journey below

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31 Comments

  1. Hi Lauren! Was there any type of cool deck or other coating on the concrete before your update, or was it just plain concrete? We live not too far and our patio is in a similar condition as you’re “before”. But we have an old, worn “cool deck” finish and I’m wondering if this would work for us. Thanks!

    1. Hi Melissa! No, ours was just plain concrete, so I’m not sure what the cool deck coating would do in this situation.

  2. Whoa I can’t believe the difference from just paint! Seriously looks like freshly poured concrete. Can’t wait to see it styled!

  3. It looks great! I love the color you chose. And I can’t believe that pool didn’t have rails to begin with! So much better now!

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