How To Paint A Pool Deck

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If you are ready to see your pool deck glow again, an excellent paint job can help you do the trick. Here, you will learn all about what to do and how to do it when painting your pool deck. The results will be astonishing if you carefully follow the steps and instructions mentioned here.

It goes without saying that a good paint job can look dismal in just a few months or even weeks without proper maintenance. The goal is to treat your pool deck with care as you would treat any other floor in your home.

Let’s get right to it.


Follow the steps and instructions outlined below to see matchless results. Note that you need a few necessary pieces of equipment and materials to see this project through, and they include the following:

  1. Paint roller
  2. Paintbrush
  3. Paint tray
  4. Painter’s tape
  5. Pressure washer or hose
  6. Concrete cleaner or degreaser
  7. Concrete patch or repair material
  8. Sandpaper or sanding block
  9. Paint scraper or putty knife
  10.  The paint

Cleaning the surface of the deck

The first and most crucial step is to clean the surface of your pool deck. Ensure no debris and imperfections will leave the result looking like rushed work. If you don’t have the time to do the necessary cleaning before you start the job, you should probably leave the work to an expert.

First of all, use your paint scraper to remove the old paint from the surface and then your sandpaper or sanding block to smoothen the surface. This will help ensure there are no chips and cracks in the future. Lastly, use your power washer to properly clean the debris off the pool deck’s surface to prepare for priming.

Repairing any cracks or damage to the deck

The next step is to fill and fix all cracks, dents, and holes. Painting a pool deck with cracks and holes will leave room for paint peeling and make your paint job appear ugly. You would need a concrete patch or repair material to do this. You can find some of these at over-the-counter stores.

Selecting the right paint and primer for the type of surface and climate

Choosing a primer or paint goes beyond just selecting something to match the rest of your home. While that is a cool thing to do, you want something that will complement the type of pool deck surface you have. Some types of paint and primer work better for stone floors than wood floors and are more heat-resistant. 

Choose a primer and paint that matches the texture, material, type, and style of your floor while also considering the climate of your environment. You can ask an expert for directions if you’re unsure what to choose.

Painting the Pool Deck

Once all the preparations are done, and you are satisfied with the smoothness of your floor, the next step is to apply the primer and paint to the pool deck.

Applying primer to the deck

Prepare the surface for coating by applying primer to the pool deck’s surface. First, ensure the deck is clean and dry before starting the process. Next, mix the primer according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and apply it using your paint roller or sprayer. Remember to work in small sections and apply the primer evenly, avoiding any puddles or drips. 

Allow the primer to dry completely before proceeding with the next step. It is recommended to apply two coats of primer for the best results. Once the primer has dried, the deck is ready for the final paint coating.

Painting the deck with the chosen paint

Remember to choose a paint specifically designed for pool decks, as it needs to withstand water, sunlight, and chemicals. Apply the paint with a roller or sprayer, starting from the furthest point from the exit and working your way towards it. Be sure to use even strokes and allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next. Once the final coat is dry, allow it to cure for at least 24 hours before using the pool.


Maintaining the pool deck paint job is essential to ensure its longevity and keep it looking great for years to come. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your pool deck paint job:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Regular cleaning is necessary to keep your pool deck free from dirt, debris, and stains. Use a broom or leaf blower to remove loose debris, then scrub the surface with mild detergent and water to remove any stains or dirt. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the paint job.
  2. Avoid Heavy Foot Traffic: Heavy foot traffic can damage the paint job, so it’s best to avoid walking on the pool deck with heavy shoes or dragging furniture across it. Place furniture on pads to avoid scratching the surface.
  3. Regular Inspection: Regularly inspect the pool deck for cracks or chips in the paint job. If you notice any damage, repair it immediately to prevent further damage.
  4. Reapply Paint: Depending on the type of paint used on your pool deck, it may need to be reapplied every few years. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how often the paint should be reapplied.
  5. Protect from Sunlight: Sunlight can cause the paint job to fade or peel, so protecting the pool deck from direct sunlight is vital. Use a shade sail or umbrella to provide shade over the pool deck.


Painting a pool deck involves several essential steps to ensure a smooth and long-lasting finish. Firstly, cleaning and preparing the surface thoroughly is essential to remove any dirt, debris, or existing coatings. Then, the surface should be primed and left to dry before applying the paint. If necessary, the paint should be applied evenly using a roller or sprayer and left to dry completely before applying a second coat. It is also essential to choose a paint that is specifically designed for use on pool decks and provides adequate slip resistance to prevent accidents. 

Proper pool deck maintenance is crucial to ensure its longevity and safety. Regular cleaning and resealing can help prevent damage from weathering, chemicals, and wear and tear. By following these steps and maintaining the pool deck properly, you can ensure that it remains a safe and attractive space for swimming and relaxation for years to come.

As a homeowner, going through the entire process mentioned in this article can be draining, time-consuming, and can even lead to a waste of materials if you don’t do it right. It is best to work with an expert who has spent decades painting pool decks and beautifying floors to assure you of excellent results using the right tools and materials. Speak with us at Armor Coatings today, and be proud to show off your pool deck.

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