I’m so ready for summer, (I think I’ve been saying that for a few weeks now?) but our house isn’t. I’ve been working on outdoor projects all week and our pool area is coming together. You may remember when we bought this property it came with a pool that was built in the ’50s. We’ve slowly been working on the pool, and the pool house. It was finally time for the pool deck to get some love. I thought I would share the whole process of my DIY stained concrete pool deck project.
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Tools you need to stain concrete
- Power washer
- Dyco Pool Stain
- Paint Roller & Brush
- Extension pole
- Paint tray
- Concrete crack filler
We have old concrete around our pool from the ’50s that is cracked, mildewed and patched in a million places. Some day we would like to rip it out and replace it all, but for now I just wanted to give it a little facelift. At the very least we wanted to have it all one cohesive color.
I did a lot of research trying to find a good paint product to use. I came across Dyco pool deck stain at my local Lowe’s. It comes in a bunch of colors and is meant specifically for pool concrete. It’s designed to be more tolerant to pool chemicals.
Our concrete couldn’t get much worse looking, so I decided to give it a shot. I chose the Cool White color because I wanted a light gray tone.
The first step is to get the concrete really clean. I power washed everything thoroughly and then rinsed it several times. The package suggests using a mixture of bleach and water as well. I did that in areas where the mildew was especially bad.
I let it dry well for 24 hours. Next up, I attempted to patch some of the cracks in the concrete with liquid cement crack filler. The smaller cracks covered pretty easily. I had a few large cracks that no amount of filler would fix completely. Still I was pleasantly surprised at the improvement.
I then let that cure for 24 hours, and I was ready to paint.
I cut in the edges and then filled in with the large roller. Our concrete is in rough shape, as in the surface is very rough, so I wasn’t worried about it being slick. They do sell a texture mix you can add to the paint if you are worried about it being slippery when wet.
I did two coats and I can’t believe how bright and fresh it feels compared to the before!
I so wish I had done this stained concrete pool deck a few years ago. We shall see how it holds up over the summer, but so far, so good. I’ll be sure to report back!
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