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How to Stain and Seal a Concrete Pool Deck

Before and after photos of stained concrete pool deck

Step 1: Pick your stain and sealer

There are several products you can use to stain a concrete pool deck! Most Direct Colors customers’ preferred choice is our Antiquing™ Stain.

This concrete stain is an easy to apply, spray-on, and quick-dry colorant for outdoor concrete. It comes in over 30 colors, so you can customize your deck color to enhance your landscape or outdoor furniture.

It’s also ideal if you’re looking for something with a more solid, neutral appearance. Acid stain generally provides a marbled finish and probably wouldn’t be the best option for this particular DIY project.

The great thing about Antiquing Stain is that it’s our easiest colorant to apply – simply shake, spray, and dry.

This way, you can have your pool deck finished in one weekend – and get your kids back to doing those cannonballs!

Before ordering a full-sized concrete stain, consider an Antiquing™ Stain Trial Kit to test out color combinations on your concrete surface.

The samples take only a few minutes to apply with a foam brush and can be scrubbed off later with a stiff bristle brush and soapy water solution.

Once you determine which stain colors you want, make sure you order enough materials to complete your project.

For a 1000-square-foot pool deck, we recommend six gallons of Antiquing™ Stain, one 32-ounce Slip Resistant Additive, and five gallons of solvent-based EasySeal satin-finish acrylic concrete sealer.

Feel free to use our handy Concrete Stain Calculator, or contact us.

Once you’ve got your stain and sealer, you’re ready to rock!

Step 2: Surface preparation

Staining a concrete pool deck can be messy if you’re not properly prepared, so we recommend carefully masking off your pool coping and expansion joints before applying the concrete stain.

Additionally, use plastic to cover surrounding plants and grass to prevent landscaping damage. Another method is to use a cardboard spray shield during the stain and sealer application process to protect surrounding areas.

Pool Deck Before Concrete Stain

Step 3: Stain application

Next, apply two saturated coats of Antiquing™ Stain using a pump up sprayer. Since pool decks are pretty large projects, you definitely want to go with a sprayer for this, rather than a roller or spray bottle. 

Don’t forget to stir or shake the sprayer vigorously before you apply  – settling may occur, and that’s perfectly normal. Continue to regularly do this throughout the process to prevent the color from settling in the bottom of the sprayer.  Allow each coat to dry for at least 8 hours.

Pro Tip: For rougher concrete textures, select a sprayer tip with a wider aperture.

Stained Concrete Pool Deck

Step 4: Sealer Application

Make sure your concrete stain has dried for at least eight hours before you apply the first coat of the solvent-based acrylic sealer.

Remove the filters from your pump up sprayer before beginning. Then, starting at a far corner of the deck, spray a thin coat using slightly circular motions. Let it dry for a minimum of six hours before applying a second coat.

Pro Tip: Use your thumbnail to see if the initial coat dents or scratches. If it does, then it definitely needs more time to dry!

Once the first coat is completely dry, it’s time for the second coat of concrete sealer, along with the Slip Resistant Additive. This finely ground aluminum oxide is added to the final coat of acrylic sealer to provide better grip and slip-resistance.

Simply add the additive to the container while stirring the sealer. 

Stained Concrete Pool Deck

Step 5: Enjoy!

After the second coat dries, you’re ready to enjoy your beautiful outdoor living space!

DIY Spotlight

Our customer, Jerry S. from Sussex, New Jersey, laid colored concrete pavers for a walkway in the backyard. With all of those different colors, boy – did it look great!

Later, a pool was added and a deck was poured in gray concrete. Since the gray concrete color didn’t quite complement the pavers, Jerry headed back to Direct Colors to find a more flattering color for his previous work.

As the multicolored look of the concrete pavers walkway was already “busy,” Jerry was looking for something with a more solid, neutral appearance.

Acid stain generally provides a marbled finish and probably wouldn’t be the best option for this project. Jerry also preferred something he could quickly apply, seal, and get on with his summer.

Stained Concrete Pavers

Upon submitting a free project consultation to Direct Colors, we recommended that Jerry stain the pool deck using our Antiquing Stain.

This exterior concrete stain provides an even, rich color and is our easiest colorant to apply – simply shake, spray, and dry! Jerry could have the whole pool deck finished and back in service over one weekend, no problem!

Before ordering full sizes, Jerry tried a colored antiquing stain trial kit to test color combinations. The samples take only a few minutes to apply with a foam brush and can be scrubbed off later with a stiff bristle brush and soapy water solution.

Ultimately he selected the Antiquing concrete stain colors Cumin and Russet. For a 1000-square-foot pool deck, Jerry ordered six gallons of Russet, one 32-ounce Slip Resistant Additive, and five gallons of solvent-based EasySeal satin-finish acrylic concrete sealer (our #1 outdoor concrete sealer).

Russet Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Russet
Slip Resistant Additive
Slip Resistant Additive
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin