How To Resurface A Concrete Pool Deck

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Phil Puccio

The best way to renew and repair your concrete pool deck is to use a concrete renewal product such as Sacrete Flo coat, New Crete from Rapid Set, or Ardex CD.

the Basics for the renovation of a pool terrace are:

  • Sand or pressure wash the surface to clean it
  • Repair cracks, chipped areas, and flaking
  • Smooth out the patched areas with a rub stone or sanders
  • Rinse or vacuum the concrete to remove dust
  • Cover any adjacent areas that you want to keep clean
  • Mix and apply resurfacing material
  • Drag the broom across the surface to give it some texture
  • Apply concrete sealer to protect it


How to renew a concrete pool deckThat’s me, repairing and re-coating a pool deck

The tools you will need are:

Products to be used for concrete renewal:

  1. Sacrete Flo coat
  2. New Crete from Rapid Set
  3. Ardex CD – Can usually be ordered from a local concrete supplier.


So you’ve decided to renew your concrete. The first thing you need to do is clean the surface.

You will need to remove any loose, damaged concrete, if there is one.

And you need to get rid of dirt, debris, mold, and mildew.

The two ways to do this are either lightly sanding the concrete or high pressure washing the concrete.

How to renew a pool deckGrind lightly
How to renew a concrete pool deckHigh pressure washing for cleaning

When sanding the concrete, use a face mask and connect a vacuum cleaner to the sander to reduce dust.

Pressure washer works well for cleaning as long as you don’t have loose and flaking concrete.

When you’ve washed the concrete, let it dry for 24 hours before proceeding.


If you have any cracks, chipped, cracked concrete, or chipped concrete, now is the time to repair your concrete.

If the cracks are hairline cracks there is nothing you can do about them, just leave them and reappear.

If the cracks are 1/16 “wide or more, you’ll need to fill them in with a repair material like Dap flexible concrete crack sealant.

Concrete crack filler

If the crack is wider than 1/4 “, I recommend filling in part of the crack with dry sand or foam support rod.

Leave about 1/4 to 3/8 inch of the crack for filling, this works well for repairing the cracks.

Once the sealant is leveled, sprinkle some dry sand on it to give it some texture.

The resurfacing material needs the texture to bond to.

Just keep in mind that if you repair any cracks in a pool deck, cracks may still appear. If the cracks move at all, the resurfacing material may have a hairline crack where the existing crack was.

How can you renew concrete?

If you have any chipping or chipping, you can use the resurfacing material to fix it.

Just mix a small amount and fill in these areas after removing loose concrete.

Allow the patched area to dry completely, then smooth the area with your sander or rubstone.


After you’ve repaired any cracked, chipped, or chipped concrete, you will need to clean the concrete again to make sure the resurfacing material adheres to it.

PRO TIP: I use a powerful leaf blower to clean the concrete and keep the concrete dry so I can put it back on the same day.

Again: if you rinse the concrete with water, let it dry again for 24 hours.

If you didn’t have to repair any areas, you can skip this step since you’ve already cleaned your concrete


Cover any areas that you don’t want to get dirty. Use painter’s tape to keep the pool edge, ladder, railing, and skimmer clean.

The resurfacing material sticks to these things and is very difficult to remove once dry.

If you have the plastic parting strips in your concrete deck, you’ll want to cover the tops of them as well.

PRO TIP: Peel off the tape if you are renewing the surface, right after walking on or over any object. If you wait until the next day, the tape will peel heavily where a resurfacer gets on it.


You can now mix the concrete restorer and apply it to your pool deck.

I have used all three of these concrete renewal materials with a lot of luck.

  1. Sacrete Flo coat
  2. New Crete from Rapid Set
  3. Ardex CD – Get this from your local concrete supply store.

They all mix and are applied with either a steel trowel or a squeegee.

Follow the mixing instructions on the bag. Usually you mix 3.5 liters of water with one sachet. Stir for 2 minutes until lump-free and a bit like pancake batter.

How to renew a concrete pool deckMix the material to a pancake batter viscosity.


As soon as you brush the spatula or squeegee over an area about a few broom widths, drag your broom over the surface to give your pool deck a new texture.

Do not wait with the broom, the material dries relatively quickly. Make a small section and broom it, then do another small section and broom it. It helps to have help like I’m doing in the picture, then you can just go on, slowly from one end to the other.

How to renew a concrete pool terraceGet a helper if you can, it’s a lot easier

Watch me do it

STEP 7: Protect it with sealant

Apply a concrete sealer such as RadonSeal deep penetrating concrete sealer. You can see me in the video below to learn how to apply it.

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