Can You Paint A Pebblecrete Pool?

Can You Paint A Pebblecrete Pool? [Answered]

Pebblecrete pools are a common pool interior that provide a natural appearance and texture for your swimming environment. However, you may want to redo your pebblecrete surface eventually.

When you find yourself in this situation, you may be wondering, can you paint a pebblecrete pool?

In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about painting a pebblecrete pool, including the best types of paint, whether or not you can do this project yourself, and painting tips that you should keep in mind.

Can You Paint Over Pebblecrete?

Yes, you can paint over pebblecrete surfaces in your pool with good results. However, the final product you end up with is largely determined by the type of paint you use, how well-prepared your pool is for painting, and the method you use to apply the paint.

It’s generally recommended that you render back the pebblecrete (or at least use a stiff broom to dislodge loose pebbles) before you start painting to ensure that it adheres to the surface properly.

The best paints for applying on top of pebblecrete pools are acrylic-based resins. These types of paint are usually non-slip and double as an extra waterproofing layer.

Can You Paint Pebblecrete Yourself?

Painting a pebblecrete pool is a fairly approachable project.

Whether you are somewhat new to DIY projects or consider yourself a bit of an at-home handyman, painting your pool is a simple and straightforward process that can be completed by anyone with the ability to follow instructions and a good attention to detail.

Because you can paint pebblecrete pools by yourself, this pool renovation and redesign is one of the most affordable aesthetic upgrades that you can give a pebblecrete pool.

Tips For Painting Over Pebblecrete

First, ensure that your pool is drained and that your pool’s surface is completely dry. Take necessary precautions to avoid pool popping if your pool is inground.

Because there are so many fine crevices in pebblecrete, we recommend you allow your pool at least a full 24 hours of drying time once it has been emptied.

Next, you will need to prime your pool. This should be done using a waterproof sealant primer that is intended for pools specifically. Primer should be allowed to cure for at least three hours (or as otherwise indicated in your primer’s instructions) before you continue with the painting.

After your primer has been left to dry, begin painting your pool with roller brushes until it is thoroughly covered. You may need to apply multiple coats of paint to achieve an adequate cover, but you should allow each coat of paint to dry for several hours before applying a new one.

We recommend a minimum of five hours between coats, but you should observe the instructions that came with your paint if they are provided.

Once your pool’s paint is fully dry, finish it off with a clear coat. Afterwards, your pool will need to cure for around three days before you can fill it back up with water and begin to use it again.


Painting over pebblecrete can sound like a hassle, but when you consider how straightforward the process is, you will realise that it’s very doable.

Painting pebblecrete is a great option for renewing the appearance of your pool if you have started to get a bit bored with your outdoor design.

Do you have any questions about painting pebblecrete pools? Get in touch with us in the comments, we’d love to help answer any remaining questions you may have!

Louis from Pool Advisor


A chemical engineer by trade, Louis is committed to debunking myths in the pool industry by explaining the underlying chemistry and making it accessible to all.