Every several years, acid wash or not, your plaster is going to show signs of serious wear. The surface may become rough or the plaster may wear away in spots exposing the gunite shell underneath. Once these telltale signs begin to happen it’s time to have the pool re-plastered.
Modern day plaster is combined with a silicone additive substantially increasing the durability and longevity of the plaster job. Colors can also be added to the plaster so customizing the look of your pool to your individual taste.
Unsightly cracks, stains, chips and other surface problems can also be addressed at the same time. If the decision has been made to re-plaster this is also the optimum time to consider new tile and coping.
In addition to traditional plaster, new surface treatments are now available including pebble finishes and color quartz. These surfaces add a new dimension and feel to your pool and spa and can be applied in a variety of different colors. Feel free to download the pebble finishes at the bottom of this page.
Plastering a pool involves draining the water and then acid washing the surface. If the pool has been painted it must be sand blasted first. The existing plaster is then chipped and cut away around the lights, tile, drains and other fittings. The pool floor and sides are then closely evaluated for any voids that may exist.
Voids are hollow areas in the existing plaster that will need to be dug out, cleaned and patched before the new plaster can be applied. Additional costs are always incurred if voids are found due to the extra time and materials needed to fix the problem.
Once these procedures have been done and the pool surface carefully checked, an adhesion preparation or bonding coat is applied. A coat of marbelite is then hand toweled onto the walls and floor of the pool. The pool is then filled immediately.
Care should always be taken when filling the pool to ensure that the force of the water does not blow a hole in the new plaster. Often a cloth is tied around the end of the hose to soften the water flow.
Once the pool is full, the water is then chemically balanced and the equipment primed and started. The result? A great looking pool that will provide years of enjoyment if properly maintained.
There is a one year warranty on all new plaster from de-lamination. Pebble finishing carries a five year warranty. Pools that have been plastered require that the correct chemical balance be maintained and that the pool be brushed at least twice a week for a minimum of ten weeks. Failure to do so will void any warranty and may cause serious problems with the new surface. It is therefore recommended that Routine Service be performed during this time period.
All plaster projects with Buckhead Pool Service require that a Special Project Agreement be signed by the client prior to any work being scheduled or started. For more information on plastering or to obtain a free evaluation and quote please call or email our office.