When You Know it’s Time
Pushing off to swim laps in a badly plastered pool can leave your toes feeling like they have brushed against a brillo pad. Swimming in your pool should give your feet and hands a smooth – not rough – experience. Your pool’s plaster should be soft to the touch. However, over time most pools’ whitecoat needs to be replastered – even if you’ve acid washed your pool. Some stains are just irremovable – and over time the plaster becomes rough.
Peeling Off the Old Skin
Some pool maintenance companies will just layer over the old plaster with the new. We don’t think that’s a great idea – so we get in there and strip the old plaster so your pool can have a brand new layer of soft durable flooring. It’s almost like getting a brand new pool!
Applying a new coat of soft pool plaster is a messy job, so first, it’s important to clean the deck area and around the pool so debris won’t accidentally mix in with the new replastering.
A New Coat of Plaster
Once the old plaster is removed, what’s left is the gunite layer of the pool – which can then be replastered. Depending on your pool, gunite is usually a dully gray substance which may be covered with a wire frame. The gunite is the frame of your pool and the fresh new plaster – sometimes called marcite – is a new coat of skin. Marcite is usually white, but customized colors can be added to make your pool have a customized aesthetic. Really – plaster can be just about any color you want.
Layering on the New Plaster
Typically, fresh plaster is added to the pool layer at about 1/2 inch thick. Immediately after plastering, the pool is filled with water so the new plaster can cure and harden. Actually, it’s the weight of the water pushing on top of the pool’s flooring that helps speed up this process – so it’s best to add the water when the plaster is still fresh to avoid any unsightly blemishes or cracks in the finished replastering.
Ready to Swim In – Again
Also, after the work is done the pool is treated so it is safe to swim in again. After three days of work, your pool is ready to be jumped in, dived from, and enjoyed.
Replastering needs are common for our pool owners so we invite you to contact us with any of your questions. We have experience and we’d love to hear about the specific needs of your pool.