Pool resurfacing may be necessary if your pool deck is showing signs of aging, such as cracks, blisters, or discoloration. A pool resurfacing project can give your old pool deck a brand new look without the hassle of being forced to tear up the concrete. There are a host of possibilities for this, such as the inclusion of color or even the replication of the look of natural stone.
The top coat finish is what you usually need to replace when resurfacing your pool. The initial step involves draining the pool; however, there are a few things to consider here. First of all, you may need a permit, so check with your city’s planning department, and secondly, there may be special neighborhood requirements when draining the water.
A wire brush is used to clean the surface of the pool, and a chisel or even jackhammer will be required if the pool has plaster on gunite, because you need to remove the plaster. The wire brush is then used to remove the remaining plaster material. Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is used by professionals to clean the surface, and a coating of muriatic acid helps remove mineral deposits. TSP is necessary to neutralize the acid.
Once the surface of your pool is clean, it is resurfaced by the spreading of new plaster. Expect to use several thousand pounds of plaster and white marble plaster sand, though the precise amount depends on the size of your pool.
A number of people believe pool resurfacing is something that can be performed on a DIY basis, but soon after starting, they realize the project is a lot more difficult than they first believed. Water is unforgiving, so if you make even the slightest mistake, you could end up with a leaking pool and need to start the process all over again.
It is also an exceptionally time-consuming process, as even a medium-sized pool typically takes about 20 hours for two professionals. If you have a large pool, you may need three to four people working simultaneously to ensure the plaster doesn’t set too quickly. It will also be necessary to rent out tools to break the plaster, and you have to be careful not to leave footprints in the plaster as you work.
Instead of attempting pool resurfacing yourself, get in touch with us at Sparkle Pools today. We have been repairing and resurfacing pools for decades and provide you with the perfect finish every time.