Over time, the bottom and walls of your swimming pool may become sharp, bumpy and rough in some spots. So, you need to do something about it. The easiest way of fixing the problem is to use a swimming pool plaster. If you can’t do it on your own, hiring a pool repair company will be a better idea.
Replastering Your Pool: A Complete Guide
In short, this technique involving putting a fresh layer of plaster on the damaged areas. Usually, the thickness of the layer is around 1/2 inch. The plaster will prevent water drainage and keep the pool surface feel and look great. The life of the swimming pool plaster is between 7 and 20 years.
Steps to Replaster a Pool
Before you go ahead and do the project yourself, understand that the process requires a lot of time and effort. Since the process is complex, you might end up making a lot of mistakes while working on it.
Things you will need:
- Yard brush
- Sump pump
- Soda ash
- Rubber gloves
- Putty knife
- Power trowel (stainless steel)
- Pool plaster mix
- Paint roller (rough one)
- Paint brush
- Finishing plaster mix
- Face mask
- Cleaning solution
- Brush for acid
- Bond coat
- Air hammer
- Air compressor
- Acid wash
As soon as you have got all these tools and materials, follow the steps below to get to the actual job.
Get the Pool Prepped
- Switch off the pool equipment
- Empty your pool
- Remove the rest of the water with the sump pump
- Get rid of any loose debris, such as leaves
- Remove any loose plaster with a chisel
- Use sandpaper to sand down the rough or sharp edges
- Remove the dirt with a sponge and a cleaning solution
Follow the Pre-plastering Process
- Apply the acid wash on the old, damaged plaster using your acid brush. Afterward, rinse it off with a hose
- Wait for a while to let the pool dry, and then apply a bond coat.
- Wait for another 10 hours to let the bond coat dry.
Get ready to Apply Plaster
- Mix the plaster properly by following the manufacturer’s instructions
- Take a start at the deep end and apply a plaster layer with the trowel. The thickness of the layer should be 3/8 inch. Make sure to fill in the holes and cracks and create a smooth layer.
- Wait for a while to let the plaster dry
- Once dry, apply another layer of plaster, which is around 1/4 inch thick. Again, the surface should be smooth.
- Allow the layer to dry
- As soon as your pool is dry, you can add a layer of pool pant.
- Once the pain is dry, you can fill it up with water.
Call Premier Pools & Spas!
If you need help building your natural swimming pool, you can give a call to Premier Pools & Spas.