I have a pool that needs to be resurfaced because of cracks in the bottom and the seams of the fiberglass walls are showing now. My entire pool has been painted in sherwin williams epoxy paint. I have a pool contractor coming out tomorrow and he said that he does not need to water blast the pool first to get the epoxy paint off. He said he just needs to repair the existing cracks and then spray the gel coat on. He said he needed to put fiberglass in the cracks of the fiberglass walls and at the seams in the bottom.
I talked to another contractor that said that was a lie that the pool needs to be blasted because the gelcoat will not adhere to epoxy.
My pool is an early 80's pool and the walls are fiberglass and bottom is concrete.
My first question is who is telling the truth does the epoxy need to be blasted off or not first?
I also thought it would be better to just convert the pool over to a vinyl liner pool. I asked the pool contractor and he said it would cost more because of my skimmer baskets are original to the pool and do not work with a vinyl liner. He said he would have to put new skimmer baskets in and change the coping as well and all the fittings around my returns and pool lights. Wouldn't a vinyl liner be cheaper in the long run?
My thought is the initial conversion may be expensive, but would it not be cheaper in the long run? I mean a gel coat will only last 10 to 15 years and it is about $10,000 or so. To replace a pool liner is only $2000 to $3000 every time it needs to be replaced.
No pool contractor I talk to wants to really do the conversion they for some reason always want to gel coat the pool instead. Are there any reasons why?
Any help would be appreciated before the contractor comes out tomorrow.