I posted this thread 2 weeks ago under the construction forum and after spending all day yesterday trying to clean my stairs with muriatic acid, I think i'm completely in over my head and posting a new thread in a different forum to get more advice
Long story short, I over drained my pool and thought that it would be a good time for an acid wash. I called a few places, got some quotes, while also playing around with it myself. I got it into my head that I could do the acid wash myself. Yesterday, I spent 5 hours just working on the stairs trying to get all the stubborn stains off. I increased the concentration of muriatic acid b/c the stains were awful. I drained the pool 5 more inches to see the shallow end and the staining is awful. It's even worse than the stairs, while the stairs were orange/brownish, the floor has dark/gray stains. I tried to get rid of them with concentrated treatments of MA, but it barely makes a difference. I ended the day feeling defeated. I think I've removed too much plaster and everything looks blotchy. As a last ditch effort, I added 4 vitamin c tablets to the shallow end to see what difference it would make (you can see the staining has gone a way a bit, i think) and while I think nothing will remove the graying other than a replaster, I'm thinking maybe I can still do a AA wash..
My question now is.. have I done too much damage? Should I call in the professionals? Should I just do a AA soak/wash and call it a day. Should I skip that all, close the pool and get a replaster in the spring?
I'm regretting everything at this point. How can I save this situation?
Thanks so much - the anxiety I feel is overwhelming. I woke up with my heart racing b/c I think I've made a huge mistake with my approach.