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    Brushing new plaster

    Can anyone tell me if it is bad to not be able to brush our new plaster every day? I have brushed most days since the pool was filled with water, but have not been able to every single day. Thoughts?
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    How much dust is still kicking up when you brush? Did they acid wash the day after plaster? Is it a pebble finish?
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    Plaster was done 2 weeks ago this past Wednesday (for the 2nd time), acid wash and fill was performed the following day. We have Radiant Fusion from Finest a Finishes/Gemstone. It is a pebble finish with glass beads and abalone shells.
    I still saw some dust before they graded the yard on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that all I can see is the dirt that blew in the pool. I did vacuum quite a bit up on Wednesday night. I didn't get to brush on Thursday. Hubby has been brushing Fri, Sat, Sun while I work but he's under doctor's orders this weekend- no physical activity and to stay inside. I can't fit in brushing myself on the weekend- I leave too early and return home too late. I'm doing good to get my pH and Cl checked on the weekend.
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    Ok, you'll be fine. You are far enough along that a few days won't hurt.
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    Whew! Thank you! Good to know!
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    Brushing doesn't really do a whole lot for a pebble finish. Most of that was taken care of for you with the acid and pressure wash.

    I'd still recommend brushing as often as you can but it's nowhere near as critical as with plain plaster finishes or those that don't get acid washed.
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    Thanks, Brian! You and pooldv have quite relieved my anxious mind!
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    definitely try to keep up with the pH, seems like when plaster is new it soaks up quite a bit of acid the first few weeks. if I remember right, I was having to add like 30 ounces of MA every 2-3days to keep the pH in balance.
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    +1 Maintaining pH as many times per day as needed is the number 1 most important thing with new plaster.

    Maintaining CSI in a new plaster pool will add a decade or more to the life of your plaster, 25+ years. Folks who do not manage their CSI often have to replaster in as little as 5 years. In bad cases I have seen it happen in 3 years.
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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    This was a great question and helped me too! We haven't been able to brush everyday either and I was feeling very anxious. Thanks Ya'll! ❤️


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    Re: Brushing new plaster

    Quote Originally Posted by ap2002 View Post
    definitely try to keep up with the pH, seems like when plaster is new it soaks up quite a bit of acid the first few weeks. if I remember right, I was having to add like 30 ounces of MA every 2-3days to keep the pH in balance.
    I just had regular plaster done about 5 months ago, and up until recently I had to add acid daily to maintain my pH. I'm sure every pools chemistry is a bit different, but I would keep a close eye on the pH.


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