So I neglected the pool at my place (which was left to me after a friend's untimely passing) for far too long. The water was like mud in its deepest area and the bug to bug repellent ratio was NOT in my favor. I drained the pool into my houses main drain and cleaned up all the mess. I replaced the pump and updated all the plumbing.
I did not see any major cracks and there's no evidence that the pool leaks. I did however see
2 hairline cracks up high on the walls that I want to patch as well as some indentations on the floor from runaway chlorine pucks that were allowed to eat away at the pools floor.
I acid washed the pool, rinsed it, cleaned it with T. S. P. And rinsed again. I was told i could use hydraulic cement for the patching however, even though I cut out a bigger area and I let the cement dry for a week it didn't adhere to the surface and large portions just chipped off when using the pressure spray setting on the garden hose ....so I took a wire brush to it yesterday and cleared it all off and was going to take another shot at it..
1) now I read I should really only use hydraulic cement for large holes where leaking is occurring and in fact shouldn't be used for patching. So I purchased some Quickrete Concrete Patching Compound which seems like it's better suited for small cracks and smoothing out the burn indents caused by the chlorine pucks. It also has a fast cure time if only 24 hours. Will this work adequately?
2) I will be painting the pool (I know... boo... Hiss....) i got 4 gallons of dual epoxy white paint. I can not personally be sure of this pools surface but my buddy is a self proclaimed pool genius and says it doesn't appear to have been painted before and if it were, it was with an epoxy. I attached some pics to this post.... Can anyone tell from them if it looks like the pool was painted before and confirm my friends assumption that if it were it was with an epoxy?
3) even with acid washing and using the TSP twice, I am unable to get off all the brown staining on the walls much less the markings on the floor. Can anyone tell by the pictures what these stains are and how can I clear them? I can in fact wire brush them off (with bleeding knuckles mind you), but is that necessary? My friend seems to think as long as we've cleaned the surface completly then the paint will adhere just fine. I fear from my online research that if this is some sort of left over paint or algea or grime, them the paint will determinate and chip off in a very short period of time. Thoughts?
Thanks for taking the time reading this and I promise to post pictures of the final results once completed. I won't let the pool season close without at least one pool party... I just need a little guidance.