So I’ve had several people sending private messages about how I like the ecoFINISH aquaBRIGHT coating on our pool. Since there seems to be so little information out there on people’s opinions or experiences with the product, I thought that I would start a long term review thread. I’ll try to update the thread on at least a quarterly basis and answer questions as they may arise. You can go to our original pool build thread here.
What is Aquabright? In short it is a thermo plastic resin that is sprayed over the plaster coating of a gunite pool.
1. Gunite goes in.
2. Plaster covers Gunite
3. 2 coats of sticky resin are rolled on the entire plaster surface with paint rollers. (This helps the first coat of aqua bright adhere)
4. 2-3 coats of aqua bright are sprayed onto the coating. It melts into one solid coating over the entire pool.
5. Fill the pool, balance water, swim immediately. No need for start up process.
Here are some of the benefits from the company aquabright website
Plaster has its own set of issues, in the form of a long and complicated start-up process (Hot-Start), as well as staining, shrinking, and cracking problems. aquaBRIGHT was scientifically developed to present a solution to these aquatic finish problems. The long-lasting thermo-polymer finish, aquaBRIGHT is the wave of the future.
Compared to colored masonry finishes, aquaBRIGHT has a more uniform color across the entire swimming pool and as the pool ages, the installation of an aquaBRIGHT finish will not "mottle" or fade in larger blotchy clouds.
No Hot Start
Looking for a colored aquatic finish? Colored masonry coatings typically require a two week start up process called a "Low alkalinity burn" or a "Hot Start." The process normally involves your pool company pouring muriatic acid into your pool to burn the leaching calcium off the curing masonry. Since aquaBRIGHT is a durable, plastic finish, it does not require any caustic or complicated start up process after installation. We call our start up process "Balance and Swim".
Chemical Resistant, pH neutral
When did owning a pool mean that you need a degree in chemistry? Old timers used to treat their pools with two things chlorine and muriatic acid. Unlike masonry finishes, the non-porous, smooth and pH neutral aquaBRIGHT finish won't counter balance with your swimming pool's water chemistry. We're not saying with the installation of aquaBRIGHT that you'll only need chlorine and acid, but due to the nature of plastic, you'll spend much less time balancing your water chemistry and more time enjoying your pool with your family.
Here are two videos of the application process in our pool