This is my first post. I have been reading and reading and reading - but it all becomes overwhelming when your knowledge base is limited. We are new to pool ownership, this will be our second full season running our pool. The year that we bought pool looked fine - white - cement - inground - kinda ugly, but fine. Then we drained below our lines for the winter and when we opened again in summer the paint had all flaked off in large chunks. Under the paint/plaster (Very well could be house paint on the top layer) is a blue coating (I am assuming the gunite) and under the blue I can see some spots that have chipped to the cement. Last year we knew we would have to fix the problem, so we drained at the end of season to nearly empty. Then watched over winter as all the white flaked and flaked some more!
Anyways, we have had a company in to quote. Sandblasting to prep and remove all the white substance leaving behind the blue layer (again - gunite?). They quoted $12K for a Aquafin paint job. This isn't even in my realm of acknowledgment. From there it was an epoxy paint for epoxy paint for $6500 and a chlorinated paint for $5000. Honestly - NONE of these options are worth our consideration. We mainly had someone in to see what we could do to fix it - then we planned on doing the fix ourselves. Although we are not pool experienced - we ARE very handy/diy experienced. AND, most importantly it is what our budget permits. We are in Canada (in case quote seemed exorbitant). Everyone seems to shy away on the forums from the rubber paint and also from the epoxy paint. And maybe from ANY paint. By my description above does it sound like we need to replaster? Is that the only options? Paint (crappy), plaster or pebble? Are either of the other two options DIY-able? And if we choose to just do a fix for now with a coat of paint - can it go directly on top of the blue surface? And if so - what paint?
I can only assume that a plaster job would run me $12K or more as well. And that really is not feasible right now. We are not going to be able to use the pool this year as is. Even last year we would be swimming with large flakes of paint. This year it is the entire pool that is flaking apart, clogging everything.
Hope I explained myself sufficiently and I hope someone can advise us on our immediate goal!