I bought a foreclosure with a ridiculously nice pool, it is a $130k pool (my previous home was worth about that alone). I never owned a pool before but I figured it would be a shame not to renovate such a pool. It had some neglect because the house had been abandoned for some time. The pool had been full of algae without running for probably six months to a year, the pumps were stolen, along with the saltwater system and heater, the rocks had serious cracks, etc. etc.
I got quoted several quotes from different companies and picked one.
The company I picked said they could not stain the rock because the previous owner had sealed the rock and he described it as a bad thing. He says to re-paint the rock, they have to paint it over with a white resin and "paint" the rock versus staining it.
However, I read some forums posts and it seems everyone is recommending to seal their rock after staining - so is sealing bad? The way the pool company described it to me, if you seal the rock, then you make it impossible to restain the rock later. He says that painting it is fine, that it will need repainting years from now, but that the same goes with staining.
I guess I just wanted to get educated more about this and get some feedback on here. Thanks for the help!