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    pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

    New to pools. The home we purchased last year needs rebar repair & re-plastering. Please advise on the actual longevity of the Quartzcapes, Colorscapes, Gemstone type surfaces. We've ruled out the pebble finishes, because of the polarized opinions on them & the cost/benefit doesn't fit our needs. How long have the quartz plaster finishes been around? Is it more for aesthetics? Will the surface of the quartz become more rough as it ages? White plaster was recommended by two of the PB for our needs one recommended an additive to prevent staining (Meta-Max). Any information would be appreciated.
    San Diego, CA
    **POOL SPECS: 16K GAL, 30' x 16', 3' to 4' to 6' DEP [4.33 AVG DEP], 98 LIN/FT, White Plaster, Dual Drains VGB [P/S], 3" x 3" Blue/Brwn Tiles, DIG Auto Fill, Pink/Red Deck, Beige DOS, 1' x 1' Coping
    **SPA SPECS: 7' LENGTH, 28 LIN/FT, 3' DEP
    **EQUIP SPECS: Filter: CNC PLS 520, Chlorine generator : IC-40, Vacuum: NAVIGATOR, Automation: EZ TCH 8, Pump: INTELLIFLO Variable Speed, Pump: 1.0 HP DYNA-GLAS [SHEER], RAYPAK, RAINB 320 In-Line

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    Re: pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

    Welcome to the forum. I am not a plaster expert so must pass on most of your questions. An additive to plaster may be very marginally helpful to prevent staining but I wouldn't pay more than about 50 cents (total) for it.

    Correct pool chemistry will keep your plaster free of stains and incorrect chemistry is probably 90% of the cause of plaster staining.
    Dave S.
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    Re: pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

    In addition to my original question....If anyone has had to sell their home w/pool, what kind of response/feedback do potential buyers have towards a particular finish, would having a particular surface be a plus, minus, or non issue. If we end up staying here longer than 3 - 5 years we can revisit the pebble surfaces.
    San Diego, CA
    **POOL SPECS: 16K GAL, 30' x 16', 3' to 4' to 6' DEP [4.33 AVG DEP], 98 LIN/FT, White Plaster, Dual Drains VGB [P/S], 3" x 3" Blue/Brwn Tiles, DIG Auto Fill, Pink/Red Deck, Beige DOS, 1' x 1' Coping
    **SPA SPECS: 7' LENGTH, 28 LIN/FT, 3' DEP
    **EQUIP SPECS: Filter: CNC PLS 520, Chlorine generator : IC-40, Vacuum: NAVIGATOR, Automation: EZ TCH 8, Pump: INTELLIFLO Variable Speed, Pump: 1.0 HP DYNA-GLAS [SHEER], RAYPAK, RAINB 320 In-Line

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    Re: pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

    We have weekly pool service & testing and they clean out the filters, I think at least once a year, maybe more. The Meta-Max additive would cost another $550.

    The staining that people, on forums, talk about when they complain about plaster is due to poor maintenance rather than the nature of the material? I've read that quartz may stain as well so that may also be a maintenance issue?
    San Diego, CA
    **POOL SPECS: 16K GAL, 30' x 16', 3' to 4' to 6' DEP [4.33 AVG DEP], 98 LIN/FT, White Plaster, Dual Drains VGB [P/S], 3" x 3" Blue/Brwn Tiles, DIG Auto Fill, Pink/Red Deck, Beige DOS, 1' x 1' Coping
    **SPA SPECS: 7' LENGTH, 28 LIN/FT, 3' DEP
    **EQUIP SPECS: Filter: CNC PLS 520, Chlorine generator : IC-40, Vacuum: NAVIGATOR, Automation: EZ TCH 8, Pump: INTELLIFLO Variable Speed, Pump: 1.0 HP DYNA-GLAS [SHEER], RAYPAK, RAINB 320 In-Line

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    Re: pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

    The staining that people, on forums, talk about when they complain about plaster is due to poor maintenance rather than the nature of the material? I've read that quartz may stain as well so that may also be a maintenance issue?
    Yes and Yes. There can be a few different things that cause the stains but most always it is improper maintenance. This site is aimed at folks who want to learn about their pools and is made up almost entirely of pool owners who have learned or are learning about proper pool management.....water, equipment, etc.

    When you get a chance, look into Pool School in the upper right hand corner of the page. It will be a bit intimidating at first but there is a wealth of knowledge there.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

    Thanks, I'll go to school.
    San Diego, CA
    **POOL SPECS: 16K GAL, 30' x 16', 3' to 4' to 6' DEP [4.33 AVG DEP], 98 LIN/FT, White Plaster, Dual Drains VGB [P/S], 3" x 3" Blue/Brwn Tiles, DIG Auto Fill, Pink/Red Deck, Beige DOS, 1' x 1' Coping
    **SPA SPECS: 7' LENGTH, 28 LIN/FT, 3' DEP
    **EQUIP SPECS: Filter: CNC PLS 520, Chlorine generator : IC-40, Vacuum: NAVIGATOR, Automation: EZ TCH 8, Pump: INTELLIFLO Variable Speed, Pump: 1.0 HP DYNA-GLAS [SHEER], RAYPAK, RAINB 320 In-Line

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    Re: pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

    I don't have all the signature information yet. I don't know how to add it under my member profile either. Didn't see it answered under troubleshooting. I'm not tech savvy.
    San Diego, CA
    **POOL SPECS: 16K GAL, 30' x 16', 3' to 4' to 6' DEP [4.33 AVG DEP], 98 LIN/FT, White Plaster, Dual Drains VGB [P/S], 3" x 3" Blue/Brwn Tiles, DIG Auto Fill, Pink/Red Deck, Beige DOS, 1' x 1' Coping
    **SPA SPECS: 7' LENGTH, 28 LIN/FT, 3' DEP
    **EQUIP SPECS: Filter: CNC PLS 520, Chlorine generator : IC-40, Vacuum: NAVIGATOR, Automation: EZ TCH 8, Pump: INTELLIFLO Variable Speed, Pump: 1.0 HP DYNA-GLAS [SHEER], RAYPAK, RAINB 320 In-Line

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    Re: pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

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    Re: pool resurfacing advice re: plaster vs. quartz plaster

    Thank you.
    San Diego, CA
    **POOL SPECS: 16K GAL, 30' x 16', 3' to 4' to 6' DEP [4.33 AVG DEP], 98 LIN/FT, White Plaster, Dual Drains VGB [P/S], 3" x 3" Blue/Brwn Tiles, DIG Auto Fill, Pink/Red Deck, Beige DOS, 1' x 1' Coping
    **SPA SPECS: 7' LENGTH, 28 LIN/FT, 3' DEP
    **EQUIP SPECS: Filter: CNC PLS 520, Chlorine generator : IC-40, Vacuum: NAVIGATOR, Automation: EZ TCH 8, Pump: INTELLIFLO Variable Speed, Pump: 1.0 HP DYNA-GLAS [SHEER], RAYPAK, RAINB 320 In-Line

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