I put in a new pool last year. I was going to go with a brushed concrete, and finish with "Cool Deck" later. However, the concrete subcontractor (along with the pool company owner) suggested I look at some "stamped" concrete - with color - patterns. They said it would not be slick, as it would be sealed with a sealer that had "grit" in it. AND, it wouldn't be very hot.
Well, several problems: 1) it developed thousands of little bubbles! They pop, and flake off (and end up in the water!).
2), it is slick as can be!
Concrete guy said "Don't worry; I'll reseal it (with Sure Seal 30), and add a whole lot more grit. That will solve both problems". What happened? I now have thousands of BIGGER bubbles (look like huge blisters), and it is still slick! He put a whole can of "aluminum oxide" in the mix.
So no he tells me the distributer advised him to put some sort of "emulsifier" on the sealant, which would sort of "liquify" it, to resorb the bubbles, and then would solidify again. PLUS, they said manually broadcast the grit on the surface, rather than mix it in; this would create the grittiness I need so that my grandkids and neighbors aren't breaking arms and skulls!
I SO wish I had gone with my original plan. The deck LOOKED great before the sealer was added (oh - the finish is called "Italian Slate") - it is just too slick, and the bubbles look ridiculous.
Is there ANYTHING I can do at this point to fix the problems???