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Thread: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

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    White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    About 18 months ago, I had our pool resurfaced with a Marquis surface
    http://www.premixmarbletite.com/id6.html
    Ever since the application, we've had these white streaking and spotting at the bottom of the pool. I thought it was a poor application, but the pool guys and the Marquis rep just said it's calcium deposits...They ran the acidity slightly higher in my pool to eat at the calcium, but I don't see any improvement. Any suggestions? I'm annoyed. Its been way too long.
    I attached two pics...it's hard to see via the pic, but it's very noticeable.
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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    In my opinion, those white streaks and spotting do not look like typical calcium deposits. And if acid doesn't remove the white streaks, then it is unlikely the white is a calcium deposit.
    Calcium deposits due to hard and scaling water, should be more uniform. Troweling late with water when the surface is somewhat hard can cause streaking and can take a few months to become more and more noticeable.
    And running the "acid" higher will not help, but probably will only make it worse over time.

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    I'm only a few posts active in this forum, and have learned a lot. Since my first post, I 'fired' the pool company that both resurfaced my pool and did my weekly pool service. I plan on getting my pool chemistry back to where it belongs normally, but unsure what to do about the lines. They even drained half and acid washed it, but it didn't do much.
    If it's troweling, I think it'd be gone by now...

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    Your service person was not at fault.
    When plaster is improperly troweled, the defect and discoloration becomes fairly permanent. The lines aren't going to disappear.

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    The service people did the resurface. They do restores, new installs and pool service. So I guess I just take this one in the chin? They insist its not an application issue...

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    Based on those two pictures, it looks to me as an application and material additives issue. Not bad water chemistry. Sorry it probably can't be rectified with a change in water chemistry.
    It should be still under warranty. May I ask what area of the country do you reside?

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    Warranty ended after a year And they insist and insist it's not application issues, and even had the Marquis guy come out (with the pool company present) and he agreed - I wasn't there, but I called him and he told me the same.
    I live in Tampa, FL - Hillsborough County.

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    Do you have any evidence that you brought up this issue with the builder or plasterer before the one year mark?
    I assume you have a quartz aggregate plaster finish. Sometimes the plaster mix contains only white cement and the quartz aggregate, and sometimes a color pigment is added for a special color.
    Do you know if there was a color pigment added to the plaster mix for the final color of finish? Try and find out because this can make a difference in your pursuit of this issue.

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    "Refinish pool interior with Bluestone Color Marquis Quartz Finish having a 10

    Year Manufacturer’s Warranty.

    Includes draining pool, acid washing of surface, applying a bond coating to insure

    proper adhesion of new finish, refilling pool with owner furnished city water and

    chemical balance."

    I emailed them after a year, because they said it'd take that long to become uniform...but they said they'd 'make it right' verbally. Their idea of making it right has been just tinkering with the pool chemicals, acidity, etc.

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    Okay, here is my suggestion. Tell them that unbalanced water would cause a uniform discoloration. Your plaster discoloration is not uniform in nature.
    Troweling mistakes would cause line and streaks. Your plaster has line and streaks.

    Additionally, tell them that calcium scale would come off easily with acid or sanding. Insist that they prove that it is a calcium scaling problem by sanding an area with 100 Grit wet&dry sandpaper for a few seconds. If nothing happens, then it is unlikely to be calcium scale.

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    Thanks for the suggestions. Would I need to drain pool to perform the sandpaper test? Or could i do it in the water?

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    Wet&Dry sandpaper works best under water.

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    Re: White Marks on bottom of resurfaced pool

    If you don't mind me asking what pool company did you use because i am running into the same issue with white spotting and streaks in my pool which was resurfaced about 3 months ago.

    My Warranty has a 1 year warranty again defects in workmanship and pool materials 10 year manufactures.

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