Hello all. I recently purchased a home in a north Dallas suburb that had a 15 year old fiberglass pool. The gelcoat was in pretty bad shape so I elected to have the fiberglass resurfaced. The crew will be draining, grinding (smoothing), putting on a new layer of fiberglass sandwiched between resin coats, and finally putting on a new gelcoat. They will also be replacing the rubber seals around the jets, replacing the main drain as it is no longer to code, and replacing the seal between the flagstone coping and the concrete deck. They quoted tile as well, but I declined that service, as I just don't believe that they can get tile to stick to fiberglass for a reasonable amount of time (10+ years) given the additional cost ($1750). I figured I would document the process here and use it as an opportunity to get any advice anyone who has gone through this might have. I feel pretty confident in my contractor choice and feel like they will do a good job, but if anyone has any questions they think I should ask during the process, I would be happy to do so.
Here is the original pool:
After approx. 2 hours of draining:
After 5 hours of draining:
My only concern at this point is that they had to remove the ladder to do the work, but it kind of looks like they just cut the ladder off at the concrete. Maybe this was required due to how the ladder was originally installed, but if that is the case, I expect them to fix it before they finish. I don't want to have sharp metal and holes in my concrete deck after they are finished.
Work got started today around 8:30am. Draining 22k gallons takes a lot longer than I would have initially thought. More pics to follow as work gets completed over the next five days.