High everyone! I am new to the forum and a new pool owner ( though not a new pool) and I look forward to being a participant here.
I bought a foreclosed home and I know it sat uninhabited for at least 2 years, possibly longer. It had a pool which to my untrained eye looked like it was in decent shape. The home is 10 years old but I do not know how ld the pool is. It has fairly nice and recent looking equipment (which I have all running/working properly now) but I really have no good way to tell unless you can give me ideas.
Here is a pic of the condition it was in when we uncovered it.
I emptied it (believe it or not it was nearly halfway full), set the two resident turtles free and then gently power washed it. I got only close enough to blast off the algae, which worked V. I was advise not try to hard to get the stains off now and that proper chemistry would undo the rest of the algae stains so I didn't sweat it.
Here is an after pic.
Now... When I power washed it there were a few places where I got a bit to close by accident and a DEEP almost cobalt blue started to shine through. I was talking to the new neighbor and he told me that when the pool was first put in that the whole pool was that deep blue. I came to realize this is a quartz pool. You can see by the pics however that the once deep blue quartz is now very white and almost looks like regular plaster.
Here is a pic of the pool full
Other than not looking great, the pool finish seems to be in good shape... Refinishing it for looks isnt going to happen for a while.... I actually like this coating because it has traction but isn't really rough like PT. I WOULD however like to try to restore it to its original luster if that is even possible.
I have made search after search and cant find any info on treating a quartz pool. I have tried gently wire brushing an inconspicuous area with no damage done but no results either. I was thinking about draining the hot tub and acid washing it to see if that works but I decided to chime in here first. The Pool store wanted to sell me an 80.00 bottle of stuff they claimed would slowly restore the original luster but I wont trust a salesman.
Any advice anyone can give would be appreciated. If I have to just live with it the way it is now that is fine... As I understand it no one does quartz anymore which seems shameful... I saw some old sat photos of this pool and wow was it gorgeous with that deep blue!
Thanks again for your time.