Well, our pool was plastered Dec 10th. We used the pool care company the PB recommended. We brushed like crazy, but could see our plaster was scaling and blotching from early on. We first used the hot tub on Christmas Day, and scaling got much worse. Pool care company has recommended a no drain, which they will perform at no cost. I'll keep you up to date on the progress, as I'm keeping a very tight leash on them now. For info sake, here is what they state is their standard startup:
JR will arrive to turn on the pumps and begin to add chemistry to the pool. The chemicals are as follows, Sequestration Agent, Bi-Carb, Conditioner , Acid ,Chlorine , and Calcium they are introduced to the pool at different stages of the start up procedure.Initially the pool will be running for 24 hours a day during this time it is imperative that you brush the swimming pool thoroughly 3 to 4 times daily and brush all dust to the main drains. This process may take up to 10+ days to complete, please do not let anyone get into the pool even on the steps as the plaster is curing and any feet prints will stay permanently on the finish. JR will be returning to make numerous calls on the pool to test and adjust the chemistry as needed, upon completion he will install
the swimming pool sweep provided by [PB] for you as well as setting up the filtration time.
The pool doesn't look nearly as bad as the hot tub, but here is a pic of the tub (and an overview for fun). Attachment 34064 Attachment 34065