1. M

    Streak in new Quartz Plaster

    Hi folks! We’re new pool people and curious to know if this type of streak/mark in plaster is normal? This is a dark blue quartz plaster that was filled with water overnight with 2 standard hoses. Our PB wasn’t direct about the normality of this issue and simply mentioned an acid wash but we’ve...
  2. J

    Plaster Stains

    Hi all, I am a new pool owner and new to TFP. My pool was just finished and I have been maintaining it 2 weeks now. The pool is 20 x 30 ft, 18,000 gallons, all Jandy equipment, salt water, plaster, with marble tile and travertine coping. I have been noticing stains recently (see attached) and...
  3. N

    New Pool - Stonescapes finish has dark streaks

    Hello all! I am new here and a first time pool owner. We just had a pool finished last week. My issue is I am seeing blotches or streaks of darker/bluer finish in the plaster which is Aqua Blue Mini Stonescapes plaster. I have brushed as I am supposed to except for the day of the Artic...
  4. Sam8407

    Sun Exposed Plaster!

    Hello everyone, I have an infinity spa in my pool that is getting the outside tile redone. In order for this to be done they have drained the spa so water spill over does not interfere with the process. My question and what is worrying me: How long is it safe for the exposed white plaster to...
  5. D

    When does water get added?

    Hello, We just had our new pool plastered yesterday with Sunstone Blue Pearl. We are in Florida. This morning someone was out and power washed it. They didn't tell us if it was an acid wash or not. It's been 5 hours and no one is here to add water to the pool and it's a Friday. I called the...
  6. A

    Glass Tile vs Plaster for Entire Concrete Pool

    I'm sure this question has been asked before (couldn't find the relevant thread) -- we are doing a new in-ground pool and debating between plaster vs glass tile for the entire pool. Our PB said that the glass tiled (1") pool will be about 40%-50% more expensive but requires less maintenance/...
  7. Jon123

    Old Indoor Gunite / Plaster Pool - What do we do?

    Our pool was built around 1985. I believe the plaster is original, but it is starting to chip off quite a bit. I can see some previous owners have done some patches, and we have a few sections where the plaster has flaked off, including one or two larger sections (about 6-8 inch diameter). There...
  8. B

    Need advice on new build

    Hi everyone. I need some serious advice!! My name is Becky and I live in CA. After debating for years, I decided to put in a pool! I chose to go with a smaller pool company, as opposed to the bigger local companies. I loved their family-owned feel and the fact that things felt more personal. I...
  9. A

    Thoughts on Bay Area / NorCal quote?

    Hey All, We moved in last year and it is our first time with a pool. With 20+ year-old plaster that is showing wear and such, we got a quote to redo plaster and some other optional items. What do you think? Our pool is kidney-shaped and roughly 550 sq ft. Picture attached. 1. Empty Pool, Strip...
  10. L

    Main Drain Was Leaking, Gunite Pool

    Hello, We went to open our pool in early June, pool had about 2 feet of water on the bottom. Called a company that plugged the main drain for about $200. They say they can fix the leak to allow us to use the main drain again, however, it will require some jack hammering around the drain. They...
  11. K

    Contractor Installed Wrong Fitting - Now what?

    Our plaster contractor installed a pool jet fitting on the side vacuum line instead of a vacuum port fitting. This was not discovered until the pool was filled with water. Our contractor has gone awol and we are not sure what is going to be involved in correcting this. Before I start looking...
  12. N

    Is QuartzScapes too rough for children's feet?

    I'm getting quotes for renovating my pool, and I'm struggling with the plaster decision. My current pool is plain white plaster, and when my daughter and her friends spend a couple hours in the pool, the bottom of their feet get scratched up & bloody. I like the idea of the longevity of...
  13. Heatheralee

    My PB did not plug the pool when filling and now I have stained plaster

    Hi All, I had a pool installed (construction began Labor Day weekend) and it was just filled ~2 weeks ago. Plaster crew applied Wet Edge Signature matrix plaster on a Thursday, did the acid was Friday, and put the hose in when leaving so the pool would fill. Well, the plaster crew forgot to...
  14. pigskintd

    Should the Builder Plaster and Fill the Pool Without All of the Equipment Installed?

    I am losing all trust with our pool builder and I wanted to hear your opinion on two things that don't see right to me (but I don't build pools). The builder wants to plaster and fill the pool on Monday. No equipment is installed yet, I mentioned this and they said they could do a temporary...
  15. lafonte98

    Hairline cracks in plaster bottom pool

    Good Morning, I know there have been a few posts about this topic but I wanted to share my pictures for review and advice as well. Currently, my pool is drained for maintenance and I noticed a few hairline cracks in the plaster, see pictures. I believe they have been there for some time now...
  16. ES13Raven

    Choosing a Plaster Repair Company

    Any advice on choosing a company to re-plaster our pool/spa besides reading reviews on Yelp, Google etc.?
  17. ES13Raven

    Smoothing Out Plaster Flaking

    I bought my house about a year ago, and I believe the plaster is original from 2008 when the house was built. The standard plaster is flaking in a few spots, but overall still in good condition. We have had 5 contractors come out to give estimates on replacing the plaster. Since this will cost...
  18. T

    Plaster color help!

    My pool has been ready for plaster for about 1.5 months now. We are waiting on the black stone for stonescapes mini pebble tahoe blue. Has anyone made a custom mix without black stone? We wanted tahoe blue for the medium to dark water and I can't imagine you'd get that color without the black...
  19. G

    Should I Replaster Pool When Installing New Deck?

    I am obtaining quotes to replace my current concrete cantilever pool deck which is cracking around the coping area and has cool decking that is eroding. Of the 4 quotes from pool and patio companies, only one did not recommend refinishing the pool while they have it drained. It was replastered...
  20. Sam8407

    Calcium nodules? Or bad plaster job?

    Hi everyone, First time posting but long time follower. First of all I’d like to be clear that I am having our pool builder take a look at the plaster as it is only 8 months old. But I figured I would get some of your thoughts as well. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
  21. R

    QuartzScapes Anvil or Curacao Night

    I have to let my contractor know a final for my plaster color ASAP, but I’m so torn between Anvil & Curacao Night. We went with a well known pool business in my area, but they’ve never done a plaster this dark… leave it to me to be different 💁🏻‍♀️😆 I’ve been searching online for these finishes...
  22. K

    New Plaster Startup

    I'm sure this has been asked a ton, but I'm mostly curious about my heater. It's an older Raypak 350k BTU gas, RP2100. I don't know if it automatically bypasses itself when it's off and water just flows through the front block thing, or if the water flows through the whole thing. If it doesn't...
  23. W

    Trim tile--can it be repaired after plaster?

    We're building a gunite, in-ground pool and planning to go with a Primera Stone plaster finish. We included trim tile (step and bench edges) in our plans, but now we're being told that if we do that, there is no way to repair it down the road without re-plastering that area of the pool. Does...
  24. A

    Pool Leak After Plaster New Build

    So, my new build (owner/builder) was just plastered (Pebble Fina Bella Blue). I specifically asked the Plaster company if they take care of the drains as part of the plaster job and they advised yes. Well, plaster is complete and pool had a leak. Plaster company made me hire a leak detection...
  25. M


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  26. OliviaT

    AquaBrite Eco Finish remodel: $32,000?

    We’re remodeling our 50x15’ 28k gallon pool in Sonoma county, northern CA. The plaster is discolored but otherwise in good shape, making it a good candidate to resurface with AquaBrite Eco Finish. (Liked the smooth surface and easy startup promise.) Our PB finally got the quote back (it took a...
  27. D

    Plaster Polisher Damage

    I just had the plaster installed on my new build pool this past Tuesday with Wet Edge Altima Gray. On Wednesday and Thursday, another crew came to polish the plaster then acid wash and power wash. It’s look and feels good. One of the polishers said that in one small area on one of the wall...
  28. K

    Where to get DiamondBrite Samples?

    I see I can get an entire set of them on their website, but I don't need either an entire sample of 12 colors, or a set of 6 of the same color, although I can do the 12 if I have to. I think we're leaning towards Aqua Blue, but wouldn't mind samples of the rest of the untinted blues. Locally is...
  29. D

    New Plaster - Acid Recommendation

    Hi all, I just had my pool resurfaced with Noble's Designer Series aggregate (Marina Cay). The guy who did the job (the boss) recommended that I put 4 gallons of muriatic acid in right away, and brush it very well, 2+ times a day. I was planning to brush, and I was planning to generally follow...
  30. dclynds

    Help With Sequestering Agent

    Hello TFPers, Can someone help me outright or point me to a guide on which Sequestering agent to use for which metal problem with respect to pool finish? I need to do an ascorbic acid treatment to get rid of some pale-brownish stains that are cropping up in my pool (confirmed not algae) and I...