Hi, I'm new to these boards. I stopped by the Coffee Bar to wave hello, but now it's down to business.
I bought a house in Northern New Jersey with an inground pool that needs to be refinished. I've never owned a pool before so I'm really starting from scratch.
I know the pool was painted with epoxy about 3 years ago, but they didn't let it set properly and the paint was peeling in big pieces.
I just assumed it was simply sandblasting and repainting, but the one pool guy I've spoken to is really pushing plastering rather than painting. It's an old Sylvan gunite pool, 44 ft long--I estimate about 25k gallons total. It wasn't opened at all last year and the water in there now has a dark green swamp kind of thing going.
The quote for plaster is $7000 and $12k for Diamondbrite compared to $2500 for paint.
So my (first) questions are:
1. Is paint really that bad? That's a pretty big price difference to just rule it out. The previous owner (my father in law) has always had it painted and this is the first issue he's had with it.
2. I've read the water chemistry can affect the pool surface. Should I expect any issues from having it sit untreated since Sep. 05? Or is that only a plaster issue?
3. Either way it needs to be sandblasted. The guy wants to do dry sandblasting vs wet. I imagine dry is a lot dustier. Any other differences?
I'm looking forward to hanging around here. I appreciate any input you guys can give.