Eco finish for fiberglass warranty repair?

chazas

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 4, 2007
167
Manassas, VA
Hi, all. I'm starting a new thread for this. Some of you may remember my install that started out about this time last year - I have a new Barrier Reef 14x30 Outback Dundee Lounger that opened late last spring. There are some finish flaws at the bottom of the pool where either in manufacturing (more likely) or transit some of the textured coating at the bottom was scraped off in some odd serpentine shapes, which look like stains in the white finish. Though they probably bother me more than anyone else. They are not structural, just aesthetic.

Anyway, Barrier Reef is proposing to refinish the pool bottom with the ecofinish method. Since they're sending someone a several hour drive to do this they want me to agree up front that this is ok. I have asked to speak to the ecofinish installer, which they have promised (a couple of months ago) but it still hasn't happened.

I have a number of questions - if any of you have input, I'd greatly appreciate it. I will also read through all the ecofinish threads.
  • They have said the finish will not match and sent me samples to choose. I'm assuming the only way I should accept this is to insist they refinish the whole pool, a contrast between the floor and walls would not be acceptable.
  • They have confirmed that the new finish would be under the same warranty as the original. But is it going to be as durable?
  • Will ecofinish look like an afterthought that just makes things worse, aesthetically?
  • I'm worried that they'll just make a bigger mess. Would I be better off just asking Barrier Reef for some money back? If so, how much? The pool shell was about $40,000 of my contract price.
Thanks in advance for your ideas. Charlie
 

swimcmp

In The Industry
Nov 8, 2011
1,091
Moberly,MO
Correct Ecofinish will not match your original color. Ecofinish warranty is more left on the installer. The company will pretty well blame everything on the installer and it will most generally never be their fault. Durability is pretty good from what we have done and seen. If it is applied correctly it should not look like an afterthought.
 

sktn77a

Gold Supporter
May 16, 2010
1,986
Chapel Hill, NC
I assume this is a gelcoat-on-fiberglass pool? If so, why aren't they repairing it with gelcoat?

Just an observation - pool finish warranties are worthless. Any issues are blamed on pool chemistry, improper use, manufacturer defects, installer workmanship, etc, etc.
 

chazas

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 4, 2007
167
Manassas, VA
I assume this is a gelcoat-on-fiberglass pool? If so, why aren't they repairing it with gelcoat?

Just an observation - pool finish warranties are worthless. Any issues are blamed on pool chemistry, improper use, manufacturer defects, installer workmanship, etc, etc.

Correct. Who knows? And I am aware.
 

NJpoolNoob

Member
Dec 27, 2020
16
Hammonton NJ
If it's just cosmetic, I'd ask for money back and put it towards some nice patio furniture. To me it's like having touch up paint done to a car. No matter how well it's done it's still not the factory finish.

I'm in the middle of purchasing a fiberglass pool myself and have already decided that if I come across any cosmetic issues I will just asking for a credit. In the end you're the only one that will ever notice it anyway.
 

chazas

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 4, 2007
167
Manassas, VA
That's pretty much where I was going - I don't trust that they won't do more damage than they're trying to fix. No idea how much to ask, but thinking about starting with $5000, which is the discount I'd have been willing to take if they'd offered me a "scratch and dent" up front.
 

chazas

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 4, 2007
167
Manassas, VA
I proposed $10,000 (25% of the shell cost and within range of a complete ecofinish refinish), they came back at $2500. I told them I'd only come down to $5000 and they didn't budge. They have offered either to refinish the whole pool or just retexture the bottom, in each case using ecofinish. I'm leaning towards the latter, as I'd prefer that the pool walls remain their lovely sparkly finish rather than the whole thing being transformed to flat finish.

Barrier Reef is scheduling a call with their ecofinish installer and I also have the number of their ecofinish customer service rep, who I will call after I speak with the installer.

I'm not really happy about this, but don't see any reasonable other path forward. Any further suggestions?
 

MAPR-Austin

In The Industry
Feb 23, 2021
13
Kansas City, MO
It couldn't hurt to ask for some references of pools where they did the same thing, specifically some pools that have a few years on them.

Maybe you could get a warranty from them, even if just on the area redone, that would cover materials and installation for a considerable amount of time?

I'm not super familiar with EcoFinish, but putting anything over a gelcoat surface is going to require a healthy amount of prep. It seems like $5000 is pretty fair considering what it will cost them to fix.
 

chazas

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 4, 2007
167
Manassas, VA
It couldn't hurt to ask for some references of pools where they did the same thing, specifically some pools that have a few years on them.

Maybe you could get a warranty from them, even if just on the area redone, that would cover materials and installation for a considerable amount of time?

I'm not super familiar with EcoFinish, but putting anything over a gelcoat surface is going to require a healthy amount of prep. It seems like $5000 is pretty fair considering what it will cost them to fix.

That's what I thought about the $5000 but they aren't budging. They said their warranty will cover the ecofinish just like the original pool finish. I just spoke to their ecofinish representative (called the company directly) and he says that I don't want just the bottom done, I want the whole thing - though he also says he trained Barrier Reef's applicators personally and they know what they're doing. I have little desire to do something that drastic, but it seems as if that's going to be my choice. Live with the flaws for a tiny bit of money back, or redo the entire pool finish with something that's not going to match what I signed up for. Very frustrated.
 
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MAPR-Austin

In The Industry
Feb 23, 2021
13
Kansas City, MO
That's what I thought about the $5000 but they aren't budging. They said their warranty will cover the ecofinish just like the original pool finish. I just spoke to their ecofinish representative (called the company directly) and he says that I don't want just the bottom done, I want the whole thing - though he also says he trained Barrier Reef's applicators personally and they know what they're doing. I have little desire to do something that drastic, but it seems as if that's going to be my choice. Live with the flaws for a tiny bit of money back, or redo the entire pool finish with something that's not going to match what I signed up for. Very frustrated.

I'd be frustrated too. You just paid a healthy sum for this pool, its damaged from the start, and they are offering you a pittance or else a fix that gives you a finished product that is not what you wanted.

If you let them do the ecofinish, make sure you get a warranty in writing from them that covers materials, labor, and cost of draining/refilling the pool. I would be uneasy putting anything over a gelcoat surface without a very solid warranty in hand, a failed ecofinish surface would cost a lot to remove/replace down the road.

Can you post any pictures of the pool surface with the discoloration?
 

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chazas

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 4, 2007
167
Manassas, VA
Thanks. I finally talked to the Barrier Reef applicator and it was a relief - a real person who appears to know what he is talking about rather than the barely literate customer "service" person I've been emailing. He says thinks (based on the pictures) he can just do a gelcoat repair, but he will be prepared to do a full ecofinish refinish on the pool if not. I'm ok with that, still waiting on the ecofinish sample but it looks like BR has custom mixes to match their pools.

I already have it in writing that whatever repair they do the full BR finish warranty will continue to apply to the pool. I haven't discussed the cost of refilling the pool after draining it, but it had occurred to me already and I will raise it.

The loopy looking slightly darker spots are the finish flaw areas. There are a couple of others that are not as noticeable in other places. The dark linear things are seed pods from a tree, ignore.


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