For decades swimming pools were coated in a silky white rubber-based paint finish. In addition to the smooth texture and bright white look, this type of paint was known for its durability against stains and imperfections. During the late 1980’s, government regulations banned some of the most crucial ingredients that made this product maintenance free. New paints were no longer free of imperfections. Blistering, chipping, peeling, and fading began to appear in as little as six months.
This forced swimming pool builders in many regions to switch to plaster finishes. Plaster has its own set of issues, in the form of a long and complicated start-up process (Hot-Start), as well as staining, shrinking, and cracking problems. aquaBRIGHT™ was scientifically developed to present a solution to these aquatic finish problems. The long-lasting thermo-polymer finish, aquaBRIGHT™ is the wave of the future.
I have read a lot about this finish and I really like the concept.
However, I have to say that... at first I did not even consider it because of the name "eco-finish" like if it was a cheap, economical paint that made me think about those dirty swimming pools in cheap LA motels. Later I understood it's an higher end product, and "eco" was in the "ecological" sense, but that put me off too because typically "ecological" materials compromise their properties and performance just to satisfy some "perceived" dangerous chemical. I do not mind hazardous chemicals gassing off during the application and curing proces (well, to a reasonable extent) if the result is an inert and very stable material that lasts decades. However on the ecofinish website:
Anybody knows this older "silky white rubber-based paint finish" that used to be normal up to the late 80's? What were the "crucial ingredients" that were banned by the government? What are the new ones that are "ecological" now but restore performance - anybody knows?
I would agree that the names and marketing strategy for these products is a little less a than terrible. Unfortunately for you, there are no installers remotely close to you so this finish is probably not going to be an option for your build...quite unfortunate because this really is a good product
Never fear! I'm working on a process that uses recycled plastic grocery bags
Brian are you really saying there is no AquaBright installer in the SF Bay Area? One of the most technologically advanced areas of the whole world...???
Another question, now I'm curious.
My understanding is that once plaster is applied, you have to fill the pool soon right after otherwise it will shrink and crack. This might be the wrong reason, but I have often read that pools have to be filled right away and cannot be left empty even after years (please correct me if I'm wrong here)
However if you apply epoxy and aquabright, plaster will remain dry. Why won't it crack in this context?