Plaster or Gunite?

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
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Evans, Georgia
#2
For plaster or gunnite pools there is no difference as far as chemistry levels are concerned.

In the case of chemistry levels there are only 3 options: Plaster/Gunnite; Vinyl Lined and Fiberglass.

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Get a close up pic of your new pool and maybe we'll be able to see it better (correction of badly worded sentence).

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Killer95Stang

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Aug 17, 2012
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Sunny SoCal
#3
Gunite or ShotCrete is the concrete shell that encases the rebar and forms your pool. The plaster is the waterproof layer that contains your water in the pool and give it a nice smooth finish. So if you have a cementous based in ground pool, you probably have both gunite and plaster pool.
 

Patrick_B

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Jun 7, 2011
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Midland TX
#4
Yes, Plaster, whether it contains Pebble, or crushed Quartz/Quartz sand is just the coating layer that covers any Gunite or ShotCrete pool shell. If you get us a close shot of the steps with calm water, we can tell you if it looks to be plain plaster, Quartz, or Pebble...if you dont know that is.
 

Paul & Crystal

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May 25, 2014
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Oklahoma City, OK
#5
Ok. That clears it up a lot. Pretty sure it's plaster over gunite because it's an old pool made before all the newer finishes came out. It's just smooth and white. I will get a close up pic and post soon.

Thanks!
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
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Evans, Georgia
#6
Yeah, that sounds like a plain plaster finish. I worded it badly yesterday and meant to say plain finish vs one of those stone/glass fancy ones. Still considered plaster either way :)

IF ever it needs re-doing you can add a fancy stone or glass bead finish then ;)

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