If you are going to plaster your pool, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind that will help ensure that the job goes as successful as possible with the best long-term results.
#1 Plaster This Spring
The best time of the year to plaster your pool is when the temperature outside is warm and well above freezing, but not blistering hot either, making spring and fall the best two times of the year to plaster your pool.
Plastering your pool during the winter time, when it is close to or hovering around freezing means that you will need to add calcium to the plaster mix so that it cures properly. Although this will help with the curing process, it can also lead to soft spots on your pool that will be more vulnerable to damage.
If you plaster your pool during the summer time, the plaster may dry too quickly as the moisture is sucked from the solution. This can result in cracks developing in the plaster.
The best time of the year to plaster is when the weather is mild and warm enough for the plaster to dry on its own without added assistance or without cracks developing.
#2 Fill The Pool All At Once
After you plaster the pool, it is best to fill the entire pool with water all at once. If that will be too much on your well or on your city water system, you may want to consider getting water delivered to fill the pool. There are water delivery services that are set up specifically to fill up pools, and this may be a good time to invest in this type of service.
Pool plaster is actually designed to cure once it is under water, so the sooner you can fill your pool up, the sooner the plaster can start curing properly. If you have to stop filling the pool for a couple of hours, you could end up with a line around your pool where the water stops. Keep the water flowing into your pool at a continuous rate until it is full.
#3 Keep It Clean
It is really important to be on top of keeping your pool clean in the first few weeks after you have filled up your pool. When your plaster is new, dirt and leaves that get into your pool can permanently stain your plaster. If you don't want to have leaf and dirt stains on your pool for the rest of its usable life, you should get outside every day and manually use a pool brush to clean out your pool. Try to budget time in the morning and evening for manually cleaning out your pool for the first few weeks after the plaster is applied.
During this time period, you also need to avoid using any automatic pool cleaners. These devices could leave marks on your plaster as they clean and bump on the walls of your pool while the plaster is curing.
To get the best results from your plaster, apply it when it is warm outside, add water right away at a continuous rate, and make sure that you manual take the time to clean it for the first few weeks. This will help ensure that your pool plaster cures properly, looks great and lasts as long as possible.
For additional information, you will want to contact a company such as Heritage Pool Plastering, Inc.