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Anser w/ RE: how soon after 3m plaster did you swim? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: califsouthpaw on 09.07.2006 at 01:54 am in Pools & Spas Forum

Sorry I forgot to answer the question on this thread. We got plaster on Thursday. Pool was filled by Friday. We began brushing. We put in the muriatic acid (2 gallons). Then we let our 2 daughters take a dip on Sunday. But I kept on eye where they were stepping, I made sure to brush away the footsteps that got left behind in the plaster dust. I think that is one of the reasons they say to stay out of the pool.

Late Monday we added 2 more gallons of the muriatic acid. The start up guy the PB sent on Tuesday (5th day) said no heater or spa for two weeks from initial Pool fill day. He told me that would also be the time to add in the rest of the chemicals. I asked why not now, he said the plaster is still curing, he has seen people's pool plaster get discolored for doing the chemical mix too early. He just advised better safe than sorry. He said even though I wouldn't have chlorine for another 1 1/2 wks we could now all go swimming. My pool guy (cleaner) came today did some more brushing and vacuumed all the loose plaster in the pool. Opened up the filters and rinsed them out for me. He said he has never started up a grey plaster pool so he would wait to add the chemicals per the previous recommendation my PB start up guy gave me. He thought it looked ready, he said he had not seen plaster dry this fast before, might be that the darker plaster did dry faster.

We were vigilant about brushing the pool 3x's a day. I am not getting any plaster coming up when I brushed today.

Since you are getting plaster pretty soon, in case noone let's you in on this advice, take head, once you start filling your pool don't shut the water off for anything. Or you will end up with a water line all around your plaster. Much like a ring around your tub so to speak. If it is late just set your alarm to help you out. Good Luck.

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RE: 3m colorquartz: white base or grey base? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: ianmd68 on 06.21.2006 at 08:57 am in Pools & Spas Forum

We just built a pool using the blue/black splash in a white base and are very happy. It's not as dark as we would have liked, but it does give the finish interesting texture.

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RE: Plaster Brushing/Finish?? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lindsey_ca on 08.24.2006 at 10:42 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

Plaster is still wet when the pool begins to fill. It cures under water. Under no circumstances should you use a metal brush on it -- it will simply make nice (nice and ugly that is) grooves in the plaster. Use the nylon brush. You should have started brushing the day after the pool was full, and you should brush a minimum of 2-3 times a day, every day, for at least 10 days. After that, the pool should be brushed at least once a week. You need to brush every square inch of the plaster. Start with the sides, brushing from the top down. Brush the "floor" of the pool towards the deep end, so that, ultimately, you brush everything down to the main drains.

You'll notice a lot of "dust" being brushed up, which will cloud the water. Don't let this upset you -- it's normal. That's why you're brushing -- to get rid of the plaster dust. If you don't get rid of it, it will calcify (harden) right where it is, creating rough spots. So, with the rough spots that you say you have, you need to diligently brush, brush, brush.

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