When it comes to resurfacing swimming pools, most homeowner’s ask a few common questions: What are the processes? What can I expect? What would be some issues that could occur during the restoration?

Here are the best practices and steps in restoring an old pool:

Step 1 – Turn Off All Pool Equipment

First step will be to turn off all pool equipment by shutting off the associated breakers. This will ensure your equipment will not operate during the renovation, which could result in damage to the equipment.

Step 2 – Drain the Pool

Second step will be draining the pool. Prior to draining the pool, a discussion will be made with the homeowner on where to best displace the pool water using pump and hose equipment.

Step 3 – Install De-Watering Pump

Third step will be to install a de-watering pump. Depending on the height of your water table, a de-watering pump may need to be installed and plumbed into the hydro-static valve of the main drain to continually remove ground water from underneath the pool. If installed, this pump should never be turned off at any time during the renovation process.

Step 4 – Pool Preparation

Fourth step is the pool preparation. This step will be the most invasive part of a pool renovation in terms of creating dust and debris. A pool renovation can be a very messy process, but this will ensure a thorough cleaning at the end of the project. All fittings and lights in the pool will also be cut, which will ensure there is no beveling in these areas, when the new finish is applied. The pool interior will be also pressure washed and acid washed, removing and checking for any delaminated plaster.

Step 5 – Bond Coat

The fifth step will be to bond coat the pool surface. A bond coat is a polymeric bond agent applied to secure the new plaster to the old plaster.

Step 6 – Pool Finish Application

The sixth step will be to apply the pebble or quartz finish. Pool finishes are applied and finished completely by hand, resulting in variations in color, shade, tone, texture and overall appearance of the pool finish.

Step 7 – Acid Wash

The seventh step is to acid wash the plaster finish before filling to remove any excess residue or film and to assist in exposing the beauty of the finish.

Step 8 – Install New Fittings

The eighth step will be to install new white goods, which would consist of return fittings, ladder bumpers, and main drain covers.

Step 9 – Clean-Up and Fill Pool

The ninth step will be general clean-up of the job site and the filling of the pool. Once pool filling begins, please allow the pool to continuously fill until the water level reaches the middle of your waterline tile. If the water is turned off during filling, and allowed to sit for a period of time, it could create a waterline ring.

Step 10 – Pool Start-up and Treatment

The tenth and final step is the pool start-up and initial treatment. Once the pool is full, you can now contact a maintenance technician out to start-up your pool equipment and begin a three-day balancing and brushing process.

Contact FCT Surface Cleaning now if you need professional swimming pool resurfacing & restoration services or to obtain a free no obligation quote on (08) 9204 3333.


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